Guests

 

Guests will be announced throughout the year.
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Paul McGann

Paul McGann’s entrance into dramatic acting came in 1986 with his portrayal of Percy Toplis in the BBC serial The Monocled Mutineer. Following his success in this role, he starred in the cult classic film Withnail and I alongside Richard E. Grant. Countless other film roles would follow. He starred in such films as Empire of the Sun, The Three Muskateers, and Alien 3. During the early to mid-90s, McGann also continued to feature in several TV shows and miniseries for the BBC.

In 1996, McGann made his debut in the Doctor Who universe as the Eighth Doctor in the Doctor Who TV movie. Originally intended as a “back door pilot” of sorts for a potential revival of the series, the TV ratings were too low in the United States to justify a relaunch of the popular sci-fi show.

Throughout the late 90s and early 2000s, McGann again starred in several film and television roles. Two notable portrayals were David Talbot in 2002’s Queen of the Damned and William Bush in the ITV/A&E joint production of Hornblower.

McGann has gone on to star in other television shows throughout the 2010s such as Jonathan Creek, Luther, and - most recently - a central role in the long-running BBC series Holby City.

McGann has yet to give up his role as the Eighth Doctor. Not only does he continue to portray the Time Lord in countless audio adventures for Big Finish Productions, but he also reprised the role on screen in 2013’s Night of the Doctor. Fans got a never before seen glimpse at the regeneration of the Eighth Doctor into the War Doctor.

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Sylvester McCoy

Sylvester McCoy was born on 20 August 1943, in Dunoon, Scotland.  His father was killed in the Second World War a couple of months before he was born, and he was brought up by his mother, his grandmother and aunts. 

He attended St. Mun’s, a local Dunoon school. McCoy expressed an interest in every job, and as a result eventually found himself given an afternoon off school to go to see a local priest about entering the priesthood.  He joined Blair’s College, a seminary in Aberdeen, and between the ages of twelve and sixteen trained to be a priest.

It was while at Blair’s College that he realized that there was more to life than could be found in Dunoon. He discovered classical music and history, which fascinated him.  He eventually decided to become a monk and applied to join a Dominican order, but his application was rejected as he was too young.  He went instead to Dunoon grammar school, where he discovered that he didn’t want to be a priest or a monk after all.

With the help of a cook at London’s Roundhouse Theatre, McCoy gained a job there selling tickets and keeping the books in the box office. Eventually, he joined the Ken Campbell Roadshow.  Along with Bob Hoskins, Jane Wood, and Dave Hill, McCoy started performing a range of sketches with the umbrella theme of “modern myths.”  McCoy found himself for a while in a double-act with Hoskins before Hoskins left to pursue his film career.

During a break from one of their UK engagements, the Roadshow team were discovered busking on the street by Joan Littlewood, who invited them to go onstage as a curtain up before her production of The Hostage.  Littlewood invited McCoy to join her world-renowned Theatre Workshop. Numerous engagements followed.

McCoy was starring at the National Theatre in The Pied Piper, a musical play written especially for him, when he learned that the BBC was looking for a new lead actor to replace Colin Baker in Doctor Who.   He later won the role as the Seventh Doctor.

Following Doctor Who, McCoy continues to work extensively in theatre, films (including The Hobbit trilogy), radio, opera, and on television.

He continues to portray the Seventh Doctor in various Big Finish Production audio adventures.

(Adapted from sylvestermccoy.tv.)

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Arthur Darvill

Multi-faceted English born artist Arthur Darvill is best known to Whovians and genre fans alike for the role of Rory Williams, one of the Eleventh Doctor's companions in the television series Doctor Who.

Darvill’s acting career began on the stage with membership at the Stage2 Youth Theatre Company, advancing to roles in large scale, professional productions such as Terre Haute, Stacy and Swimming with Sharks alongside future Doctor Who co-star, Matt Smith before making his BBC television debut on the crime drama He Kills Coppers.

Following a role in the BBC serial Little Dorrit, Darvill could next been seen alongside Andy Serkis in the film Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, a biopic about British punk rock pioneer Ian Dury. The role or rock musician in the film could be said to harken back to Darvill’s early days as guitarist and keyboardist for an indie band he formed called Edmund.

Darvill began playing Rory Williams, companion to the Eleventh Doctor, in the fifth series of Doctor Who. He became a regular character in the sixth series, and confirmed that he would be appearing in the seventh series; however, the seventh series would be his last. His character, along with Karen Gillan’s Amy Pond, was written out of the show midway through Series 7; they were separated from the Doctor forever by the Weeping Angels in the episode "The Angels Take Manhattan."

