The 4th Doctor is back, scarf and all, thanks to the boys of Big Finish Productions.
Before the current television program, and before the Last Great Time War that wiped out the Time Lords, there were eight other actors to officially play the Doctor. And perhaps the most famous was Tom Baker, who played the character for a record-breaking seven years. He had some of the most famous companions in the show’s history and his stories revealed quite a bit of history and secrets behind the Time Lords and the evil Dalek Empire.
In 1999, when no one was sure if Doctor Who would ever return to television again, Big Finish began producing all-new audio plays featuring full casts, soundtracks and sound effects that would reveal “untold adventures” of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Doctors, fully authorized by the BBC. Actors Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann all happily returned to reprise their roles as the Doctor, joined by companions new and old. These audio plays have continued regularly for over a decade now and this week, BigFinish.com announced that it was time for the 4th Doctor to join in the fun.
According to the web-site: “The first season of six single-disc releases will begin in January 2012, with a second season of seven single-disc releases to follow at a date to be confirmed. There will also be a five-disc box set entitled Doctor Who: The Lost Stories...”
And as if that weren’t enough, the 4th Doctor’s new adventures will reunite him with Leela (Louise Jameson) and Romana I (Mary Tamm). Can we expect a return from Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) or Romana II (Lalla Ward) as well? Will we discover new companions? Time will tell.