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Jenny returns to Doctor Who via Big Finish
Coming soon from the Worlds of Doctor Who – Jenny: the Doctor's Daughter! She's back, and the universe better be ready for her.
Georgia Tennant (née Moffett) returns to the world of Doctor Who in Jenny: The Doctor’s Daughter, four new adventures from Big Finish, made in arrangement with BBC Worldwide. Jenny originally featured in the Doctor Who television episode, The Doctor’s Daughter, from Series 4 back in 2008.
“I'm so thrilled to be joining forces with Big Finish to bring Jenny back,” Georgia tells us, “As we head into the 21st century, FINALLY a female Time Lord in charge of her own spaceship... oh wait!”
“Having worked with Georgia before at Big Finish,” says producer David Richardson, “I was very keen to make this series happen – and how brilliant to be able to bring Jenny into her own audio adventure series. I’m very proud of the female role models we have in our catalogue – River Song, Bernice Summerfield, Sarah Jane Smith, Charlotte Pollardamong them – and in Jenny we have another brave, bold, intelligent woman who risks everything to save and protect others.”
The last we saw of Jenny, the fantastic creation of Russell T Davies and Stephen Greenhorn, was her revival after a fatal shooting at the end of episode six, series four of Doctor Who, and her setting off to explore the cosmos. These new adventures will find out what exactly she saw, and where she ran off to amongst the stars.
Joining Georgia Tennant will be her own companion, much like the Doctor! Sean Biggerstaff (Harry Potter) plays Noah and follows Jenny in her adventures through time and space.
Georgia, also associate producer of these adventures, has been instrumental in continuing the legacy of the character in the Doctor Who universe. As the wife of David Tennant and daughter of Peter Davison – both former incarnations of the Doctor – the rebellious Time Lord spirit certainly runs in the family!
“I am very excited about discovering the new adventures of Jenny – a rogue element in the universe of Doctor Who,” says executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery. “There is so much we can do with the character and I’m really glad that Georgia has agreed to not only come back to play the part, but also to participate in moving the series forward.”
These four new adventures come from popular Doctor Who writers Matt Fitton and John Dorney, joined by Christian Brassington from BBC One’s Poldark, and Adrian Poynton, writer of BBC Three’s White Van Man. Available as a box set, the stories consist of:
Stolen Goods by Matt Fitton
Prisoner of the Ood by John Dorney
Neon Reign by Christian Brassington
Zero Space by Adrian Poynton
Jenny: The Doctor’s Daughter is available for pre-order for its release in June 2018 at £23 on CD or £20 on download from Big Finish and will remain at this price until general release when it will be available for £35 on CD or £30 on download.
You can also purchase Jenny as part of a special bundle with The Diary of River Song Series 4 and Series 5, pre-ordering all three box sets for £68 on CD or £60 on download.
The War Master, Leela, Ace and Romana unite!
Lalla Ward, Louise Jameson and Sophie Aldred are joined by Derek Jacobi in the depths of the Time War for this new chapter of Gallifrey.
Hot on the heels of The Eighth Doctor in The Time War with Paul McGann and Rhakee Thakrar, we take a look at this highly anticipated forthcoming release where you can see the Time War from the front lines.
Out in February 2018, four new chapters from Gallifrey's history will emerge, comprising of:
1. Celestial Intervention by David Llewellyn
2. Soldier Obscura by Tim Foley
3. The Devil You Know by Scott Handcock
4. Desperate Measures by Matt Fitton
And we can confirm that joining President Romanadvoratrelundar, Leela, Ace, Narvin and Braxiatel will be the War Master, played by Derek Jacobi. But to find out how he is involved in the Time War, you’ll have to listen to the box set in February!
Director and writer, Scott Handcock, tells us more: “I’ve felt very lucky to play in the Gallifreysandbox for its most recent releases, but it’s an even bigger thrill to take us into the Time War and explore how that epic, devastating event impacts upon the lives of our characters.
“It’s given all our regulars some lovely material to work with, plus an opportunity to get in some brilliant guest voices including Pippa Bennett-Warner, Zulema Dene, Bryan Dick, and of course Sir Derek Jacobi is back as the Master – not to mention Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks. It’s the beginning of a terrifying new start for the Gallifrey team, and possibly the end for some of our regulars...”
Gallifrey: Time War is available to pre-order from the Big Finish website for £23 on CD or £20 as a download. Don’t forget that all CD purchases unlock a download exclusive in the Big Finish app.
Or you can save money by ordering a bundle with The War Master
ster and Tales From New Earth at £63 on CD or £54 on download from www.bigfinish.com
The Fourth Doctor and River are back in the Diary of River Song volume 4
River Song is going to return next year – and she’ll be back again and again!
