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November 29th, 2023 2 comments

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Big Finish Sontarans vs Rutans 1.1 The Battle for Giant’s Causeway

An old companion returns to the Eighth Doctor’s side

One of the Eighth Doctor’s former companions will return in the first part of the Sontarans vs Rutans audio drama series, due for release in January 2024 from Big Finish Productions.

“Charley, C’rizz, Lucie, Tamsin, Molly, friends, companions I’ve known, I salute you.”

On 14 November 2013, the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) made a surprise reappearance and paid tribute to the companions of his audio adventures in a special mini-episode of Doctor Who, The Night of the Doctor. Now, a decade on, Conrad Westmaas returns to play one of those named; C’rizz, a Eutermesan monk who debuted in the 2004 story, Creed of the Kromon is back with the Eighth Doctor and Charley Pollard (India Fisher) for a brand-new adventure.

Doctor Who – Sontarans vs Rutans: The Battle for Giant’s Causeway, by Lizzie Hopley, is available to pre-order for just £10.99 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £8.99 (download only), exclusively from

A temporal tidal wave leads the Doctor, Charley and C’rizz to the Giant’s Causeway, Ireland 55BC, where the TARDIS drains of power and they encounter Sontarans who believe they’re Roman Legionnaires. What has caused this and what is the strange secret in the rocks?

Producer David Richardson said: “I felt it was time to revisit the travelling triumvirate of the Eighth Doctor, Charley and C’rizz (in fact we were long overdue a revisit…). “Everyone got very excited by the idea so my next step was to chat to Conrad to see if he was willing to reprise the role. I think he pretty much said, ‘Just tell me when and where you want me’.

“‘We’ve got the band back together,’ Paul McGann enthused as the first scenes got underway.” Conrad Westmaas added: “Not having been in the studio for 15 years was a bit daunting – but Paul, India and I just threw ourselves headlong into battle, had an absolute blast, and I honestly think this is one of the strongest outings this team has ever had. I’m so proud of it and can’t wait for people to hear it!”

Doctor Who – Sontarans vs Rutans will be released in monthly parts between January and April 2024, with a story which weaves through the lives of the Third, Sixth, Eighth and War Doctors. The series cast also includes Tim Treloar (the Third Doctor), Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor) and Jonathon Carley (the War Doctor), with Dan Starkey playing a variety of Sontarans. The complete Doctor Who – Sontarans vs Rutans series bundle is now available to pre-order for just £40 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £32 (download only), exclusively from

All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release. Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.

Categorised under: Big Finish, CD, Special Releases



  • Nick

    November 30th, 2023 - 8:20pm

    I am looking forward to this release too! More of this TARDIS Team please! So pleased that India and Conrad are back!! Missed them!!

  • Matt

    November 30th, 2023 - 2:05pm

    Yes! A fantastic TARDIS team! Cannot wait for this release!


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