Since his stint on Doctor Who, Darvill was also seen on the BBC miniseries The White Queen as the Duke of Buckingham. Always looking to challenge both himself and his audience, 2015 saw Darvill work opposite Doctor Who alum David Tennant in the highly lauded BBC crime drama, Broadchurch.

In 2016 Darvill took on the role of superhero, starring as Rip Hunter in the CW series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. A spin-off of the hit shows The Flash and Arrow, the show stars Darvill as a charming, time travelling rogue responsible for shaping much of our history.


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TOSIN COLE

(Tosin will be appearing Friday & Saturday only.)

Beginning his career in 2010’s The Cut, Tosin Cole has gone on to star in many television shows and films - all culminating in his current role on Doctor Who as Ryan Sinclair - companion to the Thirteenth Doctor.

Receiving his first significant TV role as Sol Levi in EastEnders: E20 (a spin-off of the British soap opera EastEnders) in 2010, he quickly went on to be cast in other British drama favorite Hollyoaks.

In the years following, Cole went on to star in a 2013 episode of the BBC medical drama Holby City, played his first cinematic film role in Gone Too Far!, and had an additional film role in Second Coming

In 2014, he was featured in miniseries The Secrets. In 2015, Cole had roles in ITV drama Lewis and in historical series Versailles. That year also brought an appearance from Cole in the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens as X-Wing pilot Lt. Bastian.

The year 2017 was a particular busy one for Cole. He starred in short film Father of Man, had a featured role in film Unlocked, and was announced to have been cast in the 11 series of Doctor Who as a companion to the Thirteenth Doctor.

He currently stars as current companion Ryan Sinclair in Doctor Who. Cole is making his first U.S. convention appearance at Chicago TARDIS 2019.


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Katy Manning

Katy Manning started a long TV career in the series Man At The Top! She then played Jo Grant in Doctor Who alongside Jon Pertwee, returning later as Jo Jones in The Sarah Jane Adventures with Elizabeth Sladen and Matt Smith.

Katy has done theatre spanning three continents - from the West End, to the Sydney Opera House, to New York City. Katy has also hosted her own interview show on UK television, has won several awards, and featured in animated productions.

Her audio work for Big Finish Productions includes 12 years as Iris Wildethyme and reprisal of her role as Jo Grant/Jo Jones - featuring alongside several Doctors. She was also featured in the adaptation of Dorian Grey, and the Torchwood audio series. With Big Finish, she has also written and performed her own show, Not a Well Woman.

Louise Jameson

(Louise will be appearing Saturday & Sunday only.)

Louise Jameson graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After RADA, Louise joined the RSC playing Stratford, London and America. Several TV series followed, including Doctor Who, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Bergerac, EastEnders, her personal favourite Tenko, and most recently Doc Martin. Her films include My Friend Walter, Stick With Me Kid, award-winning Cleaning Up and A Quiet Courage.

On stage, she has played Jocasta in Berkoff’s Oedipus, and, for TV, appeared in Doctors, Holby City and The Dumping Ground. She and her writing partner, Nigel Fairs, have toured their play My Gay Best Friend (Best New Play/Brighton Festival).

In 2012 she was nominated for best actress, playing Bridie in Gutted at Stratford East. She also won Best Supporting Actress for her role in an Internet serial, The Vessel. In addition, she has appeared in the films Crossing Over and Extra Time, and toured the UK in the 60th Anniversary production of Agatha Christie’s The Moustrap. She serves as the voice of Max radio in Manchester, England.

She has reprised her role as Leela in Doctor Who through the audio dramas of Big Finish Productions.

Find her at louisejameson.com or on Twitter at @lou_jameson.

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Frazer Hines

Best known in the Doctor Who universe as Jamie McCrimmon, companion to the Second Doctor, Frazer Hines is a fan favorite at Chicago TARDIS.

Post-Doctor Who, Frazer starred in Emmerdale – the long-running ITV soap opera – for just over 20 years.

Frazer has been featured as both Jamie McCrimmon and the Second Doctor in countless Big Finish Audio productions. His role as Jamie McCrimmon is ongoing.

Author Diana Gabaldon credits watching Frazer Hines in the Doctor Who serial The War Games (and finding him fetching in a kilt) as the inspiration for her first novel Outlander, which is now on screen via the TV netword STARZ. Frazer even made a guest appearance in the first season of the show.

You find him on Twitter at @WhoFrazer.

