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Excelis Trilogy

 To coincide with the releases during January to June 2002 of the six stories, starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor and India Fisher as companion Charlotte Pollard, Big Finish have realised that this will mean a long time to wait for the other three Doctors to have any releases. So they have decided that for February, April and June 2002 they will also be releasing a three part mini series containing the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors.

 Available on single CD's these Doctor Who adventures will have Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy starring in one each.

 "What's different about these adventures," says Big Finish producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, "is that although they are three separate stories, all will take place on the planet Artaris and focus on events occurring in the city of Excelis The plays will be linked via a holy relic that each Doctor must locate in the three different time zones he arrives in… but of course it's not quite that simple!"

Jo Grant
Jo Grant
 Titled "Excelis Dawns", "Excelis Rising" and "Excelis Decays" they are being written by Paul Magrs, David A McIntee and Craig Hinton respectively. They will also guest-star Paul Magrs' popular Iris Wildthyme character who has appeared in several of his Doctor Who novels. Katy Manning, who starred alongside Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor's companion Jo Grant, has taken on the role of Iris. Katy, who was currently in the UK, recorded her parts during November before her return to her home in Australia.

 The Doctor will also face the wrath of a recurring villain, the Warlord Grayvorn, who, after meeting the Fifth Doctor and Iris, is 'touched' by an alien artefact known as the Relic and becomes immortal. In the subsequent two Excelis adventures, Grayvorn has to adopt alternate identities in his quest for power over both the city of Excelis and the planet Artaris itself.

Anthony Stewart Head
Anthony Stewart Head
 The part of Warlord Grayvorn is being played by Anthony Stewart Head. Anthony gained fame during the 1980's with the famous will-they wont-they Gold Blend coffee adverts before obtaining worldwide fame as Rupert Giles in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 Co-producer Gary Russell has been reported as saying "As a Buffy fan, I'm overwhelmed to be working with Anthony. As a producer, I'm absolutely delighted to be directing such a great actor. It's the best of both worlds really!"

 Warlord Grayvorn, who, after meeting the Fifth Doctor and Iris Wildthyme in "Excelis Dawns", is 'touched' by an alien artefact and becomes immortal. In the subsequent two adventures, he has to adopt alternate identities in his quest for power over both the city of Excelis and the planet Artaris itself.

 Anthony is reported to be delighted to have been offered the multiple Doctor Who roles: "You get to play three loonies in one day! Who could resist an offer like that?"

 Big Finish have announced that in addition to these three Excelis stories, Ms Wildthyme will also feature in "Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Plague Herds of Excelis" which will be written by Stephen Cole. It will be released in July 2002 as part of the ongoing Benny audios and it will be both a crossover with the Doctor Who plays and an epilogue to the Excelis saga.

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Excelis Dawns  
Excelis Rising  
Excelis Decays
Audio - Excelis Dawns
Excelis Dawns
(Paul Magrs)
Audio - Excelis Rising
Excelis Rising
(David A. McIntee)
Audio - Excelis Decays
Excelis Decays
(Craig Hinton)

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