Iris Wildthyme (Big Finish series)

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Iris Wildthyme is a series of audio plays from Big Finish Productions, featuring Katy Manning as Iris Wildthyme, a character from the spin-off media based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.[1][2]

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2005)[edit]

Featuring Ortis Deley as Tom and David Benson as Panda. Artwork for both releases in Series 1 was by Stuart Manning.[3]

No. Title Directed by Written by Release Date Prod.
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1 "Wildthyme at Large" Gary Russell Paul Magrs November 2005 (2005-11) BFPNWCD01
Tom and Panda are living a relatively quiet life back on Earth, as a successful novelist of science fiction adventures and his toy panda, respectively, when Iris Wildthyme makes a re-appearance![4]
2 "The Devil in Ms Wildthyme" Gary Russell Stephen Cole December 2005 (2005-12) BFPNWCD02
Iris, Tom and Panda find themselves facing demons from Iris' past, as a spooky and other-worldly presence makes itself known...[4]

Series 2 (2009)[edit]

Featuring David Benson as Panda. Each individual release parodied Doctor Who from one decade between the 1960s and the 1990s.[citation needed]

No. Title Directed by Written by Release Date Prod.
code
1 "The Sound of Fear" Gary Russell Mark Michalowski February 2009 (2009-02) BFPNWCD03
Materialising aboard Radio Yesterday, a space station broadcasting golden oldies to Earth's colonies, Panda finds something sinister in the air-conditioning and Iris comes face to face with her long-lost husband…
2 "Land of Wonder" Gary Russell Paul Magrs March 2009 (2009-03) BFPNWCD04
Exiled to Earth by her mysterious superiors, Iris has been amusing herself and Panda by working for MIAOW, the Ministry for Alien Incursions and Other Wonders. When a certain Professor Ramsbottom and his lovely assistant Audrey unearth a weird vehicle under a London railway station, Ms Wildthyme and her art critic chum are on the scene pretty sharpish.
3 "The Two Irises" Gary Russell Simon Guerrier April 2009 (2009-04) BFPNWCD05
Iris is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. She sacrificed herself to save her best friend, Panda, then exploded inside her time-travelling bus. On Earth in the year 2108, the North Bloc and the South Bloc teeter on the edge of terrible nuclear war. The fate of the whole world rests on a not-very-good disco in Spain. One run by the dastardly alien Naxians…
4 "The Panda Invasion" Gary Russell Mark Magrs May 2009 (2009-05) BFPNWCD06
San Francisco, New Year’s Eve, 1999. She’s back, and it’s about… gin! When an unconscious Iris Wildthyme is rushed into a San Francisco hospital on New Year’s Eve 1999, hunky doctor George Strangeways’ life is turned upside down. As the world prepares to party its way into the next millennium, a space time rift opens above the Golden Gate Bridge – where an old fashioned London bus has appeared… As the rift spills untold horrors from other dimensions into our world, Iris has just one question: where the ‘eck is Panda?!

Special (2009)[edit]

Featuring David Benson as Panda.

No. Title Directed by Written by Release Date Prod.
code
1 "The Claws of Santa" Gary Russell Cavan Scott and Mark Wright November 2009 (2009-11) BFPNWCD07
It’s going to be a blue Christmas for Iris Wildthyme. Her best friend, Panda, is lost in time and space and the only festive cheer she can find is at the bottom of a glass. If that wasn’t enough, this year’s number one toy is trying to kill her!

Series 3 (2012)[edit]

Appearing in "Midwinter Murders", Stewart Bevan had previously appeared with Katy Manning in the Doctor Who story, The Green Death, playing Jo Grant's future husband.[citation needed]

No. Title Directed by Written by Release Date Prod.
code
1 "The Iris Wildthyme Appreciation Society" Gary Russell Cavan Scott August 2012 (2012-08) BFPNWCD08
Iris and Panda arrive on the planet Trull, in the 42nd Century. Far into her own future, Iris is Trull's biggest celebrity. And home to her biggest fan.
2 "Iris Rides Out" Gary Russell Guy Adams August 2012 (2012-08) BFPNWCD08
The bus materialises inside a creepy manor house in 1904, besieged by pig-men, where she meets notorious ghost-hunter, Thomas Carnacki.
3 "Midwinter Murders" Gary Russell George Mann August 2012 (2012-08) BFPNWCD08
Iris must solve a series of strange murders in the Warwickshire village of Midwinter Leys.

Series 4 (2013)[edit]

Featuring David Benson as Panda.

No. Title Directed by Written by Release Date Prod.
code
1 "Whatever Happened to Iris Wildthyme?" Gary Russell Cavan Scott and Mark Wright August 2013 (2013-08) BFPNWCD09
2 "Iris at the Oche" Gary Russell Mark Wright August 2013 (2013-08) BFPNWCD09
3 "A Lift in Time" Gary Russell David Bryher August 2013 (2013-08) BFPNWCD09

Series 5 (2015)[edit]

Also known as Wildthyme Reloaded. Featuring Geoffrey Breton as Captain Turner. [5]

No. Title Directed by Written by Release Date Prod.
code
1 "Comeback of the Scorchies" Scott Handcock James Goss August 2015 (2015-08) BFPNWCD10
2 "Dark Side" Scott Handcock Nick Campbell August 2015 (2015-08) BFPNWCD10
3 "Oracle of the Supermarket" Scott Handcock Roy Gill August 2015 (2015-08) BFPNWCD10
4 "Murder at the Abbey" Scott Handcock Mark B. Oliver August 2015 (2015-08) BFPNWCD10
5 "The Slots of Giza" Scott Handcock Hamish Steele August 2015 (2015-08) BFPNWCD10
6 "High Spirits" Scott Handcock Cavan Scott August 2015 (2015-08) BFPNWCD10
7 "An Extraterrestrial Werewolf in Belgium" Scott Handcock Scott Handcock August 2015 (2015-08) BFPNWCD10
8 "Looking for a Friend" Scott Handcock Paul Magrs August 2015 (2015-08) BFPNWCD10

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