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Coming Soon

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

The Legacy of Time

W ith a cast of more than 20 returning characters, and a recording process that spanned nearly two years, The Legacy of Time is one of the most ambitious Big Finish productions ever.

“Not only were we recording it out of order, but sometimes it was changing after things had been recorded,” reveals its producer, David Richardson. “There are episodes in there where we went back into the studio, sometimes years after we’d recorded the episode itself, and tweaked it because we’d found extra things we could add in. And those extra things, I think, really give it a lovely boost.”

Recording began with the. rst full studio session in June 2017 and concluded with the. nal additional scene in April this year. “The biggest challenge with this one was that it was recorded over a longer period than most,” says director Ken Bentley. “David manages to make the release schedule look so e.ortless on the surface that you’d think it all comes together easily, but so many of the actors we work with are busy on productions all over the world that below the surface we’re paddling like mad!”

The whole production is a celebration of Big Finish’s Doctor Who anniversary: it’s 20 years since the production company. rst secured permission to make audio episodes, back when the TV series was a distant memory. Nicholas Briggs, now Big Finish’s executive producer, was there at the very beginning. “I was blindly optimistic,” he admits. “As a fan who’d recorded the audio of so many old Doctor Who stories and had enjoyed relistening to them so many times, this just seemed like the natural way to do Doctor Who.”

Big Finish was founded in the mid-1990s by Jason Haigh-Ellery and made its debut in 1998 with the Professor Bernice Summer.field audios, which had links to Doctor Who. Benny, the title character, had been the Seventh Doctor’s companion in the popular New Adventures novels, and the series was produced by Gary Russell and Nick Briggs, who’d worked together on the Audio Visuals – uno¢ cial Doctor Who audio dramas made by fans in the 1980s.

The Benny audios were well-received, the BBC offered Big Finish the Doctor Who licence, and the rest is history. Big Finish’s Doctor Who line began in July 1999, and shows no signs of stopping.

“I hope that Big Finish will outlive me and that I’ll be working with the company until my dying breath,” says Nick. “It’s a great playground to be in. There are changes and challenges along the way, but I expect it always to be in my life in one form or another. And I think that’s more or less what I thought when starting out. It shocks me when I hear that Jason expected it to last for about three years. I just thought, ‘Here we go! This is Doctor Who from now on!’”

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE CELEBRATES JON PERTWEE’S CENTENARY WITH 30 PAGES DEVOTED TO THE THIRD DOCTOR! This issue includes: • The World Cup of the Third Doctor. How did your favourite story fare in our epic Twitter tournament? • Lost for more than 40 years – a candid interview with Jon Pertwee from the very first Doctor Who convention in 1977. • An exclusive interview with Jon’s son, actor Sean Pertwee. • A previously unpublished interview with Barry Letts, who produced most of the Third Doctor’s stories and co-wrote classics like The Dæmons and The Green Death. • An exclusive update on the production of Series 12 from showrunner Chris Chibnall. • Katy Manning, who played the Third Doctor’s companion Jo Grant, visits the Time Team. • The second part of an interview with costume designer Howard Burden, who created outfits for the Twelfth Doctor, Clara and Missy. • The Fact of Fiction explores the Twelfth Doctor story Time Heist. • DWM’s review of the Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 10 Blu-ray box set. • The Legacy of Time – DWM talks exclusively to the cast and crew behind one of the most ambitious Doctor Who adventures ever, which features no fewer than six Doctors. • Part One of Power of the Mobox, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!