The Diary of River Song is all set to continue as Alex Kingston will be reprising her role as River Song for another three series, at least.
Having encountered the Doctor’s Sixth and Seventh incarnations in Series Two, and the Eighth in Series One, River Song will be brushing past a couple more Doctors in her future. Let’s hope she doesn’t trip over any long scarves...
As revealed in Doctor Who Magazine this month, The Diary of River Song Series Three will be released in January 2018, with the Fifth Doctor (played by Peter Davison) facing off against the most evil midwife in Doctor Who history, Madame Kovarian (Frances Barber).
This action-packed box set will contain four hour-long adventures where the Doctor’s wife, archaeologist, crack shot with an intoxicating kiss and time traveller will have to face the demons of her past, present and future.
Today we can reveal the synopses of this upcoming release. These four new tales come from favourite Big Finish writers:
When River Song goes shopping for a whole load of unclaimed loyalty points, she uncovers secrets linked to her tangled past.
The Doctor arrives, and the mystery deepens. He is already exploring the universe with another companion – someone River knows nothing about.
Madame Kovarian has been busy, and this time she will not accept failure…
3.1 – The Lady in the Lake by Nev Fountain
On Terminus Prime, clients choose their own means of demise. Something exciting, meaningful, or heroic to end it all.
But when River discovers that there are repeat customers, she knows something more is going on.
She begins to uncover a cult with worrying abilities. Its members can apparently cheat death, and that’s not all they have in common with River…
3.2 – A Requiem for the Doctor by Jac Rayner
River has joined the Doctor and his friend Brooke on their travels, and they stop off in 18th century Vienna.
Brooke thinks history is dull. Until people start dying.
Mozart’s legacy is not just his music. River has more than one mystery to solve before a killer is let loose on the people of Vienna – and on the Doctor.
3.3 – My Dinner with Andrew by John Dorney
Welcome, Mesdames et Messieurs, to The Bumptious Gastropod.
The most exclusive, most discreet dining experience outside the universe. For the restaurant exists beyond spacetime itself, and the usual rules of causality do not apply. Anything could happen.
It is here that the Doctor has a date. With River Song. And with death.
3.4 – The Furies by Matt Fitton
Stories of the Furies abound across the cosmos: vengeful spirits hounding guilty souls to death. Madame Kovarian taught them to a child raised in fear, trained to kill, and placed inside a spacesuit.
Kovarian knows the universe’s greatest threat. The Doctor must be eliminated. An assassin was created for that purpose.
But if Melody Pond has failed, Kovarian will simply have to try again…
And in Series Four River will be encountering the Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker. More details on this series will be announced in the future.
To celebrate, you can pre-order each series of The Diary of River Song, at £23 on CD or £20 on download.
Or you can pre-order some of these releases in a bundle. Pre-order Series Four (out August 2018) and Series Five (out January 2019) of The Diary of River Song from today at £45 on CD or £40 on download. Don’t forget that all CD purchases unlock a download exclusive from the Big Finish App and the Big Finish site.
Keep checking for more details on the Big Finish website and our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
David Bradley would love to return to Doctor Who
Doctor Who fans around the world where delighted when it was revealed this summer that David Bradley was returning to the sci-fi franchise, the veteran actor stepping back into the costume of the First Doctor (having previously played the character’s original actor William Hartnell in 2013) for upcoming Christmas special Twice Upon a Time.
And now it turns out that Bradley is keen to keep on coming back to the Whoniverse, with the Game of Thrones and Harry Potter star telling RadioTimes.com of his fervent desire for more Tardis trips in the future even after the festive episode airs this December.
“If they asked me, yes, I’d bite their hand off,” Bradley told us behind the scenes at MCM London comic-con, where he was appearing with Adventure in Space and Time co-star Claudia Grant.
“I think it would be fun. So far, I’m very happy to have been involved in both [Doctor Who and An Adventure in Space of Time].
“It’s quite something, you never expect in your career – something you watched when you were young and never imagined you’d be involved in something so iconic. As I say, it’s a late treat!
“If someone wanted to do that, I’d be very interested, yeah,” he concluded. “Of course.”
Later, while speaking at a panel to fans of the show Bradley revealed the reason for his desire to keep up the Tardis-piloting, citing his recent weeks filming Twice Upon a Time as one of the most rewarding acting jobs he’d ever had in his long and storied career.
“The Christmas special is something I’ll treasure,” he told the crowd.
“I haven’t even seen it yet, so I don’t even know if it works or not. But the trailer looks quite promising I think!”
And given his admitted impatience to see new Doctor Jodie Whittaker in action, we’re betting Bradley will find plenty to keep enjoying this Christmas – even if he doesn’t get the chance to come back again himself.
