When Doctor Who went off the airwaves in 1989, it entered what is now referred to as ‘The Wilderness Years.’ A series of new novels took the Seventh Doctor in a new direction, classic Doctors also received their own line of missing adventures and when the Eighth Doctor arrived in 1996 things got even more ambitious with comic strips and a new line of novels.
However, it was when Big Finish rounded up several of the actors and actresses associated with the classic Doctor Who program in 1999 that it entered its most interesting period. It was a fan’s dream come true, a rotating series of stories with the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors, then another line focused on the companions! To make things even better, Paul McGann returned to blaze a new path as the Eighth Doctor in a string of stories that firmly established a unique era.
An even bigger surprise was when Tom Baker returned for a new series of stories, reuniting him with Romana #1 – Mary Tamm (now sadly departed) and Leela – Louise Jamison.
If you have not delved into this treasure trove of Doctor Who, you are missing out and this is a grand opportunity to take a dip.
Big Finish’s Doctor Who at 15 – Day 1
To mark the first day of our celebration, we’re making the download of the first story – Doctor Who: The Sirens of Time available for £1.
Thanks to our friends at Doctor Who Magazine, we can also make available Talkin’ ‘Bout My Regeneration as a download – 1999’s hour-long audio documentary about the making of the story.
Also never available through the Big Finish website before are two more free stories on download as MP3 and Audiobook formats: No Place Like Home and The Ratings War, featuring the Fifth and Sixth Doctors respectively.
To mark our first three Big Finish Doctors, you can also get more recent titles in a special offer: The Fifth Doctor’s The Butcher of Brisbane, the Sixth Doctor’s The Fourth Wall, and the Seventh Doctor’s Protect & Survive – each available for £5 on Download or CD.
On a related note, what is your favorite Big Finish story?