With too little fanfare for my tastes, Big Finish has announced a new spin-off: The Robots with Nicola Walker as Liv Chenka. It’s Doctor free (as far as I can tell) and will be released from December 2019 as twelve stories over four three-disc sets, released every six months. This means it will run until June 2021!
The Robots 1
So far the set-up is:
During the events of Doctor Who – Ravenous 2, Liv Chenka left the Doctor and the TARDIS behind. Just for one year. A year during which she would live on Kaldor, and get to know her sister Tula all over again.
But Kaldor is going through a period of tumultuous change. Technology is changing at an advanced rate – the robots are evolving, artificial intelligence is adapting, and with these changes so politics is altering too. Dangerously.
Can Liv and Tula make a difference during the most turbulent time in the world’s history?
Her sister Tula (if you haven’t heard Ravenous 2 yet) is played by Claire Rushbrook.
We know more about Robots 1:
1.1 The Robots of Life by Roland Moore
Settling into life back on Kaldor, Liv investigates a medical centre where the patients are dying.
1.2 The Sentient by Robert Whitelock
Vissey is a young child – the sort of perfect young girl any parents would want to adopt. She is also artificial, and she sees the world in a very different way to humans.
1.3 Love Me Not by John Dorney
A widower goes to extreme lengths to keep the memories of his dead wife alive.
I’ve been a big fan of Liv Chenka right from her first Big Finish appearance alongside the Seventh Doctor in Robophobia. I even tipped her for a companion long before it happened! Roll on December!