Big Finish is doing some amazing things with Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor – and the latest chapter of that story, Ravenous Volume One, is out right now!
After the events of Doom Coalition, the Doctor and Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) are searching for their friend, Helen Sinclair (Hattie Morahan)… but can they trust her? Producer, David Richardson says:
“Our primary thought going into Ravenous was that it had to be different to Doom Coalition. We couldn’t just do the same thing again. So this time the interconnecting story is looser, and there are plenty of standalone episodes. My check list for Ravenous 1 was to resolve the mystery concerning Helen and the Eleven (the great mind of Matt Fitton addressed that); to do a World War II story with Winston Churchill (the great mind of John Dorney was assigned); and to bring back the Kandy Man (Matt, again).”
That’s right: this boxset features the unlikely return of the Kandy Man from The Happiness Patrol, albeit with a slightly tweaked influence. Fitton explains:
“I talked to David Richardson about the Kandy Man a few months before we started work on Ravenous. I had got hold of contact details for [The Happiness Patrol scribe] Graeme Curry, via [script editor for the Seventh Doctor era] Andrew Cartmel on LinkedIn, so we were able to get permission from him. I love the Kandy Man – it’s already been revealed we’re using the version of the character that Graeme originally came up with, who appears in the novelisation. I’d have been happy to have used either version. The TV version is funny and scary at the same time, which is Doctor Who all over.”
Here’s what you can expect from Ravenous Volume One:
Having saved the universe and restored peace at home, the Doctor and Liv go in search of their friend, Helen. Following a trail of breadcrumbs through space and time they discover an unsavoury conspiracy, and an old enemy lurking in the shadows, waiting.
1.1 Their Finest Hour by John Dorney
In the early days of the Second World War a strange and elusive craft attacks British targets. Could it be a German superweapon? Churchill calls for the Doctor’s assistance and with the help of a squadron of Polish fighter pilots the TARDIS crew take to the skies to investigate.
1.2 How to Make a Killing in Time Travel by John Dorney
A disturbance in the vortex causes the TARDIS to land on the Scapegrace space station, where Cornelius Morningstar experiments in time-travel for nefarious purposes. But the Doctor’s plan to stop him winds dangerously out of control as the different agendas of criminals, murderers and alien dynasties conspire against him.
1.3 World of Damnation by Matt Fitton
Rykerzon is a maximum-security planetoid designed to hold the most dangerous criminals in the star system. The Governor plans to reform its inmates, with the help of the Kandy Man. But two prisoners prove particularly troublesome: the alien fugitives known as the Eleven, and Miss Helen Sinclair.
The Doctor and Liv have finally tracked down their friend – but are they too late?
1.4 Sweet Salvation by Matt Fitton
The Eleven has the authorities in the palm of his hand and an entire world held to ransom when the Kandy Man cooks up a deadly confection containing a secret ingredient. In a last-ditch attempt to prevent disaster Liv teams up with a desperate criminal, and the Doctor must decide whether Helen is still his friend.
Ravenous Volume One is available now from Big Finish.
You can order the four boxsets individually at £23 on CD or £20 on download, or order all four together in a bundle at £90 on CD or £80 on download. Ravenous Volume Two follows in October 2018, with two subsequent releases coming in 2019.