Recap / Big Finish Doctor Who

Recaps of the ongoing Big Finish Doctor Who audio plays. The episodes can be bought (CD or digital) on the Big Finish website. As of August 2016, Spotify has acquired many of the plays as well, with the option to follow the uploads so the user is notified when new ones are available.

Please keep in mind that, although the series is officially part of the Whoniverse, it encompasses many different timelines/continuities and includes adaptations of existing works from the Doctor Who Expanded Universe. Due to Big Finish's sheer size and complexity, it also plays by the rules of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe: the TV series can at times contradict or overwrite the timelines described here, or adapt them for the televised continuity.

The list is not remotely complete yet. Neither are the recaps. Have fun!

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For stories about Doctors other than Four through Ten, see the episodes listed under "Companion Chronicles", "The Lost Stories", "Destiny Of The Doctor", "Short Trips", "The Early Adventures", and "Unbound".

    Fourth Doctor 

Fourth Doctor Adventures

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Companion Chronicles

Short Trips

Subscriber Short Trips

Specials and other releases

The Lost Stories

Gareth Roberts Novel Adaptations

Philip Hinchcliffe Presents

    Fifth Doctor 

Monthly series

Companion Chronicles

Short Trips

Subscriber Short Trips

Specials and other releases

The Lost Stories

Novel Adaptation

    Sixth Doctor 

Monthly series

Companion Chronicles

Jago & Litefoot

Series 3

Series 4

Short Trips

Subscriber Short Trips

Specials and other releases

The Lost Stories

The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure

  • The End of the Line
  • The Red House
  • Stage Fright
  • The Brink of Death (Regeneration story)

    Seventh Doctor 

Monthly series

Novel Adaptations

Companion Chronicles

Short Trips

Subscriber Short Trips

Specials and other releases

The Lost Stories

    Eighth Doctor 

Monthly series

New Eighth Doctor Adventures

Aside from the monthlies, the Eighth Doctor has a separate series called the New Eighth Doctor Adventures, which were originally broadcast on BBC 7/Radio 7/Radio 4 Extra. This series takes place in the same continuity as the monthly audios, but at a later point in the Eighth Doctor's life. It was also produced in 50-odd minute single episodes rather than serials, and divided into seasons, to complement the revival of the TV series.

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Dark Eyes

Dark Eyes 2

Dark Eyes 3

Dark Eyes 4

Doom Coalition 1

Doom Coalition 2

Doom Coalition 3

Doom Coalition 4

The Time War

Companion Chronicles

Short Trips

Subscriber Short Trips

Specials and other releases

    War Doctor 

War Doctor Adventures

Season 1 - Only the Monstrous

Season 2 - Infernal Devices

Season 3 - Agents of Chaos

    Tenth Doctor 

Tenth Doctor Adventures

Season 1

Specials and Other Releases

  • Hounded (Part 2 of The Churchill Years)

     Bernice Summerfield 

Series 1

  1. Oh No It Isn't!
  2. Beyond the Sun
  3. Walking to Babylon
  4. Birthright
  5. Just War
  6. Dragon's Wrath

Series 2

  1. The Secret of Cassandra
  2. The Stone's Lament
  3. The Extinction Event
  4. The Skymines of Karthos

Series 3

  1. The Greatest Shop in the Galaxy
  2. The Green-Eyed Monsters
  3. The Dance of the Dead
  4. The Mirror Effect

Series 4

  1. The Bellotron Incident
  2. The Draconian Rage
  3. The Poison Seas
  4. Death and the Daleks

Series 5

  1. The Grel Escape
  2. The Bone of Contention
  3. The Relics of Jegg-Sau
  4. The Masquerade of Death

Series 6

  1. The Heart's Desire
  2. The Kingdom of the Blind
  3. The Lost Museum
  4. The Goddess Quandary
  5. The Crystal of Cantus

Series 7

  1. The Tartarus Gate
  2. Timeless Passages
  3. The Worst Thing in the World
  4. Summer of Love
  5. The Oracle of Delphi
  6. The Empire State

