Old Friends: Details on Ninth Doctor Adventures Volume 4

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In ‘Old Friends,’ the Brigadier meets the Ninth Doctor

The Ninth Doctor encounters the dead and their ghosts over these three new Big Finish Productions Ninth Doctor Adventures, due for release in February 2022, but it’s a familiar face from the past that heralds impending catastrophe.  

Travelling the universe alone, the Doctor can’t help running into people he has met before. Some are new acquaintances, and some have a much longer history, back through all of his lives. But every one of them knows that in the face of danger, and when the monsters arrive, there’s no better friend to have by their side. 

Christopher Eccleston stars alongside Jon Culshaw (the Brigadier), Warren Brown (Sam Bishop) and Elinor Lawless (Fiona McCall, a Scottish historian and teacher) as the Ninth Doctor travels from a futuristic funeral to a festival by the Forth. Just what is the Burryman and what threat does it pose to Earth’s Unified Intelligence Taskforce?  

Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Old Friends is now available for pre-order exclusively at the Big Finish website here from just £19.99. 

Ninth Doctor Adventures Volume 4 Old Friends

The three fantastic stories in this box set are as follows:  

“Fond Farewell” by David K Barnes — Fond Farewell is the intergalactic funeral parlour with a difference: the deceased attend their own wake! Invited by celebrated naturalist Flynn Beckett to his memorial, the Doctor finds he’s not quite the man he was. But who would steal the memories of the dead? 

“Way of the Burryman” by Roy Gill — Young Sam Bishop is at a crossroads with girlfriend Fiona: she’s staying in Scotland, he wants to travel the world. As the Burryman celebrations begin, ghosts haunt the Forth Bridge. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart arrives to investigate – and so does the Doctor… 

“The Forth Generation” by Roy Gill — The Forth Generation have emerged. The Doctor, the Brigadier, Sam and Fiona are at their mercy. Is there a way to defeat them? Has UNIT learned from the past? And can the enemy’s nature be changed for the future? 

Ninth Doctor Adventures producer David Richardson said: “It’s season finale time! We end our first run with the Ninth Doctor in a suitably epic way: a battle for the Earth, an unstoppable enemy… and old friends.  

“I wanted to include the Brigadier because he never got to meet any of the modern Doctors on screen and, frankly, he deserves to. So here we have the retired Brigadier, played impeccably by Jon Culshaw, doing consolation work for UNIT and finding himself standing shoulder to shoulder with his oldest friend.  

“So we already had the UNIT connection in place and then Warren Brown dropped me a text, having seen the announcement that we were making Ninth Doctor audios, asking if there was any chance he might be able to act with Christopher Eccleston. And I leaped at the opportunity. 

“We’re so lucky to work with Warren at Big Finish, and pairing the Doctor and Sam Bishop was irresistible: it meant we could go back and look at Sam’s origin story. What made him the man we know today in our UNIT and Lady Christina series?” 

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 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 ordered at £35.99 each, or £132 for the bundle of all four albums. 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. 

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