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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.

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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".

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Monthly Series

    Fifth Doctor 

    Sixth Doctor 

    Seventh Doctor 

    Eighth Doctor 
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Doctor Who The Classic Series

    First Doctor Adventures 

    Third Doctor Adventures 

    Fourth Doctor Adventures 

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

Series 4

Series 5

Series 6

Series 7

Beginning with this season, rather than each story having an individual CD release like previous seasons, it is split into two four-CD boxsets labelled "7A" and "7B", with each story only being individually available on download; this format is used for every subsequent season.

Series 8: The Syndicate Masterplan

Series 9

Beginning with this season, all stories are four-parters

Series 10

    Seventh Doctor New Adventures 
Adventures with the Seventh Doctor set during the Virgin New Adventures.

Season 1

    Companion Chronicles 
Generally, these are two-actor stories halfway between an audiobook and a fully dramatised play (although several of them could be classed as examples of the latter that just happen to only have two actors in them), 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

Series 10: The Second Doctor Volume 1

Series 11: The First Doctor Volume 2

Series 12: The Second Doctor Volume 2

Series 13: The First Doctor Volume 3

Specials and other releases

    The Early Adventures 

Series 1 – First Doctor Era

Series 2 - Second Doctor Era

Series 3 - First Doctor Era

Series 4 - Second Doctor Era

Series 5 - First Doctor Era (All four stories feature Vicki and Steven, with the ending of each one leading into the next, as the original TV era did)

Series 6 - Second Doctor Era

    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. The series is more-or-less retired now, as virtually every Lost Story that has enough material surviving to justify an adaptation has been produced, although since 2019 there has been the occasional release.

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 23 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.note 
  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 widens the Lost Stories' scope. The first boxset features two scripts written by Moris Farhi for the series' first season. The second features a rejected Troughton serial and Terry Nation's pilot script for a standalone American Dalek series. And the final set is a finished version of the series' twenty-seventh season, script-edited by that era's showrunner Andrew Cartmel.note 
  • 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,note  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.

Series 5

A return for the Lost Stories range to mark its tenth anniversary, with one previously unknown Fifth Doctor story and a Sixth Doctor story originally intended for Series 1 (as it would have been part of the "lost" season cancelled by the show's hiatus) that could not be done at the time due to rights issues.

Series 6

Two more stories were resurrected in 2020. "Return" is based on Gerry Davis' original draft of the story that eventually became (with a page-one rewrite by Robert Holmes) "Revenge Of The Cybermen", and more strongly resembles Davis' 60s Cybermen adventures. "The Doomsday Contract" is based on a script written by Douglas Adams' friend and roommate John Lloyd (of QI, Blackadder and The Meaning of Liff fame) featuring the Doctor and Romana.

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

    Novel Adaptations 

Fourth Doctor

Fifth Doctor

Eighth Doctor Adventures

    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 

    Doom Coalition 

    Ravenous 

    Stranded 

    The Time War 

Doctor Who The New Series

    War Doctor Adventures 

    Tenth Doctor Adventures 

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

The Tenth Doctor and River Songnote 

    Doctor Chronicles 

Short Trips

Short stories with The Doctor. The first 4 series were released as anthology box sets. Beginning with series 5, each story is released as an individual download.
    Series 1 
    Series 2 
    Series 3 
    Series 4 
    Series 5 
    Series 6 
  • Gardens of the Dead (Fifth Doctor)
  • Prime Winner (Sixth Doctor)
  • Washington Burns (Seventh Doctor)
  • The Curse of the Fugue (Eighth Doctor)
  • This Sporting Life (First Doctor)
  • Lost and Found (Second Doctor)
  • The Blame Game (Third Doctor)
  • Damascus (Third Doctor)
  • A Full Life (Fourth Doctor)
  • Rulebook (Fifth Doctor)
  • The Man who Wasn't There (Eighth Doctor)
  • The Hesitation Deviation (Seventh Doctor)
  • Forever Fallen (Seventh Doctor)
    Series 7 
  • The World Beyond the Trees (Eighth Doctor)
  • Gardeners' Worlds (Third Doctor)
  • The Jago & Litefoot Revival Act 1 (Tenth Doctor)
  • The Jago & Litefoot Revival Act 2 (Tenth Doctor)
  • Falling (First Doctor)
  • How to win Planets and Influence People (Fourth Doctor)
  • Flashpoint (Eighth Doctor)
  • The British Invasion (Second Doctor)
  • A Heart On Both Sides (Eighth Doctor)
  • All Hands on Deck (Eighth Doctor)
  • The Ingenious Gentleman Adric of Alzarius(Fifth Doctor)
  • O Tannenbaum (First Doctor)
  • Landbound (Third Doctor)
    Series 8 
  • The Authentic Experience (Sixth Doctor)
  • Mel-Evolent (Sixth Doctor)
  • The Turn of the Screw (Eighth Doctor)
  • Erasure (Fourth Doctor)
  • Trap for Fools (Fifth Doctor)
  • The Siege of Big Ben (Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor)
  • The Darkened Earth (Sixth Doctor)
  • Flight into Hull! (Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor)
  • A Small Semblance of Home (First Doctor)
  • I am the Master (Beevers Master)
  • The Mistpuddle Murders (Fifth Doctor)
  • The Devil's Footprints (Seventh Doctor)
    Series 9 
  • The Revisionists (Fourth Doctor)
  • The Astrea Conspiracy (Twelfth Doctor)
  • Doctors and Dragons (Seventh Doctor)
  • Year of the Drex Olympics (Second Doctor)
  • Under ODIN's Eye (Sixth Doctor)
  • The Same Face (Third Doctor)
  • Battle Scars (Ninth Doctor)
  • #HarrySullivan (Fourth Doctor)
  • Dead Media (Twelfth Doctor)
  • The Second Oldest Question (Fifth Doctor)
    Series 10 
  • The Infinite Today (Eleventh Doctor)
  • Deleted Scenes (Second Doctor)
  • Decline of the Ancient Mariner (Third Doctor)
  • Dead Woman Walking (Seventh Doctor)
  • Regeneration Impossible (Eleventh Doctor and Twelfth Doctor)
  • Out of the Deep (First Doctor)
  • Downward Spiral (Fifth Doctor)
  • These Stolen Hours (Sixth Doctor)
  • Her Own Bootstraps (Ninth Doctor)
  • The Meaning of Red (Fifth Doctor)
  • Blue Boxes (Third Doctor)
  • The Shattered Hourglass (Tenth Doctor)

    Subscriber Short Trips 
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.

