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We talk to the talents behind the upcoming Doctor Who releases…

The Eighth Doctor: The Time War – Series 1

What did the Eighth Doctor do in the Time War?

In 2015, Big Finish announced plans to explore that question with a one-off prequel to its War Doctor audios – but since then, The Eighth Doctor: The Time War has evolved into an ongoing series in its own right, set to run alongside his established pre-war adventures over the next few years.

“Sometimes, stories surprise you,” explains producer David Richardson, “and it’s only when you’re inside them – surrounded by the world, the characters, the spectacle – that you can see how far away the horizon is. Once the writers and I got chatting, it was clear that there was a whole wealth of stories we could explore that would only fit into this era: when the Time War was raging, but the Doctor steadfastly remained on the fringes. We’ve mapped out the rest of the series, with the next two box sets now storylined, and there are so many wonderful ideas in there. One will take us to some unique and dangerous places; the other centres mainly on one location, and it’s gloriously bleak in tone.”

This first four-episode season, written by John Dorney and Matt Fitton, begins aboard a luxury space cruiser.

“We liked the idea of the Doctor looking after some refugees, and dealing with the collateral damage,” John recalls. “It’s tricky finding a way in, because he’s not involved in the war but you still want to have some of the war going on, sohaving him help other people who are stuck on the fringes felt like it worked. We’ve got a handful of characters who appear throughout, various personnel on the starship where the first episode takes place – we’ve got Bliss, a couple called Quarren and Rupa, and a guard called Jefferson – and they’ve all got their own interesting history.”

The team behind The Time War. From left to right: David Richardson, Sean Murray, John Dorney, David Ganly, Nicholas Briggs, Rakhee Thakrar, Hywel Morgan, Laurence Kennedy, Nimmy March and Matt Fitton.

Played by Rakhee Thakrar (EastEnders), scientist Bliss is the Doctor’s new companion. “She muscles in towards the end of the first episode, and very quickly becomes the Doctor’s righthand woman,” Rakhee reveals. “She fully thrives in his world. There’s people she’ll never see again, but there’s no time to mourn or grieve about that – if she had a motto, it would be ‘You’ve just got to get on with it’.”

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ISSUE 517 OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF THE SEVENTH DOCTOR WITH SYLVESTER McCOY! Thirty years after he first appeared as the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy reflects on the role that changed his life... Also this issue: DEBORAH WATLING TRIBUTE DWM remembers the late Deborah Watling, who played the Second Doctor's companion Victoria from 1967 to 1978, with contributions from Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Frazer Hines. VICTORIA'S SECRETS A previously unpublished interview with Deborah Watling from 1990. VICTOR PEMBERTON TRIBUTE Remembering the late Doctor Who writer and story editor Victor Pemberton. GAIL BENNETT An interview with original American Doctor Who superfan Gail Bennett. FURY FROM THE DEEP This month's Fact of Fiction explores 1968's Fury from the Deep, the last story to feature Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield. THE PARLIAMENT OF FEAR Part Three of our brand-new comic strip adventure, The Parliament of Fear, featuring the Doctor and Bill; written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Mike Collins. DOMINIC GLYNN The composer recalls writing and recording the score for 1989's Survival. THE TIME TEAM The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2012's The Doctor's Wife. PLUS! Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more.