List of Doctor Who radio stories

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Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The show has been a large influence in the media since its inception. 1966 saw the first radio broadcast of the show.

There have been many Doctor Who radio broadcasts over the years. In addition to a small number of in-house BBC productions, a larger number of radio plays produced by Big Finish began to be broadcast on BBC Radio 7 from 2005, featuring the Eighth Doctor (again played by Paul McGann) with mainstay companions Charley Pollard and later Lucie Miller. Initially, these were broadcasts of Big Finish productions that had already been released on CD. However, the series that began with Blood of the Daleks and concluded with Human Resources was specially commissioned by the BBC from Big Finish for broadcast prior to the CD release. Many more of these were released on CD than were broadcast on the radio; only those plays broadcast by the BBC are listed here. See the list of Doctor Who audio releases as a starting point for other audio plays and audio books, notably the List of Doctor Who audio plays by Big Finish which includes more plays than were broadcast.

List of radio stories

Title Episodes Writer Director/Producer Original airdate
Movietime: "Daleks – Invasion Earth – 2150 A.D." 1 episode Gordon Gow (adaptation) Tony Luke 18 November 1966[1][2]
A narrated broadcast of the soundtrack of the second Dalek film on the BBC Light Programme
"Exploration Earth: The Time Machine" 1 episode, 20 minutes Bernard Venables Mike Howarth and David Lyttle 4 October 1976
An educational Radio 4 drama featuring the Fourth Doctor
Slipback 6 episodes, 10 minutes each Eric Saward Paul Spencer 25 July – 8 August 1985
A Radio 4 serial featuring the Sixth Doctor
The Paradise of Death 5 episodes, 30 minutes each Barry Letts Phil Clarke 27 August – 24 September 1993
A Radio 5 serial featuring the Third Doctor
Doctor Who and the Ghosts of N-Space 6 episodes, 30 minutes each Barry Letts Phil Clarke 20 January – 24 February 1996
A Radio 2 drama featuring the Third Doctor

Eighth Doctor dramas

The following are all Eighth Doctor dramas produced by Big Finish and broadcast on BBC Radio 7.

Title Episodes Writer Director/Producer Original airdate
Storm Warning 4 episodes, 25 minutes each Alan Barnes Gary Russell 6–27 August 2005
Sword of Orion 4 episodes, 25 minutes each Nicholas Briggs Nicholas Briggs 3–24 September 2005
The Stones of Venice 4 episodes, 25 minutes each Paul Magrs Gary Russell 1–22 October 2005
Invaders from Mars 4 episodes, 25 minutes each Mark Gatiss Mark Gatiss 29 October – 19 November 2005
Shada 1 episode, 150 minutes Douglas Adams & Gary Russell Nicholas Pegg 10 December 2005
The Chimes of Midnight 4 episodes, 25 minutes each Robert Shearman Barnaby Edwards 17 December 2005 – 7 January 2006
Blood of the Daleks 2 episodes, 50 minutes each Steve Lyons Nicholas Briggs 31 December 2006 – 7 January 2007
Horror of Glam Rock 1 episode, 50 minutes Paul Magrs Barnaby Edwards 14 January 2007
Immortal Beloved 1 episode, 50 minutes Jonathan Clements Jason Haigh-Ellery 21 January 2007
Phobos 1 episode, 50 minutes Eddie Robson Barnaby Edwards 28 January 2007
No More Lies 1 episode, 50 minutes Paul Sutton Barnaby Edwards 4 February 2007
Human Resources 2 episodes, 50 minutes each Eddie Robson Nicholas Briggs 11–18 February 2007
Dead London 1 episode, 50 minutes Pat Mills Barnaby Edwards 19 October 2008
Max Warp 1 episode, 50 minutes Jonathan Morris Barnaby Edwards 26 October 2008
Brave New Town 1 episode, 50 minutes Jonathan Clements Barnaby Edwards 2 November 2008
The Skull of Sobek 1 episode, 50 minutes Marc Platt Barnaby Edwards 9 November 2008
Grand Theft Cosmos 1 episode, 50 minutes Eddie Robson Barnaby Edwards 19 November 2008
The Zygon Who Fell to Earth 1 episode, 50 minutes Paul Magrs Barnaby Edwards 23 November 2008
Sisters of the Flame 1 episode, 55 minutes Nicholas Briggs Nicholas Briggs 31 October 2009[3]
Vengeance of Morbius 1 episode, 55 minutes Nicholas Briggs Nicholas Briggs 18 December 2009
Orbis 2 episodes, 30 minutes each Alan Barnes & Nicholas Briggs Nicholas Briggs 16–23 May 2010
The Beast of Orlok 2 episodes, 30 minutes each Barnaby Edwards Barnaby Edwards 30 May – 6 June 2010
Scapegoat 2 episodes, 30 minutes each Pat Mills Nicholas Briggs 13–20 June 2010
The Cannibalists 2 episodes, 30 minutes each Jonathan Morris Jason Haigh-Ellery 27 June – 4 July 2010
Death in Blackpool 1 60-minute episode Alan Barnes Barnaby Edwards 7 January 2013
Situation Vacant 1 60-minute episode Eddie Robson Nicholas Briggs 8 January 2013
Nevermore 1 60-minute episode Alan Barnes Nicholas Briggs 9 January 2013
The Books of Kells 1 60-minute episode Barnaby Edwards Barnaby Edwards 10 January 2013
Deimos 1 60-minute episode Jonathan Morris Barnaby Edwards 11 January 2013
The Resurrection of Mars 1 60-minute episode Jonathan Morris Barnaby Edwards 14 January 2013
Relative Dimensions 1 60-minute episode Marc Platt Barnaby Edwards 15 January 2013
Prisoner of the Sun 1 60-minute episode Eddie Robson Jason Haigh-Ellery 16 January 2013
Lucie Miller 1 60-minute episode Nicholas Briggs Nicholas Briggs 17 January 2013
To the Death 1 60-minute episode Nicholas Briggs Nicholas Briggs 18 January 2013

