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The Eighth of March

The Eighth of March

8 March 2019

In celebration of International Women’s Day, eight incredible, powerful and wonderful women from the Doctor Who universe come together for an audio box set like no other. The Eighth of March includes the debut of the Paternoster Gang, the meeting of Leela and River, and two Osgoods – it’s not one to miss!

The Eighth of March is out now. Starring Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Professor Bernice Summerfield (Lisa Bowerman); Professor River Song (Alex Kingston) and Leela (Louise Jameson); UNIT-team Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and Osgood (Ingrid Oliver); and in a Big Finish first, Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her wife Jenny (Catrin Stewart) from The Paternoster Gang

This new box set celebrates these powerful, multifaceted characters in stories very unique to the Doctor Who universe.

Scattered through all of space and time, there are many women whose paths have crossed that of the Doctor.

Some were once fellow TARDIS travellers, some staunch allies defending the Earth, and one was the Doctor’s wife…

From Victorian London, to an intergalactic convention, from the offices of UNIT, to an impossible university library – on the 8th of March, four very different adventures will unfold.

20 years ago, the first ever release from Big Finish Productions was an adventure featuring one of the Doctor’s companions, archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, and Big Finish has continued to create series starring empowering female heroes ever since.

The Eighth of March is not only a celebration of many great female Doctor Who characters (including the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker), but a reminder that one of the great virtues of Big Finish is that it is able to explore and add to the mythology of many amazing characters.

Director Helen Goldwyn told us more about The Eighth of March: “It seems very timely to celebrate some of the women of Doctor Who, especially as the female characters in the series have evolved over the years to reflect how women's roles have changed in society too; from assistants and inferiors to equals and adversaries!

“And what's it been like, working with all these wonderful, legendary Doctor Who actors (not to mention all the fantastic guest actors too)? Well it could only ever be a delight and a privilege really, couldn't it? How fantastic to be part of a series that not only brings the women of Doctor Who to the forefront, but which also celebrates Big Finish's commitment to represent and nurture female creatives like myself who have, for so long, been in the minority. This production brings us another step forward and I'm proud to be part of that.”

The Eighth of March is available now at £25 on CD or £20 on download from www.bigfinish.com. It will remain at this price until general release at the end of April, when it will be available for £30 on CD or £25 on download.

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