As the tenth anniversary of the revival of Doctor Who approaches Big Finish Productions have announced that for the first time they will be allowed to produce material based upon elements of the 21st century incarnation of the Doctor’s adventures.
Jemma Redgrave will appear as Kate Stewart in a new series of audio dramas entitled UNIT – The New Series beginning in November 2015. The full release from Big Finish reads:
Big Finish is delighted to announce that Kate Stewart and her UNIT team from the Doctor Who TV series will be starring in a brand new series of audio dramas, in a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide.
Kate is the daughter of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and Head of Scientific Research at the Unified Intelligence Taskforce, which investigates and confronts alien attacks on the planet Earth. The role is portrayed by Jemma Redgrave (Dracula, Frankie, Cold Blood) who has appeared opposite Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi on television, and returns for the audio series.
“We’re thrilled that Jemma is on board for our brand new UNIT adventures,” says series producer David Richardson, “and we feel privileged to work within the universe of New Series Doctor Who for the first time. UNIT: Extinction will showcase all the excitement, drama and wit that viewers of Doctor Who love.”
“Having worked with the greatly missed Nicholas Courtney and his magnificent portrayal of the Brigadier since the early days of Big Finish, it is wonderful to see the return of UNIT under the Brig’s daughter,” says executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery. “We are all very excited about bringing UNIT back to Big Finish with the next generation and look forward immensely to working with Jemma again, who appears in this month’s Doctor Who main range release Doctor Who – Mistfall.”
“I’m really excited to hear Jemma and her team battling to save the Earth,” says executive producer Nick Briggs. “They’ve been such an important part of the many exciting things to come out of the Doctor Who TV series in recent years.”
Additional cast members for the first box set, UNIT: Extinction, will be revealed later. This first box set release comprises four hours of adventure, in which Kate and her team confront an alien invasion by the Nestene Consciousness and its army of plastic Autons.
UNIT: Extinction will be released in November 2015, and is available for specially-priced pre-order, with all pre-orders getting a copy of Nicholas Courtney’s memoirs A Soldier in Time as a free download as Supplementary content in Big Finish accounts.
Three additional box sets will be available at six monthly intervals, with all four available for a Bundled pre-order. For many more details, watch this space in coming months.
The awarding of the licence for UNIT – The New Series is a massive step forward in the door being opened for Big Finish being permitted to make new adventures with the concepts and characters of the 21st century series, and without doubt would not have happened without the support of the current television production team headed up by Steven Moffat.
What odds a second spin-off in the form of The Paternoster Gang with Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, and Strax within the next year or so? A crossover of these characters with Jago & Litefoot would undoubtedly set Doctor Who fandom afire.
David Tennant is a self-confessed fan of Big Finish (having appeared in several of their productions before being cast as the Doctor) so The Tenth Doctor Adventures come 2017?