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Posted 01 August 2015 - 11:41 AM

Big Finish released more details about "The Churchill Years" today. This is part of their new range of audios set in the new-era Doctor Who universe. Because Eccleston, Tennant, and Smith are not involved in this project (unless that's being kept tightly under wraps) I assume that it's going to be largely narration -- Churchill relating various incidents when he encountered the Doctor -- but there's also quite a large cast for something that's just narration. I tend to like the full-cast audio dramas more than the "narration + a couple actors" style that Big Finish has done for their "Companion Chronicles" series and for when they do stories with the first three Doctors. (Although Fraser Hines' does an uncanny Troughton.) So this seems like it would have to be more in the vein of the Companion Chronicles. Which I like, but I like the ones that are just plain audio dramas better.

Anyway . . . sounds intriguing. I might wait for some reviews before shelling out the cash. But heck, we don't even have a release date yet.


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Ian McNeice returns as the indomitable Winston Churchill.


In the four-hour saga, Winston relates a number of encounters with the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in his memoirs, battling alien incursions, metamorphosing creatures... and a Dalek!

1. The Oncoming Storm by Phil Mulryne
The War is raging over Europe, and Churchill is desperate for any advantage. A mysterious stone may hold the key to victory – but can the Ninth Doctor stop it from falling into the wrong hands?

2. Hounded by Alan Barnes
Churchill is plagued by a creature from his own psyche, which he calls ‘the Black Dog’. The Tenth Doctor may be the Prime Minister's only hope – but the Time Lord finds himself imprisoned by a conspiring government agency...

3. Living History by Justin Richards
Churchill joins the Eleventh Doctor and Kazran Sardick for a trip to Roman Britain. Julius Caesar's legions are clashing with the ancient Britons. But a far more powerful enemy is planning a war of its own. The Bronze God is about to leave it's temple...

4. The Chartwell Metamorphosis by Ken Bentley
Comfortably retired, Churchill plans to live out his days in peace. But an alien incursion launches the Prime Minister back into action and it will take everything he's learnt to win the day. Can an old ally of the Doctor's offer her assistance?

Written By: Phil Mulryne, Alan Barnes, Justin Richards, Ken Bentley
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Cast: Ian McNeice (Winston Churchill), Danny Horn (Kazran Sardick), Emily Atack (Hetty Warner), Michael Gould (Frederick Lindemann), Derek Riddell (Lt-Commander Sandy McNish), Phil Mulryne (Able Seaman Phillips), Jo Stone-Fewings (Major Wheatley) Amerjit Deu (The Swami), Stewart Scudamore (Danvers), Alistair Petrie (Julius Caesar), Laura Rogers (Queen Tristahna), John Banks (Mr Rogers) and Nicholas Briggs (The Dalek)

I don't recognize anyone other than Ian McNeice, and of course John Banks who's already been in a crap-ton of Big Finish series. (And Briggs, who always does Dalek voices.)

Here's the news item:


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Ian McNeice has finished recording his return as Winston Churchill in four brand new Doctor Who audio adventures.

Doctor Who: The Churchill Years is a box set of four stories starring Ian McNeice as the legendary war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Ian first took on the role in the Eleventh Doctor story Victory of the Daleks, and the new set details his further adventures with the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors. Each story is narrated from Churchill's viewpoint and is ably supported by a full guest cast of actors.

‘As I write this I’m sitting in the studio control room, listening to Ian being marvellous as Winston Churchill,’ says producer David Richardson. ‘I’m really excited by this box set - the scripts are terrific, and have been met by a rapturous response by everyone who has read them. And it’s our first venture into the lives of three of the 21st Century Doctors. Just wait until you hear Churchill’s memories of the Ninth Doctor during World War II…’

Opening story The Oncoming Storm by Phil Mulryne finds Churchill in the first weeks of the War, desperate for any advantage against the enemy. When a mysterious stone is found in a bomb site, it could prove the key to an Allied victory, but can the Ninth Doctor stop it from falling into the wrong hands?

In Hounded by Alan Barnes Churchill is plagued by a creature from his own psyche, which he calls ‘the Black Dog’. The Tenth Doctor may be the Prime Minister's only hope - but the Time Lord finds himself imprisoned by a conspiring government agency.

Living History by Justin Richards reintroduces A Christmas Carol companion Kazran Sardick (Danny Horn) for a trip back in time to Roman Britain. Churchill finds himself caught between the armies of Julius Caesar (Alistair Petrie) and the Ancient Britons – but a far mightier enemy is planning a war of its own. The Bronze God (Nicholas Briggs) is about to leave his temple...

Finally, Ken Bentley's The Chartwell Metamorphosis finds Churchill battling alien creatures during his retirement. It'll take everything he knows to survive – but can an old ally of the Doctor's offer her assistance?

Doctor Who: The Churchill Years is a five disc set and will be released in 2016. You can pre-order your copy today, alongside sister titles Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song and Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters as part of a special bundle.

You can also hear Ian in the Fourth Doctor Adventures story Doctor Who: The Renaissance Man.

(Anyway, for me it's back to Peter Davison and Lalla Ward in The Chaos Pool. Two parts in I'm quite enjoying it.)
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Posted 02 August 2015 - 11:51 AM

One more news item sneaked in today -- the return of Lily Arwell from "The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe."

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Doctor Who: Lily Arwell joins The Churchill Years!


Big Finish is delighted to announce the return of Holly Earl to the world of Doctor Who in this box set, which will be released in January 2016.


Holly first appeared as Lily in the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, where she aided Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor in rescuing her brother from a dangerous alien world.

Now working as a nurse for Winston Churchill (Ian McNeice) in his twilight years, Lily will find herself helping to overcome an alien incursion in The Chartwell Metamorphosis, the climatic story in the Doctor Who: The Churchill Years box-set.

Lily is one of the many character from the New Series of Doctor Who which producer David Richardson was keen to use in the first wave of Big Finish's new range.

‘If we’ve learned one thing from nearly 52 years of Doctor Who, it’s that meeting the Doctor transforms people’s lives. And Lily's life has been changed by the events of that Christmas episode - and what follows, as she is called in by the Doctor to help a friend in need. Lily is one of those great companions-that-might-have-been, and here she gets the chance to rise to the fore and fight an alien menace!’

Holly is the final member of cast for the brand-new box set, released in 2016. Already announced is the return of Danny Horn as Kazran Sardick, along with Alistair Petrei as Julius Caesar, Emily Atack as Hetty Warner, Laura Rogers as Queen Tristahna and Nicholas Briggs as a rogue Dalek, trapped in ancient Britain.

Doctor Who: The Churchill Years will be released in January 2016 alongside Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song. Doctor Who: Classic Doctors New Monsters will be released later in that year. Each release can be pre-ordered today for just £20 each on CD and Download, with special bundles also available. Click here to see the whole range:
http://www.bigfinish...-the-new-series

But with the cast and storylines for these titles now revealed, could there any more New Series announcements in the pipeline?

‘There might be one more significant recurring character from 21st Century Doctor Who that is on the brink of announcement… Watch this space over the coming days!’



Dig that last line.
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