Big Finish Productions, the premiere producers of Doctor Who audio dramas and other series, are reportedly moving to releasing content on digital first. Physical releases (ex: CD boxsets) will be released at a later date due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Big Finish normally releases their productions as digital downloads and CDs. The digital versions are available immediately and physical versions ship shortly after. The company instructed their warehouse staff to stay home to avoid potential infection from COVID-19. This means that physical releases of the audio dramas will be delayed.
"As previously reported, we took the precaution of pausing in-studio recordings last week, and are now working with our producers, directors and actors to record future releases remotely in home studios. Some of these sessions are already in progress.
The majority of Big Finish staff are freelance and are fully capable of working from home. You may have also seen a number of regular Big Finish actors posting images of their home studios on social media.
However, in order to protect the health of our warehouse staff, we have now asked them to stay at home for as long as the coronavirus situation continues. All our staff will be paid during this period."
– Jason Haigh-Ellery, Chairman, Big Finish Productions
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