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Out Now: The Companion Chronicles – The Second Doctor Vol. 1

Big Finish is celebrating the Second Doctor era in style with the latest Companion Chronicles release.
Bringing together four stories, the special box set stars Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon, Anneke Wills as Polly Wright, Elliot Chapman as Ben Jackson (a role originally played by Michael Craze), Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield, and Wendy Padbury as Zoe Heriot. Directed by Lisa Bowerman, the set also features Robert Whitelock as Curtis; you’ll know Whitelock as Mahler in The Bells of St. John (2013).
Here’s what to expect from the release:

1. The Mouthless Dead by John Pritchard

The TARDIS arrives in 1920s England, the Doctor, Jamie, Ben and Polly finding themselves in a wintry dusk beside a railway line. The station nearby appears deserted, but there are figures watching from the shadows, all of them waiting for a dead man’s train…

2. The Story of Extinction by Ian Atkins

Civilisations rise and fall – and few planets have seen this happen more often than Amyrndaa. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria join a survey team to find out why on the planet where everything is suited to creating life, nothing lives for long…

3. The Integral by David Bartlett

When tempers fray in the TARDIS, the Doctor struggles to help Jamie and Zoe resolve their differences. Arriving at Aspen Base proves a welcome distraction; but the isolated facility is under siege. Can Jamie’s belief in right and wrong withstand the perspective changing power of the Integral?

4. The Edge by Rob Nisbet

The Edge is the galaxy’s scientific hub of experimentation, theoretical breakthroughs and invention – just the sort of place to interest the Doctor and Zoe. However, a secret lies hidden in The Edge laboratories. Jamie instinctively knows that something is wrong, and it doesn’t take long for him to be proved right…

As you can see, the second story is written by range producer, Ian Atkins. In our exclusive interview with him, he said:

“With the Companion Chronicles, the Second Doctor release is a bit of an aberration, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary and get everyone involved, while also looking at one of the best companions of all time in Jamie.”

The Companion Chronicles: The Second Doctor Volume 1 is out now, priced £20 for the CD or £15 as a download. And anyone ordering the CD gets a complimentary download straight away. Creag an tuire!

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Out Now: The Companion Chronicles – The Second Doctor Vol. 1

by Philip Bates time to read: 2 min
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