In 2019, audio production company Big Finish will celebrate 20 years of creating Doctor Who stories on audio, and it’s doing it in style with Doctor Who: The Legacy Of Time, the biggest audio crossover event ever!
Time is collapsing. Incidents of temporal chaos and devastation are appearing throughout the many lives of the Doctor and his friends – fallout from one terrible disaster. The Doctor must save history itself – and he will need all the help he can get. The truth is revealed, and it will take more than one Doctor to save the day!
The cast of The Legacy of Time includes nothing less than all five remaining “classic era” Doctors – Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann – along with stars from both the classic TV series – including Katy Manning, Louise Jameson, Lalla Ward and Sophie Aldred – as well as the modern era, such as Alex Kingston, Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver.
Also along for the ride are Big Finish legends Lisa Bowerman, India Fisher, Simon Williams, Pamela Salem, Karen Gledhill, Hugh Ross, Tim Treloar and Anna Hope.
Consisting of six hour-long stories, the boxset will see characters from the entire history of Doctor Who crossing paths – some for the very first time! Professor River Song (Alex Kingston) will meet Doctor Who‘s other time-travelling archaeologist, Professor Bernice Summerfield (Lisa Bowerman), while Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) will travel back in time to meet the Third Doctor (voiced by Tim Treloar) and Jo Grant (Katy Manning).
As 2019 is also the 30th anniversary year of their first appearance in Remembrance of the Daleks, the Counter-Measures team will be reunited with the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred). And the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) and his companion Charlotte Pollard (India Fisher) once again meet Detective Inspector Patricia Menzies (Anna Hope) in a police procedural like no other! Plus we go to Gallifrey, and elsewhere we enter the Time War!
Executive Producer and founder members of Big Finish, Nicholas Briggs says of this exciting new release: “The Legacy of Time will probably go down in Big Finish history as our biggest, most exciting production, ever! Celebrating 20 years of Doctor Who at Big Finish, it expertly pulls together all the strands from our many and varied Doctor Who ranges. This is down to the brilliance of script editor Matt Fitton and producer David Richardson. They epitomise the creative strength, organisational expertise and leadership of the company. Quite simply, this is going to blow people’s minds! It’s got everything!”
“How do you celebrate 20 years of Doctor Who at Big Finish?” asks producer David Richardson. “How do you celebrate something that has meant so much to all of us who work here – the friendships, the freedom to be creative, the glory that is Doctor Who itself? That was the challenge facing myself and Matt Fitton, but once I’d had an idea for what this six-hour epic would be about – spoilers! – it was then relatively easy to start assembling the huge team of characters and actors who would take us on the journey. The Legacy of Time is quite possibly the biggest Doctor Who story we have ever told at Big Finish. It’s been so hugely satisfying to make – I hope everyone finds it just as satisfying to listen to!”
Chairman and Executive producer of Big Finish, Jason Haigh-Ellery said: “In July 1999 we released The Sirens of Time. In July 2019 we’re releasing The Legacy of Time. Those two decades have been so fulfilling for us at Big Finish – a chance to work with so many great and talented actors, writers, productions crews and all of our friends at the BBC. This is a celebration of it all, with lots of surprise returns and references. Think of it as one massive Doctor Who party – and everyone is invited…”
Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time will be released in July 2019 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Big Finish’s first Doctor Who release, The Sirens of Time. It will be available from www.bigfinish.com on download and, as one of the last audio producers and distributors still making CDs, released in an eight-disc CD set with a limited edition of just 4,000.