Fifteen years ago, we released Doctor Who: The Sirens of Time, starting a tradition of audio storytelling for the worlds of Doctor Who and beyond. In 2004 we developed a new Doctor Who spin-off, one with a very familiar setting for the fans... Read on for a perspective on that, news of a brand new release, and some more special offers...
Gallifrey: Intervention Earth - Release Announced for March 2015!
Following her debut as a fresh incarnation of Romana in Gallifrey VI and Luna Romana last year, we are pleased to reveal that Juliet Landau is returning to the role for a brand-new adventure!
Gallifrey - Intervention: Earth takes place several years after the conclusion of Gallifrey VI, with Romana approaching the end of her Presidency. But times have changed: temporal powers are now preparing themselves for war, and a darker force from the dawn of Time Lord society has chosen now to make its return.
“This is very much a fresh start for the Gallifrey format,” explains producer Scott Handcock. “Gary Russell and I drew the previous series to a close, wrapped up all the loose ends, and brought that story to a definite close. Then the Big Finish bosses contacted me one afternoon to ask whether I’d be up for developing a brand-new take on Gallifrey, with Juliet at the helm, and so with Gary’s blessing, I said yes!”
The result is a standalone, two-disc adventure - Gallifrey - Intervention: Earth - written by Scott Handcock and David Llewellyn, which delves into an age-old conspiracy at the heart of Gallifreyan society. “If the original Gallifrey series was conceived as Time Lords meets The West Wing, this is probably more akin to Time Lords meets 24,” Scott reveals. “It’s a proper rollercoaster ride that gives us an opportunity to delve a little deeper into the actions of the Celestial Intervention Agency and its agents.”
Alongside Juliet’s incarnation of Romana, Seán Carlsen returns as the ever-popular CIA Coordinator Narvin, joined this time round by Time Lord-in-training and CIA operative Ace, played by Sophie Aldred. As the conspiracy develops, a pivotal figure from Time Lord society also makes his presence felt, with Stephen Thorne reprising his role as Omega for the first time since The Three Doctors in 1973!
The guest cast for Intervention: Earth also includes Daniel Brocklebank, Gyles Brandreth, Scott Arthur, Laura Doddington, Toby Longworth, Rachel Atkins and Andrew Pepper.
Gallifrey - Intervention: Earth will be released in March 2015 and is available to pre-order now on CD for £14.99 and Download for £12.99.
Big Finish's Doctor Who at 15 - Offer 6
Today's offer takes you to Gallifrey, offering a discount code that will give 15% off any of the individual released titles in our Gallifrey range (pre-orders are sadly not included). Maybe you want to see how it all started with the (CD-only) volume Weapon of Choice? Or perhaps the fourth series, Gallifrey Reborn? Or maybe right up to date with most recent boxed set for Series Six? Subscriptions for the first three seasons (CD only) have been discounted too!
The code to enter into your purchase at checkout is: BIG15F2004
This offer lasts for 48 hours. See you tomorrow for the next offer!
(Anyone new to Big Finish might also like to check out our forum page The Listeners, which looks at a title discounted on Download to £2.99 for a month. This month it's Doctor Who: The Zygon Who Fell To Earth)
A Few Words About 2004
"Most of the 2004 plays, and certainly all of the first series of Gallifrey, were written in 2003 – and 2003 was one of those times, one of those moments, when there was only one subject, really; one overarching 'real world' thing that everyone *had* to write about. If you look at some of the most popular TV shows of that time – 24, The West Wing, Spooks – what that one thing was should be pretty obvious. Gallifrey I was heavily informed by those shows, and that theme. What's striking, and possibly a bit depressing, is how 2014 it all seems, all those years later.
Alan Barnes, Big Finish Script Editor, writer Gallifrey.
The Big Finish podcasters are joined by Vortex editor Kenny Smith for more forum fun...