Tom Baker (The Doctor), Jane Slavin (Ann Kelso), John Leeson (K9), Frank Skinner (DCI Scott Neilson), Glynis Barber (Kathy Blake), Finty Williams (Ada Lovelace), Fenella Woolgar (Vanessa Seaborne), with John Shrapnel, Blake Ritson and Jon Culshaw
The Syndicate Masterplan (Part 1)
This set contains:
The Sinestran Kill by Andrew Smith
The Enchantress of Numbers by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris
Planet of the Drashigs by Phil Mulryne
The False Guardian by Guy Adams
More story details to follow.
The adventure concludes in Doctor Who – The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Series 8B.
Written By: Andrew Smith, Phil Mulryne, Simon Barnard, Paul Morris, Guy Adams
Directed By: TBA
The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 8: The Syndicate Master Plan starts with The Sinestran Kill by Andrew Smith, in which aliens have become involved in the London crime scene in 1978. Frank Skinner (Mummy on the Orient Express, Callan) plays DCI Scott Neilson while Glynis Barber (Blakes 7) is Kathy Blake.
New companion Ann Kelso takes a trip into history in The Enchantress of Numbers by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris, as she and the Doctor meet Ada Lovelace (Finty Williams), the daughter of Lord Byron and a Victorian computer pioneer. But what are the bird-masked strangers that are stalking the local village?
Anns first trip into space then takes her to the Planet of the Drashigs, where writerPhil Mulryne throws The Doctor, Ann and K9 into a theme park where different species of Drashigs are about to run wild. Fenella Woolgar(The Unicorn and the Wasp) plays Vanessa Seaborne
The box set ends with The False Guardian, which leads into the Fourth Doctor Series Eight Volume 2s first adventureTimes Assassin. Both scripts written by Guy Adams, and guest starring JohnShrapnel, Blake Ritson and Jon Culshaw.
In Fever Island by Jonathan Barnes the TARDIS lands on a misty, mysterious island where scientists are conducting strange experiments, and all may not be as it seems. Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones) plays Jason Vane. The season ends with a four-part story, The Perfect Prisoners by John Dorney. Ann Kelsos investigations are reaching their climax, and the Doctor will have to make one of the hardest decisions of his many lives….
the Fourth Doctor’s new companion in The Syndicate Master Plan is set to make a huge impression on his life¦ Welcome Ann Kelso (played by Jane Slavin), a police officer in 1978 who, during the course of the strangest investigation of her career, happens upon an old battered Police Box and its eccentric occupant¦
We actually created the role for Jane, says David Richardson, producer. Tom and Jane work brilliantly together – theres an instant, indefinable chemistry between them every single time they record together at the studio. In real life, Jane just naturally feels like one of the Fourth Doctors companions – and so it was inevitable that eventually she would play one¦
Part of the excitement of Doctor Who is the secrecy surrounding everything, says Jane, For about a year now I’ve wanted to tweet, K9 called me Mistress! We had to be so secretive I didn’t know what I was doing myself until about two weeks before we recorded the first episode.
Ann is everything you would want from a companion, in real life, in a TARDIS, in a crisis, she’s brave and funny and absolutely up for adventure, regardless of risk. Justice is way more important than self-preservation. Let’s just drop everything and zip off to a different planet without so much as a second look at Earth! She’s either brilliantly brave or mad as a bat!
The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 8: The Syndicate Master Planis available for pre-order now, with two volumes available on CD at £25 or on download at £20. Don’t forget that all CD purchases unlock a download option on the Big Finish website or the Big Finish app. All of these Fourth Doctor tales will also be available for purchase individually after release on download at £8.99 each.
Or you can save money with a bundle: get Series 8: Volumes 1 and 2 together at £45 on CD or £40 on download.
Dont forget, straight after Series 8a new volume of Fourth Doctor adventures will be released, with the Comic Strip Adaptions.
1. Doctor Who and the Iron Legion adapted by Alan Barnes 2. Doctor Who and the Star Beast adapted by Alan Barnes
In these two adventures, we find the Fourth Doctortravelling with his famed elongated technicolour scarf for company. He’ll encounter the Iron Legion, an army of robotic Roman legionaries, and in Doctor Who and the Star Beast, the Fourth Doctor encounters one of the deadliest and most adorable villains ever “ Beep the Meep!
These two epic stories will be released in March 2019 as a 5-disc CD box set for £23 or on download at £20 from www.bigfinish.com.