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An emotional reunion kicks off a brand-new box set of full-cast audio Third Doctor Adventures. The Return of Jo Jones is due for release in February 2023 from Big Finish Productions.
At the conclusion of the 1973 Doctor Who story, The Green Death, the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) finally bade farewell to his friend Jo Grant (Katy Manning) after years of time-travelling together, in one of the classic series’ most emotional scenes.
Now, after decades apart, Jo is finally reunited with her Doctor (now portrayed by Big Finish’s Tim Treloar) for one more big adventure. And while the time that passed is a mere beat of the hearts for a Time Lord, it's been a lifetime of change for a faithful companion. Marriage, children... grandchildren! There's a lot to catch up on.
But there’s one thing Jo isn’t ready to tell the Doctor...
Doctor Who – The Third Doctor Adventures: The Return of Jo Jones is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD box set (+ download for just £19.99) or a digital download only (for just £16.99), exclusively here.
The three nostalgic adventures are:
Supernature by Matt Fitton (two parts)
After a spate of terrifying bird attacks, Jo Jones is called to the Isle of Wight by an old friend. Something has thrown the natural order out of balance – but Jo’s own world has also changed forever.
It turns out she is not the only one investigating. Soon it’s like old times, facing down arrogant scientific ambition, as danger grows. The Doctor and Jo have been reunited just when they need each other most.
The Conservitors by Felicia Barker (two parts)
On the planet Viltris in the 49th Century, a regime obsessed with statistical analysis of risk has created a force of robots to protect its citizens. But when Jo Jones arrives with the Doctor on her first space-time voyage for decades, she discovers that long-held grudges from a past conflict are about to bubble over into outright rebellion.
The Iron Shore by Lizzie Hopley (two parts)
Landing on the troubled, sea-faring planet Mercator, the Doctor and Jo encounter Callis, a ‘cursed man’, the last surviving member of his family line - and the curse is keen to find new victims.
Nearby, a condemned wet dock, a deep rectangle of unmoving water, is the source of mystifying rumours. As Jo lifts the lid on the tensions within the local community, the Doctor finds himself in deep trouble.
Tim Treloar said: “It’s wonderful to be reunited with Katy – I haven't worked with her for a while. It’s great having her back and it’s the first time doing it with her as the age that Jo Jones would be now. It’s a new venture.”
Katy Manning added: “I love working with Tim. This is the first time that Jo has been back with the Third Doctor since she left him at the end of The Green Death. After everything that’s happened to her, I think she needs this moment and last hurrah with the Doctor. It's absolutely lovely.”
Doctor Who – The Third Doctor Adventures: The Return of Jo Jones is now available to pre-order for just £19.99 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £16.99 (download only).
Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering this box set and The Third Doctor Adventures: 2023B (title TBA) due for release in October 2023, together in a bundle for just £38 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £33 (download only).
Alternatively, listeners can purchase this series within a bundle of 14 Classic Doctor Who box sets due in 2022 for £274 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £237 (download only). Similarly, a bundle containing 12 Classic Doctor Who 2022 box sets is available from £198.
All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release.
Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.