Big Finish makes a long-awaited return to the 2000 AD universe in October for a brand
new series of adventures in crime and space. Judge Dredd: Crime Chronicles finds the
iconic lawman of Mega City One starring in four new stories where he faces off against
foes old and new and, for the final story, partners up with a fellow Judge played by Doctor
Who?s Louise Jameson. Officially licensed by Rebellion, who publish 2000 AD and The
Judge Dredd Megazine, each story is a dramatic reading, with full sound design and a
specially drawn cover by 2000 AD artist Cliff Robinson, and features Toby Longworth as
Judge Dredd. John Ainsworth is thrilled, saying: ?As producer of the first eighteen 2000 AD
audio dramas for Big Finish, I am delighted to return to the series with these four new
productions and to once again work with Toby Longworth, who is the perfect Judge Dredd’.
The series begins with Stranger Than Truth by David Bishop and told by Brit-Cit academic,
Eliza Blunt (Helen Kay). Captured and imprisoned by Judge Dredd, author Truman Kaput
has spent years in the Mega City One iso-cubes, his work banned. His crime: writing lurid
detective novels in which the ficticious Slick Dickens repeatedly outwits the cowardly bully,
Judge Dredd. Now a new Truman Kaput novel is being serialised, and each chapter
predicts an imminent murder with chilling accuracy. Has Slick Dickens escaped the page to commit real crimes in Mega City One? Is a serial killer using the chapters as templates for their crime? Where does fiction end and the truth start? Can Dredd stop the plot before his nemesis fulfils the finale of Slick Dickens: I Killed Judge Dredd?
In Blood Will Tell by James Swallow, a frenzied mutant attack on Mega City One’s shield
wall is revealed to be the cover for a group of infiltrators, Judge Dredd tells the story of how was forced to face a deadly opponent from his past: Garris Hale, a man whose life he
destroyed. Back from exile in the radioactive wilderness of the Cursed Earth, Hale has
possession of a dark secret ? a secret so explosive that it could plunge the entire city into anarchy and chaos! With his judgement in question and the future of his city in the balance,
Dredd must face a lethal enemy intent on revenge at any cost!
The third tale, The Devil?s Playground by Jonathan Clements, is narrated by Wendy
Plainfolk (Gemma Wardle) and finds Judge Dredd hunting a killer on the loose, his only
lead a girl who’s never seen the sky or the streets. Raised in a religious commune, locked
in a closed farming habitat in the heart of the city, Wendy Plainfolk knows nothing of the
temptations and dangers of Dredd’s world. But she is the only link to a double homicide in a place she calls the Devil’s Playground: Mega City One.
Finally, much-loved Doctor Who alumnus Louise Jameson (Leela) narrates Double Zero in
the guise of Judge Anderson. On the Mills-Wagner scale of psychic potentiality, the Double
Zero rating is ranked as the lowest possible level of human telepathic receptability and/or
psionic ability. [See also: mind-blind; mundane; pariah effect, brain burn]. When a strange
premonition draws Psi-Judge Cassandra Anderson to her fellow law officer, Joe Dredd,
what begins as an inkling of something sinister soon becomes a matter of life and death.
With telepathic secret agents from a dozen city-states infiltrating the Big Meg in search of a psychic weapon called ‘the pariah’, Anderson and Dredd find themselves in a race against time to save the life of an innocent child ? with the power to start a war.
Judge Dredd begins in October and is released monthly until January,
priced ?9.99 per CD and will be available from Shopscifi