After Christmas, what do we do? KBO, of course, Keep Buggering On!
Yep, the continued adventures of Winston Churchill, played by Ian McNiece, are chronicled by Big Finish, with Volume One of The Churchill Years. The boxset is released in Januray 2016, and tells four stories from Churchill’s viewpoint – opposite the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors as part of the audio company’s NuWho license.
The tales also star Danny Horn as Kazran Sardick from 2010’s brilliant festive special, A Christmas Carol, and Holly Earl as Lily Arwell from the following year’s The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe.
Featuring a distinguished guest-cast, including Emily Atack, Michael Gould, Derek Riddell, Phil Mulryne, Jo Stone-Fewings, Amerjit Deu, Stewart Scudamore, Alistair Petrie, Laura Rogers, Carolyn Seymour, John Banks and Nicholas Briggs, Doctor Who: The Churchill Years Volume 1 is available to pre-order today for just £20 on CD or Download. It’s exclusive to the Big Finish website until 31st March 2016.
Listen to the trailer above, and here’s the synopsis:
The Oncoming Storm by Phil Mulryne
Late 1939. Britain faces the might of Germany. Winston Churchill serves as First Lord of the Admiralty. But Churchill soon finds himself facing a more immediate threat than the looming Nazi menace. A ‘Stone’ with the most mysterious properties is discovered in the Thames’ sands, and soon oddly spoken soldiers are creeping round London ruthlessly trying to acquire it. Who are they? Can Churchill and his new secretary Hetty Warner defeat them? And what about the man in the battered leather jacket that Hetty meets? Churchill feels sure they can rely on the Doctor to help them! Except that this Doctor seems to want to stay hidden in the shadows…
Hounded by Alan Barnes
In the dark days of 1941, Britain is in the midst of war. Churchill must stand strong against the might of the enemy – but he is plagued by a darkness in his own psyche. Something he calls ‘the Black Dog’.
Can a visiting Swami hold the answer to his troubles? And can Hetty Warner prevent the Prime Minister’s adversaries from taking advantage of the situation?
Across London, the Tenth Doctor’s arrival may be the nation’s only hope – but the Time Lord’s plan to help his friend is endangered when he finds himself declared a traitor by the agents of the country he has come to protect…
Living History by Justin Richards
Finally given the chance to travel in the TARDIS, Winston Churchill cannot resist the opportunity of meeting Julius Caesar. But the trip does not go quite as planned. With the TARDIS gone, and Churchill stranded in ancient Britain with a young man he barely knows and who comes from the future, it seems things can hardly get any worse.
Until he is captured by the invading Romans.
Still, at least that means Churchill will meet Julius Caesar after all. But then Churchill learns of the Bronze God, feared and worshipped by the Ancient Britons. A god that he recognises as anything but divine when he meets it.
The Chartwell Metamorphosis by Ken Bentley
Comfortably retired to his home at Chartwell, Churchill plans to live out his days in peace, in the company of his butterflies – if his attendants would just leave him alone.
But it isn’t simply Lepidoptera breeding in the gardens, as a far more sinister species is about to emerge from its cocoon – and is ready to feast on something more than just the shrubberies.
Surrounded on all sides, the former Prime Minister must put a life’s worth of experience into action in order to win the day. Can his new nurse Lily Arwell offer her assistance?
A special New Series bundle is also available for purchase from their site, comprising Doctor Who: The Churchill Year Volume 1 along with The Diary of River Song: Series 1 and Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters.
The NuWho stories began with UNIT: Extinction, continued in Jago & Litefoot & Strax, and then with this month’s The War Doctor Volume 1: Only the Monstrous.