UNIT: Assembled – More Information and first cover revealed

As first exclusively revealed in this month’s Doctor Who Magazine, Big Finish have some very special news indeed about the fourth set of UNIT – The New Series…

New and classic eras of UNIT will come together in Big Finish’s four-disc audio drama UNIT: Assembled, which is released in May 2017. The ongoing series, which tells the further adventures of Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) gains three special recruits for the box set – Jo Jones (Katy Manning), John Benton (John Levene) and Mike Yates (Richard Franklin).

‘We went into our UNIT audio dramas with the aim of keeping them centred on the new series era of the organisation,’ says producer David Richardson. ‘But after two years of releases, the time has come to look fondly to the past… and when an old enemy threatens the world, Kate Stewart needs the help of her father’s colleagues.’

The old enemy in question is the Silurian race, here represented in their new series form and played by Richard Hope and Neve McIntosh (who worked together as Silurians in The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood).

‘A hibernating population of reptiles has awoken,’ David reveals, ‘and their leader Jastrok has a very different plan for getting the world back and ridding it of the pesky apes.’

One episode in the box set also centres on the Sea Devils, as Jo Jones must try and fill the shoes of her Doctor in order to save the world. Nicholas Briggs, the voice of the Daleks, plays the Sea Devil leader Krellix.

‘I’m so thrilled by this box set,’ says David. ‘It’s a great big story but full of heart and loving references to the past – little Easter Eggs that will delight everyone who has seen the era of the Third Doctor. And it was wonderful to have such legends as Katy, John and Richard with us at the recording, acting together in those roles for the first time since 1974. For everyone involved, this was very special indeed.’

UNIT: Assembled is written by Matt Fitton and Guy Adams, and directed by Ken Bentley. A fifth disc in the box set features behind the scenes interviews with the cast and crew. The cover (revealed today) is by Tom Webster.

The set is currently at a pre-order price of £20 for either Download or CD, or can be bought as part of a UNIT – The New Series bundle which collects together the four UNIT – The New Series sets for £80 on CD or Download.

Check out the entire range here.

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Synopsis
Kate Stewart and her UNIT team investigate and confront alien attacks on the planet Earth in this new 5 disc boxset.

Something is stirring, an old foe to those in UNIT with a long memory. And fortunately, to face an old foe… There are old friends.

4.1 Call To Arms by Matt Fitton
4.2 Tidal Wave by Guy Adams
4.3 Retrieval by Guy Adams
4.4 United by Matt Fitton

Deploying May 2017

Written By: Matt Fitton, Guy Adams

Cast
Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), James Joyce (Josh Carter), Warren Brown (Lt. Sam Bishop), Richard Franklin (Mike Yates), John Levene (John Benton), Katy Manning (Jo Jones), Richard Hope (Jastrok), Neve McIntosh (Kalana), Nicholas Briggs (Sea Devils), Nicholas Asbury (Burmaster)

More cast details to follow

Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: Ken Bentley
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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HQ photos of Jemma Redgrave at Long Island Doctor Who Convention 2016

HQ photos of Jemma Redgrave at Long Island Doctor Who Convention 2016

I could have included these amazing photos in the previous update but frankly, they deserve their own post 😉

One of Jemma’s fans, Giellen, was so kind to upload and share gorgeous high quality photos with us she took at LI DW Convention last weekend. You can view her photos here.

Have a preview:

Be sure to take a look at the others as well. They’re fab! Thanks for sharing, Giellen!

Masterpost: Photos and quotes by Jemma Redgrave at LI Doctor Who Convention 2016

If you followed our twitter feed over the weekend, you may well know Jemma attended the Long Island Doctor Who comic-con recently. Take a look at these photos:


I also made a list of quotes by Jemma from the panels…

“Are you going to sparkle all weekend? I may need to borrow some.” – Jemma Redgrave, loving our glitter.

“The episodes you’ve been in have been hallmarks for a lot of reasons.” Jemma Redgrave: “Isn’t it because I’m in them?

