Big Finish has been producing original Doctor Who audio dramas for more than 20 years now. After the original show went off the air on the BBC, the gap was filled by original and slightly more adult-oriented novels published by Virgin Books and new audio dramas produced by Big Finish. The production company began with some of the surviving leads like Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann in new audio dramas. They have since expanded to include Tom Baker, John Hurt, David Tennant, David Bradley (as the First Doctor), and the cast of Torchwood. With this many Doctors and other series, they're producing new stories for, Big Finish announced they will revamp the Doctor Who ranges of titles to differentiate them better. Each Doctor will have their own individual range to distinguish their stories more clearly.
Official Statement from Big Finish
Senior Producer David Richardson said: "There are so many exciting new directions ahead. Where did the First Doctor and Dodo go next after leaving the planet of The Savages? What happened to the Second Doctor after The War Games? What new adventures await the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith? What happened on the Seventh Doctor's Last Day? The adventures are only just beginning…"
The original Big Finish audio drama range (now called the Monthly Adventures ) represents a continuous, unbroken run of new audio adventures, one every month, since 1999. This range, of late featuring adventures for the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors, will end with release number 275. Thereafter, there will be a regular rotation of releases, with each Doctor starring in their own box sets of adventures throughout the year.
Big Finish chairman and executive producer, Jason Haigh-Ellery said: "One comment we hear more often from new listeners is that they find it hard to know where to begin with our back catalog of Doctor Who adventures. This change to our release schedule will make it easier for people to start. With a range for each Doctor, there will be a natural 'stepping on point' for fans."
Creative director and executive producer, Nicholas Briggs, added: "As well as making our ranges much less confusing for Big Finish beginners, these changes will allow us more exciting new possibilities and creative freedom. By freeing the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors from the constrictions of the Monthly Adventures schedule, and giving them their own distinct ranges, we will be able to introduce more surprising cast combinations, different story lengths, and more story arcs." Collectors and completionists should head over to the Big Finish website for additional information on how the ranges will be renumbered.