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Rani Chandra Goes Beyond Bannerman Road
Story details are today revealed for the first box set in the brand-new Doctor Who audio spin-off range, Rani Takes on the World, due for release in April 2023 by Big Finish Productions.
Life on Bannerman Road was always an adventure for Rani Chandra and her friends. A childhood of mystery and wonder, of meeting aliens, time travellers, lost princes, intergalactic robots and so much more – all alongside Sarah Jane Smith.
Sarah Jane is gone. Childhood ends. Everyone grows up eventually. But the story doesn’t stop there. When Rani and Clyde are reunited, adventure finds them once again – ready and waiting to take on the world!
In three full-cast audio dramas, Rani (Anjli Mohindra), now an award-winning journalist, faces a mysterious alien spaceship, discovers the trust cost of a picture-perfect wedding day, and takes her podcast listeners behind-the-scenes of her most terrifying investigation yet!
The Worlds of Doctor Who – Rani Takes on the World: Beyond Bannerman Road is now available to pre-order for just £19.99 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £16.99 (download only), exclusively here.
The three adventures in this boxset are as follows:
Here Today by Joseph Lidster
Years after her adventures with Sarah Jane Smith and friends, Rani Chandra is a successful journalist – she’s brought down a government, and her podcast is making waves. And she’s about to be surprised by a visit from her best friend, Clyde Langer – who has an announcement of his own.
But, tonight, Clyde isn’t the only visitor to Ealing... In the skies above, a flying saucer approaches – and only one person on Earth can stop it destroying London!
Destination: Wedding by James Goss
Rani and Gita Chandra have been invited to a dream wedding on a luxury island resort. But how did Tiff from school end up marrying a film star? And why has she asked all the worst people from her life alongside the Hollywood A-listers?
While Gita samples the canapés and criticises the flower arrangements, Rani senses something amiss... The perfect wedding comes at a price – but who will be paying?
The Witching Tree by Lizzie Hopley
Chasing a podcast award, encouraged by a secret source, Rani investigates a ‘haunted’ restaurant built around a twisted tree. The owners could be faking the spooky activity, but Rani soon realises the tree is not what it seems.
As a terrifying threat to planet Earth is revealed, Clyde and Phoenix are dragged into the fight. Rani is torn between revealing the truth, or keeping a secret too terrifying to broadcast...
Script Editor Matt Fitton said: “For all those youngsters (and not-so-youngsters!) who were avid viewers of The Sarah Jane Adventures, it's time to catch up with some old friends and see what they've been up to.
“Rani has of course followed in Sarah Jane's footsteps, with a successful journalistic career of her own. But when she and Clyde meet up for the first time in a while, there are surprises in store. Not least of which is the total destruction of Ealing!
“Then Rani and her mum are off to a wedding and Gita is most disappointed that it's not Rani's! An old school friend seems to have turned her life around and brought her friends to a paradise island resort, but what is it costing?
“Finally, we go behind the scenes on one of Rani's investigative podcasts. But her friend and producer Samira is worried when Rani gets too involved in the story of a witching tree, with a malign influence over those who come into contact with it. Secrets will be revealed in an explosive finale!”
Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering Rani Takes on the World: Beyond Bannerman Road and Volume 2 (title TBA) together in a bundle from just £33.
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.