Series 8

  1. The Tub Full of Cats
  2. The Judas Gift
  3. Freedom of Information
  4. The End of the World
  5. The Final Amendment
  6. The Wake

Series 9

  1. Beyond the Sea
  2. The Adolescence of Time
  3. The Adventures of the Diogenes Damsel
  4. The Diet of Worms

Series 10

  1. Glory Days
  2. Absence
  3. Venus Mantrap
  4. Secret Origins

Series 11

  1. Resurrecting the Past
  2. Escaping the Future
  3. Year Zero
  4. Dead Man's Switch

Series 12 (Box Set 1: Epoch)

  1. The Kraken's Lament
  2. The Temple of Questions
  3. Private Enemy No. 1
  4. Judgement Day

Series 13 (Box Set 2: Road Trip)

  1. Brand Management
  2. Bad Habits
  3. Paradise Frost

Series 14 (Box Set 3: Legion)

  1. Vesuvius Falling
  2. Shades of Grey
  3. Everybody Loves Irving

Series 15 (Box Set 4: New Frontiers)

  1. A Handful of Dust
  2. HMS Surprise
  3. The Curse of Fenman

Series 16 (Box Set 5: Missing Persons)

  1. Big Dig
  2. The Revenant's Carnival
  3. The Brimstone Kid
  4. The Winning Side
  5. In Living Memory

    Charlotte Pollard 
A spin-off starring on the Eighth Doctor's first audio companion, Charley, taking place after her story arcs in the monthly series.

Series 1:

  1. The Lamentation Cypher
  2. The Shadow at the Edge of the World
  3. The Fall of the House of Pollard
  4. The Viyran Solution

Series 1:

  1. Embankment Station
  2. Ruffling
  3. Seed of Chaos
  4. The Destructive Quality of Life

    Companion Chronicles 
Generally, these are two-man plays with full music and sound effects, starring a companion (who is also the narrator) and featuring another character. They started out as a way to get round the Actor Existence Failure of the first three Doctors and Tom Baker's initial refusal to work with Big Finish, but proved such an interesting format they've been used for the Doctor-Companion teams who appear in conventional audios as well. Partly due to the sheer amount of audios, and partly due to the introduction of The Early Adventures, the series was placed on indefinite hiatus in 2014. One year later, Series 9 was released as The First Doctor Volume 1 box set, consisting of four stories from the First Doctor's era. The Second Doctor got a similar treatment in June of 2016.

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

Series 4

Series 5

Series 6

Series 7

Series 8

Series 9: The First Doctor Volume 1

Specials and other releases

    Counter-Measures 
A spin-off detailing the further exploits of Group Captain Gilmore and his team from "Remembrance of the Daleks." Also notable for the fun series conceit - Counter-Measures features black-and-white covers and stories set primarily in Britain with an early-60s aesthetic inspired by the likes of Quatermass. In The New Counter-Measures the stories take place in more exotic locations, and the covers switch to full, bright colour, as if it was a genuine Sixties series switching to colour, like The Avengers or Doctor Who itself.

Monthly series

Series 1

  • Threshold
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • The Pelage Project
  • State of Emergency

Series 2

  • Manhunt
  • The Fifth Citadel
  • Peshka
  • Sins of the Fathers

Series 3

  • Changing of the Guard
  • The Concrete Cage
  • The Forgotten Village
  • Unto the Breach

Series 4

  • New Horizons
  • The Keep
  • Rise and Shine
  • Clean Sweep

The New Counter-Measures

Feature-Length pilot

  • Who Killed Toby Kinsella? / The Dead Don't Rise

Series 1

  • Nothing To See Here
  • Troubled Waters
  • The Phoenix Strain
  • A Gamble With Time

Series 2

  • The Splintered Man
  • The Ship of the Sleepwalkers
  • My Enemyís Enemy
  • Time of the Intelligence

    Cyberman 

Series 1

  • Scorpius
  • Fear
  • Conversion
  • Telos

Cyberman 2

  • Outsiders
  • Terror
  • Machines
  • Extinction

    Dalek Empire 
The first four episodes of the Dalek Empire arc were part of the main monthly range. From there on, it spun off into its own series, with four seasons.

