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Out Now: Big Finish’s Tenth Doctor, Classic Companions

The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) reunites with some very old friends in three brand new adventures! It’s School Reunion all over again, but this time with four different companions from the Classic era – K9 (John Leeson), Leela (Louise Jameson), Nyssa (Sarah Sutton), and Ace (Sophie Aldred).

Here are the synopses for the boxset and the stories:

The Tenth Doctor revisits his companions K9, Leela, Ace and Nyssa long after their time-travelling adventures have finished. Because they all need help, and when people need help, the Doctor will never refuse…

Splinters by John Dorney

The Doctor finds K9 floating in space, and sets off to clear up Time War fallout. First, they find Leela protecting a village from the Spriggan.

The Stuntman by Lizzie Hopley

The Doctor and K9 enter a virtual world of a movie stuntman to help Nyssa escape a Time War criminal’s scheme.

Quantum of Axos by Roy Gill

Ace investigates a new tech company which seems too good to be true, and meets the Doctor and K9 as Axos escapes its trap.

David Tennant explains:

“It’s great fun to revisit eras of the Doctor’s past that I wasn’t involved in the first time around. As someone who grew up watching Doctor Who and then became involved in it himself, it’s very much an exercise in nostalgia. It’s a really exciting journey to go on — to be the Doctor with people who I watched on TV!”

John Leeson adds:

“One of the thrills for me is getting to work with David again! The last time was of the days with Sarah Jane Smith back in Doctor Who. A lot of that was done in post-production but the way this has been recorded is absolutely wonderful. We’re all in each other’s ears.”

Louise Jameson adds:

“I absolutely adore this script and I think that John Dorney writes incredibly well for Leela. What a delight to play with Mr Tennant’s Doctor — I am thrilled!”

Sarah Sutton adds:

“It’s not always a given that these companions are going to have chemistry with other Doctors but because the Tenth Doctor has a touch more empathy, it’s easier to connect with him. He really respects and admires Nyssa which really comes through in this script. He thinks she’s clever, wise, and principled.

“I’ve always been ever so slightly jealous of the companions who had a relationship with K9. It’s been lovely to have the scenes with John Leeson. It was really special and I’m really pleased to have that opportunity and now I can say I’ve worked with K9!”

And Sophie Aldred adds:

“It’s fantastic to have the chance to see how Ace, K9, and the Tenth Doctor go together. The companion-Doctor relationship is so touching.”

Tenth Doctor, Classic Companions is out now from Big Finish.

And if the boxset isn’t enough, we’ll be seeing Ace once again in next month’s Centenary special The Power of the Doctor with the return of Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding)!

Andrew Hsieh

Aspiring screenwriter with Asperger's syndrome, and lifelong Whovian since (shortly after) Christopher Eccleston's reign, Andrew has written and co-edited short story anthologies for Divergent Wordsmiths. Plus, he lives near Bannerman Road.

Out Now: Big Finish’s Tenth Doctor, Classic Companions

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