Vortex magazine previews Survivors New Dawn 3 audio boxset

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THE UPCOMING RELEASE of New Dawn 3, the latest Survivors full-cast audio boxset, is previewed in January’s edition of Big Finish’s house magazine Vortex.

In the feature ‘Keep on Surviving’, writer and director Ken Bentley reflects on his experience of working on Big Finish’s Survivors audios since the first series back in 2014, and hints at the decisive drama to come in the next two installments of the New Dawn series.

I’ve been deeply involved in this series for so long now that I feel a genuine responsibility to the characters and their journey. It’s been a privilege to write for them again.

I’m really grateful to David for inviting me to write for Survivors in the first place, and to Emma for giving Matt and I the opportunity to return to this story world as we begin Abby and Jenny’s final journey. It won’t be easy listening, but then Survivors never has been.

Ken Bentley in ‘Keep on Surviving’, Vortex, Issue 167

Survivors: New Dawn 3 will be released in April 2023 and is available to pre-order, as both a collector’s edition three-disc CD and digital download combo or as a digital download only, from the Big Finish site.

Vortex 167 can be downloaded as a free PDF from the Big Finish site.

Big Finish. 2023. ‘Keep on Surviving’, Vortex, No 167, January, pp. 20-21.

Story synopses for Survivors: New Dawn 3 confirmed

BIG FINISH HAVE published (31 December 2022) brief synopses for the three stories in the Survivors: New Dawn 3 audio boxset.

Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant) and Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards) star in this latest full-cast Survivors audio drama. The New Dawn series is set more than 15 years on from The Death, in a country in which government, society and industry is slowly re-emerging. But the post-Death UK remains a place where political power and the control of resources remain are still contested, and where democracy’s roots remain shallow. For the survivors who’ve come this far, so much remains to be settled and the risks they face remain acute.

The implication of the story synopses below, is that opening story The Turning Part 1 will focus on challenges facing Jenny, that The Turning Part 2 will switch attention to the dilemmas confronting Abby, and that the closing story Samaritans will see the two friends reunited and in peril together once more.

The world has ended. The pandemic crossed continents, sparing only a fraction of the global population. The survivors are now trying to pick up the pieces and rebuild society to create a new future. But with only a handful of towns and cities starting to rise from the ashes, and governance and law-making in a fragile, fledgling state, everyone must start over. And the worst of human nature has survived along with the best.

Food shortages threaten the stability of the New Federal Government. Prime Minister Celia Tate clings to power and Robin Page – once a thorn in her side and now a minister – becomes involved in an uprising to depose her.

Once again, the world is changing and the best Abby and Jenny can hope for is to survive.

3.1 The Turning Part 1
Caught between an increasingly authoritarian Prime Minister and activists determined to bring down the New Federal Government, Jenny struggles to prevent the collapse of everything they’ve worked so hard to build.

3.2 The Turning Part 2
Answering her friend’s desperate call for help, Abby returns to find Cambridge in chaos, and Jenny is surrounded by danger and betrayal as a new regime desperately try to restore order.

3.3 Samaritans
Escaping Cambridge, Abby and Jenny save the life of an elderly man they find living alone in the woods and gratefully accept his offer of warmth and shelter. But as the cold and dark close in it’s not only the animals that come out at night…

Big Finish, 31 December 2022

The release dates for New Dawn 3 and New Dawn 4 have also been revised.

New Dawn 3 is now scheduled for release in April 2023 (this had previously been listed for February 2023) and New Dawn 4 for September 2023 (this had previously been confirmed for June 2023).

Survivors: New Dawn 3 is available to pre-order, as both a collector’s edition three-disc CD and digital download combo or as a digital download only, from the Big Finish site.

Survivors: New Dawn 4 is also available for pre-order as a collector’s edition three-disc CD and digital download combo or as a digital download only.

The best value for those able to pre-order comes from purchasing a bundle of both New Dawn 3 and New Dawn 4.