Marina Sirtis joins the cast of Big Finish’s audio drama Doctor Who spinoff series ‘The Year of Martha Jones’.
Marina Sirtis, the British-born actress who played Counselor Deanna Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation and voiced Demona on Disney’s Gargoyles is spreading her wings and joining another science fiction franchise. She will be joining the Dr. Who universe through Big Finish. Big Finish does original audio-adventures set in the “Whoniverse.”
Star Trek’s Marina Sirtis is making her Big Finish debut in The Year of Martha Jones later this year alongside Freema Agymen. Do you remember the Doctor Who episode The End of Time, where Dr. Martha Smith-Jones (Freema Agymen) went on a year-round walkabout? She told people about the Doctor and avoided the Master’s henchmen. The Year of Martha Jones will tell of some of her adventures during that year-long trek. Marina Sirtis will play Karen, a friend of Martha’s.
Having been born and raised in London, Sirtis is, of course, familiar with Dr. Who. “When people ask me who my first Doctor was, it was the First Doctor. As an actor, I’m all about performances, and Doctor Who has always employed fine actors – it’s a very unique and special show.” Her co-star, Scottish actress Julie Graham added, “I love the whole Doctor Who franchise – it’s just such a national treasure, it’s part of our Britishness and it’s just lovely to be a part of it in any way whatsoever. And what’s lovely about doing audio is that there’s no pressure, and you can really play with it and go for it.”
Other actors in The Year of Martha Jones include Freema Aygmen as Martha, Lorelei King, Gethin Anthony, and Julie Graham. Lorelei King (the voice of Mother in Alien: Covenant and the voice of Wendy in Bob the Builder) will play resistance leader Jessie Grant. Gethin Anthony (Renly Baratheon in Game of Thrones and Enyalius on The Magicians) plays Mr. Strand, an agent of the Master. Julie Graham (Ravio in Dr. Who and Ruby White in The Sarah Jane Adventures) voices Miss Beecham, another agent of the Master.
The Year of Martha Jones is available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD (at £19.99) or digital download (at £16.99), exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.