Actor John Hurt will reprise his role as the War Doctor in a new series of “Doctor Who” audio plays.
Big Finish – producers of audio drama based on the BBC sci-fi since 1999 – have announced a new 12-part series, with Hurt returning to the role he first played in Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special.
The War Doctor is a ‘secret’ incarnation of the Time Lord, who fought against the Daleks in a devastating Time War, reported Digital Spy.
The audio adventures of The War Doctor will be told over four box sets, each containing three linked hour-long episodes.
The first box set – Only The Monstrous – is written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, executive producer at Big Finish and also known to Doctor Who fans as the voice of the Daleks.
Only The Monstrous will be released in December 2015, and will be followed in February 2016 by the second volume, Infernal Devices. Volumes Three and Four are currently in pre-production.
“The story of the Doctor who refuses to call himself the Doctor in order to do the unthinkable upon the ultimate battlefield – all of space and time – was irresistible to me,” said Briggs.
“Such a deeply disturbing and engaging character created by the formidable talents of writer Steven Moffat and actor John Hurt. It’s such a privilege to be working on this.”
The cast of the War Doctor series also includes Jacqueline Pearce – best known for playing villainess Servalan on cult classic Blake’s 7 – as Time Lord Cardinal Ollistra.