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Post by Admin-Emperor Dalek on Fri 15 Sep 2017 - 15:49

From Doctor Who news:


Big Finish have announced that David Bradley will be reprising the role of the First Doctor in a new series of Audio plays.


Bradley will star as the First Doctor in this year’s BBC One Doctor Who Christmas Special alongside Peter Capaldi. Now Big Finish Productions, in arrangement with BBC Worldwide, are giving this reimagined First Doctor another chance to explore the cosmos.


Joining David Bradley are his co-stars from the Mark Gatiss Docu-drama on the origins of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time. Jamie Glover (Elizabeth, Waterloo Road, Holby City) plays Ian Chesterton, Jemma Powell (Alice in Wonderland, Angel, Foyle’s War) plays Barbara Wright, and Claudia Grant (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) plays Susan – the Doctor’s granddaughter and the original ‘Unearthly Child’.


Script editor and writer Matt Fitton said
The adventures of the First Doctor are all about discovery, finding out what this infinite universe contains, and also who our fellow travelers 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.
Executive producer Nicholas Briggs added
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.
Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery said
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.
This series of adventures pays homage to the beginning years of Doctor Who, and each of the four episodes in each story will be given an individual title. Two of the four stories are historical, focusing on tales from Earth’s history pre-1963. Back in its first few years, Doctor Who was intended to be an educational programme using time travel as a means to explore scientific ideas and famous moments in history, while still captivating the minds and imaginations of generations to come.


Not only will the Doctor be exploring our history, but he will also encounter strange new life forms – the Dalmari and the Ashtallans.


And in a Big Finish exclusive, the First Doctor will encounter his greatest foe, the first incarnation of fellow Time Lord, the Master, played by James Dreyfus.


Available in December, the stories in The First Doctor Adventures - Volume 1 consist of:


1.1 The Destination Wars by Matt Fitton
1.2 The Great White Hurricane by Guy Adams


And to follow in July 2018, Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures – Volume 2:


2.1 The Invention of Death by John Dorney
2.2 The Barbarians and the Samurai by Andrew Smith


Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures – Volume 1 is available for pre-order now at £23 on CD or £20 on download from Big Finish and will remain at this price until general release when it will be available for £35 on CD or £30 on download.
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Post by Admin-Emperor Dalek on Fri 15 Sep 2017 - 15:52

My thoughts are I am not so happy with this as some of the original actors alive, namely William Russell (Ian Chesterton) and Carol Anne Ford (Susan).
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Post by Dalek on Fri 15 Sep 2017 - 19:21

I hear William Russell is going to retire from audios, which does make sense, seeing as he's 93 and having Carole Anne Ford being the lone original cast member amongst recast people would be a bit odd. Personally, I prefer it this way, as it gives the box set its own identity, rather than being a mish-mash of old and new actors-this way, people can decide if it's canon or not more easily if they want to.
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Post by Admin-Emperor Dalek on Sat 16 Sep 2017 - 8:51

Since I wrote my post I heard William Russell is a bit forgetful now, hardly surprising.
James Dreyfus who will be playing the Master, appeared in the Sarah Jane Adventures, The man who never was.
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Post by LastOfTheSonics on Sat 16 Sep 2017 - 9:09

This is why I can't for the life of me see this as canon. Not because of who is playing the Master, but because the Master is even in it. I will always see Terror of the Autons as their first "grown-up" encounter. 

This is just my opinion, for me personally, it's non-canon.
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Post by Admin-Emperor Dalek on Sat 16 Sep 2017 - 15:11

LastOfTheSonics wrote:This is why I can't for the life of me see this as canon. Not because of who is playing the Master, but because the Master is even in it. I will always see Terror of the Autons as their first "grown-up" encounter. 

This is just my opinion, for me personally, it's non-canon.
Your right, in the Five Doctors when the First Doctor & Tegan were in the Dark Tower, the Master approaches them saying " Our ancetors had a wondefrul sence of humour" to which the First Doctor said "Do I know you young man". The Master " Beleive it or not we were at the acadamy together".
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Post by LastOfTheSonics on Sat 16 Sep 2017 - 19:06

Some people are saying that there doing something with Doctor Who as they did with Star Wars. 

The canon is being expanded into an "Expanded Universe". 

Basically, any material that fits under the EU category is regarded as non-canon or alternate. In this case, these adventures taking place in an alternate universe. 

Again that's just what some people believe, but I still just see this as non-canon altogether.
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Post by Admin-Emperor Dalek on Sun 17 Sep 2017 - 10:35

That would make more sence.
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