His first big collection of Doctor Who audio adventures drop on Monday 14th December but before they’ve even reached our ears, Big Finish has revealed what John Hurt’s War Doctor will be up against when he returns for a second stint in the New Year.
The War Doctor 2: Infernal Devices (released in February 2016) will continue the legendary Time War, during which Hurt’s War Doctor has abandoned his generally rather peaceful ways to do battle with the Daleks, voiced by Nicholas Briggs.
Jacqueline Pearce will reprise her role as Cardinal Ollistra, who sends the Time Lord to investigate an initiative that could change the course of the War.
David Warner, Jamie Newall, Zoë Tapper, Robert Hands, Oliver Dimsdale, Laura Harding, Barnaby Kay, Jayce Griffiths, Tim Bentinck and Tracey Wiles all co-star.
And as for those adventures? Well, here are some short summaries of what’s to come…
1. Legion of the Lost by John Dorney
In a time of war, every means of victory must be explored. In the Time War, the unthinkable must be thought, and neither side can afford to be squeamish about their methods.
When the destruction of an obscene weapon leads to the Time Lord once known as the Doctor uncovering a secret Gallifreyan initiative, he cannot believe what is being considered.
Should victory be sought at any cost? Or are there worse possibilities than losing to the Daleks..?
2. A Thing of Guile by Phil Mulryne
The Daleks are developing a secret weapon on Asteroid Theta 12. It is imperative that their plans are uncovered. Cardinal Ollistra has her hands full studying the range of ancient and mysterious armaments the universe has to offer, but she makes it a personal mission to investigate the Dalek project.
On this dangerous assignment, there is one particular Time Lord she wants at her side – and he will be accompanying her whether he wants to or not.
3. The Neverwhen by Matt Fitton
On an isolated world ravaged by battle, time itself has become a weapon, laying waste to all who live and die there. Arms and technology are in a state of flux – and it seems that everlasting war is their only option.
The arrival of one battered Type Forty TARDIS inside this nightmare offers hope to the combatants trapped within. But when he discovers the truth, the horrors of the Neverwhen will shock even the War Doctor…
2016 is going to be a busy year for Big Finish, what with David Tennant and Catherine Tate teaming up to bring Ten and Donna back to the Tardis, and River Song teaming up with Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor.
But if all that seems ever so far away just remember, you can catch up with Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor in the Doctor Who Christmas Special on BBC1 on Christmas Day at 5:15pm.