DOCTOR WHO’S ROSE TYLER
You never forget your first Doctor Who companion. And for many people that would be Rose Tyler as played by the amazing Billie Piper. So, fans rejoice, for both are returning to Doctor Who in a new series of audio adventures by Big Finish Productions.
ROSE TYLER: THE DIMENSION CANNON
Big Finish is releasing Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon, in association with BBC Studios. Camille Coduri and Shaun Dingwall reprise their roles of Rose’s parents, Jackie and Pete. Joining the cast is Mark Benton as Clive Finch, an alien investigator and Elli Garnett as Caroline Finch. Rose will be exploring dying parallel worlds to find the Doctor and prevent the death of the multiverse.
The new series will focus on the Russell T. Davies era of Doctor Who and be a bit of a departure from previous adventures. There will be no villains, just the amazing stories of the characters that inhabit the Who universe. The four episodes are ‘The Endless Night’ by Jonathan Morris, ‘The Flood’ by Lisa McMullin, ‘Ghost Machines’ by AK Benedict, and ‘The Last Party on Earth’ by Matt Fitton.
Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon comes out September 2019. It is available for pre-order at bigfinish.com for £25 on CD and £20 on download.
FROM BILLIE PIPER
Billie Piper talked about returning to the role she made popular over a decade ago. “I love how normal Rose is, and yet really extraordinary. She lived a normal average life, but she is incredibly curious and has an enormous capacity for love and empathy and is really spirited. She is extraordinary.”
“That’s the great thing about Doctor Who. It challenges new-thinking. It’s progressive and it can be political in amongst these human emotions and relationships. I think that’s its greatest appeal.”
FROM THE PRODCUER
Producer David Richardson explained how the idea for the series became a reality. “I approached Russell T Davies with the idea of Big Finish making a Rose Tyler spin-off. He was very enthusiastic – as always – and suggested we followed Rose’s journey that ultimately leads to her finding the Doctor in The Stolen Earth. I found the pro-posal irresistible, and instantly script editor Matt Fitton and I were throwing around ideas. There is a whole multiverse of possibilities. Russell suggested including Jackie and Pete, and embraced my idea of including a parallel universe version of Clive – who of course was killed off in the TV series (in the 2005 episode Rose).”
“Russell guided us gently through the development – steering us towards ideas that worked brilliant-ly, ensuring things that needed improvement were fixed, and also throwing out the ideas that didn’t work. I’m absolutely delighted with what we have – a family drama about the end of worlds. It’s about love and loss and things that might have been – and our brilliant cast have embraced the emotional scripts.”
“What we have is different from previous iterations. It’s rather dark (though never short on wit and charm) but it’s not really about villains. It focuses on the fight to survive against the odds, and on the power of family and love.”