‘The Year of Martha Jones’ Cast & Cover Revealed

Marina Sirtis makes her Big Finish debut alongside a cast of TV legends in The Year of Martha Jones.

Freema Agyeman (c) Big Finish.

She’s swapping the Enterprise for Earth this winter – Marina Sirtis joins Freema Agyeman and Adjoa Andoh alongside a cast of TV legends in The Year of Martha Jones from Big Finish Productions.

Cover artwork is today revealed for this brand-new box set of full-cast audio adventures from the worlds of Doctor Who, due for release in December 2021, featuring stars of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Game of Thrones, Alien and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

The Year of Martha Jones finds the Tenth Doctor’s companion returning for three new stories of her own, exploring the year she spent travelling the Earth, warning humanity about the Master and spreading hope with tales of her friend, the Doctor. The Year of Martha Jones is available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD box set (at £19.99) or digital download (at £16.99), at Big Finish.

Best known to sci-fi fans for her role as Counselor Deanna Troi on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and in four Star Trek feature films, as well as other appearances in the Star Trek franchise, Marina Sirtis makes her Big Finish debut as Martha’s friend. Karen, in opening episode The Last Diner.

Of becoming part of the world of Doctor Who, Marina Sirtis said: “When people ask me who my first Doctor was, it was the First Doctor. As an actor, I’m all about performances, and Doctor Who has always employed fine actors – it’s a very unique and special show.

“And this box set tells us that stories are important, which is why they last – they are handed down from generation to generation, and are what give our imaginations flight.”

In the third episode Deceived, listeners meet agent of the Master, Mr Strand, played by Game of Thrones actor, Gethin Anthony. Of recording, he said: “This has just been the most fun – the feeling of adventure and escapism and imagination that you can get through voice performance is amazing.

“The scale of the stories you can get to tell in a very efficient amount of time, in which you can go anywhere in the universe (as we tend to do) – it always reconnects me with why you get into this crazy path in life in the first place. It’s like playing dress up, but with your voice.”

Legendary voice artist Lorelei King (Alien: Covenant) is returning to Big Finish to play resistance leader Jessie Grant. She said: “I love my character – she really is a very maternal character, in that she is making sure that everyone is okay. She has her private reasons for this that we learn, and although she has a hard exterior, it’s a hard world!

“And this was so much fun – it’s got all the survivalist elements which I really like!”

And returning to the Whoniverse after appearing on Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, actor Julie Graham plays Miss Beecham, an ambitious and efficient agent of the Master. She said: “I love the whole Doctor Who franchise – it’s just such a national treasure, it’s part of our Britishness and it’s just lovely to be a part of it in any way whatsoever. And what’s lovely about doing audio is that there’s no pressure, and you can really play with it and go for it.”

THE YEAR OF MARTHA JONES

Director: Scott Handcock
Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: Matt Fitton & Scott Handcock
Written by: James Goss, Tim Foley & Matt Fitton
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery

Duration: 180 minutes approx.
Released: December 2021, exclusively from the Big Finish website. Pre-order: £19.99 (collector’s edition CD) £16.99 (download) from www.bigfinish.com

The Year of Martha Jones’ is available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD (at £19.99) or digital download (at £16.99), exclusively from the Big Finish website.

❉ Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, 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.


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