Doctor Who Unbound

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Doctor Who Unbound is a series of audio plays produced by Big Finish Productions. Free from the constraints of continuity, the Doctor Who Unbound audios present a series of "What if...?" scenarios, and cast new actors in the role of the Doctor.

David Warner reprised his version of the Doctor in 2016, in volume 3 of The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield subtitled The Unbound Universe, and in volume 4, Ruler of the Universe, in 2017.

Background[edit]

In Exile, Arabella Weir plays a female incarnation of the Doctor.[1][2][3][4][5][6] American alternative weekly Houston Press's Jef Rouner described her portrayal as "one of the most melancholy of all the Doctors."[5] Other actors who played the Doctor included Geoffrey Bayldon, David Collings, Derek Jacobi, and David Warner.[3][5]

Sympathy for the Devil features UNIT during the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997.[7] Sympathy for the Devil also saw the return of The Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) as well as feature actors Mark Gatiss and David Tennant.[3]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byDoctorFeaturingReleased
1"Auld Mortality"Nicholas BriggsMarc PlattGeoffrey BayldonSusan ForemanMay 2003 (2003-05)
"What if... the Doctor and Susan had never left Gallifrey?"
2"Sympathy for the Devil"Gary RussellJonathan ClementsDavid WarnerThe Brigadier, the MasterJune 2003 (2003-06)
"What if... the Doctor had not been UNIT's scientific advisor?"
3"Full Fathom Five"Jason Haigh-ElleryDavid BishopDavid Collings, Ian BrookerRuthJuly 2003 (2003-07)
What if... the Doctor believed that the ends justified the means?[citation needed]
4"He Jests at Scars..."Gary RussellGary RussellThe ValeyardMelAugust 2003 (2003-08)
"What if... the Valeyard had won" at the end of The Trial of a Time Lord?
5"Deadline"Nicholas BriggsRobert ShearmanDerek JacobiPhilip, Barbara, Amy/SusanSeptember 2003 (2003-09)
What if... Doctor Who did not materialise as a television series?[citation needed]
6"Exile"Nicholas BriggsNicholas BriggsNicholas Briggs, Arabella WeirNoneSeptember 2003 (2003-09)
"What if... the Doctor had escaped the justice of the Time Lords" at the end of The War Games?
7"A Storm of Angels"John AinsworthMarc PlattGeoffrey BayldonSusan ForemanJanuary 2005 (2005-01)
"What if... the Doctor really had changed history, even just the tiniest bit?"
8"Masters of War"Jason Haigh-ElleryEddie RobsonDavid WarnerThe Brigadier, Davros, Daleks, ThalsDecember 2008 (2008-12)
What if.... the Doctor and the Brigadier travelled in the TARDIS together?

Reception[edit]

Den of Geek's Andrew Blair selected Doctor Who Unbound as one of the ten Doctor Who stories that would make great musicals.[8] The Mary Sue's Alan Kistler said "fans enjoyed imagining these alternate Doctors" of David Warner and Arabella Weir.[3] American alternative weekly newspaper Houston Press's Jef Rouner said the series "fielded a fantastic set of stories."[5]

Fandom[edit]

In 2016, BBC America's Anglophenia featured a fan-made version of the Doctor Who theme music for Unbound's alternate Second Doctor.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crossan, Jamie (February 13, 2013). "Doctor Who fans launch campaign for Sue Perkins to be next Time Lord". NME. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  2. ^ Fulton, Rick (June 2, 2014). "It's Time Lords and Ladies as we explore the women who could easily regenerate into Doctor Who". Daily Record (Scotland). Trinity Mirror. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Kistler, Alan (December 27, 2013). "Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – The Alternate Versions of Doctor Who". The Mary Sue. Abrams Media. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Peck, Matthew Wace (August 3, 2013). "Op-Ed: Is the new Doctor Who a woman?". Digital Journal. digitaljournal.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d Rouner, Jef (September 20, 2013). "Doctor Who: The 10 Best Alternative Universe Doctors". Houston Press. Voice Media Group. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  6. ^ Westthorp, Alex (June 5, 2014). "Doctor Who: the film careers of Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi". Den of Geek. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  7. ^ Singh, Harminder (July 1, 2016). "Everything you need to know about Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty". South China Morning Post. Alibaba Group. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  8. ^ Blair, Andrew (August 28, 2013). "Doctor Who: 10 stories that would make great musicals". Den of Geek. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  9. ^ McAlpine, Fraser (September 2016). "Doctor Who's Day Roundup: Remaking the Music". Anglophenia. BBC America. Retrieved April 13, 2017.