Big Finish Productions has announced that Paul McGann’s Eight Doctor will attempt to survive the burning cosmos with companion Bliss and some exciting new cast members as the universe is at war during The Time War 2. Big Finish has announced that the second series of this epic has just wrapped and will be released in July 2018. First reports are that listeners will certainly be in for a treat!
In addition to Paul McGann as the Eight Doctor and Rakhee Thakrar as Bliss, Nicholas Briggs will be playing the Daleks and Jacqueline Pearce has returned as Cardinal Ollistra. Cardinal Ollistra is a key player in the Time War battle plan for Gallifrey. Joining Pearce’s Ollistra is Nikki Amuka-Bird playing Tamasan who is Ollistra’s right-hand officer. Doctor Who fans will recognize her as the Glass Woman from the Doctor Who Christmas Special, Twice Upon a Time.
According to the reports, as the Time War gets more treacherous, the Time Lords “become more desperate and they’ll use anything and anyone at their disposal.” The Twelve (previously the Eleven played by Mark Bonnar in Doom Coalition and Ravenous) enters the Time War, played by Julia McKenzie. A villainous species returns as well. Last seen in the era of the Third Doctor, the Ogrons will enter the Time War.
Writer Guy Adams talks more about the casting of Julia McKenzie as the Twelve, “There are very few times in my life when, while looking at ways to improve something, I haven’t thought: ‘It needs more Margaret Rutherford.’ Naturally, the Dame is immortal and yet inconveniently impossible to hire, so while I approached the character of The Twelve with her in mind I was painfully aware we were unlikely to get her.
“No matter! Look who we got instead! I mean, there are very few times in my life when, while looking at ways to improve something, I haven’t thought: ‘It needs more Julia McKenzie.’ Everything needs more Julia McKenzie, one of our finest, most charismatic actors. I am already stood outside the studio waiting to offer her cups of tea and eternal servitude.”
The Eighth Doctor: The Time War 2 will be released in July 2018, and The Time War 3 and The Time War 4 will be released annually thereafter. The first series, The Time War 1 is available now at £23 on CD or £20 on download. All CD purchases also unlock a digital download on the Big Finish website or the Big Finish app.