The awards, now in their sixth year, recognise the cultural significance, range and originality of audio drama, on air as well as online, and credit the creativity of the actors, writers, producers, sound designers and others who work within the field.
The first nomination for Big Finish is Absent Friends, the opening installment of Doctor Who: Doom Coalition Series 3. Written by John Dorney, it stars Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor alongside Alex Kingston as River Song, and is directed by Ken Bentley:
When the TARDIS veers off-course, the Doctor and his companions find themselves in the middle of a mystery. Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you. And sometimes the future does as well.Big Finish's second finalist is Torchwood: More Than This, starring Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper. It is written by Guy Adams and directed by Scott Handcock:
Gwen Cooper has triumphed against impossible odds before, but now she's finally met her match: Roger Pugh, Planning Officer for Cardiff City Council.Both Big Finish dramas are nominated in the Best Online/Non-Broadcast Drama category alongside Baker's End: The King Of Cats from Bafflegab Productions, which stars Doctor Who alumni Tom Baker and Katy Manning. Big Finish previously won this category in 2014 for Dark Eyes: The Great War.
Mr Pugh doesn't believe the world needs Torchwood. Gwen sets out to prove him wrong. For Mr Pugh, it's a day that'll change his life. If he can survive it.
The nominations are judged by a team of industry experts including actress Alison Steadman, journalist Baz Bamigboye, and producer Piers Plowright. The winners will be announced in a ceremony held on Sunday 29th January at the Radio Theatre in BBC Broadcasting House, hosted by Sir Lenny Henry.