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Artwork revealed for Christopher Eccleston’s return to Doctor Who with Big Finish

January 16th, 2021 by Marc Comments

If, like me, you’ve been listening to a lot of Big Finish’s Doctor Who releases lately, you’re likely excited for the return of the ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston to the roll.

Eccleston was the face of Doctor Who when it returned to screens in 2005 and, while only hanging around for one season, has been a big fan-favourite ever since.

It’s also known the star had an unpleasant time working with the BBC on the show and that’s why he only hung around for one season before regenerating into David Tennant, but it’s exciting to have him back in the role with Big Finish who, for many fans, is where the real Doctor Who content is being developed.

Anayway, the art of above and the official press release is below and all I can say is ‘fantastic!’.

From the official release:

Due for release in May 2021, Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Ravagers is a full-cast audio drama box set comprising three fantastic stories all written by Big Finish’s Creative Director, Nicholas Briggs.  

Joining Christopher Eccleston on his first audio odyssey through time and space are Camilla Beeput as Nova, a galley chef from the Sphere of Freedom enlisted by the Doctor to stop a dastardly plan, and Jayne McKenna as Audrey, the oldest gamer in Freedom City (although there may be more to her than meets the eye).  

Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Ravagers is now available for pre-order exclusively at the Big Finish website, from just £19.99. The stories included in this first volume are as follows:  

Sphere of Freedom
Food Fight 

Christopher Eccleston said; “It was lovely coming back to play the role again, due to Nicholas’s writing. I was surprised at how very quickly I seemed to recall the choices I made fifteen years ago. It was an odd experience; the Ninth Doctor’s still hanging around.” 

Nicholas Briggs added: “It’s been an honour working with Chris again – it’s truly thrilling to hear him in studio, inhabiting the Ninth Doctor like he’d never been away! Writing and directing Doctor Who stories never gets old for me, and I’m so excited for people to hear what we’ve been up to. 

“It’s been a delight to kick off The Ninth Doctor Adventures series with Chris, and I know that my fellow writers and directors are cooking up some great stuff for the next box set.” 

Doctor Who fans worldwide can now pre-order all four volumes of The Ninth Doctor Adventures, which are available in three formats – collector’s edition CD, digital download or limited edition gatefold triple LP vinyl – exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Eccleston spoke about returning to the role in December last year and revealed why he’s doing it but won’t be going back to the character on screen:

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