Big Finish Productions has announced that its licence from BBC Worldwide to make original Doctor Who and Torchwood dramas on audio has been extended until June 20th 2025.
Big Finish released its first Doctor Who audio production, Doctor Who: The Sirens of Time, in 1999. 17 years and many hundreds of productions later, the company – which has since branched out into producing shows based on numerous TV shows, including The Avengers and Terrahawks – continues to go from strength to strength, telling audio adventures of the first eleven incarnations of the Doctor and their companions, and exploring the great history of Torchwood.
“We very much look forward to continuing to work with Big Finish over the coming years,” says Jan Paterson, Head of Audio Publishing at BBC Worldwide. “The high standards of their productions — quality scripts, impeccable sound design and music, and impressive casting that utilises some of the country’s biggest stars — are a reflection of the care and thought that goes into every audio.”
“It’s very rare that a production company is given the luxury of being able to plan so far ahead,” says Big Finish Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery. “Thanks to the faith placed in Big Finish by the BBC we can look forward to many years of story progression and real character development for the Doctors and their companions. We are excited about what the future holds and look forward to the next decade of adventures travelling in time and space.”
‘Doctor Who is my favourite thing,’ says Executive Producer — and voice of the Daleks — Nicholas Briggs. ‘It’s been with me all my life in one form or another. So it’s truly delightful for me that the good old BBC has given us permission to carry on space-time travelling.’
“It’s such an honour for us to tell new stories in the worlds of Doctor Who and Torchwood,” says line producer David Richardson. ‘The possibilities truly are endless, the potential for ideas is infinite. It’s a wonderful feeling when we have been doing this for seventeen years, yet feel like we’ve only just begun and that the best is yet to come.’
Forthcoming highlights from Big Finish include the return of David Tennant and Catherine Tate as the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble in The Tenth Doctor Adventures, three brand new full-cast audios available from May 16th. John Hurt returns as the War Doctor in four box-sets, with Doctor Who – The War Doctor: Only the Monstrous and Doctor Who – The War Doctor: Infernal Devices currently available to buy and download.
Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann regularly record new adventures, alongside their television companions. Alex Kingston returns as archaeologist River Song in The Diary of River Song, alongside the Classic Doctors. Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver play Kate Stewart and Osgood in the action-packed UNIT: The New Series.
The audio adventures of Torchwood were launched to great acclaim in September 2015, based on the popular spin-off series by Russell T Davies. To date series stars John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen and Naoko Mori have all returned to their roles and 2016 and 2017 will see many exciting developments in the range…
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.