Monthly Series

Dalek Empire

Series 1

  • Invasion of the Daleks
  • The Human Factor
  • "Death to the Daleks!"
  • Project Infinity

Series 2

  • Dalek War: Chapter One
  • Dalek War: Chapter Two
  • Dalek War: Chapter Three
  • Dalek War: Chapter Four

Series 3

  • The Exterminators
  • The Healers
  • The Survivors
  • The Demons
  • The Warriors
  • The Future

Series 4

  • The Fearless: Part 1
  • The Fearless: Part 2
  • The Fearless: Part 3
  • The Fearless: Part 4

Specials and other releases

    Destiny Of The Doctor 
A special series for the 50th anniversary featuring a story for each of the then-eleven Doctors, all tied together by a Cross Through. Like the Companion Chronicles, these are two-man plays featuring a companionnote  and another character. Unlike the Companion Chronicles, the narration isn't first-person by the companion, it's just read by the actor, putting it closer to an extended Short Trips adventure.

    Excelis 

    The Early Adventures 

Series 1 Ė First Doctor Era

Series 2 - Second Doctor Era

Series 3 - First Doctor Era

    Gallifrey 

Series 1

  • Weapon of Choice
  • Square One
  • The Inquiry
  • A Blind Eye

Series 2

  • Lies
  • Spirit
  • Pandora
  • Insurgency
  • Imperiatrix

Series 3

  • Fractures
  • Warfare
  • Appropriation
  • Mindbomb
  • Panacea

Series 4

  • Reborn
  • Disassembled
  • Annihilation
  • Forever

Series 5

  • Emancipation
  • Evolution
  • Arbitration

Series 6

  • Extermination
  • Renaissance
  • Ascension

    Graceless 

Series 1:

  • Part One: The Sphere
  • Part Two: The Fog
  • Part Three: The End

Series 2:

  • Part One: The Line
  • Part Two: The Flood
  • Part Three: The Dark

Series 3:

  • Part One: The Edge
  • Part Two: The Battle
  • Part Three: Consequences

    I, Davros 

    Iris Wildthyme 

Monthly Series

Iris Wildthyme

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

  • The Iris Wildthyme Appreciation Society
  • Iris Rides Out
  • Midwinter Murders

Series 4

Series 5: Wildthyme Reloaded

Companion Chronicles

Specials and other releases

    Jago & Litefoot 
The popular duo from "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" had one Companion Chronicle followed by their own spin-off range. Following the death of Trevor Baxter in 2017, Big Finish decided to retire the range, but have not yet ruled out giving Christopher Benjamin one last hurrah as Jago.

Companion Chronicles

Jago & Litefoot

Series 1

  1. The Bloodless Soldier
  2. The Bellova Devil
  3. The Spirit Trap
  4. The Similarity Engine

Series 2

  1. Litefoot and Sanders
  2. The Necropolis Express
  3. The Theatre of Dreams
  4. The Ruthven Inheritance

Series 3

  1. Dead Men's Tales
  2. The Man at the End of the Garden
  3. Swan Song
  4. Chronoclasm

Series 4

  1. Jago in Love
  2. Beautiful Things
  3. The Lonely Clock
  4. The Hourglass Killers

Specials

These two specials are labelled as episodes 5 and 6 of Jago & Litefoot Series 4 on the CDs' reversible covers; otherwise, they are considered Sixth Doctor specials.

