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Big Finish Productions

Big Finish Productions are a British company that produce audio plays based on British cult science fiction properties. They are best known for their Doctor Who line; other properties include 2000AD characters Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, The Tomorrow People, Sapphire and Steel and Dalek Empire''.

The Managing Director of the company is Jason Haigh-Ellery, with Gary Russell as the producer of the Doctor Who audios.

The company name, "Big Finish", comes from the title of an episode of Press Gang.

Doctor Who Audios

The Doctor Who audio plays feature four of the surviving lead actors (Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann) as well as many of the regular supporting actors over the many years of the programme.

McGann, who appeared as the Doctor in a 1996 telemovie but never got a television series of his own, stars in an ongoing series of audio adventures, which has just concluded its third "season".

The audio plays have also introduced their own companions. These include Professor Evelyn Smythe (played by Maggie Stables) , Erimem (Caroline Morris], and Charley Pollard (India Fisher). The character of Professor Bernice Summerfield, from the spin-off novels, has also appeared, and stars in her own line of audio plays, written by a number of authors including her creator Paul Cornell.

A number of new villains have also been introduced, which include Nimrod, the deputy director of a United Kingdom "black ops" military research establishment known as the Forge. Thus far, Nimrod and the Forge have appeared in two Doctor Who audios, namely Project: Twilight and Project: Lazarus, both written by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright. Other writers for Big Finish include Rob Shearman and The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss, who are also writing for the 2005 relaunch of the Doctor Who television series.

Former adversaries of the Doctor who have reappeared include the Master, the Cybermen and the Daleks.

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