The Prisoner Returns Thanks To Big Finish!

The Prisoner Due 2016 from Big Finish
The Prisoner Due 2016 from Big Finish
The Prisoner returns on audio, produced by the award-winning Big Finish Productions Ltd.
Big Finish is proud to announce that it has entered into a licence agreement with ITV Studios Global Entertainment to produce a series of full-cast audio dramas based on the world renowned, cult classic 1967 TV series, The Prisoner — bursting with state-of-the-art sound design and a brand new dramatic score.

January 16th 1967. A secret agent suddenly resigns from MI6, then wakes to find himself imprisoned in ‘The Village’ — a bizarre community with a cheery veneer, but an underbelly of threat and mystery. Re-branded as Number Six, our agent must enter into a battle of wits with the sinister Number Two, whose sworn aim is to discover why Number Six resigned. But Number Six refuses to divulge his secrets and must fight off increasingly outlandish and deadly attempts to break him, as he fights to escape and find out…

‘Who is Number One?’.

Big Finish Productions are perhaps best known for their Doctor Who audio drama series (released on CD, download and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra), which has been running for over fifteen years. Other acclaimed audio drama series from Big Finish include The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes, Dark Shadows, The Omega Factor and Survivors.
The new audio series of The Prisoner is to be written and directed by Big Finish’s co-executive producer, Nicholas Briggs. Nick has been working with the company since the very beginning (as an actor, writer, sound designer, composer, director and producer). He is also known for his voice work on the Doctor Who TV series as the voice of the Daleks and other monsters.
Recently, he wrote and directed the Doctor Who story Dark Eyes, which won the BBC Audio Drama Award for best online drama.

The new audio version of The Prisoner will be very much based on the original, which starred Patrick McGoohan. ‘It won’t simply be a slavish retelling of all the original episodes,’ explains Nick.
‘But aficionados of the original series will certainly recognise much of what they loved about it. A lot of the familiar iconography will be there, but my aim is to push the boundaries, all the while pursuing McGoohan’s stated agenda of the fight against rampant progress and dehumanisation.’

No casting decisions have yet been made. ‘For Number Six, we’re looking for someone who can portray that vital determination and anger, creating a lethal package of dynamite charisma’ says
Nick. ‘They need to be compelling and powerful as well as having great enthusiasm for the series.’
The initial release of a lavish, collectors’ edition box set of five CDs (four hour-long episodes and a behind-the-scenes documentary, with full-colour, souvenir booklet) is set for January 2016, with other box sets to follow. You can pre-order it here

Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen Audio Book

DOCTOR WHO AND THE TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN from AudioGO
DOCTOR WHO AND THE TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN from AudioGO
Michael Kilgarriff reads this gripping novelisation of a classic 1967 TV adventure featuring the Second Doctor, with Nicholas Briggs as the Cybermen

The Cybermen – silver, indestructible monsters whose only goal is power – seem to have disappeared from their planet, Telos. When a party of archaeologists, joined by the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria, land on the Cybermen’s barren, deserted planet, they uncover what appears to be their tomb.

But once inside it becomes clear that the Cybermen are not dead, and some in the group of archaeologists desperately want to re-activate these monsters! How can the Doctor defeat these ruthless, power-seeking humans and the Cybermen?

Michael Kilgarriff, who played the Cyber Controller in the original BBC TV serial, reads Gerry Davis’ complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1978. Sound effects and music are provided by Simon Power, and Nicholas Briggs provides the authentic voices of the Cybermen themselves.

This is just one of many brand new Doctor Who audio titles being released by AudioGO in 2013, which marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. The series will be celebrated throughout the year by the BBC and its commercial partners including AudioGO.

Michael Kilgarriff
Michael Kilgarriff
Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen
Format: Download or 4 CDs
DLISBN: 9781445826356
DLRRP: £12.29
CDISBN: 9781445826363
CDRRP: £13.25

Doctor Who: Energy of the Daleks

Energy of the Daleks - Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures
Doctor Who: Energy of the Daleks

Written by Nicholas Briggs

Published by Big Finish

Yes, the Doctor’s most feared enemies are back in this latest release in Big Finish’s series of audio adventures featuring the Fourth Doctor and Leela.?

Landing in almost contemporary London, the duo discover protests in Trafalgar Square against GlobeSphere’s moonbase project, which will produce unlimited energy for all. While Leela is arrested as a would-be rioter, the Doctor joins an embittered GlobeSphere director to uncover a diabolical Dalek plot.

As the Doctor’s temporary foil, Mark Benton’s performance is so well rounded that I’d love to hear more from him.?Fans will know that Louise Jameson never got to meet the Daleks on screen, and she doesn’t waste the opportunity here – her scenes in a Roboman conversion chamber generating the greatest menace and tension in the whole audio.

But here lies the problem. There’s just so much packed into these 60 minutes, with Nick Brigg’s script flitting between London, the Moon and a time ship from Skaro, that the Dalek’s masterplan receives no breathing space at all. In fact, we only become aware of that plan a few minute before the end. Compared to Leela’s story arc, this main plot lacks real heft.

The problem lies in the story structure. This series is produced as two 30 minute episodes an adventure, but really, Energy of the Daleks would have benefitted from another 30 minutes at least. The multifaceted plot could easily take it.

Still, there is much to enjoy here, and no other Doctor faces the Daleks with such fervour as number Four. Fans should revel in the opportunity to hear him do it again.

Missing Dalek Stories This Year Check This Out

Daleks: The Chase, is a thrilling novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure, written by John Peel (based on TV scripts by Terry Nation) and read by Maureen O’Brien, with Dalek voices by Nicholas Briggs.

Doctor Who - Daleks: The Chase

Through a Space-Time Visualiser the Doctor and his companions are horrified to see an execution squad of Daleks about to leave Skaro on a mission to find the TARDIS and exterminate the time travellers. Eluding the Daleks on the barren planet Aridius the Doctor and his friends escape in the TARDIS. But this is only the beginning of an epic journey.

As they travel through space and time, they try to shake off their pursuers by making a series of random landings – but the Daleks don’t give up easily. This is a chase to the death…

Format: 4 CDs
Duration: 4 hours 30 mins approx.
RRP: ?13.25
ISBN: 9781408468357
Release Date: 7 July 2011

Available from www.audiogo.co.uk and all good audio retailers.