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Sunday, 7 February 2010

The Four Doctors for 2010!

Big Finish, the company licenced by the BBC to produce audio dramas based on Doctor Who, have confirmed that they will be releasing a multi-Doctor story in December 2010 entitled The Four Doctors, starring Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann.

Doctor Who has a long history of re-uniting the various incarnations of the Doctor in both televised and audio adventures. In the 1970s, William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee came together in The Three Doctors, followed by The Five Doctors in 1983 and The Two Doctors in 1985, which teamed by then-current Doctor Colin Baker with second Doctor Patrick Troughton.

In 1993, a 3D multi-Doctor story, Dimensions in Time, formed part of the BBC's Children In Need line-up.

When Big Finish launched their Doctor Who range, their first story featured Davison, Colin Baker and McCoy together and, more recently, another Children in Need TV story featured a meeting between Peter Davison and David Tennant.

Dan-Dare-Comic-Relief2.jpgIn comics, of course, there have been several meetings of Doctors, including a charity gathering on behalf of Comic Relief that also saw several Doctors encounter Dan Dare and the Mekon, many years ago now. And downthetubes supremo John Freeman teamed up with artist Lee Sullivan to bring us Planet of the Dead, a Seven Doctors story in Doctor Who Magazine.

It remains to be seen if we will see another Doctors team-up on the TV for the 50th anniversary in 2013 but, in the meantime, The Four Doctors will be keenly awaited by fans. The four Big Finish Doctors have come together before in Zagreus, a 40th anniversay audio story, but on that occasion they did not all play their usual character. This looks like it will be a 'proper' multi-Doctor story, complete with Daleks!

There is just one catch - you have to be a Big Finish subscriber to get it!

• Details at http://www.bigfinish.com/.

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