Ninth Doctor can at last ‘Respond to All Calls’

Big Finish releases 2nd volume of Eccleston audio adventures …

It’s time to jump back into the TARDIS with Christopher Eccleston, as the second volume of Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures is released today from Big Finish Productions. 

Released as a trio of full cast audio adventures, Respond to All Calls finds the Ninth Doctor (Eccleston) answering cries for help from across the galaxies. From Scotland to Paris to a spooky graveyard planet, these are set to be the adventures of a lifetime… 

Individual cover artwork and stories were revealed June 18, 2021, and the full-cast audio adventures released on Aug. 11, 2021.  

As previously announced, these episodes feature a whole host of brilliant British talent from stage and screen, including Forbes Masson (The High Life, Catastrophe), Mirren Mack (Sex Education, The Nest), Damien Lynch (Giri/Haji, EastEnders), Gemma Whelan (Upstart Crow, Inside No 9), Adrian Schiller (The Last Kingdom, Silk) and Jan Francis (Just Good Friends, Secret Army). 

The three suspenseful stories in Volume 2 are, at last with story details and individual cover artwork: 

“Girl, Deconstructed” by Lisa McMullin: Marnie is missing. But she hasn’t run away, as her dad fears – Marnie is still very much at home. But not quite as she was. The Doctor joins forces with Missing Persons detective Jana Lee to help solve the mystery of a girl who’s gone to pieces.

Fright Motif” by Tim Foley: In post-War Paris, musician Artie Berger has lost his mojo, but gained a predator – something that seeps through the cracks of dissonance to devour the unwary. Luckily for Artie, the Doctor is here. Unluckily for everyone, he needs bait to trap a monster… 

Planet of the End” by Timothy X Atack: The Doctor arrives on a mausoleum world for sightseeing and light pedantry, correcting its planetary records. The resident AI has other ideas. Deep within a tomb, something stirs. Occasus is the last resting place of a species far too dangerous to exist. And the Doctor is its way back. 

The writer of opening episode, Girl, Deconstructed, Lisa McMullin, said: “It was so exciting to get to write for the Ninth Doctor, but also quite daunting! But it’s such a privilege and I just feel really lucky to have been asked to do this. 

“There’s something about the energy and sheer joy that Christopher brings to the role – you get the sense from watching and listening to him that he’s just having an absolute ball, and it’s infectious!” 

Fright Motif writer Tim Foley said: “I’ve been a Doctor Who fan from a young age – as soon as the television show came back with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor, it just became this huge juggernaut that shook everything up. 

“Before this, I don’t think I’d ever properly understood what other Big Finish writers meant when they talked of writing for their Doctor Who childhood heroes – but when I came to sit down and write a Ninth Doctor story, it felt like I was immortalizing this childhood glee, and it felt addictive. I could do this forever, especially with Christopher Eccleston!” 

Writer of Planet of the End, Timothy X Atack, added: “Back in 2005, I remember being taken by how fun Chris’ Doctor was, full of life but with this alternating steely and chirpy energy to him that felt so new. The Ninth Doctor was so much more irreverent than I expected, and the whole effect was just delightful – so that’s what I had in my head when the call came from Big Finish to write for the Ninth Doctor. 

“And this is such a great box set to be part of – I feel in such excellent company. Lisa’s script has this captivating and bittersweet feel right from the start and, with Mr Foley, his story had me seething with jealousy about the way he uses sound. It’s just too much, I love it!” 

Producer David Richardson said: “What I love about this set is that it contains three character-based dramas – each of the writers has given the casts something really meaty to play with. My over-riding memory of this recording is that it was just a blast – we laughed so much in between the takes – and Chris really enjoyed working with the brilliant director Helen Goldwyn, who always balances creativity and detail with having a great time.  

“Each of the adventures in this CD box set (or download folder) offers something new and exciting, with brilliant new friends and terrifying foes.” 

Script editor Matt Fitton added: “What the Doctor does in these stories is what he does best – helping out where he can. And while he might be tempted to invite people along for the ‘trip of a lifetime’, these adventures are strictly a one-off and they won’t be staying on board.  

“That’s an aspect that Chris really likes; this incarnation is a lonely wanderer who can’t settle down with anyone as he feels he has to keep moving. He’s falling through time, grabbing onto things as he passes, but he never stays in the one place. He’s finding out who he is, what it means to be the Doctor in a universe after the Time War when he’s got freedom to wander again, but he is wary of getting too close to anyone because of what might happen.” 

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

Big Finish listeners can save by pre-ordering a bundle of the entire series for just £88 (as a collector’s edition box set) or £78 (as a download). 

Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures triple LP vinyls are strictly limited to a pressing of 1,000 per volume, and can be pre-ordered at £35.99 each, or £132 for the bundle of all four albums, again exclusively at the Big Finish website. These vinyl editions do not include any behind-the-scenes extras, but 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, Big Finish says all pre-orders of the vinyls will also receive the behind the extras as a bonus download.

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