The Fifth Doctor and his former companion Leela are back together in a new audio drama called Doctor Who: The Fifth Doctor Adventures – Wicked Sisters, out today. The time travellers will have to stop two powerful and reckless sisters, Abby and Zara, who threaten all of space and time, in a brand new full-cast audio drama released today:
Abby and her sister Zara are not real people. They were made, created by pan-dimensional beings – the Grace – to help save space and time.
The Grace gave the sisters special powers. With just a thought they can be anywhere or when in the universe. They can affect people, see into their heads, and influence their thoughts.
And now, Abby and Zara must die…
The Doctor and Leela first encountered Abby and Zara in Big Finish’s Key2Time trilogy. The sisters were later given their own spin-off range Graceless.
Peter Davison, Louise Jameson, Ciara Janson, and Laura Doddington reprises their roles of The Fifth Doctor, Leela, Abby, and Zara. They are joined by Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard, Doctor Who), Pandora Clifford (Fearless, Doctors), and Nicky Goldie (Call the Midwife).
The box set is written by Simon Guerrier and directed by Lisa Bowerman. The synopsis for the three new adventures are available below:
“The Garden of Storms”
In pursuit of Abby and Zara, Leela pilots the TARDIS to the eye of a violent storm in time. Yet she and the Doctor find themselves in an idyllic garden city, the people contented and happy. They soon discover that this bliss comes at a terrible cost, and that Abby and Zara are determined to put things right… so how can Leela and the Doctor stop them?
Life is hard for the early pioneers building the first settlements on the Moon. The laws of Earth don’t apply here, and there are tussles over limited resources vital to survival. Arriving on the Moon, the Doctor and Zara discover that an aggressive alien species lies in wait. Yet there’s something very strange about these particular Sontarans: they refuse to fight.
“The People Made of Smoke”
Abby and Zara strive to use their powers for good but it’s clear they are damaging reality – and allowing monstrous creatures to bleed through from beyond. The Doctor knows he can only save the universe by destroying his friends. But just how much might he be willing to sacrifice if there’s a chance to save them?
Actor Laura Doddington said:
“They tried to get rid of us and they didn’t manage to – we’re here! It was like going back to the beginning of ‘Key2Time,’ in studio with Peter Davison, and having Louise Jameson there was awesome with such a lovely energy. Simon Guerrier has let the characters develop so brilliantly, and it’s so enjoyable to have the wit and banter that he gives us. It’s really lovely to play. We recorded it before Christmas last year, it seems so long ago, and it was great to be with Ciara Janson again.”
Director Lisa Bowerman added:
“It was a very happy team, it’s good to be able to work with people who get on, having a bit of a gossip, and Peter Davison’s always great to have around. If you have a happy working environment, you generally produce good work and I think we have here. We have the Sontarans in it too so it was great to have Dan Starkey join us, and we have a couple of newbies to Big Finish as well which always helps the mix.”
Doctor Who: The Fifth Doctor Adventures – Wicked Sisters is available to purchase on Big Finish website as a CD and a digital download.