Big Finish supremo Jason Haigh-Ellery confirmed the news at the Gallifrey One convention on February 13: the April Short Trip The Curse of the Fugue will see Smith reprise the role. The new story, by Alice Cavender, pitches Lucie and the Doctor into events at an old people’s home during Britain’s Winter of Discontent.
‘I have missed Big Finish,’ Sheridan says, ‘And I have missed playing Lucie – I can’t tell you, honestly, those years of playing her with Paul McGann were so much fun. I’m very grateful and happy to be back in the studio. The fans have been great, they’ve really taken to her, they write lovely messages to me on Twitter. I’ve missed her!’
‘I love what the creators of Lucie did with that character – someone you just so enjoyed travelling with as she saw the universe,’ Short Trips producer Ian Atkins explains. ‘She has a huge heart, bravery, and a quip for every occasion, and that range was what brought me to the Big Finish fold, years (as with many, many others) before I started working for them. So when I first got producership of the Short Trips range, and director Lisa Bowerman and I had a big “wish list” meeting, doing some Lucie Miller stories was top of that list. And that meant getting Sheridan on board…
‘When the call came to come back and lock herself away in a recording booth in London, she couldn’t have been kinder in working to find time in what is an insanely busy schedule. Her love and memory of the character couldn’t be stronger, and within minutes of her arrival, Lucie was saving the day again. It’s a tribute to the original work done by Alan Barnes, Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery and Barnaby Edwards (amongst many others) that she was so keen to come back.’
Alice Cavender added, ‘I remember how an understandably grumpy Lucie Miller first found her feet in the TARDIS and how she grew through her travels,’ says Alice. ‘She stole my heart as she revealed her vulnerability, warmth and grit, finding new purpose alongside the Doctor, so I wanted to touch on those qualities again. It was incredible hearing Sheridan give life and emotion to the story’s characters and amazing to hear Lucie Miller venting her spleen once more!’
‘Lucie has and always will be very close to my heart,’ says Big Finish Executive Producer Nick Briggs. ‘I was there on the day Alan Barnes came up with her character and I was able to suggest several elements of her story. Then Alan, Barnaby Edwards and I worked very hard together in shaping her character across four series of adventures. Most important of all was Sheridan’s input. When we witnessed the brilliance of she could do, we fed that back into the writing, so that Lucie just grew and grew. It’s great to have her returning to Big Finish, and, who knows, perhaps these great Short Trips readings will lead to Lucie making a full-cast return to us one day. There are, after all, many opportunities during her long story with the Eighth Doctor that give us a chance to revisit her era and insert new adventures. But I can confirm there are definitely no plans to reverse her fate in To The Death.’
Doctor Who: The Curse of the Fugue will be released in April 2016 – with Sheridan also returning in 2017’s Doctor Who: Flashpoint by Andrew Smith, where Lucie will cross paths with futuristic gangsters on the planet Cerberin.