This December sees John Hurt return to the role that he owned in 2013’s Day of the Doctor. The character of the War Doctor will star in four CD boxsets from Big Finish. The first of these, The War Doctor: Only the Monstrous will be released in December 2015, followed by The War Doctor: Infernal Devices.
Only The Monstrous is written and directed by audio veteran (and voice of the Daleks, Cybermen, Judoon and more on television), Nicholas Briggs. Briggs had this to say of the project:
“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.”
I will admit I was originally wary of new stories set in and around the Time War, but I read the novel Engines of War and many of those trepidations evaporated. Additionally, the team at Big Finish (and Nicholas Briggs personally) have a great track record in producing Doctor Who on audio. There can be no safer hands out there, in my opinion.
Another element that intrigued me was a little announcement tagged on to this. In 2017, the company will be producing a prequel boxset to The War Doctor, starring Paul McGann – The Eighth Doctor: The Time War.
Personally, I can’t wait for these boxsets and to see how Big Finish handle the untold story of the time before the relaunched series.