Big Finish’s UNIT: Shutdown Cover Revealed

Look, we can understand the excitement for The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Volume One, but let’s not let that overshadow another May title. On Big Finish Day, the audio company revealed the cover and further details of UNIT’s next release, Shutdown. And it sounds great!

Written by Andrew Smith and Matt Fitton, UNIT: Shutdown takes place after Kate Stewart and Osgood’s first audio adventure, Extinction, and sees the British division under attack by a mysterious caste of alien warriors – the Tengobushi, whose reasons for arriving on Earth are linked to a dangerous new initiative – frankly scuppering Osgood’s attempts at a social life!

Here’s what the 5-disc boxset promises:

2.1 Power Cell by Matt Fitton

On the trail of missing alien technology, Kate Stewart encounters the ambitious Felicity Lyme. Who are Cerberus – and what are they doing in the London Docklands?

2.2 Death in Geneva by Andrew Smith

With Tengobushi assassins on their tail, Kate and Osgood retreat to UNIT Command in Geneva. High in the mountains, Captain Josh Carter comes face to face with the enemy…

2.3 The Battle of the Tower by Andrew Smith

As London sleeps, an alien horde rises from the shadows. The Tower has been infiltrated – and UNIT must hold the line. At any cost. Lock and load…

2.4 Ice Station Alpha by Matt Fitton

Caught between human greed and an unstoppable alien power, Kate Stewart leads her forces on one last mission to the Antarctic. It’s UNIT against the world….

With Colonel Shindi still recovering from his battle with the Autons, UNIT’s troops are now led by Captain Josh Carter (James Joyce) while Lieutenant Sam Bishop (Warren Brown) returns as Kate’s worldwide troubleshooter.

Hindering UNIT is their latest investigation is Felicity Lyme, played by Alice Krige (Thor: The Dark World; Spooks), whose influence will have disastrous consequences for Kate Stewart. The story also stars Asif Khan (Jay Roy) Tyrone Huggins (Dr Kenton Eastwood), Nigel Carrington (Sir Peter Latcham), Beth Chalmers (Anna/Radio Announcer/Quizmaster), Harry Ditson (General Grant Avery), Dan Li (Dokan/Alien Leader), Akira Koieyama (Chiso/Tengobushi Assassins), Stephen Billington (Commander Bergam), Jot Davies (Sebastien/Majoy Disanto). Director, Ken Bentley says:

“One of the things that makes UNIT different to much of what Big Finish produce is the global nature of the storytelling. It’s been a great pleasure to work with a genuinely international company of actors and to help bring this exciting box set to life.”

Producer, David Richardson adds:

“Matt Fitton, Andrew Smith, Ken Bentley and I have had great fun creating a fearsome new breed of monster. Fast as lightning, these alien assassins will provide a brand new mystery for UNIT to solve – and, over the course of four episodes, take the world to the brink of destruction…”

Business as usual, then! We were certainly impressed with UNIT: Extinction, and in our review noted:

“Those seeking thrills, worldwide danger, clever subtle nods to Doctor Who’s past and a strong story featuring UNIT’s finest will not be disappointed with this release. There’s something for everyone here.”

UNIT: Shutdown is available to pre-order today from the Big Finish website for just £20 on both CD or to download. Debut boxsetc, UNIT: Extinction is still available to order, with a third and fourth series following in November 2016 and May 2017 respectively.


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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