“Sometimes, I want to save the world — and, in the UNIT series, I get to.” Jemma Redgrave on Big Finish Doctor Who

“Weeping Angels scare the shit out of me.” – Jemma Redgrave

Jemma Redgrave: “Weeping Angels scare the s–t out of me!

Jemma Redgrave said, “If you didn’t know, a lot of my family are actors…” and then the room started laughing.

Jemma Redgrave said if she could choose any Shakespeare role, she’d be Beatrice.

Jemma Redgrave: should Kate Stewart be full time companion? “Don’t think I haven’t thought about it!”

Here is a #LIWho interview tidbit – not only would Jemma love to be back on DW, her aunt Vanessa would love to be a villain!

Jenna’s headcanon is that Kate is married to a woman.

“We’ve all got to have a patch that belongs to us. Fuck it, this is mine.” – Jemma Redgrave on being the only Redgrave in Who.

Then Jemma apologized profusely for dropping an f-bomb with kids in the audience.

“I think that Vanessa would quite like to be in Who…but she just can’t. It’s mine.” – Jemma

“For a woman to rise to the top of UNIT…it’s hard for women to do that in science so I knew she was STRONG.” Jemma on Kate.

“I knew she was an incredibly strong woman and I knew she had a sense of humor and I knew she adored her dad.” – Jemma on Kate

Jemma rattles off all the different TYPES of women shown on Who recently: “It’s such a range of women for girls to look up to.”

“Whatever your profession, you need a round of applause every once in a while” – Jemma Redgrave.

“I just watched and tried not to forget my lines!” – Jemma on watching Peter do the Zygon Inversion speech

Kate’s relationship to the Brig reminds Jemma of her relationship to her own father. They used to watch Doctor Who together.

“If someone asks, I’ll be there.” – Jemma on doing theatre in NY

Jemma explained to the “Power of Three” director how special the moment is when the Doctor tells Kate he knew her father.

Jemma tells about a fangirl moment meeting Jon Pertwee: “I couldn’t speak!”

Having just lost her dad, she cherished those moments where someone would share their memories with her.

Jemma stresses the practicality of Kate’s heels: “They aren’t high heels, they are kitten heels!”

“I have loved every single moment playing Kate and being on Doctor Who.”

Jemma Redgrave can’t stop praising the entire Doctor Who production staff.

Jemma: “I LOVE working with Ingrid. She’s a spectacular actress.”

Jemma said Peter Capaldi took her aside to say “YOU KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS.” re: Kate saying 5 Rounds Rapid.

“I like to think about a character’s story in my head, what secrets they might have” Jemma abt headcanons

“I’m playing an army medic at the moment, I try to channel that physically… shoulders back chest out”

“It’s so lovely to come a place where everyone is so happy to see you!” – Jemma Redgrave on the con experience.

Clearly, Jemma Redgrave is bestowed with our “McGanning” award of the con aka the biggest con crush.

“I got the best part (in #DoctorWho) than anyone else I know.”

“They were so close, such a wonderful unit.” – Jemma on Karen and the Babes on Power of Three

“I feel a little trivial after that.” – Jemma quips after Ross and Sarah talk about their physical work with monster costumes.

Jemma is very proud of convincing the costume designer Kate’s military coat should be Burberry.

.@DebStanish accidentally calls Jemma “Kate”. Jemma: “Thank you.”

“If you share that on social media, I’ll send a Zygon after you.” – Jemma Redgrave, out of context.

Jemma gets a little emotional when she talks about the Community of Doctor Who fans and how they’ve embraced her.

Ross Mullen just BROKE Jemma Redgrave with a funny story and her LAUGH is a glorious barking thing of joy.

“You did scare the shit out of me.” – Jemma to Sarah Madison (The Weeping Angel)

“Do you mean sonic screwdriver envy?” – Jemma, when asked if the Doctors on the 50th “sized each other up.”

Jemma says the Brig was Kate’s “north star” just as her dad was for her.

