Our good friends at Big Finish have revealed the full cast to their exciting new series ‘Unit: Extinction’, which is the first official audio tie in with the new series of ‘Doctor Who’. If having Jemma Redgrave lead the team in her role of Kate Stewart wasn’t enough. The new audio drama will also feature the return of Ingrid Oliver as Osgood.
You can read the full official press release below:
Ingrid Oliver returns as Osgood, who joins Kate Stewart and a new UNIT team in UNIT: Extinction, coming this November from Big Finish.
Announced in February, UNIT: The New Series is Big Finish’s first range set in the world of the revived Doctor Who TV Series, starring Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart.
Kate is the daughter of the legendary Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (portrayed by the legendary Nicholas Courtney), and the Head of Scientific Research at the Unified Intelligence Taskforce, which investigates and confronts alien attacks on planet Earth.
At her side will be the immensely popular UNIT scientist Osgood, played by Ingrid Oliver, who has appeared in the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, and the Series Eight finale Death in Heaven. Both Jemma and Ingrid will be returning to the Doctor Who TV series for its upcoming Ninth Series in the Autumn.
“We’re so happy to have Kate and Osgood joining us at Big Finish,” says producer David Richardson. “This team has been so captivating to watch on TV, and we’re looking forward to throwing some deadly challenges in their paths in these kinetic new episodes.”
Also confirmed for the audio series is a new character Lieutenant Sam Bishop, an international trouble-shooter for UNIT who is sent to the world’s most dangerous hotspots. Playing this action role is Warren Brown, whose many leading TV roles include the BBC dramas Luther, By Any Means and Good Cop. Warren can soon be seen in the feature film Captain Webb, and a new drama series X Company.
“We’ve worked with Warren several times before,” says David, “and even though he’s one of the busiest leading men around, he’s said he’ll be there for Big Finish. So we’ve created a principle role in UNIT especially for him, and he’ll be an essential member of the global team.”
The ensemble is also enchanced with the casting of Ramon Tikaram as Colonel Shindi. Ramon is well known for many recent TV series including Stella, Fortitude, Game of Thrones and Happy Valley, and films including Jupiter Ascending and Dragonfly.
“Ramon also is busy on so many great things, but we’ve tempted him to the ranks of UNIT! He’s a lovely man to have around, and an extraordinary actor.”
Finally, the role of loose cannon UNIT officer Captain Josh Carter is played by James Joyce, who has appeared in many Big Finish productions including Charlotte Pollard, as well as TV shows such as Downton Abbey, The Musketeers and Holby City.
“James has done so much brilliant audio work for us, he’s earned his place in UNIT!” says David.
In UNIT: Extinction, Kate and her team confront an alien invasion by the Nestene Consciousness and its army of plastic Autons. The box set is release in November 2015 and is available for pre-order; three further UNIT releases will then follow as six monthly intervals.
You can pre-order the sets today, with extra savings available with the UNIT: The New Series 1-4 Bundle, which features free UK postage. All pre-orders including UNIT: Extinction also recieve a downloadable copy of The Nicholas Courtney Memoirs – A Soldier in Time.