Big Finish has announced today that Kate Stewart, played by Jemma Redgrave on Doctor Who, will headline her very own series of audio drama adventures starring her UNIT team.
For the uninitiated, Kate is the daughter of the late Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (who was played by the late Nicholas Courtney) and the Head of Scientific Research at the Unified Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT), which investigates and fights off any alien threat to Earth. Here’s the official announcement:
Big Finish is delighted to announce that Kate Stewart and her UNIT team from the Doctor Who TV series will be starring in a brand new series of audio dramas, in a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide.
Kate is the daughter of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and Head of Scientific Research at the Unified Intelligence Taskforce, which investigates and confronts alien attacks on the planet Earth. The role is portrayed by Jemma Redgrave (Dracula, Frankie, Cold Blood) who has appeared opposite Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi on television, and returns for the audio series.
“We’re thrilled that Jemma is on board for our brand new UNIT adventures,” says series producer David Richardson, “and we feel privileged to work within the universe of New Series Doctor Who for the first time. UNIT: Extinction will showcase all the excitement, drama and wit that viewers of Doctor Who love.”
“Having worked with the greatly missed Nicholas Courtney and his magnificent portrayal of the Brigadier since the early days of Big Finish, it is wonderful to see the return of UNIT under the Brig’s daughter,” says executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery. “We are all very excited about bringing UNIT back to Big Finish with the next generation and look forward immensely to working with Jemma again, who appears in this month’s Doctor Who main range release Doctor Who - Mistfall.”
“I’m really excited to hear Jemma and her team battling to save the Earth,” says executive producer Nick Briggs. “They’ve been such an important part of the many exciting things to come out of the Doctor Who TV series in recent years.”
Titled UNIT - Extinction, the first box set, which will be released in November 2015 (there will be three more coming at intervals of six months), will comprise four hours of timey-wimey adventure in which Kate and UNIT confront an alien invasion by the Nestene Consciousness and its army of plastic Autons.
We don't know about you, but we think that's some pretty thrilling news for all of us Doctor Who fans. Will you be looking forward to Kate Stewart’s UNIT adventures?