The Company of Friends
|The Company of Friends|
|Big Finish Productions audio drama|
|Executive producer||Nicholas Briggs
|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.
by Lance Parkin
Benny is hired to recover a familiar artifact: the key to the TARDIS.
by Stephen Cole
The Doctor and Fitz investigate an alien world's alien defense business.
- Fitz Kreiner - Matt Di Angelo
- Commander Hellan Femor - Fenella Woolgar
- Michael Rond - Paul Thornley
- Gem Weston - Su Douglas
by Alan Barnes
Izzy asks the Doctor to look into the rarest comic book in history: 'Aggrotron!'
- Izzy Sinclair - Jemima Rooper
- Grubb/The Man - Steve Hansell
- Grakk/Clerkie/The Camp Robot - Teddy Kempner
- Courtmaster Cruel - Anthony Glennan
- Foreman - Ian Hallard
- Juror - Katrina Cooke
- Captain Cannibal - Robert Forknall
- Suits - Robert Forknall/Ian Hallard
- Mary Shelley - Julie Cox
- Percy Shelley - Anthony Glennon
- Lord Byron - Robert Forknall
- John Polidori - Ian Hallard
- Claire Clairmont - Katrina Cooke
The Three Companions
The Three Companions bonus feature, Part 4.
Cremation Point by Marc Platt
- The chronological placement of these adventures is unclear, but it is fair to assume that they all occur soon after the Television Movie, earlier than any other main range drama.
- Benny last appeared in the main Doctor Who range in 2003's The Dark Flame opposite the Seventh Doctor and Ace. Benny first met the Eighth Doctor in the novel The Dying Days.
- Fitz appeared in the Eighth Doctor Adventures novels, starting with The Taint. How he parted company with the Doctor is uncertain, as he was also in the final book of the range, The Gallifrey Chronicles.
- 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.
- Bernice, Fitz and Izzy have all been featured previously in Big Finish's Short Trips short story anthologies: Fitz in Zodiac, Izzy in Life Science and Benny in various collections.
- 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.
- Prior to the launch of the Big Finish range, clones of Mary and Percy Shelley and three clones of Byron had been featured in the Missing Adventures novel Managra by Stephen Marley, where it is implied that the originals were known to the Fourth Doctor.
- 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.
- The older Doctor recalls the "years" that Mary spent journeying in the TARDIS, mentioning Cybermen, Axons and "King Herold at The Battle of Hastings". The events with the Cybermen occur in her first trip, The Silver Turk.
- The older Doctor also recalls many of his former companions, including Charley Pollard, Lucie Miller, Trix MacMillan, Ssard, Compassion, Destrii, Samson and Gemma. He also mentions Alex, which may be a reference to his great-grandson, who meets in An Earthly Child.