I woke up this morning to an incredibly wonderful announcement by Big Finish. They’re finally edging into new Who territory.
Their foray into the new series continuity begins with a boxed set called UNIT: Extinction, which stars Jemma Redgrave (and yes, she’s related to certain other actors with that last name), reprising her role as Kate Stewart. She’ll be leading UNIT as they fight an incursion by the Nestene Consciousness and its Auton warriors.
I am very much looking forward to this. Partly I’m looking forward to it because of the content itself. I like Kate Stewart, and I’m sure Big Finish will do an excellent job of expanding the character much more than she has been on TV.
But of course I’m also looking forward to this for what it means for the future of Big Finish. Until this release, they’ve only been able to occasionally hint at elements from the new series. In this case, they’re jumping in with both feet. Hopefully this will serve as a foot-in-the-door for Big Finish to finally get the rights to make new series Doctor Who stories. I’m very sure Tennant would be willing to reprise his role (given that his wife and father-in-law work for Big Finish regularly, and he himself as worked for them in the past). I’m also fairly sure Capaldi would do it. Smith and Eccleston, well…I’m sure Tennant and Capaldi would be down for it! Smith is on to bigger things these days, and Eccleston seems to be turning into the new series version of Tom Baker.
All that aside, I’m very much looking forward to this set! Congrats to Big Finish for landing such a deal!