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Big Finish Announce Its First Ever Doctor Who Stage Play Starring Paul McGann and India Fisher

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of licensed Doctor Who audio dramas from the company, Big Finish Theatre, in partnership with BBC Studios, Fourth Wall Live, and AEG, has announced a unique full-cast live recording event, taking place at Cadogan Hall in London on Saturday 14th September 2024.

For the very first time, Doctor Who fans will be able to watch an all-star cast take to the stage to perform a brand-new audio play, The Stuff of Legend, by Robert Valentine.

Leading the cast is Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor and India Fisher as his companion, Charley Pollard. They’ll be joined on-stage by Alex Macqueen as the Master alongside Nicholas Briggs, who voices the Daleks. Here’s what to expect:

Something is afoot in the lonely Cornish village of Merrymaid Bay. Rumours of dead men working in the tin mines have sent a chill through the community, and it’s up to the Doctor and Charley to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Can the legends of the Bucca that haunts the mines be true? And just what awesome power do the Doctor’s greatest enemies – the Daleks! – threaten to unleash upon the universe?

Big Finish executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery said:

“25 years? It feels like 25 seconds! Producing the audio adventures of Doctor Who has been such a joy that two and a half decades has flown by – almost as if we have all been in the time vortex with the Doctor.

“We’ve enjoyed ourselves so much producing thousands of hours of audio drama adventures – and now we have the chance to show fans of the series how the audio productions are made, with a new live performance – the first time Doctor Who has been performed live on stage since 1989.”

Dominic Walker, Global Business Director at BBC Studios, added:

“After 25 years of working with Big Finish on the Doctor Who audio adventures, BBC Studios is excited to now be bringing a live version to the stage. The Stuff of Legend is a fitting celebration and I am delighted that fans will be able to witness the recording of such a momentous anniversary story up close and personal.”

Tickets will be available to order at from 10am on Friday 5th July 2024, with prices beginning at £18.00. But pre-sale tickets will be available from 10am on Thursday 4th July 2024, if you sign up for notifications.

Simultaneous to the live stage show, a full-cast studio production of Doctor Who: The Stuff of Legend will be released on 14th September 2024. You can pre-order it now for £15.99 (as a CD box set and download) or £12.99 (download only). This will also be available to purchase as a collector’s edition CD at the event.

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.

Big Finish Announce Its First Ever Doctor Who Stage Play Starring Paul McGann and India Fisher

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