Magnus Greel – aka the murderous Chinese god Weng-Chiang – is returning to Doctor Who this year to menace the 5th Doctor in a new audio adventure from Big Finish.
Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson and Sarah Sutton are back as the Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa in The Butcher of Brisbane, facing this old enemy in a story set before Robert Holmes’s 1977 tale The Talons of Weng-Chiang. The script is written by Marc Platt, whose previous work includes the TV story Ghost Light and a large number of Big Finish audios.
"Marc Platt has extrapolated a whole 51st century world from a few enticing phrases in The Talons of Weng-Chiang,” says audio script editor Alan Barnes. “So if you ever wanted to know more about the advance of the Filipino Army on Reykjavik, Findecker's discovery of the double nexus particle or the murderous origins of the Peking Homunculus, you can't afford to miss The Butcher of Brisbane... which, as the title suggests, begins with Tegan's arrival in the ruins of her home town."
The story is out in June, and is actually the final instalment of a mini-season featuring the Fifth Doctor and his companions. First up is The Emerald Tiger by Barnaby Edwards in April, which is set in colonial India and guest stars Cherie Lunghi (Excalibur). May’s release is The Jupiter Conjunction by Eddie Robson, in which the Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa land amid a community living out a dangerous existence at the heart of a speeding comet.