Shakespeare and secrets for the First Doctor

Jemma Powell, Claudia Grant, Jamie Glover, David Bradley

Ahead of (Virtual) Big Finish Day, we’ve been given details of The First Doctor Adventures Volume 05. And there’s more: as part of Virtual Big Finish Day Claudia Grant and Carole Ann Ford are interviewed together in a panel Big Finish are calling The Two Susans! A reminder that events start at 4 pm (UK time) Saturday 1 August 2020 on the Big Finish YouTube channel. Details of that boxset follow.

Shoreditch, Shakespeare and Urth!

David Bradley reprises his TV role as the first incarnation of the Doctor, as seen on screen in the Doctor Who story, Twice Upon A Time, in two new full-cast audio adventures.  

The First Doctor’s time team rides again! Ian, Barbara and Susan (portrayed by An Adventure in Space and Time actors Jamie Glover, Jemma Powell and Claudia Grant) are once again whisked into Earth’s history, and the galaxy’s future, by the mysterious Time Lord and his TARDIS.  

Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures – Volume Five, due to be released in April 2021, is now available to pre-order at the special price of £24.99 as a collector’s edition four-disc CD box set or £19.99 as a download, exclusively from the Big Finish website at  

This new volume will contain two thrilling new adventures:  

The Hollow Crown by Sarah Grochala  

When the TARDIS lands in Shoreditch, 1601, the Doctor suggests going to see a play at the Globe and his friends readily agree. 

But this is a turbulent time. There is violence in the street, plots against the Queen, and rebellion is in the air. At the centre of it all stands the most famous playwright in British history – William Shakespeare. Who is having troubles of his own. 

As tensions mount, and wheels turn within wheels, the travellers are about to discover if the play really is the thing… 

For the Glory of Urth by Guy Adams 

The TARDIS has barely landed in an alien sewer when a distant scream sends Susan racing to give aid, and the crew split up. 

Trying to reunite, the travellers find themselves in something resembling a monastery – led by a man half-way between an Abbot and a warlord… and discover that this place is called ‘Urth’, a barbaric place clinging on to its former glory. 

It’s somewhere its populace are never allowed to leave – somewhere keeping many secrets from its people. 

And today… those secrets will be revealed. 

Actor David Bradley said:

“I like this team; Jamie, Jemma, Claudia and me, we well as a group. And we work well socially as a group. We just like each other. We seem to have a shared sense of humour and it’s the perfect balance, really. I think this business works best when you take the work seriously but not yourself.” 

Producer David Richardson added:

“What’s so lovely about this team – and I see this in so many of the Doctor Who casts – is how this group of actors work well both on and off mic. Filming An Adventure in Space and Time was clearly a very happy part of their lives, and they’ve remained firm friends ever since.  

“Making these audios is an opportunity for them to get together, catch up and play in the world of Doctor Who again. Whenever we all get back together at the studio, it’s a very happy place to be.” 

Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures – Volume Five can be pre-ordered now at the special price of £24.99 as a collector’s edition four-disc CD box set or £19.99 as a download, exclusively from the Big Finish website.  

Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering this box set in a bundle with the fourth volume in this series for just £48 on CD or £39 as a download.

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