Fifth Doctor dramas

In 2011, BBC Radio 4 Extra aired a series of three Fifth Doctor dramas produced by Big Finish. They continued with five more from September 2015.

Title Episodes Writer Director/Producer Original airdate
Cobwebs 4 episodes, 30 minutes each Jonathan Morris Barnaby Edwards 16–20 May 2011[4]
The Whispering Forest 4 episodes, 30 minutes each Stephen Cole Barnaby Edwards 20–25 May 2011[4]
The Cradle of the Snake 4 episodes, 30 minutes each Marc Platt Barnaby Edwards 26 May – 1 June 2011
Heroes of Sontar 2 episodes, 60 minutes each Alan Barnes Ken Bentley 26 September - 3 October 2015[5][6]
The Demons of Red Lodge 1 episode, 30 minutes Jason Arnopp Ken Bentley 10 October 2015
The Entropy Composition 1 episode, 30 minutes Rick Briggs Ken Bently 17 October 2015
Doing Time 1 episode, 30 minutes William Gallagher Ken Bently 24 October 2015
Special Features 1 episode, 30 minutes John Dorney Ken Bently 7 November 2015

Fourth Doctor dramas

December 2011 saw the broadcast of the Fourth Doctor audio Hornets' Nest on BBC Radio 4 Extra. In May 2015, the first series of Fourth Doctor adventures from Big Finish Productions was broadcast featuring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson.

Title Episodes Writer Director/Producer Original airdate
The Stuff of Nightmares 2 episodes, 30 minutes each Paul Magrs Kate Thomas 12–13 December 2011[7][8]
The Dead Shoes 2 episodes, 30 minutes each Paul Magrs Kate Thomas 14–15 December 2011[9][10]
The Circus of Doom 2 episodes, 30 minutes each Paul Magrs Kate Thomas 16 & 19 December 2011[11][12]
A Sting in the Tale 2 episodes, 30 minutes each Paul Magrs Kate Thomas 20–21 December 2011[13][14]
Hive of Horror 2 episodes, 30 minutes each Paul Magrs Kate Thomas 22–23 December 2011[15][16]
Destination Nerva 1 episode, 60 minutes Nicholas Briggs Nicholas Briggs 16 May 2015[17]
The Renaissance Man 1 episode, 60 minutes Justin Richards Ken Bentley 24 May 2015[18]
The Wrath of the Iceni 1 episode, 60 minutes John Dorney Ken Bentley 30 May 2015[19]
Energy of the Daleks 1 episode, 60 minutes Nicholas Briggs Nicholas Briggs 6 June 2015[20]
Trail of the White Worm / The Oseidon Adventure 2 episodes, 60 minutes each Alan Barnes Ken Bently 13-20 June 2015[21][22]

Seventh Doctor dramas

In 2012, BBC Radio 4 Extra began a series of Seventh Doctor dramas produced by Big Finish.

Title Episodes Writer Director/Producer Original airdate
A Thousand Tiny Wings 3 episodes, 30 minutes each Andy Lane Lisa Bowerman 21–23 May 2012
Survival of the Fittest 4 episodes, 30 minutes each Jonathan Clements John Ainsworth 24–29 May 2012[23][24][25][26]
The Architects of History 4 episodes, 30 minutes each Steve Lyons John Ainsworth 30 May – 4 June 2012[27][28]

Sixth Doctor dramas

In 2016, BBC Radio 4 Extra began a series of Sixth Doctor dramas produced by Big Finish.

