Eccleston’s latest Big Finish volume released on Doctor Who’s 58th birthday
The Ninth Doctor continues his travels as the TARDIS materializes today — Doctor Who’s 58th anniversary — for his third volume of adventures from Big Finish Productions in The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Lost Warriors.
Previously Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor has alluded to previous adventures with brief mentions of Sontarans and the Time War, but now he finally meets an old foe in the Cybermen.
The Doctor meets many strangers on his travels. Some are destined to end up friends, while others were always going to become his enemies. And some were once warriors, with reasons of their own to remain hidden from the universe…
These Lost Warriors full-cast audio adventures find Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor facing aliens in a country estate, fighting alongside the “real” Lady Macbeth in the Scottish Highlands and coming face to face with an old enemy on an iconic movie set – an enemy who has great plans of its own…
Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Lost Warriors is now available from the Big Finish website (www.bigfinish.com).
“The Hunting Season” by James Kettle: Duberry Hall is under siege, as aliens maraud through the estate. It’s a frightful business, and as Lord Hawthorn battles the Fleshkin, the Doctor finds new friends below stairs. Can he convince the household to unite to save itself?
“The Curse of Lady Macbeth” by Lizzie Hopley: The TARDIS is drawn to Scotland again – to the troubled Kingdom of Moray, and its Queen Gruach. Or, as the Doctor knows her better, Lady Macbeth. While some believe she is the cause of her people’s woes, she may yet become their savior.
“Monsters In Metropolis” by John Dorney: Berlin, 1927. The making of a science fiction legend. But death stalks the film set and history is not what the Doctor expects it to be. And this new ‘Machine Man’ is a more terrifying vision of humanity’s future than Fritz Lang had in mind…
Joining the previously announced Alex Jennings, Annette Badland, Don Gilét, Neve McIntosh and Nicholas Briggs in Lost Warriors are Maggie Service (Doctor Who, Good Omens), Allegra Marland (The Crown, Goodbye Christopher Robin), Tilly Steele (Doctor Who, Victoria), Anthony Howell (Foyle’s War, Space: 1999), David Rintoul (Callan, The Crown), Lucy Goldie (Missy, The Third Doctor Adventures), Nick Wilton (EastEnders, The Eighth Doctor Adventures), Helen Goldwyn (ATA Girl, The War Doctor Begins), Peter Bankolé (Peaky Blinders, Clique) and Raj Ghatak (The Box of Delights, Gho).
Script editor Matt Fitton said: “As the Ninth Doctor travels the universe of time and space, it’s inevitable that he’ll encounter those, like himself, who have seen war and faced conflict – but are now far from the battlefronts. This Doctor is rediscovering his love for adventure and in these stories meets some warriors who may not be what they seem.
“From the grounds of an English country house, to a Scottish castle, to a movie set – he’ll find monsters and heroes in unlikely places, and will finally face one of his oldest enemies.”
Fitton also revealed: “In The Hunting Season, it’s great to have the Ninth Doctor arriving in quite a classic Doctor Who environment, a posh country house with the toffs and the servants, as he has a completely different dynamic with that kind of household than other Doctors in the past. And then we have some alien hunters thrown into the mix terrorizing the grounds!”
Writer of The Curse of Lady Macbeth Lizzie Hopley said: “Lady Macbeth is usually interpreted as an evil, manipulating villain. Shakespeare certainly manipulated history for his storytelling and brilliantly so, but I wanted to explore the myth of where that ‘evil’ came from.
“It was an enormous pleasure to plan the first encounter of the Doctor and Macbeth himself. Two legends meeting and exploring their attitude to fighting. It’s one of the most fun scenes I’ve written for Big Finish ever!”
Producer David Richardson added: “We made a conscious decision to avoid too much continuity or returning characters in the first half of our Ninth Doctor run, aiming instead to find our own tone with these audio adventures.
“It was inevitable, however, that old friends and enemies would eventually turn up – and the first taste of that happens in the third adventure of this set, Monsters In Metropolis, as the Ninth Doctor encounters the Cybermen.”
Doctor Who fans worldwide can now order all four volumes of The Ninth Doctor Adventures, which are available in three formats – collector’s edition CD, digital download or limited edition gatefold triple LP vinyl – exclusively from the Big Finish website at www.bigfinish.com.
Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures triple LP vinyls are strictly limited to a pressing of 1,000 per volume, and can be ordered at £35.99 each, or £132 for the bundle of all four albums, again exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Note: the vinyl editions do not include any behind-the-scenes extras. However, listeners purchasing vinyl LP editions will receive a download of the story automatically and be given access to the CD edits as a bonus download. Episodes will be edited specifically for the vinyl format, presented as 2 episodes, one on each side, each with opening and closing music. In addition, all pre-orders of the vinyls will also receive the behind the extras as a bonus download.