‘It’s as if the last ten years had never happened.’
David Tennant on the return of the Doctor and Rose for Big Finish.
Today David Tennant and Billie Piper completed their recording of the final episode of Big Finish’s Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2. The two beloved actors return to their roles of the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler in a new series of audio adventures for Big Finish Productions in arrangement with BBC Worldwide.
David Tennant, one of the favourite Doctors of all time, portrayed the Tenth Doctor from December 2005 until January 2010. He reprised his iconic role last year in Big Finish’s Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 1 with Catherine Tate (Donna Noble).
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Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2
Billie Piper appeared with the 9th Doctor’s (Christopher Eccleston) in the first episode of the 2005 Doctor Who reboot. Rose continued travelling in the TARDIS when The Doctor regenerated into his tenth form (David Tennant). Billie Piper last appeared as a full-time companion in 2006’s Doomsday before returning in a guest starring role in Series 4 and the three-part finale, Turn Left / Stolen Earth / Journey’s End. Both David Tennant and Billie Piper starred in the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, with Matt Smith and Sir John Hurt in 2013.
Nicholas Briggs, Big Finish’s executive producer and director for the new stories, was thrilled to have the two in the studio to record the new adventures. “We’ve been having a fabulous time. Billie’s been superb and lovely, and she and David have been working brilliantly together. David said, ‘It’s as if the last ten years had never happened.’ It was particularly encouraging to hear Billie reacting very positively to how easy the recording process is. After we recorded a couple of great takes for the first scene, she said, ‘Is that it?’ with a big smile in her voice.”
Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery says: ‘Getting David and Billie back together was definitely on my bucket list – two wonderful actors who created an era of Doctor Who which is so fondly remembered and brought a different aspect of the relationship between the Doctor and his companion to the fore – love, both platonic and unrequited. It’s great to have the Tenth Doctor and Rose back again!’
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2, will be released in November 2017 and consists of three hour-long full cast audio adventures.
Episode 1 is written by John Dorney. In the Attack of the Zaross, an alien invasion of Earth isn’t quite what it appears to be. Also returning is Camille Coduri who guest stars as Jackie Tyler.
In the second adventure, Sword of the Chevalier by Guy Adams, the Doctor and Rose arrive in Slough in 1791 and encounter Chevalier D’Eon, an enigmatic ex-spy who has lived his life as a woman. Together they must fend off alien slavers, who have come to Earth to abduct valuable humans.
The last episode, Cold Vengeance by Matt Fitton, has the TARDIS arriving on Coldstar, a vast frozen food asteroid in deep space. But there is something sinister defrosting in the network of storage units… the Doctor’s old enemies the Ice Warriors! Nicholas Briggs plays Ice Lord Hasskor and Warrior Slaan.
‘It was such a special time for me, working with Billie and David on the TV show,’ says Nicholas Briggs, who is the Voice of the Daleks on TV and for Big Finish, ‘and it is such an honour to revisit it with them on audio.’
‘We were thrilled by the response to the first volume,’ says David Richardson. ‘David Tennant and Catherine Tate were on fantastic form, and it’s so exciting to reunite David with Billie Piper, playing the Doctor and Rose together again after nine years! Their time in the series transformed Doctor Who into a prime-time and international hit, and we’ve worked very hard to live up to the incredible standards of Russell T Davies.’
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2 is produced by David Richardson, script edited by Matt Fitton and John Dorney, and directed by Nicholas Briggs. Executive producers are Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs.
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2 will be available in both a Limited Edition Deluxe box set, and as three individual vanilla releases. Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 1, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, is currently available on CD and download from bigfinish.com.