The Five Companions
Audio / June 3, 2017

Released December 2011 Whereas 2010’s Bonus Release ‘The Four Doctors’ took a rather novel approach to a multi-Doctor story by focusing on a new character traversing the Doctor’s personal timeline, 2011’s fuses different eras of Doctor Who together in an altogether more traditional fashion, though still with its own unique twist. As Ian, Steven, Sara, Polly, and Nyssa find themselves brought together and confronted with Daleks, Sontarans, and dinosaurs, ‘The Five Companions’ finds the Doctor directly confronting his past in a thrilling but also very personal tale of survival and reflection. Writer Eddie Robson borrows from ‘The Five Doctors’ and suggests that these past companions are in another part of that serial’s Death Zone on Gallifrey and that the Doctor has been pulled out of his transport to the Capitol to appear at that same area. However, though this is a Fifth Doctor story, the tale wisely focuses on the returning companions themselves, certainly not shying away from the fact that they have aged since leaving the Doctor and allowing moments of reminiscence while showcasing the unique element that each brought to the series while traveling aboard the TARDIS. Obviously Big Finish’s The Companion Chronicles range has kept the earlier…

Prisoners of Fate
Audio / November 13, 2016

Released June 2013 ‘Prisoners of Fate’ is tasked with finally directly addressing the intriguing aged Nyssa arc that began in the final story of ‘Circular Time’ and that has continued with Turlough and Tegan alongside her since 2010’s ‘Cobwebs.’ Searching for a cure to the deadly Richter’s Syndrome, Nyssa left her young family some twenty-five years ago. With her now-grown son, Adric, continuing her research on the penal colony Valderon, the TARDIS landing on Valderon puts the past on a collision course with the present for more than just Nyssa. This is certainly not a story for a casual listener, Adric assuming Nyssa is from a time before she gave birth to him due to her rejuvenation in ‘The Emerald Tiger’ and Nyssa trying desperately to keep the Doctor from learning the truth of Adric’s identity because of the events of ‘Circular Time.’ The temporal complexity only begins there, though, as the mysterious Chronoscope allows glimpses into important events of the future and has put an end to crime by stopping the responsible individuals before they even think about performing said crime. This is, of course, a morally reprehensible foundation for justice that ultimately proves to be self-perpetuating, but it…