Catch up on a week of news and releases from the worlds of Big Finish!
This week has seen the release of our biggest title of 2015 – Doctor Who – The War Doctor 1: Only the Monstrous!
John Hurt returns to action as the War Doctor, the secret incarnation of our favourite Time Lord who has abandoned his peaceful code to wage war against the Daleks. Joined by an all star cast, including Jacqueline Pearce, Lucy-Briggs Owen, Carolyn Seymour, Beth Chalmers, Alex Wyndham, Kieran Hodgson, Barnaby Edwards, Mark McDonnell and John Banks, this epic new box-set has been written and directed by Big Finish Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs, and contains three action-packed new stories from the heart of the Time War!
If you still haven't experienced this sci-fi blockbuster, you can order the set today for just £20 on both CD or to Download – with our Time War Saga Bundle of all four War Doctor sets, plus the prequel Doctor Who – The Eighth Doctor: The Time War also available. And remember, when you buy any of these titles on CD directly from Big Finish, you will also unlock access to a digital copy for download on day of release. Doctor Who – The War Doctor 1: Only The Monstrous is exclusively available from Big Finish until March of next year when it goes on general release.
There are more time-travel tales to be enjoyed with our latest Doctor Who Main Range release. Doctor Who: You Are the Doctor and Other Stories contains four new adventures for the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) as they embark on a whirlwind TARDIS tour of the Universe!
From haunted houses to stranded space ships, these new stories by John Dorney, Jamie Anderson, Christopher Cooper and Matthew Elliot are sure to delight listeners this Christmas – and set the stage for the Seventh Doctor's future escapades in 2016. For those who've subscribed to this story through Big Finish, the last of this year's four free Subscriber Short Trips – Alice Cavender's seasonal Doctor Who: The Caves of Erith tale - also became available.
Another festive treat has come down our chimney in the form of The Confessions of Dorian Gray: The Spirits of Christmas. A collection of two yuletide chillers, this new release sees infamous anti-villain Dorian Gray (Alexander Vlahos) facing an assassination attempt by Father Christmas (David Warner) and confronting the ghosts of the past along his lover Toby (Hugh Skinner). Buy your copy today, and listen to the trailer below.
There more supernatural horror to look forward to in 2016, as this week we were pleased to confirm the return of Dark Shadows for its anniversary year! The new releases will begin with the Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary Special in June 2016. This two-hour celebration will see an old enemy return to a pivotal moment in the haunted history of the Collins family. You can pre-order this new release today on the range page here.
Then in Autumn 2016, terror will return to Collinsport in a brand-new 13-part serial - Dark Shadows: Bloodline. Written by Alan Flanagan, Will Howells, Aaron Lamont and Rob Morris, this mini-series will feature the return of the cursed Collins family, or at least those that survived the terrifying events of Dark Shadows: Bloodlust. As family and friends gather at the Collinwood estate for the wedding of David Collins and Amy Jennings, a new mystery starts to unfold...
More details and pre-orders for Dark Shadows: Bloodline will be available in the new year. In the meantime, catch up with the first mini-series Dark Shadows: Bloodlust on the Big Finish website today – with Episode 1 available to download for free.
We've also unvelied the cover for our March Doctor Who Main Range release, Doctor Who: The Peterloo Massacre. This purely historical tale sees the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) and Tegan (Janet Fielding) arrive in Manchester on one of the darkest days it the cities history. Discover more details about this release on the range page here.
Finally, and even further into the future, the writers for 2017's sixth series of Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures has been confirmed. Joining new-to-Big Finish writer Adrian Poynton is Cavan Scott and Mark Wright, James Goss, Phil Mulryne, Jonathan Morris, Andrew Smith and Marc Platt, across nine new adventures for the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Romana (Lalla Ward). You can subscribe to the series today here.
That's all for this week – but join us soon for the last of our December releases, a few more exclusive reveals and a special surprise we've been saving for this Christmas...