Big Finish will celebrate 20 years of Doctor Who audios under their official license with a 20-hour livestream marathon on YouTube.
More than 20 episodes of audio dramas will be broadcast over two days – 20th and 21st July 2019 – and stars an array of Doctors, including
David Tennant, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, and David Bradley, among many others.
There will be video appearances from plenty of the Doctor’s friends, past and present, to join in the festivities. As the stories are livestreamed on YouTube, fans will be able to join in the conversation via the live chat.
Big Finish was first granted a licence to create Doctor Who adventures in audio format back in 1999. Its first production was The Sirens of Time, starring Doctors Five, Six, and Seven (Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy, respectively). The company has since grown to produce over 300 hours of audio drama each year. To date, over 850 titles from Doctor Who and its various spin-offs have been released – more Doctor Who stories have been confirmed from Big Finish until at least 2023, as the license was extended.
The livestream includes never-before-heard snippets, interviews, and guest cameos, and much much more.
Also premiering during the event is the first episode of Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time – a special anniversary box set release celebrating 20 years of Doctor Who at Big Finish. This first episode stars Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, Alex Kingston as Professor River Song, and Lisa Bowerman as Professor Bernice Summerfield. Does the Doctor have room for two time-travelling archaeologists in his life?
Nicholas Briggs, Creative Director and executive producer at Big Finish, says:
“Has it been 20 years already? But we’ve only just got started! Honestly, it has been an absolute delight to have worked alongside the Doctor these past two decades. I started my life as a fan, in the days before on demand and downloads, recording the soundtracks of Doctor Who episodes on audio tape. And now it’s my job to place every incarnation of the Time Lord (give or take) in peril in so many exciting audio adventures. I have to pinch myself. I’d like to thank everyone, from the cast in front of the mic, to the writers, directors, sound designers and more behind it, for making it such an amazing journey. Here’s to the future! (Or is it the past?)”
Jason Haigh-Ellery, Chairman and executive producer at Big Finish, adds:”
“In July 1999, we released The Sirens of Time. In July 2019, we’re releasing The Legacy of Time. Those two decades have been so fulfilling for us at Big Finish – a chance to work with so many great and talented actors, writers, production crews and all of our friends at the BBC. This is a celebration of it all, with lots of surprise returns and references. Think of it as one massive Doctor Who party – and everyone is invited…”
Set the date! July 20th is going to be a weekend to remember…