In July 1999 Big Finish Productions released The Sirens of Time its first full cast Doctor Who audio starring Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. It was the launchpad for nearly 200 monthly releases to date and a whole host of spin-offs and specials, including Gallifrey, Jago & Litefoot and Counter-Measures. To mark this very special anniversary, Big Finish is planning a landmark release in October 2014, The Worlds of Doctor Who.
The five-disc release will encompass many of Big Finish’s Doctor Who ranges, while telling one huge interlinking story. It begins with Mind Games, in which Henry Gordon Jago (Christopher Benjamin) and Professor Litefoot (Trevor Baxter) investigate a sinister stage magician who is working at Jago’s theatre in Victorian London. That magician, Mr Rees, will make his presence felt throughout these adventures, and he is played by none other than Jamie Glover, who portrayed William Russell in An Adventure in Space and Time.
The story shifts to the early 1960s in The Reesinger Process, as Rachel Jensen (Pamela Salem), Group Captain Gilmore (Simon Williams), Allison Williams (Karen Gledhill) and Sir Toby Kinsella (Hugh Ross) set Counter-Measures in motion when a number of high profile public figures die in strange circumstances.
A few decades later, the UNIT vault is in lockdown in The Screaming Skull, and Mike Yates (Richard Franklin) brings operatives Ruth Matheson (Daphne Ashbrook) and Charlie Sato (Yee Jee Tso) out of isolation in order to break inside.
Finally, in Second Sight, the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) is on the scene – and so are agents from Gallifrey, in the form of Romana (Lalla Ward) and Leela (Louise Jameson). And the final battle with Rees commences…