“Family and community are so important… and it’s so heartwarming” Jemma on being part of the Doctor Who fandom

“I’ve played doctors so many times I’m almost qualified!” (to actually be a doctor)

Thanks to Head Over Feels, Sarah, Kayti, Chris Kocher, Deborah Stanish, Joy Fleisig and Lea for the coverage to keep all of us across the pond updated. Much appreciated 🙂

Photo of Jemma Redgrave at ‘Regenerations’ Doctor Who Convention 2016 & audio copy of her panel ‘Being Kate Lethbridge-Stewart’

Thanks to the ‘Indie Mac User’ website we have a photo of Jemma from Saturday and if you follow the link in the tweet below you can listen to her panel “Being Kate Lethbridge-Stewart” as well! Isn’t this great? Enjoy!


UNIT: Shutdown – from the Worlds of Doctor Who

The Tengobushi are here! Kate Stewart and her UNIT team return to defend the Earth in their second box-set from the New Series of Doctor Who…

The Unified Intelligence Taskforce – an international initiative to investigate and confront alien attacks across the planet Earth. From a secret headquarters in the Tower of London, the UK division is led by Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) – the daughter of the legendary Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart – an expert in combating the extra-terrestrial threats that seek to conquer the world.

UNIT’s latest threat comes in the form of the terrifying Tengobushi, a mysterious caste of alien warriors, whose reasons for arriving on Earth are linked to a dangerous new initiative. Listen to the trailer.

2.1 Power Cell by Matt Fitton

Osgood and Captain Josh Carter are sent to investigate the disappearance of a UNIT scientist.

Meanwhile, alien technology has fallen into the hands of Lyme Industries, and Kate Stewart can’t persuade the company’s CEO, Felicity Lyme, to give it back.

But UNIT find themselves fighting a third battle when innocent people start to die. Who are the mysterious assassins? And what does Felicity Lyme want with top secret alien technology?

2.2 Death in Geneva by Andrew Smith

With few people left to trust, and with assassins on their tail, Kate and Osgood race to UNIT Command in Geneva. Will General Blair be able to help them?

But when death follows UNIT all the way from the English countryside to the snowy slopes of the Alps, Captain Carter finds himself in a race against time.

As the body count rises, Kate struggles to separate friend from foe, danger circles Osgood ever closer, and, high in the mountains, Josh comes face to face with the enemy…

2.3 The Battle of the Tower by Andrew Smith

The threat is now clear, and Kate Stewart retreats to UNIT HQ with her most trusted colleagues. She has no choice but to place the Black Archive into lockdown, and the Tower of London is where UNIT will make its stand.

While the capital sleeps, an alien horde is gathering, ready to rise from the shadows to attack Earth’s greatest defence force inside its own stronghold.

The Tower is infiltrated, and UNIT must hold the line. At any cost. Lock and load…

2.4 Ice Station Alpha by Matt Fitton

Caught between human greed and an unstoppable alien power, Kate Stewart leads her closest allies on one final, desperate mission. This could be the very last chance for the human race.

But the UNIT team has been declared rogue, and ruthless military forces are in pursuit as they race across the globe. Kate calls Lieutenant Sam Bishop to their aid, while Josh and Osgood head out across the frozen Antarctic plains to try and prevent a disaster no-one else knows is coming.

Big Finish proudly present Jemma Redgrave, Ingrid Oliver, Warren Brown, James Joyce, Alice Krige, Asif Khan, Tyrone Huggins, Nigel Carrington, Beth Chalmers, Harry Ditson, Dan Li, Akira Koieyama, Stephen Billington and Jot Davies in UNIT: Shutdown, available to buy now for £20 on CD or to download!

You can also order the set as part of the UNIT: The New Series bundle, alongside 2015’s UNIT: Extinction, November’s UNIT: Silenced and a fourth box-set due for release in 2017.
With complimentary digital copies included with CD orders, you’ll be able to enjoy the new missions as soon as the box-set is deployed! Listen on the go with the official Big Finish Player app, available on iOS devices now.

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