Outside of books, Fourth Doctor companion Harry Sullivan hasn’t seen much adventure since leaving Doctor Who as a TV series regular in 1975. One reason is the actor who played the U.N.I.T. physician sadly passed away in 1986.
Now, Big Finish Productions is bringing the character back anyway in a new “Short Trips” audio adventure, #HarrySullivan. The story is available to download today, alone or as a part of a Short Trips bundle.
It won’t be an impersonator, or a full cast, telling the story, but rather a narrator — Louise Jameson, who played another Fourth Doctor companion on TV, the clever noble savage Leela.
Here’s how Big Finish describes the new #HarrySullivan story:
En route to answer the Brigadier’s summons, the TARDIS is dragged off course. The Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry find themselves trapped on The Zephyr, a spaceship that is going at full speed and yet is unable to move. With fuel running dangerously low, their only hope lies on Alderasea, a nearby world exclusively for the famous and celebrated.
However, Alderasea has never heard of them and has no intention of letting them land…
“#HarrySullivan is the very first Harry Sullivan story for Big Finish and I could not be more thrilled,” said producer Alfie Shaw in May’s edition of the Big Finish magazine Vortex. “Harry is a character I’ve loved for ages, and as soon as I took over as producer I knew I wanted to do a story with Harry. And luckily when we announced these four releases, it seemed that a lot of people agreed with me! Eddie Robson has created a gem of an adventure, it’s glorious fun from beginning to end.”
Tom Baker isn’t a part of this story, but he is still doing audios for Big Finish; Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane on TV, passed away in 2011 after reviving her character first for a series of Big Finish audios and then on TV in a guest appearance on the relaunched Doctor Who and then a beloved spinoff series of her own.
Until his death in ’86, Ian Marter was still very involved in the Who-niverse despite leaving the series over a decade earlier, writing several Target Books novelizations of TV episodes and even an original spin-off novel, Harry Sullivan’s War, as well as a feature film script, “Doctor Who Meets Scratchman,” which co-star Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor himself) developed into a novel this past year.
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