Title Episodes Writer Director/Producer Original airdate
The Crimes of Thomas Brewster 2 episodes, 55 minutes each Jonathan Morris Nicholas Briggs 28 May – 4 June 2016[29]
Industrial Evolution 2 episodes, 55 minutes each Eddie Robson Nicholas Briggs 11 – 18 June 2016[30]
The Curse of Davros 2 episodes, 55 minutes each Jonathan Morris Nicholas Briggs 25 June – 2 July 2016[31]

Audiobook readings

BBC Radio 4 Extra has aired some of BBC Audio's audiobook readings of Classic Series novelisations, all read by Tom Baker.

Title Episodes Writer Reader Original airdates
Doctor Who and the Giant Robot 8 episodes, 30 min each Terrance Dicks Tom Baker 5–14 April 2010[32]
Doctor Who and The Brain of Morbius 8 episodes, 30 min each Terrance Dicks Tom Baker 15–26 April 2010[32]
Doctor Who and the Creature from the Pit 7 episodes, 30 min each David Fisher Tom Baker 27 April – 5 May 2010[32]
Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars 6 episodes, 30 min each Terrance Dicks Tom Baker 26 December 2011 – 2 January 2012[32]

50th Anniversary stories

In 2013, BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast 8 audio adventures and talking books from both Big Finish and Audio Go under the title of "Doctor Who at 50".

Title Episodes Writer Reader / Starring Original airdates
Doctor Who and the Daleks 10 episodes, 30 mins each David Whitaker William Russell 16 November 2013[33]
Protect and Survive 4 episodes, 30 mins each Jonathan Morris Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred & Philip Olivier 17 November 2013[33]
1963: Fanfare for the Common Men 4 episodes, 30 mins each Eddie Robson Peter Davison & Sarah Sutton 18 November 2013[33]
A Thousand Tiny Wings 3 episodes, 30 mins each Andy Lane Sylvester McCoy & Tracey Childs 19 November 2013[33]
Farewell, Great Macedon 3 episodes, 2 x 30 mins & 1 x 165 mins Moris Farhi; adapted by Nigel Robinson William Russell & Carol Ann Ford 20 November 2013[33]
Human Resources 2 episodes, 60 mins each Eddie Robson Paul McGann & Sheridan Smith 21 November 2013[33]
Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth 2 episodes, 1 x 60 mins & 1 x 195 mins Terrance Dicks William Russell 22 November 2013[33]
Lucie Miller / To the Death 2 episodes, 60 mins each Nicholas Briggs Paul McGann & Sheridan Smith 24 November 2013

Webcasts

Death Comes to Time was released on CD by the BBC, and later re-released as an MP3 CD featuring the original illustrations. Real Time and Shada were released on CD by Big Finish. The webcast for Shada was released on DVD on 7 January 2013 as part of 'The Legacy Collection' and is only viewable on a PC or MAC. Scream of the Shalka was released in novel form in the Past Doctor Adventures series. While it has been classified for DVD release by the BBFC,[34] a planned release was postponed due to the programme's return to television. It was later released on 16 September 2013.[35]

Title Episodes Writer Director Original airdate
Death Comes to Time 13 parts, 140 minutes in total Colin Meek Dan Freedman 13 July 2001 (pilot)
14 February – 3 May 2002 (regular)
An illustrated audio webcast for BBCi featuring the Seventh Doctor.
Real Time 6 parts, 12 minutes each Gary Russell Gary Russell 2 August – 6 September 2002
An illustrated audio webcast for BBCi featuring the Sixth Doctor.
Shada 6 parts, 25 minutes each Douglas Adams Nicholas Pegg 2 May – 6 June 2003
An illustrated audio webcast for BBCi featuring the Eighth Doctor in a remake of the unfinished Fourth Doctor serial.
Scream of the Shalka 6 parts, 15 minutes each Paul Cornell Wilson Milam 13 November – 18 December 2003
Animated webcast for BBCi featuring an alternative version of the Ninth Doctor known as the Shalka Doctor, played by Richard E. Grant.

See also

References

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  2. ^ Pixley, Andrew (10 November 2004). "Doctor Who on Radio – Part One: 1966–1993". Doctor Who Magazine (349): 26–27. 
  3. ^ "BBC Radio 7 Programmes- Schedule, Saturday, 31 October 2009". Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "The Doctor Who News Page: The Fifth Doctor lands in the Seventh Dimension". Doctorwhonews.net. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
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  9. ^ "BBC – BBC Radio 4 Extra Programmes – Doctor Who, Hornets' Nest, The Dead Shoes, part 1". BBC. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
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  34. ^ "BBFC classifications for ',Scream of the Shalka',". Bbfc.co.uk. 20 September 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  35. ^ "Animation Plans for The Tenth Planet Episode 4". Doctor Who Magazine. Panini Comics (458): 9. April 2013. 

External links

  • Doctor Who Reference Guide – detailed descriptions of all televised episodes, plus spin-off audio, video, and literary works.

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