Big Finish, producers of high quality audio productions, have today announced that award-winning actor John Hurt is to return to the role of The War Doctor, in twelve full-cast Doctor Who audio plays, this December.
The War Doctor made a surprise appearance at end of the Doctor Who series 7 finale, The Name of the Doctor before appearing in Doctor Who’s Fiftieth Anniversary special – The Day of the Doctor, alongside David Tennant and Matt Smith, as the secret incarnation of the Time Lord.
These new audio adventures will continue over four box sets, each containing three linked hour-long episodes. The first – Only The Monstrous is written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, producer of many Big Finish audio drama’s (and the voice of the Daleks), including the BBC Audio Award-winning Doctor Who: Dark Eyes.
“The story of the Doctor who refuses to call himself the Doctor in order to do the unthinkable upon the ultimate battlefield — all of space and time — was irresistible to me,” says Nicholas. “Such a deeply disturbing and engaging character created by the formidable talents of writer Steven Moffat and actor John Hurt. It’s such a privilege to be working on this.”
John Hurt will be joined by Jacqueline Pearce (Doctor Who, Blakes 7), as Time Lord Cardinal Ollistra — an arch manipulator who is waging the Time War against the Daleks.
Only The Monstrous will be released in December 2015, and will be followed in February 2016 by the second volume, Infernal Devices, written by John Dorney, Phil Mulryne and Matt Fitton. Volumes Three and Four are currently in pre-production.