Arguably the most successful and influential of the Doctor Who eras lasted from 1974-1977 when Robert Holmes, Tom Baker and Philip Hinchcliffe took the program to new dimensions of dramatic adventure and suspense, Drawing heavily from Hammer Horror and other sources, this period has retained its strong appeal with fans to this day.
Recently a pair of ‘missing’ stories were adapted for audio by Big Finish that would have been produced during this era (For From the Future and The Valley of Death). Shortly, more stories will be released that revisit this time of dark Gothic horror and spine-tingling action.
Philip Hinchcliffe, who produced Doctor Who from 1975 to 1977 and oversaw many all-time classic stories including Pyramids of Mars and The Talons of Weng-Chiang, is returning to the Fourth Doctor and Leela in an audio drama collaboration with Big Finish.
Doctor Who: Philip Hinchcliffe Presents is a box set of two brand new audio adventures that will evoke the tone of the series from his era.
“When we were recording series three of The Fourth Doctor Adventures, Philip asked if he could come along to the studio and observe,” says producer David Richardson. “I know that Tom Baker and Louise Jameson were thrilled to have him there, and they both enthused to him about what a great time they were having working for Big Finish. After the recording ended, Philip took me and executive producer Nicholas Briggs aside, and pitched the idea of doing a set of stories of the kind he would have hoped to have done, had he stayed on to produce the series for longer. We just said ‘yes’ instantly!”
The first story in the set will be an epic six-parter set in Victorian London, adapted by Marc Platt (Ghost Light), which will be paired with a four-parter.
“My aim with the box set is to create stories that feel they could belong to my second or third season,” says Phllip. “They are not designed to follow on from my era, more to re-evoke it for fans who enjoyed the originals: and so the Doctor and Leela in these new stories are the same as they were then, in the glorious seventies! That’s the beauty of radio – they look and sound the same!
Doctor Who: Philip Hinchcliffe Presents will be released in August 2014, and is available for pre-order.
Also available for pre-order now is the fourth series of The Fourth Doctor Adventures, which features eight brand new stories, starring Tom Baker as the Doctor and Louise Jameson as Leela. You can subscribe to all eight, or order a bundle which also includes the Philip Hinchcliffe Presents box set, all at a low pre-order price!
Also soon to be released:
OUT IN SEPTEMBER
AZIMUTH DEPARTMENT OF RE-EDUCATION
REMINDER: TO ALL CITIZENS
There are no Daleks on Azimuth. There have never been Daleks on Azimuth.
Twenty years ago, the Daleks did not invade Azimuth. There was no war. There were no death camps. A man named ‘the Doctor’ did not help liberate Azimuth.
There are no such things as Daleks. They do not exist. There are no Daleks among us.
UPDATE: TO ALL CITIZENS
A strange blue box has not appeared in Monument Plaza. Off-worlders named ‘the Doctor’, ‘Elizabeth Klein’ and ‘Will Arrowsmith’ are not at large in the city. For your own safety, should you not see any of the above, report at once to the Department of Re-education, Azimuth Central.
Written By: Alan Barnes
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Tracey Childs (Dr Elizabeth Klein), Christian Edwards (Will Arrowsmith), Terry Molloy (Davros), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks)