In February 2013, Big Finish Productions announced that, following the conclusions of the Lost Stories and the monthly Companion Chronicles, they would be launching The Early Adventures, a series of brand new stories featuring the First and Second Doctors. The four-part plays star surviving lead actors from the original series, and follow a similar structure to the Lost Stories set in this era, mixing dialogue and narration.[1]

Cast

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This section shows characters who will appear or have appeared in at least one season.

Actor Character Appearances
S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7
William Russell Ian Chesterton / The Doctor Does not appear Does not appear
Carole Ann Ford Susan Foreman Does not appear Does not appear
Maureen O'Brien Vicki Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
Peter Purves Steven Taylor / The Doctor Does not appear Does not appear
Jean Marsh Sara Kingdom Does not appear Does not appear
Frazer Hines Jamie McCrimmon / The Doctor Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
Anneke Wills Polly Wright Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
Elliot Chapman Ben Jackson Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
Deborah Watling Victoria Waterfield Does not appear Does not appear
Wendy Padbury Zoe Heriot Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
Jemma Powell Barbara Wright Does not appear Does not appear
Ajazz Awad Katarina Does not appear Does not appear
Lauren Cornelius Dodo Chaplet Does not appear

Episodes

Series 1 (2014)

The first series consist of stories featuring the First Doctor. William Russell reprises the role of Ian Chesterton in the first two stories, while Peter Purves reprises the role of Steven Taylor in the second two. Carole Ann Ford plays Susan Foreman in the first story, Maureen O'Brien plays Vicki in the second and third stories, and Jean Marsh plays Sara Kingdom in the fourth. Additionally, Russell and Purves perform the Doctor's dialogue in their respective stories, while Ford and O'Brien perform the dialogue of Barbara Wright in the first two stories. The stories have individual episode titles to replicate the era.

No.Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1Domain of the Voord"The Floating City"Ken BentleyAndrew SmithFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, VoordSeptember 2014 (2014-09)
"Return to Terror"Ken BentleyAndrew SmithFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, VoordSeptember 2014 (2014-09)
"Behind the Mask"Ken BentleyAndrew SmithFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, VoordSeptember 2014 (2014-09)
"Fightback"Ken BentleyAndrew SmithFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, VoordSeptember 2014 (2014-09)
2The Doctor's Tale"The Lord of Misrule"Ken BentleyMarc PlattFirst Doctor, Ian, Barbara, VickiOctober 2014 (2014-10)
"The White Hart"Ken BentleyMarc PlattFirst Doctor, Ian, Barbara, VickiOctober 2014 (2014-10)
"Sanctuary"Ken BentleyMarc PlattFirst Doctor, Ian, Barbara, VickiOctober 2014 (2014-10)
"The Empty Crown"Ken BentleyMarc PlattFirst Doctor, Ian, Barbara, VickiOctober 2014 (2014-10)
3The Bounty of Ceres"The Hostile Planet"Lisa BowermanIan PotterFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenNovember 2014 (2014-11)
"The Outer Edge"Lisa BowermanIan PotterFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenNovember 2014 (2014-11)
"An Otherworldly Intelligence"Lisa BowermanIan PotterFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenNovember 2014 (2014-11)
"The Coldest Mind"Lisa BowermanIan PotterFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenNovember 2014 (2014-11)
4An Ordinary Life"An Ordinary Life"Ken BentleyMatt FittonFirst Doctor, Steven, SaraDecember 2014 (2014-12)
"The Unalike"Ken BentleyMatt FittonFirst Doctor, Steven, SaraDecember 2014 (2014-12)
"The Sleeping Army"Ken BentleyMatt FittonFirst Doctor, Steven, SaraDecember 2014 (2014-12)
"The Enemy Without"Ken BentleyMatt FittonFirst Doctor, Steven, SaraDecember 2014 (2014-12)

Series 2 (2015–16)

The second series consists of stories featuring the Second Doctor, played in all four stories by Frazer Hines, who also reprises his original role from the series as the Doctor's companion Jamie McCrimmon. Anneke Wills reprises her role as Polly Wright in the first two stories, Deborah Watling reprises the role of Victoria Waterfield in the third story, and Wendy Padbury reprises the role of Zoe Heriot in the fourth. In addition, the first two stories feature Elliot Chapman as Ben Jackson, originally played by Michael Craze.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Yes Men"Lisa BowermanSimon GuerrierSecond Doctor, Polly, Ben, JamieSeptember 2015 (2015-09)
2"The Forsaken"Lisa BowermanJustin RichardsSecond Doctor, Polly, Ben, JamieOctober 2015 (2015-10)
3"The Black Hole"Lisa BowermanSimon GuerrierSecond Doctor, Jamie, Victoria, the MonkNovember 2015 (2015-11)
4"The Isos Network"Nicholas BriggsNicholas BriggsSecond Doctor, Jamie, Zoe, CybermenJanuary 2016 (2016-01)

Series 3 (2016)

The third series of the Early Adventures saw Carole Ann Ford, William Russell, Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves and Jean Marsh reprising their roles as the companions of the First Doctor, joined by Jemma Powell as Barbara Wright, who had previously portrayed the role of original Barbara actress Jacqueline Hill in the 2013 drama An Adventure in Space and Time, and Dan Starkey as the Sontarans. The second story also features actor James Joyce in the role of a new companion, Jospa.[2] The stories have individual episode titles to replicate the era.

No.Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1The Age of Endurance"Ship of Death"Ken BentleyNick WallaceFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraSeptember 2016 (2016-09)
"Hunters in the Breach"Ken BentleyNick WallaceFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraSeptember 2016 (2016-09)
"A Fight for Survival"Ken BentleyNick WallaceFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraSeptember 2016 (2016-09)
"The End of Endurance"Ken BentleyNick WallaceFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraSeptember 2016 (2016-09)
2The Fifth Traveller"Hunted"Lisa BowermanPhilip LawrenceFirst Doctor, Ian, Barbara, Vicki, JospaOctober 2016 (2016-10)
"Enemy in the Dark"Lisa BowermanPhilip LawrenceFirst Doctor, Ian, Barbara, Vicki, JospaOctober 2016 (2016-10)
"The Sleeping Army"Lisa BowermanPhilip LawrenceFirst Doctor, Ian, Barbara, Vicki, JospaOctober 2016 (2016-10)
"The Boy"Lisa BowermanPhilip LawrenceFirst Doctor, Ian, Barbara, Vicki, JospaOctober 2016 (2016-10)
3The Ravelli Conspiracy"A Friend in Need"Lisa BowermanRobert Khan & Tom SalinskyFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenNovember 2016 (2016-11)
"A Friend in Deed"Lisa BowermanRobert Khan & Tom SalinskyFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenNovember 2016 (2016-11)
"With Friends Like These..."Lisa BowermanRobert Khan & Tom SalinskyFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenNovember 2016 (2016-11)
"Who Needs Enemies"Lisa BowermanRobert Khan & Tom SalinskyFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenNovember 2016 (2016-11)
4The Sontarans"The Sontarans"Lisa BowermanSimon GuerrierFirst Doctor, Steven, Sara, SontaransDecember 2016 (2016-12)
"The Descent"Lisa BowermanSimon GuerrierFirst Doctor, Steven, Sara, SontaransDecember 2016 (2016-12)
"The Blind City"Lisa BowermanSimon GuerrierFirst Doctor, Steven, Sara, SontaransDecember 2016 (2016-12)
"The Rule of War"Lisa BowermanSimon GuerrierFirst Doctor, Steven, Sara, SontaransDecember 2016 (2016-12)

Series 4 (2017)

Frazer Hines, Anneke Wills, Elliot Chapman and Wendy Padbury reprise their roles as the Doctor's companions, with Frazer Hines also playing the Second Doctor. Other characters are also played by Anjella Mackintosh, Wanda Opalinska, Kristina Buikaite, Alistair Petrie, Debbie Chazen, Matilda Ziegler, David Sibley, Kerry Gooderson, Ewan Bailey, Alan Blyton, Judith Roddy, Adam Newington, Don McCorkindale, Richenda Carey.[3]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Night Witches"Helen GoldwynRoland MooreSecond Doctor, Polly, