Nine years after the release of Colditz (number 25 in the Doctor Who range), Big Finish has announced that the character of Elizabeth Klein (played again by Tracey Childs) is returning to audio Doctor Who! In Colditz, Klein was introduced as a Nazi scientist from a world in which Hitler had won the Second World War.
Her time line was corrected – but Klein has never forgiven the Doctor for this defeat. And now she’s back, in a season of three stories commencing January 2010.
The first story in the season is A Thousand Tiny Wings, which is set in the jungles of Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising of the 1950s. It is written by Andy Lane, the man behind the popular Companion Chronicles Here There Be Monsters and The Mahogany Murderers, while Ann Bell (Marion Jefferson in Tenko) guest stars as Sylvia Oâ€™Donnell, and Lisa (Bernice Summerfield) Bowerman directs.
This is followed by an as-yet untitled story by Jonathan Clements, and the trilogy climaxes with The Architects of History by Steve Lyons, which is set in Earthâ€™s future.
The season is produced by David Richardson and script edited by John Ainsworth, who are standing in for regular Doctor Who team Nicholas Briggs and Alan Barnes while they concentrate on the latest season of Eighth Doctor Adventures.
“It was John’s idea to bring back Klein,” says Richardson, “and there have certainly been many requests for her return after the success of Colditz. Though I doubt many people thought it would take so long for us to continue the story!
“It’s wonderful to have Tracey back, and she’s thrown herself into the role with absolute relish. And it’s going to be an interesting time for the Seventh Doctor, who is used to travelling through time and space with his friends. Now he is sharing the TARDIS with an enemy. Will they be able to strike an alliance?”
(With thanks to David Richardson of Big Finish | Photo by Alex Mallinson)