Big Finish has just released the first in the latest Eighth Doctor boxsets — Stranded 1. It’s 2020, but not as we know it. Details below, look out for my review soon. Lots to look forward too!
Doctor Who vs London 2020!
A brand-new era in the Eighth Doctor’s timeline begins today, as the TARDIS team find themselves marooned in 21st century London.
He’s fought Daleks, the Ravenous and the Weeping Angels; now how will he cope with the domestic hell of having neighbours?
Paul McGann stars as the Doctor, alongside Hattie Morahan (Helen Sinclair), Nicola Walker (Liv Chenka), Rebecca Root (Tania Bell), Tom Price (Sergeant Andy Davidson), Clive Wood (Mr Bird) and Tom Baker (the Curator).
They are joined by a terrific cast of guest stars, including Big Finish newcomers Avita Jay and Amina Zia as the Ahktar sisters, and David Shaw-Parker and Jeremy Clyde as Ron and Tony.
And, making his Doctor Who debut at Big Finish, playing Robin, is Joel James Davison, son of legendary Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison.
Doctor Who: Stranded 1 is now available to own as a collector’s edition CD box set (priced at £24.99), or on download (at £19.99) exclusively from www.bigfinish.com.
The TARDIS is gone. Stranded in one time and place, the Doctor, Liv and Helen seek refuge in Baker Street. But the house has changed: they now have neighbours – not all of them welcoming. And someone has a dire warning for the future.
The Doctor and friends face their greatest challenge yet: living one day after another, in 2020 London.
Producer David Richardson added:
“We’d always intended Doctor Who: Stranded to be focused on characters, and what’s been lovely is that as we got underway, and saw these characters and actors inter-relating, it made us realise the endless possibilities we have to play with.
“The dynamics are wonderful – for example, you can just pop Liv and Andy into a scene and let them talk, and it’s golden. And beyond our main team of five, there’s also the extended family who live at Baker Street – like Ron and Tony, who have been together for decades, and have a secret of their own; sisters Aisha and Zakia, whose lives will be changed forever by the time travellers; young Robin, continually abandoned by his work-addicted dad, who will befriend Helen.
“The more we explored this large ensemble, the more excited we got – we’ve found, I think, a very different way of telling Doctor Who stories.”
Doctor Who: Stranded 1 contains four brilliant stories:
Lost Property by Matt Fitton
Trying to find a way to resume his travels, the Doctor calls in some old favours.
As the residents get to know the new arrivals, something else finds its way into Baker Street, seeding suspicion.
Helen meets a man with a very familiar face – and a terrible warning.
Wild Animals by John Dorney
After weeks of London living, some of the TARDIS crew are finding it easier to adjust than others.
Liv has found a new friend, but Helen is worried about the Doctor.
And when a tragic crime takes place, the Time Lord must learn the limits of his powers.
Must-See TV by Lisa McMullin
There are new arrivals in Baker Street: Sergeant Andy Davidson, and the helpful Mr Bird.
The Doctor isn’t happy that someone else in the house is more useful than him. When the residents’ TVs start to malfunction, he suspects foul play.
Someone is watching…
Divine Intervention by David K Barnes
As the Doctor becomes desperate, Helen and Liv advise him to accept their situation.
Liv makes a date – but gets more than she bargains for when the whole household comes along.
And when a threat from the future finally arrives, the Doctor is placed in real danger. It’s time for the truth to emerge…
Doctor Who: Stranded 1 is now available to own as a collector’s edition CD box set (priced at £24.99), or on download (at £19.99) exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Big Finish listeners can save even more money with a bundle of all four box sets, pre-ordering the entire series for just £88 as a collector’s edition CD box set or £79 as a digital download.
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