Monday, 26 October 2015

David Tennant & Catherine Tate join Big Finish audio range

David Tennant is set to return as the Tenth Doctor alongside Catherine Tate as his companion Donna Noble in three Doctor Who audio dramas from Big Finish Productions, under licence from BBC Worldwide.

Tennant portrayed the Doctor on-screen from 2005 until 1 January 2010, returning to play alongside Matt Smith and John Hurt in the 50th Anniversary special The Day of the Doctor in 2013. Tate made her début as Donna in December 2006, and after a series and two festive specials she made her last appearance alongside Tennant on 1 January 2010. Their on-screen partnership is generally regarded as one of the greatest high-points of the enduring science fiction series.

“I still remember the sense of joy I had when I heard that David had been asked to play the Doctor,” says executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery. “We were all so pleased for him, as we knew how much Doctor Who meant to him. And now David comes full circle, back doing Doctor Who with Big Finish - except that this time he’s playing the Doctor! It’s the same but different - it’s wonderful to have him back!”

The Tenth Doctor Adventures will be released in May 2016 and comprises three full-cast audio adventures. The set opens with Technophobia by Matt Fitton, which is set in London slightly in the future, where mankind is gradually losing its ability to use everyday technology. Could there be an evil force at work?

In Time Reaver by Jenny T Colgan the Doctor and Donna arrive on Calibris - ‘An entirely mechanical planet. Catch, hitch, fuel, fix, buy, pretty much any kind of transportation in existence.’ It’s also a world full of scoundrels, where a deadly black market has opened up in a device known only as the Time Reaver.

Finally, in Death and the Queen by James Goss, Donna is swept along in a fairytale romance and meets the man of her dreams in the beautiful land of Goritania. What can possibly go wrong? And why has the Doctor never heard of Goritania?

“I’ve enjoyed working with all the Doctors on TV, but David is the only one I’d known before he became the Doctor,” says executive producer Nicholas Briggs. “I’d worked with him on our Dalek Empire series for Big Finish and had such fun. So along with the excitement of directing new Tenth Doctor adventures, I’m so happy to be working with an old chum again.”

The Tenth Doctor Adventures is produced by David Richardson, script edited by Matt FittonJames Goss and directed by Nicholas Briggs.

“This is one of those dream projects where I’ve spent months pinching myself. I’m covered in bruises,” says Richardson. “With two major international stars in place, and the legacy of this era of the TV show to live up to, we’ve worked our socks off to try and make some very special stories for this box set. Expect adventure, fun, scares… and some tears too.”

The Tenth Doctor Adventures will be released in May 2016 on CD and Download. The three stories are available to pre-order individually or collected into a limited edition box set.

With thanks to Big Finish
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