Travel with the Second Doctor in this new adventure for just £2.99! The British Invasion, the latest Doctor Who Short Trip, is available to download now. Are you ready to join the Second Doctor, Zoe and Jamie?
The British Invasion written by Ian Potter, is read by Wendy Padbury who played Zoe – the companion to Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor (Doctor Who 1966-1969) – and is directed by Lisa Bowerman and produced by Ian Atkins.
A huge metal dome sits by the side of the river Thames, within it is a device that might change the entire future of humanity. The Doctor, Zoe and Jamie embark on a small act of kindness but the TARDIS seems oddly unwilling to help. It’s as if it knows the truth. There is something waiting here, something adaptable and cunning, gathering its strength to conquer the stars.
"I'm always so impressed with the work Wendy Padbury does for Big Finish,” says producer Ian Atkins, “even though she modestly talks down her talents. I think The British Invasion shows her at her best, with such an affectionate take on Jamie and the Doctor, as well as devouring Ian Potter's multi-layered prose.
“Ian's research into this Short Trip was astonishing, and I really appreciate it when a writer gives their all to ‘just’ a short story. It makes it particularly special and keeps the range's quality as high as possible. Ian's treatise on the modus operandi of the story's villain was exhaustively researched, as was his portrayal of the Festival of Britain. Google this to find out how 1951 saw the future. And listen to the Short Trip to find out how it nearly didn't see 1952..."
Writer Ian Potter gives us his inspiration behind this new adventure: “Back in 1951 when Britain was still recovering from the 2nd World War, a countrywide event was held looking forward to a brighter future for the nation and looking back on its history with a sense of pride – The Festival of Britain. On London's South Bank strikingly modern buildings sprouted up full of wonders and spectacle. The modern marvel of television was displayed in the Telekinema on the site now occupied by the British Film Institute and the dramatic Skylon and Dome of Discovery brought futuristic 'Dan Dare' architecture to the London's skyline.
“I think there's definitely something of the Festival of Britain's aspirations for the future and celebration of history woven into the DNA of early Doctor Who, so it was a delight to put the Doctor and his companions into the Festival and explore the gap between the history and future on display with the history and future they'd lived and travelled through.”
Download this release today for just £2.99! It works perfectly with the Big Finish app.
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