Excelis Decays

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Excelis Decays
Album cover
Big Finish Productions audio drama
SeriesDoctor Who
Release no.3 in Excelis series
FeaturingSeventh Doctor
Written byCraig Hinton
Directed byGary Russell
Produced byGary Russell,
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive producer(s)Jacqueline Rayner
Production codeEX03
Length1 hr 14 mins
Release dateJune 2002

Excelis Decays is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It is the final part of the Excelis trilogy which commenced in Excelis Dawns and continued in Excelis Rising. The events are also connected to the Bernice Summerfield audio drama The Plague Herds of Excelis.


The Seventh Doctor again visits Artaris and is finally able to resolve the mystery that two of his incarnations have encountered.



  • The first Excelis story featured the Fifth Doctor and the second the Sixth Doctor. Excelis Decays features the Seventh Doctor. As with the other two stories, the Doctor travels alone.
  • The Excelis trilogy is marked by the continual appearance of Anthony Stewart Head, ostensibly as a different character in each story, although by the end it becomes clear that all three characters played by Head are the same man.
  • In the later audio drama Master, the Doctor uses Vaughan Sutton as his alias since the Master was using the pseudonym John Smith in that story.
  • It is implied that this is the first chronological appearance of the console used in the TV movie.


  • Unlike most Big Finish audio dramas, the Excelis trilogy consisted only of single-disc stories (Excelis Dawns aside). Their release coincided with the first release of audio dramas featuring the Eighth Doctor, and were intended for fans who were more interested in the adventures of past Doctors.

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