John Hurt returns as The War Doctor in new Big Finish audios

Big Finish has announced twelve new full-cast Doctor Who audio plays featuring John Hurt as The War Doctor.

Hurt’s Doctor was introduced in 2013’s ‘The Name of the Doctor’ and featured alongside the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in the 50th anniversary special, ‘The Day of the Doctor’.

Big Finish executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery commented: “I have been a huge fan of John since first seeing him in the repeats of I, Claudius in the 1980s and in his Oscar-nominated role as the eponymous The Elephant Man. Watching his performance in ‘The Day of the Doctor’ I did find myself fantasising that some far off day we might have the chance to work with him on the audio adventures of Doctor Who and now two short years later it’s happened!”

He added: “John wove a fantastic character together from a great script by Steven Moffat. Now we have the chance to get to know that character more and hear John stretch in the role. We’re all in for a hell of a ride as the War Doctor engages in battle. But who are the greater threat – the Daleks or the Time Lords?”

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The audio adventures of The War Doctor will be told over four boxsets, each containing three linked hour-long episodes.

The first set is entitled ‘Only The Monstrous’ and will be released in December 2015. It is written and directed by Nicholas Briggs (Doctor Who: Dark Eyes).

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Briggs teased: “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.”

Blake’s 7 star Jacqueline Pearce will play Time Lord Cardinal Ollistra — an arch manipulator who is waging the Time War against the Daleks.

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The second volume of adventures, ‘Infernal Devices’, will follow in February 2016 and is written by John Dorney, Phil Mulryne and Matt Fitton.

Volume 3 and Volume 4 are currently in pre-production.

Producer David Richardson commented: “What an utter privilege it is to work with such an iconic actor, playing such a brilliantly devised role. This is Doctor Who at its darkest — the era in which our hero casts aside his core values in order to try and save the galaxy in its most terrible hour. We promise bold and brilliant story-telling with gripping character drama, and epic and cinematic audio productions.”

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A prequel boxset to the saga, titled Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor — The Time War, will follow the early stages of the Time War from the Eighth Doctor’s perspective. Set for release in November 2017, the set will star Paul McGann alongside characters first introduced in the War Doctor box sets.

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Are you looking forward to the return of the War Doctor? Let us know below…

  • The War Doctor is one of my favourite incarnations of the Doctor. More adventures with him? Yes please!

  • Mack59

    As BF treads into a much darker territory than the TV programme does this will be the ideal medium for us to explore the darker aspects of the Time War as suggested in the excellent “Engines Of War”. Plus the prospect of hearing voice of Sir John Hurt again as the War Doctor is already whetting my jaded appetite.

    It’s also good to hear that the 8th Doctor is getting some proper Time War stories so we can hear what experiences drove him to choose “Warrior”.

  • Linda Wright

    Doctor Who and Servalan! A match made in heaven – or should that be hell?

  • Kuma

    Did I hear more 8th Doctor? THANKS BIG FINISH for giving so many adventures of my favorite Doctor

    • Bunduki Bob

      Hear, hear! More 8th Doctor from Big Finish and please BBC, get a TV series going for him, even if it is just web episodes like Night of the Doctor!

  • jogya

    More 8th Doctor and more War Doctor, plus Jacqueline Pearce. Just take my money now. This is a far bigger and more important announcement than Class or even the return of Donna and 10 for BF. TBH, I have preferred BF to the main show for a while, although I do like Peter Capaldi and only starting rewatching recently, mainly because I couldn’t stand 10 and 11 as they were too similar and too juvenile.
    War is probably my favourite doctor, only behind Peter C and Paul and then simply because we are only at the beginning of his story. John Hurt easily out acted Matt and David in Day of the Doctor and made me yearn for a proper older doctor with real presence, rather than the silly teenage girl friendly models we had been lumped with to date. So pleased BF has got him.

  • Rhyanna

    I wish this would become a video to watch

  • Giovanni Magnus

    I am really stoked!

  • Mat Greenfield

    Sir Derek Jacobi has worked with Big Finish before. They need to get him and John Hurt in a room together for a new Master/Doctor dynamic. I don’t care if it breaks continuity, it’s too good not to happen!

  • Rhylie

    How amazing would a spin of show about the time war and the war doctor be!