The Company of Friends

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The Company of Friends
Album cover
Big Finish Productions audio play
Series Doctor Who
Release number 123
Featuring Eighth Doctor
Bernice Summerfield
Fitz Kreiner
Izzy Sinclair
Writer Lance Parkin
Stephen Cole
Alan Barnes
Jonathan Morris
Director Nicholas Briggs
Executive producer(s) Nicholas Briggs
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Set between Doctor Who and The Silver Turk
Release date July 2009

The Company of Friends is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The play is made of four one-part stories, by different authors, rather than the usual multi-part serial. All episodes use the Eighth Doctor as played by Paul McGann, and he is joined in each episode by a companion who originated in either the Doctor Who book or comic ranges.

Benny's Story[edit]

by Lance Parkin
Benny is hired to recover a familiar artifact: the key to the TARDIS.

Fitz's Story[edit]

by Stephen Cole
The Doctor and Fitz investigate an alien world's alien defense business.

Izzy's Story[edit]

by Alan Barnes
Izzy asks the Doctor to look into the rarest comic book in history: 'Aggrotron!'

Mary's Story[edit]

by Jonathan Morris
Mary Shelley becomes inspired by events in Switzerland, 1816, at the Villa Diodati when she meets the two Doctors.

The Three Companions[edit]

The Three Companions bonus feature, Part 4.

Cremation Point by Marc Platt

Continuity[edit]

  • Izzy was the first companion given to the Eighth Doctor in the Doctor Who Magazine comics. She traveled with him from End Game until Oblivion. In this audio story, they visit Stockbridge, a town which has featured in many Doctor Who Magazine comics as well as audios such as Circular Time and The Eternal Summer. Located somewhere in Gloucestershire, is also Izzy's home.
  • There have been several references in Big Finish's Eighth Doctor stories to the incident in 1816, in Lake Geneva, Switzerland, with Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, John Polidori and Lord Byron, which resulted in Mary writing Frankenstein. The first mention is in Big Finish's very first Eighth Doctor play, Storm Warning. At its very start, the Doctor picks up the aforementioned book and reads the preface, in which she recounted her version of the incident. The Doctor implies what she had written wasn't the entire truth. This scene was repeated in its entirety in Terror Firma. In Neverland, while dazed, the Doctor blurts out warnings to Byron about meddling with terrible forces and also warns Mary that that someone or something isn't really her brother. A similar moment occurs in Zagreus, where he laments Polidori as well as Mary. In the Shada remake, the Doctor mentions meeting up with his friend Professor Chronotis at Lake Geneva with Mary and Byron. And in the last Eighth Doctor story in the main range, The Girl Who Never Was, the Doctor is very excited when he stumbles across one of Mary's books. The Doctor mentions Mary one last time before the release of Mary's Story in The Beast of Orlok. A year after its release, he recalls being at the Villa Diodati in Nevermore.
  • In the 1996 TV Movie, during the first moments of the Eighth Doctor's life, the 1931 film adaptation of Mary's Frankenstein was playing on a nearby television, mirroring the creature's first moments of life.
  • The characters Samson and Gemma, who are waiting for the Doctor in Vienna, were previously heard in Terror Firma. They are waiting for him the on the same day as Mary's Story, in June, 1816.
  • Mary Shelley's adventures with the Doctor continue after this, starting with The Silver Turk, in which he attempts to reunite with Samson and Gemma.

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