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July 21st, 2021 20 comments

Big Finish The Year of Martha Jones starring Freema Agyeman

She’s Doctor Martha Jones, who the hell are you? Freema Agyeman returns in her own triumphant trio of audio adventures, to be released in December 2021.

After more than a decade away from the TARDIS, the Tenth Doctor’s companion, Martha Jones, is returning to the world of Doctor Who, in a brand-new box set of full-cast audio drama from Big Finish Productions.

Set between the 2007 TV episodes The Sound of Drums and The Last of the Time Lords, these new stories explore the year that Martha (Freema Agyeman) spent travelling the Earth, warning humanity about the Master and spreading hope with tales of her friend, the Doctor.

Also featuring in these adventures is Martha’s mum, Francine Jones, with legendary British actress Adjoa Andoh (Bridgerton, Doctor Who) reprising the role she played on screen.

The Year of Martha Jones is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD box set (at £19.99) or digital download (at £16.99), at www.bigfinish.com, comprising the three following stories:

  • The Last Diner by James Goss
  • Silver Medal by Tim Foley
  • Deceived by Matt Fitton

Producer David Richardson said: “I love Martha Jones and I love tales of an apocalyptic Earth, so when we secured Freema for this box set I was immediately drawn to the idea of Martha’s year on an Earth subjugated by the Master. The Doctor has lost! The Jones family in peril! Toclafane sweeping the skies, and a mission to travel the world, sharing tales of a Time Lord who defeats the monsters. There was so much dramatic potential in this story world and our writers have had a lot of fun with that.”

Freema Agyeman added: “We really didn’t know what Martha was going through during that year on Earth – we see her embark on it, and we see the conclusion of it, but it’s so interesting to really see her as an ordinary person, trying to do extraordinary things. She has incredible independence and strength so I think she can rely on that, but it’s been great to see how she does ebb and flow throughout that journey.”

The Year of Martha Jones is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD (at £19.99) or digital download (at £16.99), exclusively from the Big Finish website.

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.


Categorised under: Big Finish, CD, spin-offs

20 comments

  • Star Lord

    July 22nd, 2021 - 1:25pm

    Over the moon about this, Freema is such a talent and Dissected is the best Torchwood audio I’ve listened to so far, highly recommend. Would still love her to a Tenth Doctor Adventures boxset with David, maybe someday.

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  • Anonymous

    July 22nd, 2021 - 12:43pm

    Oooh, interesting. Added to “the list”.

    I wonder if this compliments the BBC book “The Story of Martha”, which was also a collection of linked adventures set in the year that never was, or if this ignores those stories (hopefully it wont contradict them).

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  • Jevon Robinson

    July 21st, 2021 - 8:13pm

    So glad to be getting this and exploring Martha’s year away from the Doctor! She’s my favorite of 10’s companions, so this will be a must for me.

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  • the ergon

    July 21st, 2021 - 7:11pm

    How about a few adventures with 10th post the Doctors daughter and prior her relationship with Mickey. I would have included Mickey but then they would have to recast Noel Clarkes part and that wouldn,t interest me. And we can,t have Noel… Well you know.

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    • Doctor Stu

      July 21st, 2021 - 7:36pm

      She never went on adventures with Ten after the Doctors Daughter though.

    • The ergon

      July 21st, 2021 - 8:04pm

      We don,t know that.

    • JL

      July 22nd, 2021 - 12:18am

      I think they could get away with more 10, Donna and Martha stories set after the doctors daughter but before turn left, I’d love to see this trio again!!

    • The ergon

      July 22nd, 2021 - 12:58am

      His incarnation could easily be taken out of time and reunited with martha.

    • Doctor Stu

      July 22nd, 2021 - 9:27am

      She never went on any official adventures with him on screen though. She had to go to the doctors daughter episode against her will, and then at the end of that she leaves officially again until stolen earth. They don’t go off any in the meantime so there’s nothing to squeeze into that gap. Sure you could do one of the many, many, many, examples of Doctor being taken out of time, meeting an old companion and then they both forget it all episodes. But for any standard adventures like the Donna boxset or the one with Rose and Ten. There’s nowhere in series 4 to squeeze her in. It would have to be post Doctor at UNIT, year that never was, or during series 3

    • the ergon

      July 22nd, 2021 - 10:12am

      I rather enjoy these slot in adventures some more so than the ones with the continuation/standalones. The dimension cannon and The Lone centurion are good examples of this .As long as its relevant and they don,t start including inconsequential characters and scenarios, I,m happy to buy these. The one continuation boxset i would love as a release is The adventures of Clara and Me if it is logistically possible to get Jenna and Maisie back together. That could be some time as both are both ubiquitous and extremely busy actresses.

    • the ergon

      July 26th, 2021 - 9:58am

      Another two on my Big finish list for preorder 2022 are: Out of Time 3: ‘Wink’ with 10th and 6th. Should be some good bantering there and Weeping Angels. See what they did there. Also 10th and classic companions with stories featuring k-9, Leela, Nyssa and Ace. that sounds like my thing.

  • Jackson Lake

    July 21st, 2021 - 5:38pm

    Finally! Great to see Freema back at Big Finsh – the potential is endless with her – further adventures with Ten and Torchwood, exploring her time with UNIT, and her “freelance” career post-UNIT with Mickey..although due to recent events they may avoid that area.

    Also, so could reprise Martha’s cousin Adeola in a Torchwood One set..?

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  • TimelordTim

    July 21st, 2021 - 5:15pm

    Brilliant. Martha was a very good companion, underrated certainly. The second half of season 3 is one of the best periods of the show for me. So I’m happy to have more Martha and a Big Finish set that sits nicely with the on-screen canon. Looking forward to this.

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    • the ergon

      July 21st, 2021 - 7:15pm

      Human Nature/Family of blood is one of my top 5 favourites since they brought the show back
      Timelord Tim.

    • TimelordTim

      July 21st, 2021 - 8:14pm

      It is a brilliant story Ergon, alongside Blink it was a very strong few episodes and I thought the Master 3-parter was excellent as well. I think those 6 episodes are when I went from a casual watcher of the series to a fully absorbed fan of the show!

  • Coleman

    July 21st, 2021 - 4:21pm

    The Gorgeous Freema Agyeman. Yes, very underated companion.

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  • Anonymous

    July 21st, 2021 - 4:18pm

    Didn’t they do this as a novel?

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    • AlbertoFrog

      July 21st, 2021 - 4:35pm

      The novel was more a linking device for short stories featuring the Doctor and Martha. We’ve not really seen her time alone on much depth.

    • bryan

      July 21st, 2021 - 9:45pm

      There is a set of 4 stories, linked to Martha’s time wandering the Earth.

      The Stories of Martha
      The Weeping David Roden
      Breathing Space Steve Lockley & Paul Lewis
      The Frozen Wastes Robert Sherman
      Star Crossed by Simon Jowett

      All read by Freyma in Audiobook downloads The stories she told Without the Doctor , but about the Doctor. The 2 disc. version was the framing story with the Doctor. But these downloads are Her telling her own tales. They are brilliant, and more of them is something We would never get.

      A lovely Christmas pressie

  • Doug Who

    July 21st, 2021 - 3:24pm

    Looking forward to this set and a great idea to fill this ‘gap’.

    I think Martha was a very underrated companion in the revived series. Great to see (or hear at least) Freema Agyeman back in ‘Who’.

    I don’t get everything Big Finish release, but will definitely buy this one.

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