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John Leeson

RADA trained, John Leeson’s varied stage and television career spans nearly half a century. It includes work in both repertory and West End productions including Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite (1969), Flint (1970) and Don’t Start Without Me (1971) and character work across a wide range of television sitcoms and costume dramas from the 1970s onwards, including Dad’s ArmySorryRings on Their FingersThe Barretts of Wimpole StreetVanity FairShadow of the NooseCrown CourtLongitude, etc. He also embarked on a parallel career in voiceover work, freelancing as a continuity announcer with BFBS Television in Germany, BBC Television, and in the early days of Channel 4.

John was brought into Doctor Who as the voice of K-9 for 1977’s “The Invisible Enemy” and producer Graham Williams liked the concept so much that the decision was made to retain him as a regular character. He featured in the show for the 15th and 16th seasons, but left before the 17th. John Nathan-Turner persuaded him to return to the series and wrap up K-9’s story for the last few episodes in the 18th season.

Leeson reprised the role in “The Five Doctors,” “School Reunion,” and “Journey’s End.” In addition, he has played K-9 in Big Finish audios, K-9 and Company, The Sarah Jane Adventures, K-9, and the Lego Dimensions video game.

John has extensive film and theatre credits, as well as two books and a stint as a Channel Four continuity announcer to his name. He has also done voice work for Big Finish Productions, including the portrayal of K-9 in select Doctor Who related stories.



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RICHARD ASHTON

Best known for roles in the TV shows The New Adventures of Robin Hood and Vikings, and the movie The Fifth Element, Richard Ashton is familiar to Doctor Who fans in his role as Friday in the Twelfth Doctor era episode "Empress of Mars".

He has also had many other roles on both the big and small screens - working on projects since 1990.

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Greg Austin

Prior to becoming an actor, Greg Austin was a dancer. Performing modern dance, ballet, tap and street dance; this lead him to the world of musical theatre.

From 2014 to 2016, Austin starred as the young Gordon Selfridge in ITV's Mr Selfridge. During this time, he also appeared as Rufus Barton in one episode of Law & Order: UK, and in short film Into the Surf.

It wasn’t until 2016 that Austin joined the world of Doctor Who when cast as Charlie Smith in spin-off, Class. Though the program only lasted one season, Big Finish Productions reunited the cast for two new sets of stories to wrap up the narrative.

In 2018, Austin appeared briefly as a "synth" in the BBC series Humans. He also filmed for a guest lead role on Stephen Poliakoff's Summer of Rockets, which is set to be released this spring.

He currently co-hosts a podcast called The Greatest Waste of Time with long-time friend Andy Jay. You can find him over on Twitter at @Gregory_Austin.

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Emma Campbell-Jones

Emma Campbell-Jones has been active in the acting world since 2005. She’s been featured in well-known British television programs such as Casualty, EastEnders, Holby City, and Doctors.

In addition to her many other television roles, she has been featured in the New Series of Doctor Who in two separate capacities. One in the role of Doctor Kent in “The Wedding of River Song”, but her most prolific was the portrayal of Eighth Doctor companion Cass in the mini episode "The Night of the Doctor”.

Emma will be featured in the upcoming USA Network series Treadstone. She is also currently filming the horror movie The Reckoning.

You can connect with Emma via Twitter @ohmissjones.

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Ryan Carnes

Ryan Carnes made his debut on the small screen as part of a national campaign for Nintendo which was both in print and commercial. He started his formal acting career in 2004 when he became the ninth actor to portray Lucas Jones on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. He played this role from July 2004 until September 2005.

From 2004 to 2006, Carnes had a recurring role on the TV show Desperate Housewives as Justin, the love interest of  character Andrew Van de Kamp.  In this two year period, Ryan also starred in the 2004 film Eating Out, the 2006 film Surf School, and the video for the song "Mistake" by Australian actress and singer Stephanie McIntosh.

Ryan made his foray into the world of Doctor Who in the two parter "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks", in which he played Laszlo. Following this, he was featured in the 2008 horror film Trailer Park of Terror, based on the Imperium comic series of the same name. Following this role, he played the title character in the Syfy miniseries The Phantom, based on Lee Falk's comic strip of the same name.

It was reported on December 11, 2013, that Carnes would reprise the role of Lucas on General Hospital, returning on January 17, 2014. He then returned for short periods in 2017. He has been recurring on the show since 2018.

Find Ryan on Twitter at @RyanCarnes1.


 
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Richard Franklin

Richard Franklin worked for an advertising agency before deciding to become an actor. He joined the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1963, and his first professional acting work was with the Century Theatre. He was offered small roles on television and, in addition, spent a year and a half with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

More work on television, radio and commercials followed. Finally, in 1971 he made his first appearance on Doctor Who as Captain Mike Yates. He appeared regularly in the series until 1974 - returning for “The Five Doctors” in 1983.

