David Collings’ posthumous return…
Two big names are joining Big Finish Productions’ Doctor Who audio drama spin-off The Robots, which concerns the turbulent times of the planet Kaldor and its mechanical servants.
Available Dec. 15, Volume 3 of The Robots stars Nicola Walker and Claire Rushbrook as two Kaldorian sisters adapting to life alongside robots with rapidly advancing artificial intelligence. The regular cast for the series also includes veterans of the Doctor Who television story “The Robots of Death, “Pamela Salem and the late David Collings — who recorded his contribution to the series shortly before his death in March.
Joining them are two people whose names will be familiar to television fans of the 1970s and 1980s. Firstly, Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire, A Fine Romance) takes on the role of Dorka, an eccentric resident of the Outlook Hotel where a murder is about to take place. And occupying the director’s chair for two of the three stories is none other than Louise Jameson (Tenko, Bergerac), who faced down the Voc Robots herself in the original 1977 TV serial.
Louise Jameson said: “I think the scripts are beautifully written. They’re so witty and fast-paced. They just zap along. Of course, this is a throwback to The Robots of Death, which was my second ever Doctor Who in 1977, so I’ve got a very, very clear image of these robots and how they behave, and how they can frighten you. I worked on that story a long, long, long, long time ago, so it’s nice to have that little echo from the past. I never thought I’d be directing them, though!”
The Robots volume 3, available now for pre-order from Big Finish, includes three adventures:
“The Mystery of Sector 13” by Rob Whitelock — Liv is investigating the Sons of Kaldor – looking out for any unusual activity on Kaldor. But when her hunt leads her to an abandoned warehouse, she may have bitten off more than she can chew… And while she’s away, Tula is finding that some problems lie a little closer to home.
“Circuit Breaker” by Guy Adams — Poul has returned to Kaldor City… and Toos is doing her best to help his recovery. After troubling events in a local hotel, he finds himself with another crime to investigate. But are there some mysteries that shouldn’t be solved?
“A Matter of Conscience” by Lisa McMullin — The Sons of Kaldor are stepping up their anti-robot campaign as Liv and Tula are stepping up their search. But even as they get closer to the survivors of Storm Mine four, their understanding of events on Kaldor is about to change irrevocably.
This is the second release in a planned 12-part series based on characters and the world of Kaldor created by Chris Boucher. The character of Liv Chenka, played by Nicola Walker, has been a companion of the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, in many Big Finish audio dramas. BAFTA nominated Claire Rushbrook, playing Tula, is known to Doctor Who fans from her appearances in the TV episodes “The Impossible Planet” and “The Satan Pit.”
Director Louise Jameson is also a writer and actor, familiar to many as the Fourth Doctor’s companion Leela, who debuted on television in 1977’s “The Face of Evil.”
Big Finish said The Robots‘ volume four is scheduled for release in June 2021.