|Big Finish Productions audio play|
|Range||Eighth Doctor Adventures|
|Producer(s)||Jamie Robertson - Music & SFX|
|Executive producer(s)||Nicholas Briggs|
|Set between||An Earthly Child and Nevermore|
|Release date||July 2010|
The Doctor is seen to be holding auditions for a new companion.
- The Doctor - Paul McGann
- Hugh Bainbridge/Drusus - James Bachman
- Asha Qureshi/Lantis - Shelley Conn
- Theo Lawson - Joe Thomas
- Juliet Walsh/Tamsin Drew - Niky Wardley
- Wanda Rothman - Sabina Franklyn
- Leonard Pallister - Tony Millan
- Rachel - Joanna Kanska
- Rafshaw - Barnaby Edwards
The characters Hugh Bainbridge, Asha Qureshi, Theo Lawson and Juliet Walsh seemingly vie for the position of the Doctor's companion. Big Finish Productions withheld the identity of the companion in the rest of this series until after this story was released.
The contenders are described by producer David Richardson in Doctor Who Magazine, Issue 421, as:
- Hugh Bainbridge - "[A]n amiable public school type who, though perhaps not the brightest tool in the box, is happy to rush where Time Lords fear to tread."
- Juliet Walsh - "[A] tough cookie. A driven and highly successful career woman, there's nothing she won't do to close the deal."
- Asha Qureshi - "[A] no-nonsense, capable young woman with a tendency towards precociousness and a surprising ability to cope with the unexpected."
- Theo Lawson - "King of the Geeks: an introverted and computer-savvy teenager who knows more about gigabytes than he does about girls."
- The identity of the person who placed the ad and arranged the dangerous scenarios is revealed in The Book of Kells. The person he chose to travel with is also revealed.
Matt Michael, writing for Doctor Who Magazine, felt that the emulation of television openers such as "Partners in Crime" was not entirely successful, and faulted the lack of development of the new companion. Richard McGinlay praised it strongly, giving it a rating of 10/10, and feeling that the satire of The Apprentice was successful.
- Michael, Matt (15 September 2010). "The DWM Review". Doctor Who Magazine (Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Panini Comics) (425): p64.
- McGinlay, Richard. "Doctor Who: Situation Vacant - Audio drama review". Sci-Fi Online.
- "Doctor Who on BBC Radio 4 Extra". BBC. Retrieved May 2013.
- "BBC Radio 4 Extra- Doctor Who, Situation Vacant". BBC. Retrieved May 2013.
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