Added to the Big Finish Gallery:
Updates to “Holby City – On the Set & Out with the Cast”:
In May, UNIT teams old and new meet in our UNIT – New Series range…
Today we’re delighted to reveal full story details for the fourth of our releases featuring Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) and their team in UNIT – The New Series: Assembled. This time, Kate is meeting some familiar faces from her father’s past in stories directed by Ken Bentley, written by Matt Fitton and Guy Adams, and featuring Katy Manning, Richard Franklin and John Levene:
4.1 Call to Arms by Matt Fitton
Mike Yates braves a stormy night in the Lakes to help celebrate a milestone for John Benton. An evening of fond reminiscences of old glories and friends awaits. But a long-buried past is about to catch up with them.
Meanwhile, on the rain-lashed moors, what begins as a routine mission for modern-day UNIT quickly becomes a fight for survival.
4.2 Tidal Wave by Guy Adams
When an experimental tidal power generator needs its eco-friendly credentials checked, Kate Stewart calls in an expert.
Soon, Jo Jones is bound for ‘Project Charybdis’ in the South Atlantic, along with an awestruck Osgood.
But out at sea, a treacherous plan is set in motion to awake an ancient race. Beneath the seabed an army is sleeping – an army of Sea Devils!
4.3 Retrieval by Guy Adams
As the Earth’s primeval rulers reclaim their birthright, UNIT must stand against them. And Kate Stewart and Osgood must venture into a Mediterranean stronghold to retrieve a means to fight back.
But a Silurian warrior is on their trail. Once she has the humans’ scent, Commander Tryska will never give up the hunt.
4.4 United by Matt Fitton
The Silurians hold Great Britain under siege. Grand Marshal Jastrok rules the seas and the skies with reptile forces. On the ground, Commander Kalana crushes all ape resistance.
With Kate Stewart trapped, defence of the realm falls to UNIT’s old guard. Jo Jones, Mike Yates and John Benton are ready to do their duty and stand united.
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.
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
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
The Tengobushi are nearly here, and Kate Stewart’s next great battle is about to begin. Check out our preview of Big Finish blockbuster box-set…
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. Discover their deadly plan for the world in an all-new trailer, available to listen to on the range page here or via the SoundCloud player below:
Aiding Kate against these new enemies is her able science officer Petronella Osgood (Ingrid Oliver), whose attempts at a social life are put in danger by the aliens. International troubleshooter Lieutenant Sam Bishop (Warren Brown) also returns to action alongside Captain Josh Carter (James Joyce).
Hindering UNIT is Felicity Lyme, played by Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact, Chariots of Fire, Deadwood). Lyme’s interests stretch across the globe, and her influence will have disastrous consequences for Kate Stewart. Dan Li portrays the Tengobushi’s master Dokan; whose military genius and unbreakable discipline prove more than a match for UNIT’s veteran soldiers.
The set has been directed by Ken Bentley and written by Matt Fitton and Andrew Smith. It contains the following four stories:
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.
UNIT: Shutdown can be pre-ordered today ahead of its release later this month for just £20 on both CD and to download. You can also order 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!
UNIT: Silenced – Coming November 2016 from the Worlds of Doctor Who
Kate Stewart faces a forgotten invasion in Big Finish’ upcoming New Series box-set. Silence Will Rise!
This Autumn, the Earth will once again come under threat from the arch-enemies of the Eleventh Doctor, the Silence. These alien parasites have been trapped on Earth since the events of The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon, but Big Finish’s new box-set will see them breaking through the Time Lord’s trap, leaving the world defenceless!
Commanding the defence against the extraterrestrial invaders is Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), the daughter of legendary UNIT leader Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Kate will once again be supported by her loyal technical advisor Petronella Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) and heroic UNIT Captain Josh Carter (James Joyce).
Reinforcing the UK team is international troubleshooter Lieutenant Sam Bishop (Warren Brown). Returning to duty after the apocalyptic events of UNIT: Extinction is Colonel Shindi (Ramon Tikaram), whose battle against the Autons has taken a heavy toll.
Together, the UNIT team will have to take on the resurgent threat of the Silence, now voiced by master-of-monsters and Big Finish Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs.
Keeping a close eye on both sides of the conflict is journalist Jacqui McGee (Tracy Wiles), desperate to uncover UNIT’s activities to the public after her encounter with the Nestene Consciousness. But Jacqui’s investigation uncovers a far greater conspiracy…
You can pre-order UNIT: Silenced today for just £20 from the Big Finish website ahead of its release in November 2016. As with the majority of Big Finish releases, a complimentary digital copy is included with all CD orders – so you don’t need to wait to enjoy the story!
Opening box-set UNIT: Extinction is available to download today. The team take on new enemies the Tengobushi in June’s UNIT: Shutdown, featuring Alice Krige as the scheming Felicity Lyme. A fourth box-set will be released in May 2017. A bundle of all four releases is also available, which includes free UK postage.
This Autumn, Kate Stewart and the UNIT team face a forgotten invasion. The Eleventh Doctor’s arch-enemies have returned; and Silence Will Rise…
Created by Doctor Who Executive Producer Steven Moffat, the Silence are some of the most popular and iconic monsters to have been introduced in the New Series of Doctor Who. A breakaway religious group from the far future, these alien parasites possess the horrifying ability to induce amnesia in anyone who sees them – allowing them to control humanity from behind-the-scenes.
The Eleventh Doctor managed to defeat the creatures in their debut story The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon; but UNIT: Silenced will see them break through the Time Lord’s trap, leaving Earth defenceless.
The world’s fate is once again in the hands of Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and her team. But how can UNIT fight an enemy that no one knows is there?
Written by Matt Fitton and John Dorney, UNIT: Silenced is available to pre-order today for just £20, exclusively from the Big Finish website. It will be released through other retailers from January 31st 2017.
Opening box-set UNIT: Extinction is available now, featuring the Nestene Consciousness and their Auton footsoldiers. UNIT: Shutdown will be released in June 2016, starring Alice Krige as the scheming Felicity Lyme. A fourth box-set will be released in May 2017. You can pre-order all four box-sets as part of a special bundle.
A couple of days ago, I found 6 new HQ photos from the set of Doctor Who.
Take a look at our favorites, Kate and Osgood:
TV series > Doctor Who (2012-2015) > 50th Special > On the Set
Jemma was also featured in the official Doctor Who magazine. I added her interview:
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