Series 5

  1. The Age of Revolution
  2. The Case of the Gluttonous Guru
  3. The Bloodchild Codex
  4. The Final Act

Series 6

  1. The Skeleton Quay
  2. Return of the Repressed
  3. Military Intelligence
  4. The Trial of George Litefoot

Series 7

  1. The Monstrous Menagerie
  2. The Night of 1000 Stars
  3. Murder at Moorsey Manor
  4. The Wax Princess

Series 8

  1. Encore of the Scorchies
  2. The Backwards Men
  3. Jago & Litefoot & Patsy
  4. Higson & Quick

Series 9

  1. The Flying Frenchmen
  2. The Devil's Dicemen
  3. Island of Death
  4. Return of the Nightmare

Series 10

  1. The Case of the Missing Gasogene
  2. The Year of the Bat
  3. The Mourning After
  4. The Museum of Curiosities

Series 11

  1. Jago and Son
  2. Maurice
  3. The Woman in White
  4. Masterpiece

Series 12

  1. Picture This
  2. The Flickermen
  3. School of Blood
  4. Warm Blood

Series 13

  1. The Stuff of Nightmares
  2. Chapel Of Night
  3. How The Other Half Lives
  4. Too Much Reality

Fourth Doctor Adventures

Specials and Other Releases

    The Lost Stories 
These audio dramas are stories that were planned to be made for the TV series, which they never actually got around to. They also became tied into the Big Finish continuity.

Series 1

Series 1, also filed under the Sixth Doctor, took many definite story ideas and a few that had been suggested to create the season 22 of Doctor Who that never was. It would have been Colin Baker's second season had it made it to air, but there was an enforced eighteen-month hiatus and The Trial of a Time Lord was made instead.
  1. The Nightmare Fair
  2. Mission to Magnus
  3. Leviathan
  4. The Hollows of Time
  5. Paradise 5
  6. Point of Entry
  7. The Song of Megaptera
  8. The Macros

Series 2

Series 2 moves beyond the Sixth Doctor's lost stories, to include the Seventh Doctor — as they will be written by Andrew Cartmel, the Cartmel Masterplan may be developed.
  • The First Doctor Boxset, comprising:
  • The Second Doctor Boxset, comprising:

Series 3

Season 3 opens up branches into both the Fourth and Fifth Doctors' lost adventures, while also returning to the Sixth Doctor for more adventures that could have been televised back in the day.
  • The Fourth Doctor Boxset, comprising:

Series 4

The fourth and final series of The Lost Stories returns to the early years of the show and visits the Third Doctor's era for the Grand Finale.

    Sarah Jane Smith 

    Short Trips 

Series 1:

  1. Rise and Fall (First Doctor)
  2. A Stain of Red in the Sand (Second Doctor)
  3. A True Gentleman (Third Doctor)
  4. Death-Dealer (Fourth Doctor)
  5. The Deep (Fifth Doctor)
  6. The Wings of a Butterfly (Sixth Doctor)
  7. Police and Shreeves (Seventh Doctor)
  8. Running Out of Time (Eighth Doctor)

Series 2:

  1. 1963 (First Doctor)
  2. The Way Forward (Second Doctor)
  3. Walls of Confinement (Third Doctor)
  4. Chain Reaction (Fourth Doctor)
  5. Sock-Pig (Fifth Doctor)
  6. The Doctor's Coat (Sixth Doctor)
  7. Critical Mass (Seventh Doctor)
  8. Letting Go (Eighth Doctor)

Series 3:

  1. Seven to One (First through Seventh Doctors)
  2. The Five Dimensional Man (Second Doctor)
  3. Pop Up (Third Doctor)
  4. The Wondrous Box (Fourth Doctor)
  5. Wet Walls (Fifth Doctor)
  6. Murmurs of Earth (Sixth Doctor)
  7. The Riparian Ripper (Seventh Doctor)
  8. All the Fun of the Fair (Eighth Doctor)

Series 4:

  1. A Star is Born (First Doctor)
  2. Penny Wise, Pound Foolish (Second Doctor)
  3. Lost in the Wakefield Triangle (Third Doctor)
  4. The Old Rogue (Fourth Doctor)
  5. The Lions of Trafalgar (Fifth Doctor)
  6. To Cut a Blade of Grass (Sixth Doctor)
  7. The Shadow Trader (Seventh Doctor)
  8. Quantum Heresy (Eighth Doctor)

