The Next Life

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The Next Life
Album cover
Big Finish Productions audio drama
Series 'Doctor Who'
Release no. 64
Featuring Eighth Doctor
Charley Pollard
Written by Alan Barnes and
Gary Russell
Directed by Gary Russell
Produced by Gary Russell
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive producer(s) Jacqueline Rayner
Production code 8V
Length 3 hrs 8 mins
Release date December 2004

The Next Life is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It is the culmination of the "Divergent Universe" saga.


Washed up on a beach on a beautiful island, the Eighth Doctor is rescued by a strangely familiar woman named Perfection and begins a journey to discover the dark secret at the heart of his exile to the Divergent Universe — and the return of an old enemy that could hold the key to its end.



  • This audio play (recorded in 2004) marked the first time that Paul McGann and Daphne Ashbrook had worked together since the 1996 Doctor Who television movie. Ashbrook played Dr. Grace Holloway in that production.
  • Although he has continued in the role, this is the final audio drama to feature Paul McGann as the incumbent Doctor. The next Eighth Doctor audio drama, Terror Firma, was released in August 2005 by which time he had been succeeded in the role of the Doctor on television by not only Christopher Eccleston but also David Tennant.
  • At 3 hours 8 minutes it is the second longest in the main range of Big Finish's Doctor Who audios, the longest being "Zagreus" at 3 hours 56 minutes.

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