In more recent years, he has directed and appeared in such films as Chemical Wedding and Twilight of the Gods. He also appeared as a Death Star engineer in Rogue One.

Richard has also authored books that are set in the Doctor Who universe as well as titles about his passion for political activism.

He continues to portray Captain Mike Yates in countless Doctor Who audio adventures with Big Finish Productions.

Find him on Twitter at @PlanetFranklin.

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Jason Haigh-Ellery

Jason Haigh-Ellery founded Big Finish Productions in 1998 and the company has grown to be the largest independent producer of audio dramas in the world. They have worked regularly with media corporations such as the BBC, MGM and ABC on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Judge Dredd, and on original series such as Graceless and The Confessions of Dorian Grey. In 2013, Big Finish won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Drama for Doctor Who.

In 2011, Jason also founded the animation house Planet 55 Studios in Sydney, Australia, working first with the BBC on two animated versions of Doctor Who and now producing the original 26 part drama Prisoner Zero for ABC.

For television, Big Finish Entertainment has produced two reality shows – Nadia Goes to Hollywood and Nadia: Chasing the Dream for TV3 and been involved with reality shows Strictly Dance Fever (BBC) and Fame – the Musical (RTE).

Theatre (tour): Henry V, As You Like It, Days of Hope, Tomorrow Morning, Spring Awakening, By Jeeves, Snoopy the Musical, Love Shack, High Society, Fly me to the Moon, Debbie Does Dallas – the Musical, Teenage Kicks, The Steamie, Guess How much I love You?, The Wedding Singer, West End Men, Fame – the Musical (Eire), Yes Prime Minister, The Ladykillers, Never Forget and Footloose – the Musical.

Theatre (West End): Life Coach, Wolfboy, Footloose – the Musical, Shout!, A Christmas Carol, Third Floor, Shoshana Bean at the Ambassadors Theatre, Idina Menzel at the Royal Albert Hall, The Whatsonstage Theatregoer Awards (since 2007), Never Forget –The Take That Musical, West End Men, Yes Prime Minister (Theatregoer Award – Best New Comedy), The Ladykillers (4 Olivier nominations) and the sell-out West End debut of Nicholas Hoult in New Boy.

Theatre (USA): Cinderella, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and her White Night, Sleeping Beauty, A Snow White Christmas and Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Los Angeles with Lythgoe Family Productions each Christmas.

More Info: bigfinish.com

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Sophie Hopkins

Coming from a theatrical background prior to her being cast in Class, Sophie Hopkins was once a member of Fourth Monkey repertory theatre company.

In 2016, Hopkins was cast as April MacLean in BBC Three’s Doctor Who spin-off Class. Her character was advertised as the “British Buffy”. This was especially fitting since Hopkins was sold on the series by being told it had parallels to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

After Class ended, Hopkins starred in several short films - including Since We Last and Breaking - as well as playing the lead in horror film Brackenmore.

Recently, she reprised her role from Class in stories for Big Finish Productions.

You can find Sophie on Instagram at @sophie.hopkins.


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David J. Howe

David J. Howe is best known for his many written works of non-fiction on the hugely popular series Doctor Who. He is the UK’s leading historian on the subject, and has one of the biggest collections of Who memorabilia in the world. Along with Stephen James Walker, he is Managing Director and Editor at Telos Publishing, renowned for their publishing work covering TV and film as well as many outstanding fiction titles. Howe has also begun writing fiction in recent years with his bestselling collection, Talespinning.

Howe is the writer of the successful Doctor Who spin-off drama Daemos Rising. In November 2017, Reeltime Pictures and Koch Media released the DVD Box Set The Daemons of Devil’s End. This includes the Doctor Who spin-off drama The White Witch of Devil’s End. Howe was the co-editor and a co-writer on this 6 part drama with his wife Sam Stone.

In November 2019, Telos Publishing will launch Howe’s new Target-style novelization of the Doctor Who spin-off screenplay, Daemos Rising. Howe currently resides in Lincolnshire with his wife Samantha and their two cats Leeloo and Skye. His works span the mediums of hardcover, paperback, eBook, and screen.

Find more about his work at his website or at the official Telos Publishing page.

