Ninth Doctor gets Back to Earth in May 2022 audio dramas

Ninth Doctor Adventures: Back to Earth

He’s back! The Ninth Doctor’s second series of audio adventures begins with three emotional stories that examine what it means to be human. During these Earthbound travels, the Time Lord also encounters a mysterious robot, faces a spine-chilling demon known as the Grimminy-Grue, and gets caught in the middle of family affairs.

Joining Christopher Eccleston is Hayley Tamaddon (Emmerdale, Coronation Street), Wendy Craig CBE (Not in Front of the Children, The Worst Witch), Leah Brotherhead (Hullraisers), Alexander Arnold (Skins, Yesterday), Ian Bartholomew (Coronation Street), Indigo Griffiths (Still So Awkward), Greig Johnson (Late Night Mash) and Katy Brittain (Ten Percent
 
Doctor Who — The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Back to Earth is now available to own as a collector’s edition 4-disc CD box set (+ download for just £24.99) or on download only (for just £19.99) from www.bigfinish.com.

Time and again, the Doctor finds himself returning to his favourite planet. Dropping in on history or the present-day, whether it’s kings, commuters or ordinary people, he’s never met anyone who wasn’t important…

  • “Station to Station” by Robert Valentine — A deserted railway platform can be the loneliest place on Earth. But when Saffron is stranded at Underbridge station, she meets echoes of the past – and a fellow lost traveller. And the Doctor knows that something is hunting them… 
  • “The False Dimitry” by Sarah Grochala — Moscow, 1605: the old Tsar is dead – but some blame unnatural forces. Perhaps the mysterious Doctor in the palace can help? A successor advances on the Kremlin with an army, preparing the country for war. But Tsarevich Dimitry is not what he seems…
  • “Auld Lang Syne” by Tim Foley — Every December, Mandy Litherland gathers the family at Foulds House to see in the New Year. Not everyone appreciates her efforts. At least the caretaker seems friendly – if a little weird. Mandy hopes she’ll see him again next year – but perhaps she already has…

Christopher Eccleston said: “What’s struck me recently is the element of the Doctor stepping back and being a straight man for the various exotic personalities and creatures that come by. The Doctor is there but other people take the stage. I like that ensemble feel. I liked it on television and I like it on the audios. You have actors coming in doing spectacular alien turns and your job as the Doctor and an actor is to support and encourage that. I always connected with the Doctor’s love for humanity, even though he refers to them every so often as ‘stupid apes’. I think that was a very clever device to give this alien with two hearts a fascination and concern for the human race and their funny little customs. It’s interesting to play a character inside and outside the foibles of humanity.” 
 
Producer David Richardson added: “The core of these stories is all about humanity  how diverse we are, what we need from life, and who we love. And of course, it’s about great big, exciting adventure too – and lots of scary stuff. I think Station to Station might be just about as scary as we should dare go with Doctor Who – to my mind the Grimminy-Grue is one of the most disturbing creations the Doctor has ever faced! So, this box set has it all  fear, fun and just masses of heart and soul. They are emotional scripts that won’t leave a dry eye.” 

Actress Hayley Tamaddon said: “I thought the script was absolutely brilliant and I loved every second of playing Auntie Sue — she was right up my street. She’s a giddy, loveable, warm Northern lady who’s got bags of energy. I think she’s just me in about ten years.  
 
“She really loves her family but she’s not afraid to say that she thinks the Doctor’s a bit dishy. Personally, I think Auntie Sue would completely run off with the Doctor around the cosmos. 
 
“I was obsessed with Doctor Who as a child, I absolutely loved it. So, I’ve had a ball with Christopher Eccleston. It feels like we’ve bonded as people and as characters in a very short space of time.” 
 
Director Helen Goldwyn said: “Tim Foley’s Auld Lang Syne is a wonderful and really special script. I knew for Auntie Sue I wanted to cast someone who was grounded but also had that blousy hectic energy about them. Every line that Hayley Tamaddon said was so perfectly pitched.”

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