Christopher Eccleston gets Back to Earth!

❉ The Ninth Doctor returns for a brand-new box set of full-cast audio dramas, due for release in May 2022 from Big Finish Productions.

Christopher Eccleston © Tony Whitmore.

Time and again, the Doctor finds himself returning to his favourite planet. Dropping in on history or the present-day, whether it’s kings, commuters or ordinary people, he’s never met anyone who wasn’t important…

Christopher Eccleston reprises the role of the Ninth incarnation of the Doctor, first seen on BBC television in 2005, to embark on three Earth-based adventures. He encounters a fairytale-esque villain, travels to Moscow in 1605 and, in the closing story, crashes a family’s New Year’s gathering.

Emmerdale and Coronation Street actress Hayley Tamaddon makes her Big Finish debut in Auld Lang Syne, guest-starring as Yorkshire lass, Auntie Sue, alongside Wendy Craig CBE (Not in Front of the Children, The Worst Witch) as Great Aunt Bette.

Helen Goldwyn, Leah Brotherhead, Greig Johnson, Wendy Craig, Hayley Tamaddon © Big Finish Productions.

Doctor Who — The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Back to Earth is now available to pre-order for just £24.99 (CD + download) or £19.99 (download only), exclusively from the Big Finish website.

The three fantastic stories included in this box set are as follows:

Station to Station by Robert Valentine
The False Dimitry by Sarah Grochala
Auld Lang Syne by Tim Foley

Best known to British TV viewers for her roles as Del Dingle in Emmerdale, Andrea Beckett in Coronation Street and as Calista in Shameless, Hayley Tamaddon said:

“I thought the script was absolutely brilliant and I loved every second of playing Auntie Sue — she was right up my street. She’s a giddy, loveable, warm Northern lady who’s got bags of energy. I think she’s just me in about ten years.

“She really loves her family but she’s not afraid to say that she thinks the Doctor’s a bit dishy. Personally, I think Auntie Sue would completely run off with the Doctor around the cosmos.

“I was obsessed with Doctor Who as a child, I absolutely loved it. So, I’ve had a ball with Christopher Eccleston. It feels like we’ve bonded as people and as characters in a very short space of time.”

Director Helen Goldwyn said: “Tim Foley’s Auld Lang Syne is a wonderful and really special script. I knew for Auntie Sue I wanted to cast someone who was grounded but also had that blousy hectic energy about them. Every line that Hayley Tamaddon said was so perfectly pitched.”

Christopher Eccleston © Tony Whitmore.


Written by: Robert Valentine, Sarah Grochala, Tim Foley

Director: Helen Goldwyn
Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: Matt Fitton
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery

Duration: 240 minutes approx.
Released: May 2022, exclusively from the Big Finish website.

❉ ‘Doctor Who — The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Back to Earth’ is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD box set (+ download for just £24.99) or on download (for just £19.99) from Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures triple LP vinyls are strictly limited to a pressing of 1,000 per volume, and can be ordered at £35.99 each, or £132 for the bundle of all four albums, again exclusively at the Big Finish website. Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering all four volumes of The Ninth Doctor Adventures series two together in a bundle at £88 (on CD + download) or £78 (download only). All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release. 

Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.

 News source: Big Finish Productions.

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