Big Finish Productions released a preview trailer of their 20th Anniversary livestream this weekend, with a 20-hour livestream on the official Doctor Who YouTube channel – with more than 20 episodes of Doctor Who audio dramas and related spinoffs will be in the stream. This includes UNIT, Torchwood, The Gallifrey Chronicles, The Diary of River Song, and more spinoffs involving past Doctors and their companions.
The stream will feature David Tennant, Billie Piper, Alex Kingston, John Barrowman, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, David Bradley, Sophie Aldred, Katy Manning, Nicola Walker, Sir Derek Jacobi and many more. Some of the cast will also appear on video during the stream. Fans can take part in the live chat.
Big Finish Has Come a Long Way
Big Finish was launched in 1999 with Doctor Who: The Sirens of Time starring Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. The company has since produced over 850 titles in the Doctor Who range and several other classic British series like The Prisoner, The Avengers, Adam Adamant, The Omega Factor.
Nicholas Briggs, creative director and executive producer at Big Finish, said:
"Has it been 20 years already? But we've only just got started! Honestly, it has been an absolute delight to have worked alongside the Doctor these past two decades. I started my life as a fan, in the days before on-demand and downloads, recording the soundtracks of Doctor Who episodes on audio tape. And now it's my job to place every incarnation of the Time Lord (give or take) in peril in so many exciting audio adventures. I have to pinch myself. I'd like to thank everyone, from the cast in front of the mic to the writers, directors, sound designers and more behind it, for making it such an amazing journey. Here's to the future! (Or is it the past?)"
Jason Haigh-Ellery, chairman and executive producer at Big Finish, added:
"In July 1999 we released 'The Sirens of Time'. In July 2019 we're releasing 'The Legacy of Time'. Those two decades have been so fulfilling for us at Big Finish – a chance to work with so many great and talented actors, writers, production crews and all of our friends at the BBC. This is a celebration of it all, with lots of surprise returns and references. Think of it as one massive Doctor Who party – and everyone is invited…"
"Doctor Who – The Legacy of Time": A Crossover, Of Course!
The culmination of the livestream event is the first episode of Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time. This story is a special anniversary boxset release celebrating 20 years of Doctor Who at Big Finish. If you look at the trailer above, you'll see everyone in the Big Finish range is in it.
Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time will be available from Big Finish on download and also released in an eight-disc CD deluxe package set with a limited edition of just 4,000 units; while the livestream will take place July 20-21 on the Doctor Who YouTube Channel.