The war between the Sontarans and the Rutans has been going on for millennia. And is likely to continue for millennia more. A terrible conflict with no care for consequences or collateral damage. Billions have died with no end in sight.
Its reach can encompass ancient Ireland and a forest world in the far future. Encounters with UNIT and a Doctor no more.
From the outside these battles may seem disconnected. But sometimes there is a common thread. And unpicking that could destroy everything.
When a trip to the planet Taxodon goes wrong the Doctor finds himself with mere hours to prove himself innocent of murdering a Sontaran. As more die, the Doctor and Charley need to uncover the cause and why the Sontarans are even on this planet... if they have time.
Recorded on: 30 May 2023
Recorded at: The Soundhouse
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.”