Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor will face off against Eric Roberts’ Master once more – as well as several other incarnations of the duplicitous Time Lord, including Derek Jacobi and Geoffrey Beevers, plus Michelle Gomez’s Missy.
This is the first time McGann’s Doctor has fought Roberts’ Master since the 1996 TV Movie – some 23 years ago!
Nicola Walker, who plays companion, Liv Chenka, also reunites with Jacobi (the War Master), the pair having played father and daughter in the hit BBC1 show, Last Tango in Halifax.
Director, Ken Bentley says:
“This seems to have been a box set for reunions. It’s going to be fascinating to hear what listeners think of the Eighth Doctor reuniting with Roberts’ Master. I’m sure those shockwaves will ripple through time. But it was a genuine delight to have Nicola Walker reunite with Derek Jacobi. The green room was filled with laughter that day.”
This Big Finish boxset concludes the Ravenous range, and fittingly finds Paul McGann (the Doctor), Nicola Walker (Liv Chenka), and Hattie Morahan (Helen Sinclair) joined by Mark Bonnar as the deranged Eleven, a Time Lord who retains the personalities of his previous regenerations. But against more than one Master, the Doctor will need all the help he can get…
The past, the present, and the future conspire against the Doctor as he fights to defeat the only creature ever to strike fear into the hearts of a Time Lord in these three tales:
4.1 Whisper by Matt Fitton
4.2 Planet of Dust by Matt Fitton
4.3 and 4.4 Day of the Master by John Dorney
“Day of the Master was possibly the most exciting and yet terrifying brief I’ve ever had. Finishing off the Ravenous arc was a big enough responsibility on its own… but throw in wanting to give great material to Sir Derek Jacobi… and Michelle Gomez… and that’s before we even get to the heart-stoppingly fantastic prospect of bringing Eric Roberts’ Master back face to face with the Doctor again for the first time in over twenty years… well, you can see why it might be intimidating! But honestly it was one of the best times I’ve ever had writing a Doctor Who story. I really hope the audience enjoy it as much as I did!”
Producer, David Richardson adds:
“We’ve tried to do something a bit different with Ravenous. Coming out of Doom Coalition, we wanted to go a bit darker, a bit scarier – to mark the saga with a shift in tone. With all four box sets now recorded, I feel a sense of relief – it’s been such a huge logistical challenge! Ravenous 4 alone required six studio days in cities as far apart as Los Angeles, New York and London! But we did it. We told that whole, big story and we’ve brought back three Masters and Missy in a breathtaking finale.
“It was a real thrill to bring Geoffrey Beevers into our Eighth Doctor Adventures, doing what he does best in Planet of Dust – subjugating an alien world, and then setting about a chain of events that will drive our Ravenous story forward”
“I’m really proud of it – and yet I don’t really have much time to stop and think about it because we’re already onto the next chapter for the Eighth Doctor! And life is going to be very different for him and his companions…”
Ravenous 4 is available to pre-order now, ahead of its release in October 2019.