Series 5:

  1. Flywheel Revolution (First Doctor)
  2. Little Doctors (Second Doctor)
  3. Time Tunnel (Third Doctor)
  4. The Ghost Trap (Fourth Doctor)
  5. The King of the Dead (Fifth Doctor)
  6. The Shadows of Serenity (Sixth Doctor)
  7. Dark Convoy (Seventh Doctor)
  8. Foreshadowing (Eighth Doctor)
  9. Etheria (First Doctor)
  10. The Way of the Empty Hand (Second Doctor)
  11. The Other Woman (Third Doctor)
  12. Black Dog (Fourth Doctor)

Series 6:

  1. Gardens of the Dead (Fifth Doctor)
  2. Prime Winner (Sixth Doctor)
  3. Washington Burns (Seventh Doctor)
  4. The Curse of the Fugue (Eighth Doctor)

In addition to the regular Short Trips, Big Finish releases four exclusive Short Trip stories each year for subscribers of the main Doctor Who Monthly Range. Each of the following stories is paired with one of the stories from the main range. The Only exception to this is the first story, One Small Step, which was originally released for free with the Big Finish Podcast, but can no longer be found on the website.

Subscriber Short Trips

    Stage Plays 
Plays that were originally performed on stage, and later recorded by Big Finish.

    Torchwood 

    Unbound 
A mini-series of What If? stories. In a bit of a surprise, some of these alternate versions showed up in the main universe to meet Benny.

  • Auld Morality: What if the Doctor and Susan had never left Gallifrey?
  • Sympathy for the Devil: What if the Doctor had not been UNIT's scientific advisor?
  • Full Fathom Five: What if the Doctor believed that the ends justified the means?
  • He Jests At Scars...: What if the Valeyard had won at the end of "The Trial Of A Time Lord"?
  • Deadline: What if Doctor Who did not materialise as a television series?
  • Exile: What if the Doctor had escaped the justice of the Time Lords at the end of "The War Games"?
  • A Storm of Angels: What if the Doctor really had changed history, even just the tiniest bit?
  • Masters of War: A sequel to "Sympathy For The Devil", above. What if the Doctor and Davros met for the first time long after the creation of the Daleks, instead of during their genesis?

    UNIT 

Series 1

The British arm of the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce searches for their missing commander while dealing with an ultra-nationalist agency attempting to replace them.

UNIT: Dominion

The second series completely disregards all the characters of the first series instead focusing on the Seventh Doctor, Raine Creevy (From the Lost Stories), Klein (UNIT's new scientific advisor) and an a future version of The Doctor as they battle an extra-dimensional threat.

UNIT: The New Series

A third UNIT series was announced in 2015 but isn't categorized as being related to the previous UNIT series' (Which are both categorised under the "UNIT" range on Big Finish's website). The series returned with Jemma Redgrave reprising her TV role as Kate Stewart, daughter of The Brigadier, in charge. It also marks the first time Big Finish were allowed to use characters from the 2005 revival series.

    Vienna 
Introduced opposite the Seventh Doctor in The Shadow Heart, glamazon assassin Vienna Salvatore, played by Deep Space Nine alumnus Chase Masterson, got a spin-off even before the play that introduced her was released. A pilot audio was released in February 2013, followed by a full box set in February 2014.

Series 1:

Series 2

Series 3

    The Diary Of River Song 
Series starring Alex Kingston reprising her role as space archaeologist River Song. Originally slated for a January 2016 release, Big Finish released the first box set early, on Boxing Day 2015 (December 26).

Series 1

    Doctor Who The Churchill Years 
Boxed set featuring Ian McNiece reprising his role as Winston Churchill, remembering various encounters with the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctor.

Volume 1

    Doctor Who Classic Doctors New Monsters 
Exactly What It Says on the Tin, as the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors encounter New Series aliens such as the Judoon, the Sycorax, the Weeping Angels, etc.

Series One

Series Two

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