The Doctor is Meeting Up With Shakespeare and Aliens in New Big Finish Stories

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The Doctor and his companions Susan, Ian, and Barbara are heading to Shakespearean England and an alien planet in two new stories from Big Finish to released in April 2021. David Bradley, Claudia Grant, Jamie Glover, and Jemma Powell portray The First Doctor, Susan, Ian, and Barbara. The actors were introduced to the Doctor Who universe in the TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time and, more recently, they portrayed the Tardis team in several Big Finish stories.
Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures Volume V is directed by Ken Bentley and produced by David Richardson. The box set is composed of two new stories:
‘The Hollow Crown’ by Sarah Grochala
When the TARDIS lands in Shoreditch, 1601, the Doctor suggests going to see a play at the Globe and his friends readily agree. But this is a turbulent time. There is violence in the street, plots against the Queen, and rebellion is in the air. At the centre of it all stands the most famous playwright in British history – William Shakespeare. Who is having troubles of his own. As tensions mount, and wheels turn within wheels, the travellers are about to discover if the play really is the thing…

‘For the Glory of Urth’ by Guy Adams

The TARDIS has barely landed in an alien sewer when a distant scream sends Susan racing to give aid, and the crew split up. Trying to reunite, the travellers find themselves in something resembling a monastery – led by a man half-way between an Abbot and a warlord… and discover that this place is called ‘Urth,’ a barbaric place clinging on to its former glory. It’s somewhere its populace are never allowed to leave – somewhere keeping many secrets from its people. And today… those secrets will be revealed. 

Actor David Bradley said:

“I like this team; Jamie, Jemma, Claudia and me, we work well as a group. And we work well socially as a group. We just like each other. We seem to have a shared sense of humour and it’s the perfect balance, really. I think this business works best when you take the work seriously but not yourself.” 

Producer David Richardson added:

“What’s so lovely about this team – and I see this in so many of the ‘Doctor Who’ casts – is how this group of actors work well both on and off mic. Filming An Adventure in Space and Time was clearly a very happy part of their lives, and they’ve remained firm friends ever since. Making these audios is an opportunity for them to get together, catch up, and play in the world of ‘Doctor Who’ again. Whenever we all get back together at the studio, it’s a very happy place to be.”

Claudia Grant and Carole Ann Ford will be interviewed together in a panel called The Two Susans during Virtual Big Finish Day. The Virtual event is set to take place on August 1 starting at 4 p.m. (UK time) on the Big Finish YouTube channel.

Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures – Volume V is available to pre-order as a CD box set or as a download, exclusively from the Big Finish website. As always, listeners can save money by ordering a bundle of the fourth and fifth volumes of the series.

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