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Doctor Who’s ‘Scary Poppins’ returns

Missy gets another series of audio adventures

Sontaran Strax, Meddling Monk and more meet the ‘Scary Poppins’ Time Lady Master …

Missy Series 2

Michelle Gomez is reprising her role as the Doctor’s arch enemy and the cosmos’ most demented nanny in four brand new adventures, now available in a set as of July 8, 2020.

Although there’s no sign of the Doctor in these tales, there will be a different Time Lord showing his face, as Missy has a repeat encounter with another renegade from Gallifrey.  

The Meddling Monk, played once again by comedian and actor Rufus Hound, darkens her door anew, and this time he’s bringing along some very dodgy friends for the ride… alien friends who want to call in a debt. That’s in addition to Dan Starkey as Sontaran commander Strax and, also joining the cast and making her Big Finish debut, BAFTA-winning actor Gina McKee, playing a character that appears to know Missy just a little too well… 

Michelle Gomez (Big Finish Productions)
Michelle Gomez (Big Finish Productions)

Missy… alone, unleashed and unfettered. What does she get up to when the Doctor isn’t around? 

Now she has what she wants, Missy needs someone to show off to. But her temporal mischief attracts the wrong kind of attention. 

Infuriating children, a vacationing Sontaran and her own worst intentions will get in her way. And a Meddling Monk, out for revenge… 

In her first box set of full-cast audio adventures, released in February 2019, Missy was employed as a nanny in Victorian England and encountered fellow renegade Time Lord, the Monk, as she sought to gain herself a functioning TARDIS.

Now she’s back, running into enemies old and new, including children from the past, Time Agents from the future and the enigmatic Lumiat.  

This new box set features four stories for the Scary Poppins incarnation of the Master:  

  • “The Lumiat” by Lisa McMullin: Missy is glorying in the chaos, hoping that a certain someone might turn up. What she doesn’t expect is an entirely different do-gooder spoiling her plans and teaching her life lessons. Because, whoever she is, the Lumiat knows far more about Missy than anyone should… 
  • “Brimstone and Terror” by Roy Gill: Missy wants an army, a brigade of willing youngsters, trained to serve. So she takes a teaching post at a remote Scottish boarding school. But one of these boys knows Missy of old. And when Oliver Davis summons his sister for help, Lucy brings an ally from London. One Mr Strax… 
  • “Treason and Plot” by Gemma Arrowsmith: The Gunpowder Plot. It’s a favourite of time travellers. If Missy’s going to hitch a ride, that’s the place to cause trouble. Especially if trouble makes a really big bang. The only person in her way, trying to keep history on track, is a rookie Time Agent. But Rita Cooper wanted excitement…
  •  “Too Many Masters” by John Dorney: The Monk has captured Missy. And he will have his revenge… But the Ogrons are also looking to settle an old debt. And when they call it in, they find themselves with too many Time Lords on their hands. The Master owes them big – and the Ogrons know who the Master is. Don’t they?  

Producer David Richardson said: “We love Missy, and it was clear from the responses to her first box set of adventures that listeners do too! As a production team we had such fun recording that set – I can’t pretend to actually call this ‘work’ – and we were begging to do more, not least because it would give us the opportunity to play with Michelle again, a performer who was clearly placed on this planet just to make people feel happy. So here we are – out in space and time again as Missy creates her own special brand of mayhem, meeting Strax and two acquaintances from the past and paired once again with the Meddling Monk. Did I mention that we love Missy? 

Actor Rufus Hound added: “I mean, I doubt I’m the only person alive who would happily work in the wake of Michelle Gomez’s wild-eyed genius ‘til the end of time, so just know that I will never not want to be in stories with her. I always enjoy Doctor Who stories that have a certain swagger about them, so getting to reform the Missy ‘n’ Monk double act is one of my absolute favourite things to do. This is the one people should all buy (because if you do, I’ll get to record more of them and I really want that to happen please and thank you).” 

Actor Michelle Gomez said: “I absolutely love working on these audio adventures. And, from what I’ve heard from people at conventions, both of my fans have really, really loved them, too. Joking aside, across the board, everyone has loved the opportunity it’s given them to keep Missy in their lives, so that’s been really heartening, sweet and lovely. It’s a phenomenal privilege. I’m so thrilled and happy that I still get to keep Missy alive with these wonderful stories. She is naughty and not at all nice, but I quite like her.

“Across the board, everybody has loved the opportunity these audio adventures have given them to keep Missy alive, so that’s been really heartening. It’s been so sweet and lovely. So I’ve been filled up with that. The listeners have just really enjoyed her adventures, and they’re on the ride, and well done to Big Finish for providing it.”

Actor Gina McKee said: “If you imagine polar opposites, my character is the polar opposite to Missy. She is terribly, terribly nice and sweet and good. I really enjoy listening to things on the radio. And it’s great when you can give enough space for everybody’s imagination to make the pictures, but also give enough information to help those pictures be created. You have a different toolkit, if you like. I feel like I’m trying to work out what that toolkit is, really. I like the challenge of that. I love to know how you can push it, and what’s technique and what’s instinct.” 

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