In news guaranteed to raise debate, Big Finish has announced it will relaunch how it sells Doctor Who. The main range will end at release #275. While this has been much suggested for some years, it is still likely to provoke conversation as there is scant specific detail as to what will come next. I notice no comment on likely volume / pricing / discounts / all you can listen or similar. There is good detail on how to close down existing subscriptions.
The press release follows below (or on the Big Finish site). See you on the forums! [Update 26 May — here’s the Divergent Universe thread on the topic, if you’d like to join in]
Big Finish Doctor Who relaunch details
Here is everything we’ve been told:
Commencing January 2022, Big Finish will relaunch its regular Doctor Who release schedule as a series of dedicated ranges for each of the first twelve incarnations of the Doctor.
For more than two decades, Big Finish has been producing brand new Doctor Who audio adventures starring the actors who originated the role on TV; Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, David Tennant and John Hurt.
In recent years, many new ranges have been introduced to the release schedule, incorporating all of the Doctors’ eras from 1963 to 2017. As the company looks to the future, a revised schedule will see a number of new range additions.
Senior Producer David Richardson said:
“There are so many exciting new directions ahead. Where did the First Doctor and Dodo go next after leaving the planet of The Savages? What happened to the Second Doctor after The War Games? What new adventures await the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith? What happened on the Seventh Doctor’s Last Day? The adventures are only just beginning…”
The original Big Finish audio drama range – now called the Monthly Adventures – represents a continuous, unbroken run of new Doctor Who audio adventures, one every month, since 1999. This range, of late featuring adventures for the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors, will end with release number 275. Thereafter, there will be a regular rotation of releases, with each Doctor starring in their own box sets of adventures throughout the year.
Big Finish chairman and executive producer, Jason Haigh-Ellery said:
“One comment we hear more often from new listeners is that they find it hard to know where to begin with our back catalogue of Doctor Who adventures. This change to our release schedule will make it easier for people to start. With a range for each Doctor, there will be a natural ‘stepping on point’ for fans.”
Creative director and executive producer, Nicholas Briggs, added:
“As well as making our ranges much less confusing for Big Finish beginners, these changes will allow us more exciting new possibilities and creative freedom.
“By freeing the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors from the constrictions of the Monthly Adventures schedule, and giving them their own distinct ranges, we will be able to introduce more surprising cast combinations, different story lengths, and more story arcs.”
Big Finish listeners keen to complete their collection of Monthly Adventures should read the following:
- A 3-release CD / download subscription will be available, starting from #271, #272 or #273, which should enable the majority of subscribers to extend their subscription to the end of the range. Three-release subscriptions are priced at £32.50 for collector’s edition CDs and £27.50 for downloads
- Any existing subscribers who find themselves unable to purchase #274 or #275 via a combination of the 12/6/3-release options should contact firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be able to process their orders offline.
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What happened on the Seventh Doctor’s last day? He went to San Francisco, got shot, went to the hospital, was operated on, and regenerated into Paul McGann.