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It’s Baker Street through time in Doctor Who: Stranded 2, the latest Eighth Doctor Adventure, released today from Big Finish.
These four exciting episodes take the Doctor (Paul McGann), with his companions Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) and Helen Sinclair (Hattie Morahan), out of their domestic lives and back tumbling through time – but all from the comfort of Baker Street.
The TARDIS is still stranded – but the healing process has begun. After living in Baker Street for months, the Doctor, Liv and Helen find their new friends becoming curious about who they really are.
But is it wise to tell them, when their future – and their past – are filled with danger?
And in the shadows, the Curator is watching.
Returning from Stranded 1 are Rebecca Root (Tania Bell), Tom Price (Sergeant Andy Davidson), Clive Wood (Mr Bird), Avita Jay (Zakia Akhtar), Amina Zia (Aisha Akhtar), Tom Baker (the Curator) and Joel James Davison (Robin Bright-Thompson). Joining for volume two are guest stars Jon Culshaw (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) and Anjli Mohindra (Nisha).
Script editor and writer of the box set opener, Dead Time, Matt Fitton said: “My script follows straight on from the end of Stranded 1, with the Doctor realising the TARDIS is beginning to recover. He’s absolutely desperate to take it on a test flight but he’s also surrounded by all these people who want answers – to know who he is, what he’s doing and what the TARDIS is. What’s lovely with this first episode is that it’s just those characters, and they end up in a situation where they may be stranded again, in a much more dangerous environment.”
Writer of second episode, UNIT Dating, Roy Gill added: “Although Stranded is a character driven series, the story I wanted to tell required a close eye on plot mechanics. So working out the logic of the story and how the scenes would intercut was probably the biggest challenge. That did mean I went into scripting with a very tight plan, so I was able to have a lot of fun exploring dialogue and character moments... It was a tricky one to outline and a fun one to write.”
Of her episode, Baker Street Irregulars, Lisa McMullin said: “We decided to do something with the sisters, Zakia and Aisha, which would be connected to the Special Operations Executive – the country’s sabotage and espionage department during the Second World War. It was based for a time in Baker Street so it would have been rude not to visit them!”
And writer of finale, The Long Way Round, John Dorney added about the series: “The reaction to Stranded 1 was really gratifying. When it came out we were all very aware of how unusual it is. We knew what we were trying to do was atypical Doctor Who and we weren’t sure how our listeners were going to respond, although we were all very proud of it. But everyone very much liked that we were doing something rather different.”
Big Finish listeners can save even more money with a bundle of all four box sets, pre-ordering the entire series for just £88 as a collector’s edition CD box set or £79 as a digital download.
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.