Big Finish Chronicles Audio Series Features Doctors Stars

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Three new audio series featuring the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors are set to materialize later this year.British production company Big Finish, best known for its Doctor Who line of books and audio plays, unveiled “The Doctor Chronicles”—a trio of tales with narration by Nicholas Briggs.Set for release in May, the Ninth Doctor’s four-story set includes an adventure penned by writer Cavan Scott, “whose acclaimed work on the Ninth Doctor comics made him an obvious choice,” Chronicles co-producer Scott Handcock said in a statement.Scott and Handcock, who wrote episode three, are joined by Whoniverse contributors Una McCormack and James Goss.“And as anyone who’s heard the ‘Destiny of the Doctor’ range will already know, Nicholas Briggs makes for the ideal reader,” according to Handcock.The man behind many of Doctor Who villains’ masks, Briggs is most famous for voicing the Daleks and Cybermen. But he also serves as director, screenwriter, and actor for a handful of related content, and helps run Big Finish as an executive producer.“The fun of doing these releases for me is that it’s a big performance challenge, and a chance to build on what I’ve learnt” from doing other audiobook readings,” Briggs said.But he won’t tackle the series alone: Supporting voices include Camille Coduri (pictured) and Bruno Langley, reprising their roles as Jackie Tyler and Adam Mitchell, respectively.Doctor Who returned to the air in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston at the helm; after one season, the actor departed, making way for David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor, who later regenerated into Matt Smith. Don’t expect to hear any of the original Time Lords’ voices, though; Briggs will portray all three incarnations for the Big Finish production.“While we’re waiting to one day hopefully make full-cast adventures with these Doctors, we thought a good way for us to explore these more recent eras of the program would be to have me performing them as enhanced readings, with guest voices, too,” Briggs said.Each volume will be on sale separately as a digital download for $20 or CD for $29. Fans can also pre-order bundles, collecting all three series together in digital or physical formats for between $69 and $125 upon release in 2018.“I’m not a mimic or an impersonator, although I’ve always had fun capturing the essential spirit of people’s voices, so that’s what I’m doing here,” Briggs said. “There’s no way you’ll mistake my performances for the actual Doctors in question, but my hope is that you’ll be in no doubt which Doctor is speaking. I also hope that my genuine affection for these great actors and Doctors shines through.”last_img