Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford are to reunite for a new Doctor Who audio drama from Big Finish Productions coming March 2022. Russell T Davies’ first ever Doctor Who script, Mind of the Hodiac, is a full-cast audio production comprising of two hour-long episodes.
In Mind of the Hodiac an ordinary British family is plagued by a series of psychic events whilst in the deepest depths of space, the mysterious Hodiac manipulates the Galactic Stock Exchange in order to raise money to hire a mercenary team for a deadly quest across the galaxy.
The first episode of Mind of the Hodiac has been brought to life for the first time since it was first typed out on a typewriter by Russell T Davies 35 years ago with the second having been written by director Scott Handcock from Davies’ detailed original notes.
Colin Baker said: “The fact that one of our stories was written by Russell T Davies who, as a young fan of the show in the 1980’s, was sufficiently enthused to write a story for the original ‘Mel B’ and me which has emerged blinking into the 21st Century is the icing on the cake. And I am so glad he wrote it for me and Bonnie and was not tempted to ‘update’ the Doctor or the companion. What is extraordinary is that that you can see the future writer of The Second Coming, Casanova and Cucumber flexing his young creativity to examine what happens when the ordinary and the everyday suddenly come face to face with the extraordinary and the far from every day.”
Bonnie Langford added: “Doctor Who is such a huge community and it’s a community that’s not only worldwide, it’s also generation wide. It brings families and generations together. When you think that someone with such a wonderful and extensive and luminous body of work such as Russell remembers this show (which involved Colin and me) with such fondness, it reminds you of how privileged we are to be part of that history – and that personal history of so many people. To think that Russell – who is such a lovely, lovely person – watched the show when he was a kid and then got the opportunity to reimagine it and bring it back to the world it’s in now, to give it new life (which it needed), and yet still has great affection for the old days, the classic lot that we are. Nothing is ever over.”
Doctor Who – The Lost Stories: Mind of the Hodiac is available ot pre-order now as a collector’s edition CD box set (priced at £14.99) or digital download (at £12.99) from Big Finish Productions, and will release in March 2022.