Paul McGann’s audio Eighth Doctor meets the Judoon, TV Doctor Who’s rhino-headed space police

Back to the future for the Eighth Doctor!

Return to Baker Street this December, as Paul McGann is back for the penultimate Stranded box set of full-cast audio adventures … with a special appearance by TV’s Judoon

This award-winning Doctor Who: Stranded series from Big Finish Productions debuted in June 2020, with the Eighth Doctor and his friends marooned in a single time and place. Living in London, England, in the 21st century they must cope with new and unfamiliar threats, both domestic and alien, not to mention the neighbors. 

Doctor Who – The Eighth Doctor Adventures: Stranded 3 finds the TARDIS team facing the Judoon for the first time, in box set opener “Patience,” and wrestling with a narrative that runs backwards from devastating consequences to their cause in the final episode “What Just Happened?” –- as we hurtle towards the end of the Stranded saga… 

The Eighth Doctor and his friends are finding that future history has changed around them, in the latest full cast audio drama box set from Big Finish Productions.

The four stories feature the return of companions Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker), Helen Sinclair (Hattie Morahan), Tania Bell (Rebecca Root) and Torchwood’s Sgt. Andy Davidson (Tom Price) in the midst of adventure:  

Doctor Who Stranded 3

After crashing in 2020 London, the TARDIS is healing. It can now take its passengers through time and space – but the future has changed around them…

A sinister force steers humanity’s destiny, and as the Doctor and friends investigate the mystery they’re trapped inside, they may make the outcome even worse…

3.1 “Patience” by Tim Foley — The Doctor decides to investigate the limits of the paradoxical timeline in which he and his friends are stranded. But they find themselves hunted by a force of mercenary Judoon. It seems that Earth’s altered history has changed the whole universe…

3.2 “Twisted Folklore” by Lizzie Hopley — Tracking the course of the future, the Doctor and friends arrive on Rarkelia – where human forces rule. Earth – and Divine Intervention – are shaping the universe in their own image. Helen, Liv and Tania embed themselves in society, while the Doctor starts a revolution. 

3.3 “Snow” by James Kettle — Returning to London in the 2030s, the TARDIS travelers find a sinister elite taking hold. Baker Street now has just one lonely resident – and what’s more, it is the last place on Earth where snow ever falls.

3.4 “What Just Happened?” by John Dorney — All actions have consequences. The path to victory or disaster is unclear unless seen from a different perspective… With the lives of the entire human race at stake, the Doctor confronts a nemesis like no other. And not everyone will make it home. 

Producer David Richardson said: “The scripts for Stranded 3 are works of beauty. It’s all about characters and ideas; how people react to the extraordinary. Here we have the Eighth Doctor and his four (count them) companions, Liv, Helen, Tania and Andy, still stranded and facing a mysterious, unknown enemy that has caused terrible damage to Earth’s timeline. Amid this larger picture there are some stunning standalone adventures. A story that runs backwards. A house where snow falls in summer. And Judoon!  

“As producer, it’s my job to sit back and listen to these amazing actors play with the brilliant scripts. This series is, without a doubt, one of my favorites.” 

McGann added: “It seems another age entirely, when there was just the Doctor and one companion! Recording this has been like getting the band back together – we’re having a hoot, and putting our heart and souls into it. 

“It’s fun and I’m enjoying it but you still feel there’s a slight sense of jeopardy – there’s never the sense of permanence, things are always in flux, as they should be.”

Richardson added: “For me there’s a certain magic in the Stranded series. We have amazing actors playing amazing characters and we just hit upon the idea of putting them into a lovely contained story world which allows human interaction to take center stage. We’re on box set three now and I’ll find it hard to let this world go when the time comes. Tania and Andy have become such a vital part of the Doctor, Liv and Helen’s lives. So have Zakia, Aisha, Ron, Tony and Robin. Oh it’s tempting to stay in Baker Street forever and just be with them but the day will come to move on. It’s been a special time indeed.” 

Doctor Who – The Eighth Doctor Adventures: Stranded 3 is available as a collector’s edition box set and as a digital download exclusively from the Big Finish website.

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