Thursday, 15 March 2018

Lady Christina returns to Doctor Who in new Big Finish adventures

A new set of audio dramas from Big Finish Productions made in arrangement with BBC Worldwide will see Michelle Ryan (Eastenders, Merlin) reprise her role as Lady Christina de Souza.

Lady Christina, out this autumn, will star Ryan in four brand-new adventures set after her character's on-screen appearance in the 2009 Doctor Who special Planet of the Dead, co-written by Gareth Roberts and former showrunner Russell T Davies.

With Lady Christina making her escape at the end of the special on a flying double-decker bus, the four new stories will discover what happened next, as the thrill-seeker encounters not only the Slitheen but also the formidable Sylvia Noble (Jacqueline King):

1. It Takes a Thief by John Dorney
2. Skin Deep by James Goss
3. Portrait of a Lady by Tim Dawson
4. Death on the Mile by Donald McLeary

Ryan says of her Doctor Who return:
“Being asked to revisit the role of Lady Christina was a very easy decision. Adventure, a sunny climate and mind-boggling scenarios are included in the scripts, everything I remember of my Doctor Who experience. Alas no David Tennant, but there’s a host of new characters to help along the way.

"I love that we get to see a little more of her heart in the stories, that she does care about the greater good whilst also satisfying her curiosity for life.”
Also joining Ryan for the new set of audio adventures is Warren Brown (Luther, Strike Back), who is reprising his role as Sam Bishop from Big Finish's own UNIT series as is Tracy Wiles as Jacqui McGee.

Senior producer David Richardson says of the new series:
“Lady Christina de Souza was a standout guest character in Doctor Who. When she disappeared off in her flying bus, I wanted to know what happened next – and as it turns out, so did Russell T Davies! Russell very generously embraced the idea of us giving Lady Christina her own audio spin-off, and Michelle Ryan was delighted about the prospect of returning."
Lady Christina is out in September 2018 and is available to pre-order now from Big Finish, either individually or as part of a bundle with the forthcoming Jenny: The Doctor's Daughter, featuring Georgia Tennant in her own return to the Doctor Who universe.

[Source: Big Finish]