For years, since Doctor Who‘s return in 2005, we’ve been wondering about just how terrible The Last Great Time War actually was. We know it wiped out both the Daleks and the Time Lords, but the Doctor would say precious little else besides that. We caught a glimpse of the last days of it in “The End of Time“, and found out things weren’t exactly what we thought they were (in a great way!) with the 50th Anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor“, in which we found out the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) tried to be a conscientious objector but was forced to fully join the fray by becoming the War Doctor (John Hurt). We expected that’s all we’d see of the Time War and that version of the Doctor, but Big Finish Productions have announced a new series of War Doctor audio adventures to continue to saga.
The company, which has been making full cast audio dramas of Doctor Who characters since the late ’90s, has recently obtained the rights to things created in the new series. Previously, they have only been able to make dramas about past adventures starring the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Doctors, with Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor being added a few years ago. They’ve already announced a new series of UNIT adventures starring Kate Lethbridge-Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) and one called The Diary of River Song featuring Alex Kingston.
This four-release set of War Doctor adventures will debut in December and will take us inside his eons-long battle to defeat the Daleks and still be a good man, which eventually led to him using The Moment. To whet your appetite, Big Finish is also releasing a prequel series in November featuring the Eighth Doctor’s time during the Time War.
For people interested in more War Doctor and more Time War, this seems like the best possible way for this to happen, since a whole TV series about it seems unlikely, and was never really seemed plausible in the first place. You can find out more information at Big Finish’s website.
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Kyle Anderson is the Weekend Editor, a film and TV critic, and the resident Whovian for Nerdist.com. Follow him on Twitter!