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Coming Soon …

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

AUDIO DRAMA

The Syndicate Master Plan: Volume 2

The Syndicate Master Plan Volume 2 features the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and his companions Ann Kelso (Jane Slavin) and K9 (voiced by John Leeson). Art by Anthony Lamb.

BIG FINISH

RRP £25 (CD), £20 (download) RELEASED February

Written by GUY ADAMS, JONATHAN BARNES, JOHN DORNEY

STARRING

The Doctor Tom Baker

WPC Ann Kelso Jane Slavin

K9 John Leeson

Nigel Colloon John Shrapnel

Director/Syndicate Agent/Wave Front 3 Jon Culshaw

Brox Anna Acton

Elmore Blake Ritson

Mac Foley/Duke/Wave Front 2 Roger May

Wiles Drones/Wave Front 1 Tracy Wiles

Jason Vane Gethin Anthony

Dr Leon Jessel David Rintoul

Miss Pocket/Dr Caroline Pursglove Bettrys Jones

The Commodore/Mrs Kidd Carolyn Seymour

Desmond Kettley Barnaby Edwards

Zaal Ronan Vibert

Jodor Colwyn Simon Bubb

‘M’/’S’/Trooper/Worker Christopher Naylor

‘T’/’B’ Timothy Speyer

‘C’/’G’/Drarn Francesca Hunt

With a new companion to introduce and an ongoing storyline to develop, The Syndicate Master Plan required a little more behind-the-scenes collaboration than previous series of The Fourth Doctor Adventures.

“It must have been the middle of 2015 that we discussed roughly what the overall plan was, and the fact that there was a big evil syndicate working against people,” recalls script editor John Dorney. “We decided precisely who they were quite early on. But the precise make-up of the stories wasn’t officially decided on until we actually had to write the individual storylines.”

Writer Guy Adams came up with a plot to span two stories, closing Volume 1 with The False Guardian and opening Volume 2 with Time’s Assassin. “I like the idea that we’re all playing into one bigger story, as well as having the freedom to do our own thing,” says Guy. “There’s a real pleasure in that. Because my background for so long was novels, and creating in isolation, one of the main things I enjoy is perhaps what some novelists would hate: the collaborative aspect of it. To be able to be part of a jigsaw… I find that creatively really exciting, really interesting, and just great fun to do.”

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Contents include: Tom Baker speaks to DWM ahead of the publication of his first Doctor Who novel! • Tom Baker answers questions from our TARDIS tin • An interview with Doctor Who author James Goss, who helped Tom write Scratchman • Actor Shaun Dooley (who played Epzo in 2018 episode The Ghost Monument) reveals his photographic contribution to Series 11 • A look at BBC Audio's resurrection of the 1970s Dalek Annuals • Part Four of The Warmonger, a brand-new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends • The Time Team watches three episodes - from 2007, 1966 and 1987 - which introduce new companions • Cosplayer Jamie Lenman shows his appreciation for the Sixth Doctor's coat • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2011 Eleventh Doctor story The God Complex • DWM's reviews of Series 11 episodes It Takes You Away, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos and the New Year's Day Special Resolution • An overview of Series 11’s ratings • Answers to the DWM Christmas Quiz • The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!