Since 1999, Big Finish Productions has been producing official Doctor Who audio dramas, full-cast stories starring actors from the classic Doctor Who era reprising their roles. These audio dramas didn’t stop when the new Doctor Who show began in 2005, so now, sixteen years later, there are hundreds of audio dramas that have expanded the Whoniverse and its history (and that’s not even counting the various spin-off audio drama series that star friends, enemies, and companions). Earlier today on Twitter, Big Finish announced that May 2016 will see the release Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures, featuring David Tennant and Catherine Tate reprising their roles as the Doctor and Donna Noble for three all-new adventures.
Earlier this year, Big Finish began the official continuation of the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood. Many fans were also excited by the announcements that Big Finish will be releasing a War Doctor series starring John Hurt, a box set entitled The Diary of River Song starring Alex Kingston, and another set entitled The Eighth Doctor: The Time War starring Paul McGann. But the latest announcement may set some of the heroic Time Lord’s fanbase over the top. First appearing in the 2006 Doctor Who Christmas Special and then becoming a TARDIS traveling companion for the 2008 season, Donna Noble became a fan-favorite for audiences and her parting from the TARDIS caused heartbreak for many. Now she’s not only back, she’s in three new adventures that occur during her time with the Doctor.
Here’s Tennant and Tate talking about why they’re so looking forward to working together yet again. Apart from Doctor Who, they’ve also collaborated on episodes and comedy specials of The Catherine Tate Show, have appeared in game shows together such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and starred alongside each other on stage as the romantic leads in Much Ado About Nothing.
These will be the first Tenth Doctor audio dramas (which are different from audiobooks since they involve a full cast, music, and sound effects rather than one or two people narrating the story) but it is not David Tennant’s first time working with Big Finish. Years before he was cast as the Tenth Doctor, Tennant starred in several Doctor Who audio dramas, appearing as a Nazi in Colditz, a UNIT soldier in Sympathy for the Devil, and a Time Lord in the comedic tale Exile. He also appeared in Big Finish’s Doctor Who spin-off series Dalek Empire, featuring Dalek stories where the heroic Time Lord is nowhere to be found.
Here are the official descriptions from BigFinish.com of what adventures await the Tenth Doctor and Donna:
Technophobia by Matt Fitton, which is set in a London slightly in the future, where mankind is gradually losing its ability to use everyday technology.
Time Reaver by Jenny T Colgan the Doctor and Donna arrive on Calibris – ‘An entirely mechanical planet. Catch, hitch, fuel, fix, buy, pretty much any kind of transportation in existence.’ It’s also a world full of scoundrels, where a deadly black market has opened up in a device known only as the Time Reaver.
Death and the Queen by James Goss, Donna is swept along in a fairytale romance and meets the man of her dreams in the beautiful land of Goritania. What can possibly go wrong? And why has the Doctor never heard of Goritania?
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures is produced by David Richardson, script edited by Matt Fitton and James Goss and directed by Nicholas Briggs (whom many of you know as the voice of the Cybermen and many modern era Daleks).
What do you think? Are you excited to experience Donna and the Tenth Doctor again? Are there other modern day Doctors and companions you’d like to have return in audio dramas? Let us know!
Images courtesy of BigFinish.com.
Alan Sizzler Kistler (@SizzlerKistler) is a freelance writer and sci-fi/superhero historian, as well as the author of the New York Times Best Seller Doctor Who: A History. He is the creator and host of the podcast Crazy Sexy Geeks. Look for him on multiple panels this weekend at Comikaze in L.A.