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Once and Future – Time Lord Immemorial stars both Christopher Eccleston and David Warner as the Doctor. 

Updated 05/10/23: Doctor Who‘s diamond celebration continues today as two Doctors meet.

Today sees the release of the latest adventure in the celebratory Doctor Who: Once and Future series. Blending characters from across the show’s sixty year run, ‘Time Lord Immemorial’ brings Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor together with David Warner’s alternate-Universe incarnation.

They’re joined by The Lumiat (Gina McKee), a good version of the Master, plus the Eighth Doctor Companion Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker). To celebrate, Big Finish have dropped an evocative video promo which is narrated by the “Time Lord Immemorial” himself – Robert Powell…

Writer Lisa McMullin said:

“This particular set was a real gift because I got to make two characters that you might not expect to be able to interact because they’re in different universes, and then converge those universes and have them collide. There’s a whole heap of fun where they’re trying to decide which universe they’re in. The Ninth and Unbound Doctors were so much fun and a joy. They worked together really well, and bounced beautifully off each other.”

Catch up on the mini-series with our reviews of previous Doctor Who: Once and Future instalments: ‘Past Lives’, ‘The Artist at the End of Time’, ‘A Genius for War’, ‘Two’s Company’ and ‘The Martian Invasion of Planetoid 50’.

Doctor Who – Once and Future: Time Lord Immemorial is available now from Big Finish.

Updated 19/09/23: Via Facebook, Big Finish have unleashed the Once and Future: Time Lord Immemorial trailer.

The video trailer is our first chance to hear two Doctors meeting in the celebratory Once and Future saga. Unless you count the Fifth Doctor and The Curator, that is!

The booming voice which tops and tails the promo is, we presume, Robert Powell’s titular ‘Time Lord Immemorial’. Plus, there’s Gina McKee’s The Lumiat (an insufferably good version of The Master) introducing herself, and Nicola Walker’s Liv Chenka puzzling out “degeneration”.

The story is first of two releases in October 2023, which wrap up Once and Future (save for Coda – The Final Act which isn’t released until November 2024).

Doctor Who – Once and Future: Time Lord Immemorial is available to pre-order now from Big Finish.

Doctor Who – Once and Future 6 covers revealed

Updated 04/09/23: Both covers are revealed for October’s double-Doctor audio adventure.

The artwork is now up for ‘Time Lord Immemorial’, the sixth instalment of Big Finish’s celebratory Doctor Who: Once and Future mini-series.

The first of October’s two releases, it’s perhaps the most anticipated. The story sees Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor meeting the late David Warner’s “unbound” alternate universe incarnation.

Once and Future 6 - Time Lord Immemorial Standard Edition cover art

As well as the two Time Lords, artist Lee Johnson’s cover also features Nicola Walker as Liv Chenka, plus, Gina McKee as The Lumiat. We can only assume the spectral figure in the background is the titular Time Lord Immemorial himself, who’s voiced by Robert Powell.

Special Edition

As with all of the Once and Future stories, there’s also a special edition version. That cover follows the established design, featuring the faces of the main Doctor and one of the guest stars.

Once and Future 6 - Time Lord Immemorial Special Edition cover art

Doctor Who – Once and Future: Time Lord Immemorial is available to pre-order now from Big Finish.

Original article (of 29/08/23) follows…

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Doctor Who – Once and Future 6 cast revealed

Time Lord Immemorial stars both Christopher Eccleston and David Warner as the Doctor. 

As the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary audio series heads towards its conclusion, producers Big Finish have revealed the cast for story number 6.

‘Time Lord Immemorial’ is led by both Christopher Eccleston and the late David Warner, in his final performance as the Unbound Doctor.

Here’s the premise for Time Lord Immemorial

The Time War. The Doctor has been injured and brought to a Time Lord field hospital. His body glows with energy, but this is no regeneration into a future form – instead, the Doctor’s past faces begin to appear as he flits haphazardly between incarnations…

Staggering to his TARDIS, the Doctor sets out to solve the mystery of his ‘degeneration’. Who has done this to him? How? And why? From the Earth to the stars, across an array of familiar times and places, he follows clues to retrace his steps, encountering old friends and enemies along the way. Tumbling through his lives, the Doctor must stop his degeneration before he loses himself completely…

Slipping between bodies, the Ninth Doctor finds his TARDIS caught between universes as the cosmos starts to break down. A Doctor from another reality arrives and they join forces with Liv Chenka and the Lumiat to find the cause.

Someone has desecrated the mythical Hall of the Time Lord Immemorial, where the sands of time from the multiverse are held. And those sands are running out…

David Warner & Christopher Eccleston at the recording of Doctor Who: Once and Future - Time Lord Immemorial
David Warner and Christopher Eccleston (c) Big Finish

The Cast

‘Time Lord Immemorial’ is written by Lisa McMullin, who also penned August’s ‘Two’s Company’ for the Once and Future series. As the titular Time Lord Immemorial himself is Robert Powell who, despite an impressive stage and screen career, has hitherto avoided the lure of the TARDIS.

Reprising her role as The Lumiat, is Christopher Eccleston’s former Our Friends in the North co-star Gina Mckee. The character, an insufferably good iteration of the Master, previously appeared as an adversary for Missy. Additionally, the tale also involves Eighth Doctor companion Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker), who encountered the Ninth Doctor last year.

Christopher Eccleston said:

“It was quite emotional for me to work with David Warner, an actor I grew up as a child watching and admiring. To share the Doctor with him was special. If ever there was an actor who should have played the Doctor, it was David Warner.”

Producer David Richardson added:

“Bringing the Ninth Doctor and the Unbound Doctor together was inspired by the friendship between Chris and David. They have known each other well for some years and it was a treat to bring them together in the studio. To benefit from these two greats acting opposite each other was irresistible.”

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Catch up on the CultBox reviews of Once and Future. September brings ‘The Martian Invasion of Planetoid 50’ featuring the Tenth Doctor, Missy and the Paternoster Gang.

Doctor Who – Once and Future: Time Lord Immemorial, is available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD (+ download), or on download only, from Big Finish. There’s also a Special Edition series bundle containing extended behind-the-scenes extras and music suites for each story.