We love StoriesBig Finish produce great full-cast audio drama for CD and download, featuring many popular television fantasy series.
Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Big Finish has today acted to protect the health of its warehouse staff by moving to a digital-first release schedule.
Company chairman, Jason Haigh-Ellery said: “As previously reported, we took the precaution of pausing in-studio recordings last week, and are now working with our producers, directors and actors to record future releases remotely in home studios. Some of these sessions are already in progress.
“The majority of Big Finish staff are freelance and are fully capable of working from home. You may have also seen a number of regular Big Finish actors posting images of their home studios on social media.
“However, in order to protect the health of our warehouse staff, we have now asked them to stay at home for as long as the coronavirus situation continues. All our staff will be paid during this period.
“This means that Big Finish releases will move to a digital-first schedule in the short term. Any orders taken for previously-released collector’s edition CDs and box sets, up to and including 23:59 on Tuesday 24 March will be posted out before the warehouse closes. After this, digital sales will continue as normal, with digital downloads being immediately accessible over the coming weeks.
“All orders for Big Finish audio dramas unlock a digital download on the website. This is true whether customers place orders for physical or digital editions. Big Finish listeners can always access all their purchased stories from the website or the Big Finish app, which is free to download on Google Play and Apple Store.
“All physical orders will be fulfilled, but you will have to wait longer for your CDs to arrive, particularly if you are overseas.”
Big Finish creative director, Nicholas Briggs, added: “Together with these schedule tweaks, we’re developing plans for all sorts of exciting new productions — and, of course, the whole team is working hard on bringing the many productions already ‘in the can’ to our listeners.
“Although we all recognise the seriousness of the current world situation, our enthusiasm and creativity is unbowed in the face of it.”
For those looking forward to new stories, Big Finish’s release schedule for the next three months is as follows:
■ DW • THE MONTHLY ADVENTURES: Cry of the Vultriss (263, SIXTH DOCTOR)
■ DW • SHORT TRIPS: Dead Woman Walking (10.4)
■ DW • TIME WAR: SUSAN’S WAR (BOX SET)
■ THE NEW COUNTER-MEASURES: The Movellan Manoeuvre (3.2)
■ THE NEW COUNTER-MEASURES: The Dalek Gambit (3.3)
■ DW • CLASS: Volume 3
■ DW • CLASS: Volume 4
■ TORCHWOOD: Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4 (37)
■ DW • THE MONTHLY ADVENTURES: Scorched Earth (264, SIXTH DOCTOR)
■ DW • THE THIRD DOCTOR ADVENTURES: Volume 6 (BOX SET)
■ DW • THE PATERNOSTER GANG: Heritage 3 (BOX SET)
■ DW • SHORT TRIPS: Regeneration Impossible (10.5)
■ TORCHWOOD: Iceberg (38)
■ TIMESLIP: Volume 1: The Age of the Death Lottery (BOX SET)
■ BIG FINISH ORIGINALS: The Human Frontier
■ DW • THE MONTHLY ADVENTURES: The Lovecraft Invasion (265, SIXTH DOCTOR)
■ DW • STRANDED 1: (BOX SET)
■ DW • THE ROBOTS 2: (BOX SET)
■ DW • SHORT TRIPS: Out of the Deep (10.6)
■ TORCHWOOD: Dinner and a Show (39)
■ THE AVENGERS: The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 4 (BOX SET • STEED & MRS PEEL)
■ TIMESLIP: Volume 2: The War That Never Was (BOX SET)
In order to maintain a regular schedule with as few disruptions as possible, we have also taken the decision to amend the release dates of some titles.
Please note: some titles as yet unannounced will be moving forward and thus released earlier than originally planned. Some previously-announced titles are being moved back. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for news of these updates as it is published.