Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctor

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The logo of the series, taken from the cover art of the first release, Hunters of Earth.

Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctor is a series of audiobooks produced by Big Finish Productions for AudioGo. They were released monthly through the first eleven months of 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of British television series Doctor Who.[1] The series - composed of eleven separate releases, one for each incarnation of the Doctor - is performed in the third-person by an actor associated with each era of the show, with additional dialogue provided by a guest actor,[2][3] in a similar vein to Big Finish's own The Companion Chronicles series. The series is notable for being the first (and only) time Big Finish was allowed to directly feature current era (2005 onwards) characters, due to the collaboration with AudioGo.

Release History[edit]

All installments up to and including Death's Deal were initially released to download on the first day of each month, with a physical CD release on the following Thursday. However, due to series co-producer AudioGo entering administration at the end of October 2013, the release of the final installment The Time Machine was disrupted. Some retailers (such as iTunes and Amazon.co.uk) released it on the scheduled date with minimal disruption, and others (such as Big Finish's official shop) released it later in the month. The appearance of a planned box set of all 11 releases (plus a bonus disc featuring interviews with cast and crew) was also cast into doubt, but released by Big Finish in December.

Title Doctor Writer Main Actor Supporting Actor Synopsis CD Release Date
Hunters of Earth[4] First Doctor Nigel Robinson Carole Ann Ford Tam Williams Shoreditch, London, 1963. The Beatles have beaten John Smith and the Common Men to No. 1 and satellites are being launched in outer space. Back down on Earth, strange goings-on are occurring: the normally placid teenagers of Coal Hill are running riot and a master thief is stealing highly specialised equipment. 3 January 2013
Shadow of Death[4] Second Doctor Simon Guerrier Frazer Hines Evie Dawnay Following an emergency landing, the TARDIS arrives on a remote world orbiting a peculiar star – a pulsar which exerts an enormous gravitational force, strong enough to warp time. 7 February 2013
Vengeance of the Stones[4] Third Doctor Andrew Smith Richard Franklin Trevor Littledale Two RAF fighter jets are on a training flight over North East Scotland when one of them is plucked from the air and promptly disappears. UNIT are called in, and the Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart are soon on the scene. They enlist the help of a local military officer - a young lieutenant by the name of Mike Yates. 7 March 2013
Babblesphere[4] Fourth Doctor Jonathan Morris Lalla Ward[5] Roger Parrott The violent, volcanic world of Hephastos is home to a colony of composers, painters, authors and poets, all striving to create the greatest works of art the universe has ever seen. But in pursuit of their goal, artistic collaboration has been taken a stage too far... 4 April 2013[5]
Smoke and Mirrors[4] Fifth Doctor Steve Lyons Janet Fielding[6] Tim Beckmann The Doctor answers a psionic distress call being sent from England in the 1920s. There, in the environs of a fairground, he is reunited with an old friend: Harry Houdini. To Adric and Nyssa the name means very little, but to the Doctor’s companion Tegan he is a legend. Escape artist extraordinaire, Houdini’s reputation will last for decades. 2 May 2013[6]
Trouble in Paradise[4] Sixth Doctor Nev Fountain Nicola Bryant[7] Cameron Stewart Responding to a desperate summons from the Doctor's future self, he and Peri find themselves on a sailing ship in 1492, where the crewmen are gripped by superstitious fear. 6 June 2013[8]
Shockwave[4] Seventh Doctor James Swallow Sophie Aldred[7] Ian Brooker[9] In the far future, the inhabitants of Tarsus Six face a desperate struggle to evacuate their world before their sun, Tarsus Ultra, collapses into a cataclysmic spatial anomaly. 4 July 2013
Enemy Aliens[7] Eighth Doctor Alan Barnes India Fisher Michael Maloney[10] 1935: a message from a Time Lord in trouble sends the Eighth Doctor and Charlotte ‘Charley’ Pollard to the streets of London’s West End, in search of a mysterious alien adversary – unaware that something monstrous is already on their trail. 1 August 2013
Night of the Whisper[4] Ninth Doctor Cavan Scott and Mark Wright Nicholas Briggs[11] John Schwab New Vegas, 23rd Century – a sprawling city huddling beneath an artificial atmospheric bubble on a distant moon. Pleasure seekers flock there from every corner of the galaxy, to take in the shows and play the tables in the huge casinos. But beneath the glitz and the glitter, organised crime rules the streets. 5 September 2013
Death's Deal[4] Tenth Doctor Darren Jones Catherine Tate Duncan Wisbey Responding to multiple maydays, the TARDIS lands on the planet of Death’s Deal, but the distress calls are old, the final echoes of terrified lost souls. This is an exotic world of lethal creatures, nicknamed ‘The Deadliest Planet in the Galaxy’, and only the brave, foolhardy or greedy would ever dare to visit. 3 October 2013
The Time Machine[4] Eleventh Doctor Matt Fitton Jenna Coleman Nicholas Briggs[12]
Michael Cochrane
23 November 2013. In an Oxford laboratory, graduate Alice Watson helps Professor Chivers assemble the final pieces of an impossible machine. A time machine. 7 November 2013 (Release of this title was disrupted. See above for details.)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Doctor Who - Destiny of the Doctor - Ranges - Big Finish". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  2. ^ "BBC AudioGo: Destiny of the Doctor". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  3. ^ "Destiny of the Doctor AudioGo". AudioGo. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Doctor Who Magazine #456
  5. ^ a b "Amazon listing". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  6. ^ a b "Doctor Who: Smoke and Mirrors Destiny of the Doctor 5 Dr Who: Amazon.co.uk: Steve Lyons, Janet Fielding: Books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  7. ^ a b c Ainsworth, John (April 2013). "Birthday Bonanza!". Vortex (Big Finish) (50): 12. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Doctor Who: Trouble in Paradise Destiny of the Doctor 6 Dr Who: Amazon.co.uk: Nev Fountain: Books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  9. ^ "Doctor Who: Shockwave Destiny of the Doctor 7 Dr Who: Amazon.co.uk: James Swallow: Books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  10. ^ "Doctor Who: Enemy Aliens Destiny of the Doctor 8 Dr Who: Amazon.co.uk: Alan Barnes: books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  11. ^ "Doctor Who, Blake's 7, May Releases, Competition and More! - Podcast - Big Finish". Big Finish Productions. 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  12. ^ "Doctor Who, Mervyn Stone, Listener Questions and Competitions - Podcast - Big Finish". Big Finish Productions. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-06-18.