Big Finish announced this week that to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, they’re producing “a very special” 100 minute audio story that will bring back former Time Lord actors Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann.
A statement about the production reads “They will all reprise their roles as, respectively, the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors, whose paths suddenly intersect when they face imminent destruction.”
Big Finish writer, director and executive producer Nicholas Briggs, goes on to say, “We wanted to do a proper, fully-fledged multi-Doctor story for this very special occasion…
“And it’s wonderful that all the surviving Doctors threw themselves behind the project so enthusiastically…
“That’s not to say the first three Doctors don’t appear – we wanted to pay homage to the whole history of the classic series.”
The assorted Doctors will also be joined in the drama by a number of their companions, such as Louise Jameson who’ll reprise her role as savage Leela, Sarah Sutton will play cientist Nyssa, Nicola Bryant will star as American botany student Peri, while Sophie Aldred returns as the streetwise Ace. India Fisher also returns as Edwardian adventurer Charley Pollard.
Producer David Richardson added, “And that’s not all because Geoffrey Beevers is back to create mayhem as the Master, and there will be a number of appearances from some much-cherished old friends from the TV series…”
Big Finish concludes, “Doctor Who: The Light at the End will be released in two different versions. A five-disc limited special edition comes with two hour-long documentaries, plus The Revenants, a Companion Chronicles tale which began life as a free Doctor Who Magazine download.
“It’s performed by William Russell, who starred in the very first TV story as Ian Chesterton. The special edition comes in beautiful special packaging, and will include a number of exclusive professionally photographed images of the cast.
“The standard edition comprises two discs, featuring the two hour-long episodes of the story.”
Are you excited for all the 50th anniversary specials? For now, here’s the trailer for the new series…