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Time Reaver

The Doctor and Donna are on the trail of the Time Reaver, a deadly weapon which – in the wrong hands – could end all life in the galaxy...

Already established as one of the UK’s most popular novelists, and an exciting voice in the world of Doctor Who prose, Jenny T Colgan made her audio début earlier this year with episodes of Short Trips and The Diary of River Song. But her first venture into the medium was a script for the Tenth Doctor and Donna: Time Reaver.

“We’d wanted to involve her at Big Finish for some time,” recalls David Richardson, the story’s producer, “and this was an opportunity to bring her in. She seemed the perfect match for a Tenth Doctor and Donna story.”

Script editor Matt Fitton provided Jenny with “quite a blunt style sheet”, she says, which she found “very helpful” in transitioning to audio. “Matt was brilliantly helpful,” Jenny adds. “He reminded me that there are no limits. The two massive advantages are that you have no budget [restrictions], practically, beyond how many people you can use, and also that the actors are going to make anything you type sound about a hundred times better. The challenge is to stop people describing stuff to one another, but that’s writing in general.”

Jenny also has a novel on the way featuring the Tenth Doctor and Donna (In the Blood, out in May), and is a huge fan of both characters. “I absolutely adore them,” she enthuses. “It’s such a straightforward relationship. My two favourite scenes are the charades in The Unicorn and the Wasp, which is straight-up hilarious and perfectly played, and just those two lines in Silence in the Library when she says, ‘You alright?’ and he says, ‘I’m always alright’ – and she knows he isn’t, but she doesn’t fuss him or try and cuddle him or anything. Their friendship beams off the screen.”

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Contents include: David Tennant and Catherine Tate talk about their new audio adventures as the Doctor and Donna; Steven Moffat on groundbreaking stories; a tribute to Robert Banks Stewart; in an exclusive interview, John Leeson talks about being the voice of K9 ; Sadie Miller remembers her mum, Elisabeth Sladen; The Time Team watch The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone; comic strip – Witch Hunt part 2, written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty; Fact of Fiction studies the Fifth Doctor adventure Four to Doomsday; Missing in Action – a look back at The Evil of the Daleks; plus news, reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and the Wotcha column.