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Big Finish are delighted to announce Robert Shearman's acclaimed Eighth Doctor story has been voted our Number One Main Range release by our listeners.
Doctor Who: The Chimes of Midnight was officially unveiled as our poll-winner at Chicago TARDIS by Big Finish Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs. The atmospheric tale from 2002 stars Paul McGann and India Fisher, and finds the Doctor and Charlotte Pollard trapped in a Christmas Eve murder mystery.
On hearing the news, Robert gave us his thoughts on writing the story:
'The funny thing is, I've been thinking a lot about The Chimes of Midnight recently. Not just because it's nearly Christmas - though it is, so plum puddings at the ready! But because I was writing it *exactly* fifteen years ago today. It was so exciting to do - we'd just got Paul McGann as the new Doctor, and Doctor Who was never, ever, ever coming back to TV - perish the thought - and I felt so privileged that I was being allowed to nudge on the Doctor's life one adventure further.
If I could have guessed Chimes would still be listened to fifteen years later, I think I'd never have written a word, I'd have frozen in fear! I love Big Finish. They never shy away from telling the weirdest of stories, they truly believe that the only limit to where the Doctor can go is your own imagination - they are at once both inspired and inspiring. I always feel I got so lucky with Chimes - Barnaby Edwards directs the perfect cast extraordinarily well, and Russell Stone's music is gorgeous.
Thank you to everyone who made my odd black comedy work, so that it's still so fondly remembered today - and to Gary Russell for commissioning the bonkersishness of it all with only a raised eyebrow in judgement. And thank you, all of you, who bought Big Finish back then in the so-called wilderness years, and who still buy Big Finish now in the years of plenty. There are thousands more untold stories about the Doctor out there, so let's go tell them.'
All three titles are available to download at the permanently reduced price of £2.99 each. All the nominated titles in the Top 20 poll are still available at special offer prices until Noon Tuesday 1st December (UK Time), with special bundles also available.
Congratulations to the teams behind all the amazing releases – and here's to the next 200!