Michelle Ryan returns to Doctor Who universe with Big Finish audio spinoff

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Michelle Ryan for Big Finish ProductionsMichelle Ryan literally stole the show as Lady Christina de Souza in the 2009 Doctor Who Easter special “Planet of the Dead.” Now, nine years later the actress and her cagey cat burglar character are returning in a series of follow-up, full-cast audio adventures for Big Finish Productions.

Coming out in September 2018, Ryan (EastEnders, Merlin, Bionic Woman) reprises the role of Lady Christina de Souza, the mysterious cat burglar with a lust for life, in four new adventures made in arrangement with BBC Worldwide.

Michelle Ryan with David Tennant in 2009's Doctor Who adventure Planet of the Dead.
Michelle Ryan with David Tennant in 2009’s Doctor Who adventure Planet of the Dead.
Michelle Ryan for Big Finish Productions
Michelle Ryan (Big Finish Productions)

Ryan’s thrill-seeking thief was first seen with Tenth Doctor David Tennant in “Planet of the Dead,” co-written by Gareth Roberts and character creator and modern Doctor Who resurrector Russell T Davies. In the final scene, Lady Christina flew off on the number 200 double decker bus…

Now listeners can find out what happened next in a brand new set of four audio adventures, where she’ll come across friends and enemies new and old, including a return of the villainous Slitheen and the formidable Sylvia Noble (Jacqueline King).

Ryan was thrilled to return to the role. “Being asked to revisit the role of Lady Christina was a very easy decision,” she said in a statement. “Adventure, a sunny climate and mind-boggling scenarios are included in the scripts, everything I remember of my Doctor Who experience.

“Alas no David Tennant, but there’s a host of new characters to help along the way.”

The actress also said she’s eager to explore Christina’s complex nature.

“I love that we get to see a little more of her heart in the stories, that she does care about the greater good whilst also satisfying her curiosity for life.”

The four new adventures include:

  • “It Takes a Thief” by John Dorney
  • “Skin Deep” by James Goss
  • “Portrait of a Lady” by Tim Dawson
  • “Death on the Mile” by Donald McLeary
Michelle Ryan with David Tennant and a beefed-up bus in 2009's Doctor Who adventure Planet of the Dead.
Michelle Ryan with David Tennant and a beefed-up bus in 2009’s Doctor Who adventure Planet of the Dead.

David Richardson, senior producer, explains the genesis of the reboot: “Lady Christina de Souza was a standout guest character in Doctor Who. When she disappeared off in her flying bus, I wanted to know what happened next – and as it turns out, so did Russell T Davies! Russell very generously embraced the idea of us giving Lady Christina her own audio spin-off, and Michelle Ryan was delighted about the prospect of returning.

“This is a really strong return for Lady C. The scripts are glorious – fast, funny and thrilling – and we have a superb cast, including Warren Brown and Tracy Wiles, providing a link to our UNIT series as they reprise their characters of Sam Bishop and Jacqui McGee. All aboard the 200, it’s going to be quite a ride!”

Co-starring alongside Michelle Ryan in this new series are Warren Brown (Luther, Strikeback) as UNIT’s Sam Bishop, and Jacqueline King (Doctor Who, 55 Degrees North) returns as the irrepressible Sylvia Noble (Donna Noble’s mother).

The Adventures of Lady Christina are available for pre-order now.

 

 


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