Big Finish have announced that John Hurt will be reprising his role as the War Doctor for a series of twelve new Doctor Who audio plays.
Hurt’s War Doctor – a secret incarnation of the Time Lord who shunned the name ‘Doctor’ to fight in the Time War against the Daleks – was first introduced in Series 7’s The Name of the Doctor, before teaming up with Matt Smith and David Tennant’s Doctors in the show’s record-breaking fiftieth anniversary special The Day of the Doctor.
The new audio stories featuring the War Doctor will be told over four box sets, each containing three linked hour-long episodes. The first of these, Only The Monstrous, will be released in December and is written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, who said:
“The story of the Doctor who refuses to call himself the Doctor in order to do the unthinkable upon the ultimate battlefield — all of space and time — was irresistible to me. Such a deeply disturbing and engaging character created by the formidable talents of writer Steven Moffat and actor John Hurt. It’s such a privilege to be working on this.”
The second volume of Doctor Who: The War Doctor, Infernal Devices, is written by John Dorney, Phil Mulryne and Matt Fitton and will be released in February 2016. Volumes Three and Four are currently in pre-production.
Big Finish executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery said:
“I have been a huge fan of John since first seeing him in the repeats of I, Claudius in the 1980s and in his Oscar-nominated role as the eponymous The Elephant Man. Watching his performance in The Day of the Doctor I did find myself fantasising that some far off day we might have the chance to work with him on the audio adventures of Doctor Who and now two short years later it’s happened! John wove a fantastic character together from a great script by Steven Moffat. Now we have the chance to get to know that character more and hear John stretch in the role. We’re all in for a hell of a ride as the War Doctor engages in battle. But who are the greater threat – the Daleks or the Time Lords?”
In addition to the War Doctor’s adventures, Big Finish has also revealed plans to release a box set focusing on Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor. Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor – The Time War will act as a prequel to the War Doctor box sets, following the early stages of the Time War from the Eighth Doctor’s perspective.
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[Source: Big Finish]