There was a time it seemed like Tom Baker would never bring his iconic Fourth Doctor to Big Finish Productions’ popular line of full-cast Doctor Who audio dramas. But my, how time flies! And now the actor is marking his 10th year working with Big Finish in the role that made him a household name.
Tom Baker and Louise Jameson are plunging back into the Time Vortex for the next volume of Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 10, released Feb. 10, 2021. These two brand-new full-cast audio dramas follow the Fourth Doctor and Leela into an uproarious tour through time and a prehistoric encounter with an esteemed paleontologist.
Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 10 Volume 2 is now available as a collector’s edition box set on CD and as a digital download exclusively from the Big Finish website. The volume consists of two stories:
Taking on the role of the Doctor for his 10th year with Big Finish, Tom Baker said: “I so love doing all this, I never ever get tired. It’s as if each one is the very first one – and the more improbable it is the more I love it because I, of course, am totally improbable myself!”
“The Tribulations of Thadeus Nook” by Andrew Smith:
It’s time for the trip of a lifetime! Come along on one of Thadeus Nook’s Time Tours. See history as it really was. Get to witness wars and assassinations! See barbarian warlords right up close!
The Doctor and Leela encounter a most enterprising young gentleman – using time travel for his own financial gain. The Doctor is horrified at the irresponsibility – but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Because Thadeus Nook is about to learn that history is often best left in the past.
“The Primeval Design” by Helen Goldwyn:
Dorset, 1830. The Doctor has taken Leela to meet Mary Anning, the noted palaeontologist, but the duo immediately stumble into trouble.
A body has been found in unusual circumstances. Attacked by an animal… but one of a size unknown in the area.
It turns out some things might be better off staying buried.
Joining Tom Baker and Louise Jameson in the cast of these two stories are Christopher Naylor, Laura Riseborough, Joe Sims, Charlotte Bate, Timothy Bentinck, Lucy Briggs-Owen and more.
Writer of “The Tribulations of Thadeus Nook,” Andrew Smith, said: “It’s the most light-hearted thing I’ve written for Big Finish. It’s comedic at the start but it gets more serious as it goes on though. If you want a comparison of sorts, it’s a bit like Donald Cotton in his Doctor Who stories, “The Myth Makers” and “The Gunfighters,” which start off like sitcoms but by the last episode are far more serious with more threat and greater consequences.”
Writer of “The Primeval Design,” Helen Goldwyn, said: “I hope it’s a really clear presentation of what a remarkable person Mary Anning was – that was my starting point. I did lots of research about her and her life, as well as her legacy. She was unrecognized in her time but she was so unusual for the era, being an independent woman, and when she meets Leela she sees a lot of parallels in herself with another strong woman.
“I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of who was the first person who found a complete fossilised skeleton? They must have thought it was a dragon or some mythical creature! We don’t have a record of it. Mary was extremely advanced for her time in her thinking – she had a strong concept of what was going on.”