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Tony Lee

#1 New York Times Bestselling List comics writer, screenwriter and novelist Tony Lee was the ongoing writer for IDW’s Doctor Who comics series for both Tenth and Eleventh Doctors (now reprinted by Titan Books), and has written for Big Finish (Doctor Who, Bernice Summerfield, Dorian Grey), Amazon / Audible (Dodge & Twist), as well as writing characters for Marvel Comics (Spider Man, X-Men, The Thing, She Hulk, Daredevil), Random House / Del Rey (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Dynamite (Battlestar Galactica, The Hollows), and DC Comics (Teen Titans, Superboy), among many others.

His Baker Street Irregulars series of books have been adapted into a successful US stage show, he's created comics with Ozzy Osbourne and Megadeth for Heavy Metal Magazine, and has written teen novels Stalker, GamerHate, Mister Scratch, Jigsaw Lady and Noticed - all aimed at reluctant readers. In addition to this, he has several new audio productions in development with Amazon / Audible.

In TV and films, he's written for BBC One's Medical Drama Doctors, and has a variety of television shows / films in production in both the UK and US, including a TV project with Supernatural / Doctor Who star Mark Sheppard and Sugar, a film produced by Noel Clarke.

In comics, his latest ongoing comic series, Army of One, co-created and drawn by Yishan Li is released by Lion Forge / ONI Press in early 2020.

Find him on Twitter at @mrtonylee.

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Vivian Oparah

Vivian Oparah got her start as a young adult in the theatre world as a member of the National Youth Theatre.

In 2016, she was cast as Tanya Adeola in the Doctor Who spin-off Class. Oparah later said that Class was her first audition. When auditioning, she knew that the series was linked to the world of Doctor Who but had no idea it would turn out to be such a large production.

In 2017, she starred as the house slave Minnie in the theatre play An Octoroon at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. For this performance, she received a nomination for the 2017 Off West End Theatre Awards as Best Female In A Play. After this play, she starred in another (Fanny & Alexander) at The Old Vic and reprised her role as Minnie - this time at the Royal National Theatre.

Oparah reprised her role as Tanya in Class alongside her co-stars for a series of stories from Big Finish Productions.

Find her on Twitter at @vivianoparah, or on Instagram at @bunnyreloaded.


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Edward Russell

Edward Russell joined the team at BBC Wales in 2006 as Brand Manager following the success of the first new series of Doctor Who.

As part of the production team, he was the chief liaison with the publicity and marketing teams across the BBC as well as signing off all the merchandise and licensing created by BBC Worldwide. Over the years, Edward has been across all activities of Doctor Who from the highly successful Proms concerts at the Royal Albert Hall to the magnificent Celebration event in London during the show’s 50th anniversary year. T-shirts, books, DVDs and games all came under his watch until he left the show at the end of 2017.

He’s also a bit of a Doctor Who expert and has many interesting stories to tell from his time on the show and the worlds of Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures and Class.

He’s recently joined the convention circuit, running panels at Long Island Who, Gallifrey One in LA, Wholanta as well as conventions in the UK and Germany.

You can find him on Twitter at @EdwardRussell.

Rhianne Starbuck

Rhianne Starbuck is known for her role in the Doctor Who universe as Fourth Doctor companion, Sharon, in the Comic Strip Adaption audios from Big Finish Productions. This character has also featured in Fourth Doctor print comics.

In addition to this role in the world of Doctor Who, she has appeared on stage in Asylum Monologues, Much Ado About Nothing, Enter, and Shrew's Who?

You can also catch Rhianne in the well known British TV shows Emmerdale, Coronation Street, and Fresh Meat.

Find her on Twitter at @RhianneStarbuck.

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Sam Stone

Sam Stone began her professional writing career in 2007 when her first novel won the Silver Award for Best Novel with ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards. Since then she has gone on to write some 20 novels, three novellas and many short stories. She was the first woman in 31 years to win the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Novel. She also won the Award for Best Short Fiction in the same year (2011).

In November 2017 Reeltime Pictures, with Koch Media, release the the DVD Box Set The Daemons of Devil’s End which includes the Doctor Who spin-off drama The White Witch of Devil’s End. Stone was the co-editor and co-writer on this 6 part drama with her husband David J Howe. Stories were also written by Raven Dane, Jan Edwards, Debbie Bennett and Suzanne Barbieri.

Stone loves all types of fiction and enjoys mixing horror (her first passion) with a variety of different genres including science fiction, fantasy, crime and Steampunk. Stone has recently signed to a major publishing house for her first mainstream thriller (as Samantha Lee Howe) due out in 2020.

She currently resides in Lincolnshire with her husband, David J Howe, and their cats Leeloo and Skye. Her works can be found in paperback, audio, screen and e-book.

You can find out more at her website.