Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Gallifrey returns to audio - Big Finish announces fifth series release date

Article author: Alwyn Ash

Romana and Leela return...

Fans of the spectacular audio drama series Gallifrey, starring Lalla Ward as Romana and Louise Jameson as Leela, will be pleased to know that there isn't long to wait until the next installment: the three-disc box set will be released in February.

Featuring stories Emancipation, Evolution, and Arbitration, this new collection of tales has been written by legends James Peaty, Una McCormack and David Llewellyn, and directed by Gary Russell.


"Supreme Leader of Gallifrey - the Lady President Romana - is making a series of decisions that are costing her allegiances within the Inner Council. Lord High Chancellor Narvin is trying to protect the truth behind their presence there.

"Emissary Leela is trying to secure basic rights for her allies, the Outsiders, now freed from generations of bondage to their masters, the Regenerators of Gallifrey. But their enemies plan to expose the truth and let society rise or fall by the consequences of their political ambitions..."


"Before the fall of Project: Rassilon, the Regenerators of Gallifrey committed atrocities upon their slaves in the name of science. As Leela discovers the results of one such crucible, Romana and Narvin are pushing forward ways to discover the secrets of time travel, and jump-start their new Gallifrey’s evolution.

"However, science isn’t always the way forward, and in a society built upon the foundations of amorality and fear, a backward step may be the only solution…"


"Romana’s secret is in danger of being exposed by those she trusts, and the only hope of escape is through the Axis. But will Leela’s forthright determination to see justice done, whatever the costs, mean their chance to get home will be lost forever…?

"And if they are able to regain access the Axis, is the world they left behind any better than the society they have built here? Time will tell."

Other names to appear include Barnaby Edwards, Anjli Mohindra, Andy Coleman and Seán Carlsen. You can listen to a trailer now by checking out the official website.

The Gallifrey: Series 5 CD boxset has been priced at £25; digital download £20.