Situation Vacant

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Situation Vacant
Big Finish Productions audio drama
Series Doctor Who
Range Eighth Doctor Adventures
Release no. 4.02
Featuring Eighth Doctor
Tamsin Drew
Written by Eddie Robson
Directed by Nicholas Briggs
Produced by Jamie Robertson - Music & SFX
Executive producer(s) Nicholas Briggs
Production code BFPDWCDMG026
Release date July 2010

Situation Vacant is an audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. This audio drama was produced by Big Finish Productions.


The Doctor is seen to be holding auditions for a new companion.



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.

Critical reception[edit]

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.[1] Richard McGinlay praised it strongly, giving it a rating of 10/10, and feeling that the satire of The Apprentice was successful.[2]


Situation Vacant was broadcast on digital radio station BBC Radio 4 Extra on 8 Jan 2013 as a single hour-long episode.[3][4]


  1. ^ Michael, Matt (15 September 2010). "The DWM Review". Doctor Who Magazine. No. 425. Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Panini Comics. p. 64. 
  2. ^ McGinlay, Richard. "Doctor Who: Situation Vacant - Audio drama review". Sci-Fi Online. 
  3. ^ "Doctor Who on BBC Radio 4 Extra". BBC. Retrieved May 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra- Doctor Who, Situation Vacant". BBC. Retrieved May 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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