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David Tennant Joins Big Finish’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations as the Tenth Doctor

David Tennant is returning as the Tenth Doctor for Big Finish’s 60th anniversary story, Once and Future.

In Once and Future: The Martian Invasion of Planetoid 50, the Tenth Doctor meets Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart), and Strax (Dan Starkey) aka. the Paternoster Gang, as they battle against villainous rogue Time Lord, Missy (Michelle Gomez), and an army of invading tripods straight out of the pages of an HG Wells novel…

Here’s the synopsis:

The First Doctor arrives in Victorian London amid a Martian invasion. But he discovers all is not what it seems when Missy appears…

Soon, the Doctor is propelled into a future incarnation – the Tenth – but he is not alone in battling Missy and her Martian invaders. The Paternoster Gang – Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax – are also here to assist. But can they offer the Doctor any help in solving his own degeneration mystery?

Series producer David Richardson said:

“I feel privileged to have produced this very special episode, and the recording session was very special too.

“To have all of these wonderfully rich characters together was a treat, and to have David Tennant and Michelle Gomez going head-to-head was joyous. Michelle loves to play with the script, and she improvised beautifully and David took her improvisations and matched her.

“During the recording I wondered how much might make it to the edit, but it’s all there within the final scenes. Joyous I’ve used the word again. I’ve no other way to describe it.”

Once and Future: The Martian Invasion of Planetoid 50, written by Jonathan Barnes and to be released in September 2023, is now available to pre-order as a single-disc collector’s edition CD (and download) for £10.99, or digital download only (for £8.99). Or you can purchase all eight Once and Future audio adventures together in a bundle for £72 (on collector’s edition CD and download) or £60 (download only).

A special edition series bundle, which contains extended behind-the-scenes extras and music suites for each story, is also available to pre-order for £62 (sadly, as a digital download only).

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

David Tennant Joins Big Finish’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations as the Tenth Doctor

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