It’s nearly time to learn what Martha Jones got up to in The Year That Never Was, while she was on the run from the Master. The Year of Martha Jones comes courtesy of Big Finish and sees Freema Agyeman return to the fold — and now, we’ve got the first details of her adventures.
Set for release in December 2021, The Year of Martha Jones finds Martha and her mother Francine (Adjoa Andoh) fight for survival alongside allies Karen (Marina Sirtis) and Jessie Grant (Lorelei King), and defend the Earth against agents of the Master, Mr Strand (Gethin Anthony) and Miss Beecham (Julie Graham).
Here’s the synopsis:
The Master has won. He has stolen humanity’s future and imprisoned his nemesis, ruling the Earth with an army of deadly Toclafane.
But Martha Jones escaped, and now walks the Earth, telling stories of the Doctor. Above all else, humanity needs hope. And Martha will carry that hope across the world…
The Last Diner by James Goss
Martha arrives on the west coast of the US and finds an old friend waiting to make contact.
A desperate group gathers for her stories. But when Francine arrives, escaped from the Valiant, she isn’t so keen to hear about the Doctor…
Silver Medal by Tim Foley
Martha journeys to a forest camp, hidden from Toclafane patrols. It’s somewhere she’s been before with the Doctor, more than a century ago – where the silver mines held a deadly secret.
The resistance are ready to risk everything, but there’ll be no prize for second place.
Decieved by Matt Fitton
The Master’s minions are competing to please him. And agents Beecham and Strand believe nothing would please him more than finding the Doctor’s stray companion.
As Martha and friends hide out in Vegas, the Toclafane arrive. How many levels of deception must be uncovered for Martha to reach the truth?
The cast are completed by Serin Ibrahim as Martha’s friend Holly, Ewart James Walters as friend Tucker, Clare Louise Connolly as the Toclafane, Judith Chandler as tech expert Marion, Ellie Darvill as the fiesty Baby Lizzie, and Ronan Summers in the roles of camp members Dustin and Jimmy.
Script editor Matt Fitton said:
“When Freema came on board with Big Finish, this idea was irresistible: to hear something of The Year of Martha Jones, as she walked the Earth telling stories of the Doctor to inspire the human race. Martha steps up and takes on responsibility for saving the world, going against the Master, his agents and the Toclafane.
“These tales show her strength, determination – and with her mother along for the ride as well, we have something of a Jones family reunion. But how is that possible when we last saw Francine imprisoned on the Valiant? All will be revealed…”
The Year of Martha Jones is available to pre-order on CD (at £19.99) or digital download (at £16.99), exclusively from the Big Finish website.