A new Doctor Who 50th anniversary adventure will bring together “all the surviving Doctors,” plus a number of their original companions, according to writer and director Nicholas Briggs.
Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann are explicitly confirmed for the 100-minute-long audio story The Light at the End, while Briggs has hinted that remaining Doctors Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and incumbent Matt Smith are “behind the project”, and that the Time Lord’s first three incarnations, originally played by the late William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, could also feature.
“We wanted to do a proper, fully-fledged multi-Doctor story for this very special occasion,” said Briggs, who will also executive produce and direct the story for Big Finish productions. “It’s wonderful that all the surviving Doctors threw themselves behind the project so enthusiastically. That’s not to say the first three Doctors don’t appear – we wanted to pay homage to the whole history of the classic series.”
Meanwhile, the multiple Doctors are not the only characters returning for the adventure. Listeners can look forward to “appearances from some much-cherished old friends from the TV series” as well as several of the original actresses who played the Time Lord’s companions.
Louise Jameson will reprise her role as leather-clad barbarian Leela (although listeners will just have to imagine that outfit) who travelled with fourth Doctor Tom Baker, while Sarah Sutton will return as scientist Nyssa, who crossed over between Baker and Peter Davison. Her successor Nicola Bryant, aka American student Peri, will be joined by Sophie Aldred as Sylvester McCoy’s streetwise companion Ace and India Fisher as Edwardian adventurer Charley Pollard, who accompanied Paul McGann’s eighth Doctor in a series of BBC radio plays produced by Big Finish.
Last, but not least, the Doctor’s arch-enemy the Master is back to “create mayhem”, voiced by Geoffrey Beevers who played him in the TV series as a decaying husk at the tail end of his final regeneration.
Plot details for The Light at the End are currently scarce but the “very special story” will see the Doctor’s various incarnations thrust together as they face “imminent destruction”.
Due for release in November, the audio production comes as a standard two-disc pack, as well as a limited edition five-disc set, complete with two hour-long documentaries plus an extra adventure, The Revenants, performed by William Russell, star of the very first Doctor Who TV story.