[[caption-width-right:350:The Doctor and companions.]]

'''Audio Visuals''' (1985-1991) was a FanWork series based on ''Series/DoctorWho''. It was created by Creator/NicholasBriggs, Gary Russell, Bill Baggs, and a couple dozen of Creator/NicholasBriggs' pseudonyms. The series is notable for being the source for much AscendedFanon, and for kick-starting the careers of its creators in ''Doctor Who'' proper.

Towards the end of the classic ''Doctor Who'' series, a group of fans created this series of short audio stories and FanFic. FanWank was generally {{Averted}}: unusually for a fan production, the series barely even mentioned the events of televised ''Who'', let alone got excessively into it. After the second story, in which the Doctor regenerates, Nicholas Briggs played the Doctor for the remainder of the series, which lasted four seasons. In the planned fifth season, Briggs' Doctor would have regenerated. Although the Audio Visuals productions were in violation of copyright, Creator/TheBBC chose to look the other way.

When AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho was eventually licensed (with Briggs as its current ShowRunner), the company adapted several of the Audio Visuals stories into official ''Doctor Who'' audio play episodes. One Big Finish audio, the Seventh Doctor story "Frozen Time", acts as a ''sequel'' to the Audio Visuals story "Endurance", though obviously with a different Doctor.


* '''The Doctor''': Stephen Payne in the PilotEpisode "The Space Wail". He [[TheNthDoctor regenerates into]] Creator/NicholasBriggs in the second story, "Time Ravagers". A rather level-headed -- if [[LargeHam very hammy]] -- incarnation with a fondness for tea.
* '''Greg Holmes''' (''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' editor Richard Marson, played by ''another'' ''Doctor Who Magazine'' editor Gary Russell in his last story), this Doctor's first companion. A teenager from modern day Earth, who the Doctor meets in "The Space Wail". He leaves in "The Mutant Phase".
* '''Nadia''', (Sally Baggs) the Doctor's short-lived other companion, who he meets later on in "The Space Wail". Killed in the third story, "Connection 13".
* '''Ria''' (originally Patricia Merrick, then Heather Barker and Liz Knight), a companion who he meets in "Maenad". The longest-running companion of this Doctor next to Truman. She [[spoiler:dies in "Planet of Lies"]].
* '''Truman Crouch''', the companion the Doctor meets in "Secret of Nematoda".

* ASpotOfTea: Briggs' Doctor is extremely fond of tea.
* AdaptationExpansion: Several of the audio stories were later reworked into official ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' episodes.
* AlternateContinuity: Like virtually all works featuring a fan-created Doctor, the series doesn't explicitly state whether the stories feature a future Doctor, an alternative one or both. The ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' story "Party Animals", mentioned below, makes the AV Doctor explicitly a future Doctor, but it doesn't say which one. "Wormwood" does something trickier.
* AnyoneCanDie: To a greater extent than {{Canon}} ''Who'', Audio Visuals tended to kill off its companions.
* ArcWords: "Justyce [sic] will be served."
* AscendedFanon: To a limited extent. Creator/NicholasBriggs' Doctor has made a few appearances in the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine''. In the first story, "Party Animals", the Seventh Doctor meets Briggs' and his companion. In the second, entitled "Wormwood", the Eighth Doctor regenerates into him [[spoiler:but not really]]. Temperons, Psionovores and drudgers have appeared in Big Finish.
* {{Camp}}: The otherwise very dark "Cloud of Fear" has one of the campiest scenes of anything, ''ever'', when the Doctor teases Greg about his badly-dyed hair. (You really have to listen to it to understand.)
** Well, when a hair-dye meant to make one's hair magenta turns it pink, I'd tease them, too!
* EmotionEater: The Psionovores, as their name would indicate.
* FanWork
* IconicItem: The toothbrush, similar to Five's decorative vegetable.
* TheOtherDarrin: Gary Russell as Greg in "The Mutant Phase" (his last story).
* PromotedFanboy: Gary Russell, who has subsequently worked as script editor on ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' and ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and edited ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'', among other things. Creator/NicholasBriggs went on to take over Big Finish, appeared in ''Torchwood'' and has done Dalek, Cyberman, Judoon, Ice Warrior and Nestene voices on ''Doctor Who'' and ''The Sarah Jane Adventures''.