Bernard Cribbins would love to travel with Jodie Whittaker's doctor
The news that Jodie Whittaker had been cast as Doctor Who’s next lead swept round the world this summer, with the first female Doctor making headlines and charging conversations across the globe.
However, one fairly important figure from the sci-fi series’ past had actually missed the news entirely, with former Who star Bernard Cribbins (who played Wilfred Mott, grandfather to Catherine Tate’s Donna Noble from 2007-2010) revealing at an MCM London comic-con panel earlier today that he was none the wiser about the next Doctor.
“The next Doctor Who? I haven’t heard anything about this,” Cribbins told the crowd. “Truly, I didn’t know anything about it. I thought they were going to have a lady, weren’t they?
“They are having one? You see I’m out of touch with it really.”
Still, after learning of Whittaker’s involvement Cribbins was full of praise, suggesting (as many others have before him) that the advent of a female Doctor can help reinvent the series for a new generation.
“I think it’s good – I think it’s great that a lady’s gonna do it,” the 88-year-old said. “I really do.
“Because we’ve had a lot of gentlemen and they’ve all been successful, but you know – I think a lady might give it another kick again. Great. Super.”
And in fact, Cribbins was so keen on the idea that he thought it might even be a way to get his character Wilf back in the action…
“He was a very caring, kind, compassionate man, you know,” Cribbins said of Wilf, who appeared sporadically in the series before becoming a full companion for David Tennant’s final two-part episode The End of Time. “I loved him, he was great.
“I’d love to do Wilf again. Somebody have a word, I’ll be on to look after that young lady who’s about to start!”
Alas, it seems like Jodie Whittaker’s Tardis is quite full already, but you never know – MAYBE they could squeeze Wilf in for a quick reunion
RIP Paddy Russell
One of the great pioneering Television Directors of her generation, Paddy Russell, has died at the age of 89.
Patricia Russell, known to all as Paddy, had a long and distinguished career as one of the first female Directors in British television. She trained as an actor attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Before long she realised that she was more at home behind the scenes moving to become a stage manager.
In the 1950's Television was crying out for theatre staff to work in the new medium and Russell was recruited as a production assistant, working with the famed director Rudolph Cartier. Acting as the director's eyes and ears on the studio floor, Russell worked on some of the most innovative and pioneering dramas of the day including the Quatermass science-fiction serials as well as the 1954 adaptation of George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four starring Peter Cushing.
In 1963 she became a director herself, directing many episodes of the soap opera Compact. Over the next twenty years, she worked on many of the best known classic television series.
Her first encounter with Doctor Who came in 1966 when she became the first female Director to work on the show. She helmed the First Doctor story The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve. One advantage the newish Director had when faced with the notoriously irascible William Hartnell was the fact that for the majority of the story he was not playing The Doctor, but another character, The Abbot of Amboise. She told Doctor Who Magazine
Bill was actually the Doctor only in the first and last episodes. Other than that he was the Abbot of Amboise. Therefore I had the natural advantage with Bill, with whom I got on very well, in terms of saying ‘The Doctor’s showing’ if I didn’t like what he was doing. That worked like a charm, because the Doctor couldn’t show.
It was eight years later that Russell returned to the show working on the six-part Jon Pertwee story Invasion of the Dinosaurs. It was a story fraught with technical difficulties in the attempt to bring dinosaurs to London using the primitive methods available in the early 1970's. While not always successful it was a story Russell was very proud of.
In a way, I still think ‘Invasion of the Dinosaurs’ was the best one I did. It was the hardest to do – a complete beast and I suppose I accepted it for the challenge. The biggest difficulty was deserted London which we got around by going out at five one Sunday morning.
Two more stories followed, both staring the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker. In 1975 she directed the fan favourite Pyramids of Mars, followed in 1977 by the Horror of Fang Rock. She had a prickly relationship with the lead actor whom she found increasingly difficult to work with.
Tom Baker was easy to deal with at first, but the part went to his head completely. By the time I did ‘Horror of Fang Rock’, he was desperately difficult to work with. I remember one particular scene which involved Tom coming very fast through a doorway, followed by Louise. I’d set it up for the cameraman to stay with Tom but he couldn’t and wouldn’t come in normally. We did four takes, but the cameraman simply couldn’t hold him So, in the end, I said ‘Fine’ and told the cameraman to stay with Louise instead.
During her long career Paddy Russell also worked on The Newcomers, Little Women, Fathers and Sons, The Moonstone, My Old Man, Z Cars, Within These Walls, 3-2-1 and Emmerdale
Paddy Russell died earlier this week.
Source/Doctor Who News
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