This year sees the 50th Anniversary of everyone’s favorite space-time traveling alien, with the BBC promising fans a year to remember.
Yes, it seems as if the network is really pulling out all the stops on a glut of special Doctor Who projects across several media.
The latest announcement? Five of the former stars of the show will be performing together for a one-time radio drama. The Light at the End will feature Doctors 4 through 8, meeting up for a frenetic adventure a la previous multi-doctor stories. That’s the five most recent actors to play the role previous to the 2005 reboot. In order: Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann.
The classic Who actors will also be joined by a number of their companions, Louise Jameson as Leela, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, Nicola Bryant as Peri, Sophie Aldred as Ace and India Fisher as Charley Pollard. Finally, Geoffrey Beevers is reprising his role as the the Master, who will be the villain for this story.
Big Finish, the studio responsible for the upcoming recording, is also responsible for the Doctor Who radio dramas of the late 90’s and early 00’s, which feature the surviving Who stars, playing their old roles in new adventures. This will be the first of those adventures to feature more than one Doctor.
Big Finish has released this preview of their January run with Tom Baker with snippets of audio from Baker and Jameson – some from past shows they produced, and others from interviews regarding the performances, accompanied by lots of old posters, and stills of the actors:
“We wanted to do a proper, fully-fledged multi-Doctor story for this very special occasion,” writer, director and executive producer Nicholas Briggs explained. “And it’s wonderful that all the surviving Doctors threw themselves behind the project so enthusiastically. That’s not to say the first three Doctors don’t appear — we wanted to pay homage to the whole history of the classic series.”
The show will be released on CD in two editions in November 2013.