Doctor Who Short Trips return with new Sixth Doctor adventures

Big Finish’s monthly Short Trips range is back for 2018, with two new narrated short stories featuring the Sixth Doctor kicking off this year’s releases.

The Authentic Experience – out now – is read by Sixth Doctor companion Nicola Bryant (Peri Brown) and written by Dan Starkey, better known to Doctor Who fans for his role as the Sontaran soldier-turned-nurse Strax.

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Producer Ian Atkins says:

“Nicola Bryant is one of those very talented actors where you get many, many characters in a single person. I think the original brief on this story was just, ‘something with lots of voices for the reader’ because I always try to work to the reader’s strengths, and I’ve seen Nicola in the booth enough – especially on Night of the Triffids – to know she really shines when called upon in this capacity.

“Dan was a lot of fun to work with, with some great ideas all the way along from pitch to edits, and a driving intelligence that explains why he’s a University Challenge champion!”

A second Sixth Doctor Short Trip, Mel-evolent, will follow next month, narrated by another Sixth Doctor companion, Bonnie Langford (Mel Bush):

Mirror mirror on the wall, something stalks the TARDIS halls…

A glimpsed reflection in a dark and dusty corner leads Mel on a journey Through The Looking Glass.

Witchcraft and shadows reign.

Mel must face the evil at the heart of it all, while the Doctor battles to save a TARDIS determined to prove it’s not only bigger on the inside, but darker. Much darker.

As announced by Big Finish last year, this year’s Short Trips range will also feature two brand-new adventures narrated by Camille Coduri, with her Doctor Who character Jackie Tyler set to encounter the Meta-Crisis Doctor, originally played by David Tennant and created as a result of his Tenth Doctor’s aborted regeneration in the show’s series four finale Journey’s End.

Both short stories – The Siege of Big Ben and Flight Into Hull! – have been written by Joseph Lidster and are currently available to pre-order from Big Finish ahead of their release later this year.

[Source: Big Finish]