Big Finish, the company behind the Doctor Who audio adventures, have today announced that their new spin-off, UNIT: The New Series, will feature Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart and Ingrid Oliver as Osgood. The first release, UNIT: Extinction, hits the streets this November. Check out the details below for details and more casting news.
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 Doctor Who for its upcoming Ninth Series in the Autumn.
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.
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.
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.
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.