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In the latest instalment of the Time War saga, the Eighth Doctor and Bliss are dragged into the Time War as the Daleks replenish their army, using Davros himself.
So far in The Eighth Doctor – The Time War range, we’ve heard the Doctor face the Daleks, the Dalek Time Strategist and the Twelve, but there’s a rather familiar scarred face returning for volume four. Or… is there?
Davros (played by Terry Molloy), faces the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann), for the first time since the 2005 release, Terror Firma. This brand new set of full cast audio dramas contains four new stories – Palindrome (parts one and two) by John Dorney, Dreadshade by Lisa McMullin and Restoration of the Daleks by Matt Fitton.
The Time War rages through space and time – two powerful enemies in a fight to the death. The Doctor keeps to the fringes of the conflict, helping where he can. He is not a warrior. Not yet. But this war takes no prisoners, and friends and enemies are drawing the Doctor ever closer to his destiny.
Palindrome by John Dorney
In an alternative universe, Davros lives in peace, until the Doctor and Bliss arrive, and the Daleks emerge in a new reality
Dreadshade by Lisa McMullin
The Time Lords, including the General and the Twelve, adjust to life after the Time War, until the Doctor and Bliss return with a warning.
Restoration of the Daleks by Matt Fitton
The Dalek Time Strategist restores the Dalek armies to the universe, but wants to dispense with Davros.
Actor Paul McGann said: “I now quite like the Doctor Who stories where there's not so much running down corridors, away from the monsters, and explosions, and everything else. Maybe it's a time of life thing? I quite like the ones where it's a bit more considered, a bit quieter, closer to mic.
“When you first look at the scripts, as a performer, often the first skim you make you think, Oh yeah, there's a good scene! Immediately, stuff jumps out at you - the dynamism of things, not just the plots. That's what I'm like. These stories are rich and very playable.”
Actor Terry Molloy added: “There is a definite thrum of anticipation when I open a Davros script, as I’m always in awe of what new devilment the writers have come up with. It is good (and rightly so) to see Davros involved in the machinations of the Time War and in ways that may not initially be obvious. The creativity of the writers does not in any way disappoint!
“This was the last studio recording I did before lockdown confined me to my home and working alone. The camaraderie and atmosphere of the studio is always a delight for me and it was lovely to be paired up with Paul McGann once more.”
The Eighth Doctor – The Time War volume 4 also stars Rahkee Thakrar (Bliss), Isla Blair (Charn), Chris Jarman (Rasmus), Adèle Anderson (Major Tamasan), Ken Bones (the General), Julia McKenzie (the Twelve), Jemima Rooper (Mithia) and Nicholas Briggs (the Daleks).
Big Finish listeners can save money by ordering a bundle of all four Eighth Doctor Time War box sets for £88 as a collector’s edition CD set, or £80 as a digital download HERE!