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Cover artwork and story details are revealed today for the third part of the Sontarans vs Rutans mini-series, due for release in March 2024 from Big Finish Productions.
The Sontarans first appeared in Doctor Who in 1974, going on to become a favourite of fans of the series in both the 20th and 21st century incarnations of the show.
In Born To Die, Colin Baker features as the Doctor, accompanied by India Fisher as Charley Pollard. This full-cast audio adventure is set during the period when Charley found herself in the far future, separated from the Eighth Doctor, before being rescued by the Sixth Doctor.
When a trip to the planet Taxodon to see its native species, the Knox, goes wrong the Doctor finds himself with mere hours to prove himself innocent of murdering a Sontaran. With more Sontarans dying, the Doctor and Charley need to work but what is killing them and why the Sontarans are even on Taxodon in the first place… if they have time…
Born to Die has been written by Tiegan Byrne, a name which maybe familiar to Big Finish listeners from her acting credits in Rani Takes on the World or as Runa in the most recent pair of The War Doctor Begins box sets. This adventure marks Tiegan’s Big Finish writing debut after being recruited by script editor John Dorney.
Tiegan explained: “John simply said to me, ‘The story needs to be the Doctor, his companion, a Sontaran and a Rutan on a planet…. Whatever happens is up to you.’ And that was it. It was completely open for me to play with and explore.
“It was definitely a challenge. There were a lot of Doctor Who ‘laws’ and previous storylines which I honestly had little idea about. And I really knew nothing about the Rutans! However, it was the perfect excuse to rewatch lots of classic episodes and listen to Big Finish box sets!
“I loved the freedom and creativity involved writing Born To Die and even more so, finding ways for the story to work alongside the other episodes in the series. John and the other writers were so supportive and helpful, it was an absolute joy.”
Big Finish listeners can purchase each part of Sontarans vs Rutans individually for just £10.99 (collector's edition CD + download) or £8.99 (download only), from the website at www.bigfinish.com.
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.