Fans of the classic Doctors will be pleased to hear that Big Finish has announced that Classic Doctors New Monsters: The Stuff of Nightmares is now available for pre-order from the Big Finish website. This new installment in the Classic Doctors New Monsters series features four new full-cast audio dramas starring Tom Baker, Colin Baker, Paul McGann and Tim Treloar as the third Doctor. This new collection of adventures will release in August.
The four new audio adventures in this box set sees the Doctor and his companions encounter the cowardly, yet dangerous, Tivolians, The Hoxx of Balhoon and the hideous brain eating Dream Crabs.
The House That Hoxx Built by Tim Foley takes the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith far into the Earth’s future where they come across a haunted house built by Hoxx of Balhoon (the brother of Moxx of Balhoon seen in 2005’s The End of the World). When the Hoxx of Balhoon and his ovine ward invite the pair to dinner, the Doctor is intent on discovering what is causing the ghostly happenings.
In The Tivolian Who Knew Too Much by Robert Valentine the Fourth Doctor and Leela take an Italian holiday but encounter a timid Tivolian called Timble Feebis who guards a vital data-chip. The three tourists soon get entangled in the machinations of a crime boss, his gang and an alien assassin.
The Sixth Doctor and Mari journey to the Archipelago of High Dream in Together In Eclectic Dreams by Roy Gill. While heading to this location to stop the nightmares that Mari is having aboard the TARDIS, they encounter the Lethe Foundation, a research facility overseen by musician Tara, who uses soothing melodies to lull her clients to sleep. However, hunting Kantrofarri become involved in the problems and only a mysterious Green Man holds the key to escape.
Finally, in If I Should Die Before I Wake by John Dorney (from a story by Jacqueline Rayner), the Eighth Doctor and Charley are lost in a labyrinth of monsters and Sphinx, Gorgons, Cerberus and more are threatening the lives of the pair of time travelers. How long before the truth is revealed and the Dream Crabs are uncovered?
Joining the Doctors in the cast are Louise Jameson as Leela, Sadie Miller as Sarah Jane Smith and India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard.
Script editor Matt Fitton said: “It’s always fun to delve into post-2005 Doctor Who to find more monsters to face our Classics — half the fun is working out which Doctor-monster pairings work the best to bring out the full potential of each Time Lord and their foes!”
Producer David Richardson added: “Great monsters don’t die —they always return. And sometimes they return before you first met them! What happened when the Third Doctor met one of the Balhoon? What adventures did the Fourth Doctor have with Tivolians? And could the Sixth and Eighth Doctors also have encountered the Dream Crabs?”
Classic Doctors New Monsters: The Stuff of Nightmares is available to pre-order now as a collector’s edition 4-disc CD box set with digital download for £24.99 or digital download only for £19.99 from the Big Finish website. Alternatively, Whovians can save money by pre-ordering The Stuff of Nightmares and the fourth installment in the series, Broken Memories, together in a bundle for £48 for the collector’s edition CD box set and digital download or £39 for the download only.