Big Finish explore the origins of John Hurt’s doctor in ‘Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins’

Big Finish, in association with BBC Studios, today announces the forthcoming full-cast audio drama series, Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins. Newcomer Jonathon Carley is set to star as a younger version of the War Doctor. in four brand-new box sets of adventures for the Doctor’s disavowed alter ego, due for release starting from June 2021.

“The name I chose is the Doctor. The name you choose, it’s like a promise you make. He’s the one who broke the promise. He is my secret.”

The War Doctor was introduced in the 2013 television story, The Name of the Doctor. Originally portrayed by Sir John Hurt, the character appeared in two further stories during Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary year, The Night of the Doctor and The Day of the Doctor, before going on to feature in twelve audio adventures at Big Finish.

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The tragic passing of Hurt in 2017 brought the curtain down on the War Doctor’s further adventures but now his origin story can finally be told.

Actor Jonathon Carley said:

“I honestly can’t tell you how much of a privilege and an honour it is to not only be working with the incredibly talented team at Big Finish but also to be playing the War Doctor. It is more than I could ever have expected.
Stepping into the sturdy boots of a character established by the late, great Sir John Hurt would be a challenge for any actor. But the team have been so supportive and creative in their approach to exploring further facets of this complex incarnation. This is a cracking set of stories so it will be wonderful to put a spotlight on the rarely glimpsed early life of the War Doctor and the trials he faces, finding his new place in the Time War. I hope listeners are as eager to embrace that journey as I am.”

Each volume of the Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins series is now available for pre-order either as a collector’s edition triple CD box set, starting at £19.99 per volume, or as a digital download, starting at £16.99 per volume. Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering the complete series in a bundle (of all four volumes) from just £66.

Further details about Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins, including writers and story details, will be announced nearer the release date.

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