Monday, 10 September 2018

Sheridan Smith returns to the Whoniverse

Lucie Miller, voiced by actress Sheridan Smith has returned to the Whoniverse for some exciting new adventures with the eighth Doctor played by Paul McGann.

Actor Paul McGann has been entertaining Doctor Who fans via Big Finish audio dramas for ages, but now the eighth Doctor gets another chance for an adventure with companion Lucie Miller.

Sheridan Smith is known for her portrayal of Lucie Miller in the Big Finish audio adventures in 2007, costarring with McGann. After just four series the character died saving the Earth from a Dalek invasion. So how is she coming back?
"The brilliant thing is that we've been thinking about getting Lucie back for Ages. We didn't want to reverse her death. Because I think that would be cheating and lessen the emotional impact, but brilliantly Big Finish producer Ian Atkins got her back to do a couple of Short Trips single voice readings. Which I freely admit [...] I never expected him to be able to get her." - Nick Briggs
Executive Producer Nick Briggs was sure that due to the upward trajectory of the actress' career, there was no way she would agree to come back for voice work. However, it would seem he was pleasantly surprised."She very much expressed a desire to come back and do more full cast stuff" Briggs explained in the Big Finish Podcast which was released on 2 September. He has further stated, "My plan was always to revisit Lucie earlier on in her adventures with the Eighth Doctor. It’s pretty much what we do with every classic companion-and-Doctor pairing, so why not do it with Lucie?” Briggs encourages fans to have a look out for these short trips stories narrated by Smith which released last Summer (7.07. Flashpoint).

Briggs states that after the Short Trips finished recording they set about trying to organise doing The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller, which would be the full cast drama experience that Smith had really hoped for. After a year of planning and trying to work around Smith and McGann's busy schedules they were finally able to pull it off.

When recalling McGann and Smith in the studio recording Briggs says,"It was amazing to see the two of them together again".
“The dynamic between Sheridan and Paul was always brilliant so it was genuinely moving to see the two of them working together again. Sheridan walked straight into her old recording booth without any hesitation and without anyone guiding her to it. It was like she and Paul had been recording together only the day before." - Nick Briggs
Smith claimed that Lucie Miller holds a special place in her heart and is her favourite character to play, in a recent Big Finish Podcast interview. The actress seems eager to continue the character's portrayal stating, "Fingers crossed [...] that Briggsy will have me back, 'cause I want to. And it needs to be sooner than eight years".

The new adventures feature 4 stories: The Dalek Trap, The Revolution Game, The House on the Edge of Chaos and Island of the Fendahl. These stories are set to take place after Human Resources and before and Dead London.
Written By: Nicholas Briggs, Alice Cavender, Eddie Robson and Alan Barnes
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs
Cast: Paul McGann (The Doctor), Sheridan Smith (Lucie Miller), Matt Lloyd Davies (Jik Gelliska), Amanda Hurwitz (Raz Kalisto), Jonathan Keeble (Clegg), Madeline Duggan (Sash), Tom Alexander (George), Alicia Ambrose-Bayly (Tallulah / Alana Kelly), Carla Mendonça (Evangeline Horton), Rupert Vansittart (Darius Horton), Emily Woodward (Frances Horton), Joe Jameson (Berrigan Horton), Carlyss Peer (Diane Howard), Atilla Akinci (Dieter Fendelman), Paul Panting (Freddie), Lauren Cornelius (Maxine Mitchell), Bethan Dixon Bate (Landlady), and Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer Scott Handcock
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller is releasing July 2019. It is currently available for pre-order for US $32.31 / UK £25 for audio CD or US $20 / UK £20 for digital download.