A new Doctor Who audio drama following the story of the War Doctor will be released next year.
The character was originally played in Day of the Doctor by Sir John Hurt, who died in 2017 at the age of 77.
He played the War Doctor in the 50th anniversary episode of the sci-fi show.
Jonathon Carley will take on the role in the new series, which is being made by the Big Finish production company.
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Carley said: “I honestly can’t tell you how much of a privilege and an honour it is to not only be working with the incredibly talented team a Big Finish but also to be playing the War Doctor.
IT BEGINS! John Hurt's legacy continues with a new origin series for the War Doctor coming in June 2021. Pre-order #DoctorWho: The War Doctor Begins here: https://t.co/zEFjlPGaQB pic.twitter.com/s2h5EQThia— Big Finish (@bigfinish) October 14, 2020
“It is more than I could ever have expected.
“Stepping into the sturdy boots of a character established by the late, great Sir John Hurt would be a challenge for any actor.
My ears are burning.— Jonathon Carley (@Jonathon_Carley) October 14, 2020
“But the team have been so supportive and creative in their approach to exploring further facets of this complex incarnation.
“This is a cracking set of stories so it will be wonderful to put a spotlight on the rarely glimpsed early life of the War Doctor and the trials he faces, finding his new place in the Time War.
“I hope listeners are as eager to embrace that journey as I am.”
The series will be released in June 2021.
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