Big Finish has announced today that David Bradley will be starring as the First Doctor in a new range of audio dramas to be released in the New Year.
The First Doctor Adventures will see Bradley reprise his role as the First Doctor following his appearance alongside current Doctor Peter Capaldi in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time. Bradley is no stranger to the world of Doctor Who; the actor appeared opposite Matt Smith’s Doctor as sinister trader Solomon in 2012’s Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, before surprising viewers earlier this year with a special cameo as the First Doctor in Series 10 finale The Doctor Falls.
Paying homage to the earliest days of Doctor Who, the new range of First Doctor dramas will see Bradley joined by his co-stars from An Adventure in Space and Time, in which Bradley starred as the First Doctor’s original portrayer, William Hartnell. Reprising their roles as the original TARDIS team from the docudrama will be Jamie Glover as Ian Chesterton, Jemma Powell as Barbara Wright and Claudia Grant as the Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan Foreman. Also joining the cast is James Dreyfus as the First Doctor is set to encounter the first incarnation of his greatest foe, the Master.
Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery says:
“I’ve always been a great admirer of David Bradley’s work, and thought that he was an excellent choice to play William Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time. After his brilliant performance, we immediately thought about bringing David in to play the First Doctor for Big Finish – it took us a while – but we got there in the end! I’m so looking forward to seeing David in the Christmas Special and then listening to his further adventures with us.”
Executive producer Nicholas Briggs says:
“Having worked with David twice now on TV, it’s great to be working with him again. Matt and his team of writers have come up with such a beautifully authentic set of scripts. We forget how different Doctor Who was, back in those early days – and here it all is, painstakingly recreated. I find that rather thrilling.”
“What’s fascinating about the cast and their performances is that they’re not impersonating William Hartnell and his TARDIS crew. They’re playing those parts as written in the scripts. No one can replace the brilliance of those original performances. What we’re presenting here is a kind of reinvention of that era, completely in the spirit of the original. They are new but entirely faithful interpretations of these characters.”
Script editor and writer Matt Fitton says:
“The adventures of the First Doctor are all about discovery, finding out what this infinite universe contains, and also who our fellow travellers are. As we journey with Ian, Barbara, Susan and the mysterious Doctor, we come to see what they are capable of when confronted with the strange, the unjust and the dangerous.”
The First Doctor Adventures – Volume 1, out in January 2018, will consist of two four-part stories:
1.1 The Destination Wars by Matt Fitton
1.2 The Great White Hurricane by Guy Adams
2.2 The Barbarians and the Samurai by Andrew Smith
[Source: Big Finish]