Doctor Who – The Art of the Audio Adventures showcases the covers from more than twenty years of Big Finish audio dramas.
As Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary approaches, there’s no end of merchandise on offer.
The latest comes from Big Finish, the home of Doctor Who audio dramas – who present a volume which celebrates almost twenty-five years of cover art from their ever-expanding range of stories.
Doctor Who – The Art of the Audio Adventures is a lavish coffee table book. It contains work from a range of artists including Ryan Aplin, Lee Binding, Anthony Dry, Claudia Gironi, Clayton Hickman, Simon Holub, Lee Johnson, Anthony Lamb, Sean Longmore, Alex Mallinson, Christopher Naylor, Mark Plastow, Jim Sangster, Caroline Tankersley, Chris Thompson, Rafe Wallbank and Tom Webster.
Mark Wright pens the 208-page volume, with commentary from the artists themselves. It also contains contributions from actors Colin Baker, Paul McGann, Jon Culshaw and Tim Treloar.
Big Finish Founder and Chairman Jason Haigh-Ellery said:
“Over the past 25 years I have often been asked by fans of the Doctor Who audio dramas whether we would ever do a book featuring some of our best covers.
“I am always amazed at the works of art that are created by the cover artists that work with Big Finish. Whether they are depicting a dystopian future, providing a glimpse of the past or strange and wonderful new worlds, they capture a moment contained within the audio drama and provide it as an invitation to come and join the Doctor and his companions on their adventures. This book pays tribute to these artists and to the productions they are depicting.”
Creative Director and Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs added:
“The cover artwork is the first encounter our listeners have with our stories, before they’ve even started listening to them. So, the artists who create them must capture the essence of what each particular story is, or, more importantly, the essence of it that we want to convey.
“The covers must engage the imagination of the audience, and to do that they must also first engage the imagination of the producers. I’ve had some of my most interesting creative discussions at Big Finish with cover artists. We’ve been blessed with many brilliant artists who have the gift of bringing the essence of Doctor Who to life.
“Recently, I’ve particularly enjoyed commissioning far simpler, but arguably even more evocative pieces which instantly sum up an era of Doctor Who. It’s where the audio inspires the visual, creating a gallery of imagination.”
Doctor Who – The Art of the Audio Adventures is out on November 17th, 2023.
It’s available from Big Finish, priced £45 plus P&P, with a pre-order discount available.