The iconic Doctor Who villain Rassilon is getting a brand new face – and voice – in a brand new spin-off launch from audio drama producers Big Finish.
Richard Armitage (The Stranger, Spooks) will play the most recent incarnation of the legendary Lord President of the Time Lords in Gallifrey: Time War 4, due for launch in February 2021.
“Rassilon is one of those defining spines of this lore,” Armitage stated. “I’ve watched sufficient sci-fi to know that there needs to be an all-powerful being that has a self-aggrandising psychological state which places him above all people else, like a malevolent, maniacal dictator.
“I grew up with Doctor Who. The Daleks and the Cybermen were definitely my ‘hiding behind the sofa’ baddies. But I loved being frightened. Tom Baker was my Doctor Who. He had that voice. In a way, what I have tried to do with Rassilon is a little bit Tom Baker-esque.”
Producer / director Scott Handcock stated: “It’s been a pleasure to induct Richard Armitage into the Doctor Who universe! He’s such an excellent actor. I liked him in Hannibal and most lately The Stranger, plus in fact Big Finish’s personal adaptation of The Martian Invasion of Earth, so he’d been on my want checklist for some time.
“I’d just been waiting for the right role to come along. And he’s fantastic as Rassilon: powerful, headstrong and overflowing with self-conviction.”
Gallifrey: Time War Four will deliver that individual saga to a “deadly conclusion”, with returning solid members Louise James (Leela), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Livia), Seán Carlsen (Narvin), Miles Richardson (Braxiatel), Samuel Clemens (Mantus) and Nicholas Briggs (the Daleks) all becoming a member of Armitage.
The boxset might be made up of 4 tales: Deception by Lisa McMullin, Dissolution by Lou Morgan, Beyond by David Llewellyn, and Homecoming by Matt Fitton.
A synopsis for Time War Four reads: Romana is misplaced to the Time War although Leela and Narvin nonetheless battle to outlive.
A resistance, caught between Rassilon’s fury and the Dalek Emperor’s mania, have a determined plan to cease the battle.
Everything ends. And for some on Gallifrey, the Time War will quickly be over.
Gallifrey: Time War 4 is now accessible to pre-order on the particular value of £22.99 as a collector’s version five-disc CD field set or £19.99 as a obtain, completely from the Big Finish web site.
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