The McCoy era saw some dramatic changes in the character of the Doctor as the program entered a new age of greatness. Classic adventures such as Remembrance of the Daleks, Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Curse of Feric and more showed that the series thought tired and ready for the scrap heap had some life in it yet. What was intended to be McCoy’s fourth and final series would have pushed the envelope even further, introducing a new companion as the ultimate destiny of Ace was revealed.
Yet, this was not to be. Doctor Who was retired in 1989 and would take a long time to return. However, the creators and cast of these ‘lost stories’ have convened at Big Finish to bring the adventures that we thought would never be seen to our ears.
What is the secret of the Martian relics? As the legendary War Lord Sezhyr returns to life, the Doctor is faced with some of his oldest and deadliest enemies.
The fate of Earth – and the future of Ace – are now intertwined…
The story takes the Doctor and Ace to Russia in the 1960s, where some alien artifacts have fallen into Soviet hands… and others are trying to obtain them.
Guest stars include Ricky Groves as Markus Greevy and John Albasiny as Felnikov – two characters who will be seen again this season…
Meanwhile Beth Chalmers – who will debut as the Doctor’s new companion Raine next month – plays Lt Raina Kerenskaya/Sezhyr in Thin Ice.
Release date 30 April, 2011
Update from Big Finish:
DOCTOR WHO UPDATE
As you will see from the production details on the site, Sylvester McCoy’s latest batch of adventures take us up until September 2011. Following that, from October to December 2011, Paul McGann returns as the Eighth Doctor, with Julie Cox as new companion Mary Shelley. We were hoping to make this announcement exclusively in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine, but unfortunately, an over-enthusiastic cast member from one of these productions, included the news in his personal podcast!
‘Once comedian Mitch Benn realized he’d leaked unwisely, he apologized and very kindly removed the section from his podcast,’ explains Nick Briggs. ‘But you know the internet, once the news is out there, it’s out there! We’ll be announcing the story titles and the rest of the cast details in DWM, but we thought we might as well announce the return of Julie Cox as Mary Shelley here!’
You may remember that the character of Mary Shelley originally featured in the Doctor Who story The Company of Friends. If you haven’t heard that one yet, you might like to catch up with it now. And look out for this week’s BF Podcast, in which Julie and Paul will be giving us a teaser of their new adventures.
Following on from the Eighth Doctor adventures, January 2012 sees the beginning of a new mini-season of Sixth Doctor adventures starring Colin Baker. They run from January to March.
‘We’re not revealing which companion Colin is travelling with yet,’ says Nick. ‘But brace yourselves for something new and exciting.’