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UNIT team members find strength in each other as the mysteries surrounding the Vulpreen creatures are revealed in a brand-new box set of full-cast audio drama released today by Big Finish Productions.
In the second volume of the UNIT: Nemesis series, Chief Scientific Officer Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and her trusty sidekicks, Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) and Captain Josh Carter (James Joyce), find themselves travelling in time.
While searching for the Eleven (Mark Bonnar), the multi-personality Time Lord hell-bent on acquiring an alien artefact, the UNIT squad is transported to the past and joins forces with the legendary Brigadier Winifred Bambera (Angela Bruce).
UNIT has stopped the Eleven’s efforts to retrieve the Arch. But questions remain. How did an artefact imbedded with advanced technology become buried under a prehistoric lava flow? Why does it form a connection with an alien world? And just who are the Vulpreen, the alien race that live there?
Those questions are about to be answered.
The Man From Gallifrey by Andrew Smith
As Osgood works flat out to rescue a lost friend, Kate is at a demonstration of a new UK spaceship, the Starseeker. There she meets two people.
Lieutenant Jimmy Tan looks like potential UNIT material, and the stranger called Hasper knows a lot about UNIT and the Eleven. He should – he’s the Celestial Intervention Agency operative who sent the Eleven through the Arch millions of years ago.
Power of the Dominators by Kenneth Grant
Portstone New Town is a living space for the future. A dream community, or so the advertising promises. But UNIT discovers the developers are alien Dominators. Which means there’s a more sinister purpose behind Portstone, and the Dominators’ deadly killer robots – the Quarks – can’t be far away.
The War Factory by Lizzie Hopley
Temporal anomalies strike in the present and the past – 19th century infantry at Belmarsh Prison in the present day, and Brigadier Winifred Bambera is confronted by Tudor warships on the Thames in the late 20th century.
Enquiries by UNIT past and present lead them to the site of Woolwich Arsenal, where the Eleven is trying to create a bridge to another world. And UNIT will learn he’s not the only one on the side of their alien adversaries.
Ten Minutes in Hell by John Dorney
On the alien world on the far side of the Arch, the Vulpreen put their human prisoner through an ordeal. Osgood must lead a desperate rescue attempt – and she’s got ten minutes to do it.
Series script editor and writer Andrew Smith said: “In this new box set, we get right into the action straight away. There are elements in the first Nemesis release, Between Two Worlds, that were left deliberately unexplained. We learn the answers to these questions early on in the first part, The Man from Gallifrey.
“Then, in Power of the Dominators, the Dominators are back – and so are the Quarks! I’m so pleased we’re giving them their Big Finish debut in UNIT. I just love the Quarks; they are among my earliest memories of Doctor Who. It was fantastic to script edit a story that they are in and put them up against our UNIT heroes.
“The third story, The War Factory, is incredibly clever and sees the return of Brigadier Winifred Bambera (in advance of her own series later this year). It’s all interlaced with modern day and recent past in the one story, and Kate and Winifred teaming up. It’s a lovely mix and what Lizzie Hopley has done is amazing.
“Finally, there’s Ten Minutes in Hell. I remember reading the first draft and thinking it was brilliant, it was so good... and I can reveal that it’s longer than ten minutes! I don’t want to say any more than that, other than it’s a wonderful way to finish the set and I know all the work John Dorney put into it, playing around with so many ideas, until he came up with this.”
UNIT: Nemesis – Agents of the Vulpreen is available to own as a collector’s edition box set (4CD + download) for just £24.99 or as a digital download only (for just £19.99) exclusively from the Big Finish website.
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.