Specials and other releases

    Multi-Doctor 

The Legacy of Time

Celebrating 20 years of Doctor Who at Big Finish.

    Fourth Doctor 

Philip Hinchcliffe Presents

    Fifth Doctor 

    Sixth Doctor 

The Sixth Doctor and Peri: Volume One

New adventures with The Sixth Doctor and Peri.
  • The Headless Ones
  • Like
  • The Vanity Trap
  • Conflict Theory

The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure

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

Specials and other releases

    Seventh Doctor 

    Eighth Doctor 

The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller (Set between Series 1 & 2 of the New Eighth Doctor Adventures)

  • The Dalek Trap
  • The Revolution Game
  • The House on the Edge of Chaos
  • Island of the Fendahl

Specials and other releases

    Excelis 

    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

    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.

    Unbound 
A mini-series of What If? stories. In a bit of a surprise, David Warner's Doctor ("Sympathy For The Devil/Masters Of War") showed up again to meet Benny, and ended up entering the main universe and getting involved in the mainline continuity.

  • Auld Mortality: 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?

Worlds of Doctor Who

Spin-offs featuring characters in the Doctor Who universe.

Classic Series

     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

Series 17 (Box Set : The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield)

  1. The Revolution
  2. Good Night, Sweet Ladies
  3. Random Ghosts
  4. The Lights of Skaro

    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:

Series 2:

    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. It has its own series page over here.

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 Enemy’s Enemy
  • Time of the Intelligence

Standalone releases

  • The Hollow Kingnote 
  • The Movellan Manoeuvre
  • The Dalek Gambit

    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. Has its own page here.

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

    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

Standalone releases

  • Intervention Earth
  • Enemy Lines

Gallifrey: Time War

A subseries of "Gallifrey" taking place during the Time War.

Volume 1

  • Celestial Intervention
  • Soldier Obscura
  • The Devil You Know
  • Desperate Measures

Volume 2

  • Havoc
  • Partisans
  • Collateral
  • Assassins

    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 

    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

    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, and announced a Grand Finale, "Jago and Litefoot Forever", featuring Henry, Ellie, Quick and a host of their friends in one last adventure when the Professor disappears.

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

Series 4

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

Series 6

Series 7

Series 8

Series 9

Series 10

Series 11

Series 12

Series 13

Specials and Other Releases

    Sarah Jane Smith 

    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.

    Master! 
A special boxset following the Eric Roberts Master after he escaped from the Eye of Harmony.

Series 1

New Series

    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.

    The War Master 
Detailing the actions of the other Time Lord renegade during the Time War and his attempts to take advantage of the situation, featuring the pre-Professor Yana version of the Master as played by Derek Jacobi.

Only The Good

The Master of Callous

Rage of the Time Lords

Anti-Genesis

    Missy 
Solo adventures with Missy without The Doctor.

Series 1:

    Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon 

Series 1:

  • The Endless Night
  • The Flood
  • The Ghost Machines
  • The Last Party on Earth

    The Paternoster Gang 

    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

Volume 2

    The Lives Of Captain Jack 
Adventures of Captain Jack Harkness outside of Torchwood. The stories take place throughout different points in Captain Jack's life.

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 Christmas Day 2015 (conveniently, immediately following the character's final television appearance in "The Husbands of River Song"). The first four series feature River meeting classic series Doctors; having paired her with every surviving actor to have played the Doctor on television, later series try other hooks, such as pairing her against different incarnations of the Master or prequels to classic television stories. The seventh set is the first to feature no such hook (barring the Weeping Angels in the final story).

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

Series 4

Series 5

Series 6

Series 7

    Class: The Audio Adventures 
Continuation of the short-lived Doctor Who spin-off Class.

Series 1

  • Gifted
  • Life Experience
  • Tell Me You Love Me

Series 2

  • Everybody Loves Reagan
  • Now You Know...
  • In Remembrance

    Other releases 

Doctor Who: The Worlds of Doctor Who

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  • Masterful (50th anniversary of the first TV appearance of The Master)

Torchwood

Captain Jack Harkness returns, with stories delving into the lives of the old Torchwood Three team and the other Torchwood branches. Aliens Among Us can be found on the Torchwood recap page, as the official continuation of the series.

     Main Range 
The main range is a series of anthology adventures featuring various members of Torchwood Three. As of 2017, the stories stopped being categorized into "series" to avoid confusion with Torchwood: The Story Continues.

Series 1

Series 2

"Series 3"

"Series 4"

"Series 5"

"Series 6"

Special Releases

     The Story Continues 

    Torchwood One 
A series following Torchwood One before the Series 2 episode Army of Ghosts.

Series One: Before The Fall

Series 2: Machines

Series 3: Latter Days

    The Sins of Captain John 
Prequel series following Captain John Hart and Captain Jack Harkness.

    Torchwood Soho 
A spin-off of Torchwood taking place in the 1950s following Norton Folgate.

Series 1 - Parasite

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