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December 31st, 2021 6 comments

Big Finish The Ninth Doctor Adventures Volume 04 Old Friends

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The Ninth Doctor encounters the dead and their ghosts over these three new Ninth Doctor Adventures, due for release in February 2022, but it’s a familiar face from the past that heralds impending catastrophe.

Travelling the universe alone, the Doctor can’t help running into people he has met before. Some are new acquaintances, and some have a much longer history, back through all of his lives. But every one of them knows that in the face of danger, and when the monsters arrive, there’s no better friend to have by their side.

Christopher Eccleston stars alongside Jon Culshaw (the Brigadier), Warren Brown (Sam Bishop) and Elinor Lawless (Fiona McCall, a Scottish historian and teacher) as the Ninth Doctor travels from a futuristic funeral to a festival by the Forth. Just what is the Burryman and what threat does it pose to Earth’s Unified Intelligence Taskforce?

Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Old Friends is now available for pre-order exclusively at the Big Finish website here from just £19.99.

The three fantastic stories in this box set are as follows:

Fond Farewell by David K Barnes

Fond Farewell is the intergalactic funeral parlour with a difference: the deceased attend their own wake!

Invited by celebrated naturalist Flynn Beckett to his memorial, the Doctor finds he’s not quite the man he was. But who would steal the memories of the dead?

Way of the Burryman by Roy Gill

Young Sam Bishop is at a crossroads with girlfriend Fiona: she’s staying in Scotland, he wants to travel the world.

As the Burryman celebrations begin, ghosts haunt the Forth Bridge. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart arrives to investigate – and so does the Doctor…

The Forth Generation by Roy Gill

The Forth Generation have emerged. The Doctor, the Brigadier, Sam and Fiona are at their mercy.

Is there a way to defeat them? Has UNIT learned from the past? And can the enemy’s nature be changed for the future?

Ninth Doctor Adventures producer David Richardson said: “It’s season finale time! We end our first run with the Ninth Doctor in a suitably epic way: a battle for the Earth, an unstoppable enemy… and old friends.

“I wanted to include the Brigadier because he never got to meet any of the modern Doctors on screen and, frankly, he deserves to. So here we have the retired Brigadier, played impeccably by Jon Culshaw, doing consolation work for UNIT and finding himself standing shoulder to shoulder with his oldest friend.

“So we already had the UNIT connection in place and then Warren Brown dropped me a text, having seen the announcement that we were making Ninth Doctor audios, asking if there was any chance he might be able to act with Christopher Eccleston. And I leaped at the opportunity.

“We’re so lucky to work with Warren at Big Finish, and pairing the Doctor and Sam Bishop was irresistible: it meant we could go back and look at Sam’s origin story. What made him the man we know today in our UNIT and Lady Christina series?”

Doctor Who fans worldwide can now order all four volumes of The Ninth Doctor Adventures, which are available in three formats – collector’s edition CD, digital download or limited edition gatefold triple LP vinyl – exclusively from the Big Finish website at

Big Finish listeners can save by ordering a bundle of the entire series for just £88 (as a collector’s edition box set) or £78 (as a download).

Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures triple LP vinyls are strictly limited to a pressing of 1,000 per volume, and can be ordered at £35.99 each, or £132 for the bundle of all four albums, HERE.

Please note: the vinyl editions do not include any behind-the-scenes extras. However, listeners purchasing vinyl LP editions will receive a download of the story automatically and be given access to the CD edits as a bonus download. Episodes will be edited specifically for the vinyl format, presented as 2 episodes, one on each side, each with opening and closing music. In addition, all pre-orders of the vinyls will also receive the behind the extras as a bonus download.

All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release.

Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, 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.

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  • bryan

    December 31st, 2021 - 11:02pm

    Wonderful. The Sarah Jane Adventures Version of the Brigadier.
    Great stuff.

    This has been a superb series .

  • Callum

    December 31st, 2021 - 10:00pm

    Been so happy with the pass 3 sets of these as long as the voice acting for the brig is bang on it should be just as good. After listening to the legacy of time recently i have no doubt in big finish. As the 3rd doctors story was very good.

    • the ergon

      January 1st, 2022 - 12:00pm

      You can,t go wrong with jon Culshaw. His Brigadier and third Doctor are spot on.

  • December 31st, 2021 - 5:52pm

    Recasting is just not for me.

  • Ev

    December 31st, 2021 - 4:11pm

    this cover seems very cobbled together

    • Reece

      December 31st, 2021 - 6:22pm

      Indeed. The covers have been awful and cheap looking recently… :/

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