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Big Finish Productions marks 50 years of the Sontarans with an epic four-part audio drama series, Sontarans vs Rutans, which begins today at The Battle of Giant’s Causeway.
Doctor Who – Sontarans vs Rutans: The Battle for Giant's Causeway, written by Lizzie Hopley, is now available to own for just £10.99 (collector's edition CD + download) or £8.99 (download only), exclusively here.
A temporal tidal wave leads the Doctor, Charley and C’rizz to the Giant’s Causeway, Ireland 55BC, where the TARDIS drains of power and they encounter Sontarans who believe they’re Roman Legionnaires. What has caused this and what is the strange secret in the rocks?
Producer David Richardson said: “I realised the 50th anniversary of The Time Warrior was approaching and that we were long overdue a big, epic foray into the Sontaran/Rutan war.
“Writer Lizzie Hopley sets up the saga with an alien clash set back in history… As well as bringing Sontarans and Rutans to Earth it is, of course, notable for the reunion of that lead cast...
“When you’ve got that much instant and easy chemistry it just makes everyone’s job very straightforward. There was a lot of laughter and love.”
Actor Conrad Westmaas, returning to play chameleon-like alien companion C’rizz two decades on from his debut, said: “This isn’t something any of us saw coming but – 20 years after they were first thrown together – the Eighth Doctor, Charley and C’rizz are back for their most explosive, action-packed adventure yet!
“Lizzie really ‘gets’ this trio, and from the word go the three are caught up in a Sontaran vs Rutan crossfire at a very bloody and mystical point in Earth history.”
And writer Lizzie Hopley added: “I must boast that this was partly my idea. I’ve written for the Eighth Doctor and Charley before and when it came to this story, I just felt someone was missing – a very important someone.
“The Rutan character was new for me to explore. That’s why C’rizz was so important to this story. They’re shapeshifters and he can identify with that. What’s it like to empathise with a Rutan? Yikes!
“Conrad is an actor capable of such complexity, he has this unique blend of naivety and darkness whilst understanding humour. He is a gift to write for.”
Doctor Who – Sontarans vs Rutans will be released in monthly parts between January and April 2024, with a story which weaves through the lives of the Third, Sixth, Eighth and War Doctors.
All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release.
Please note that 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.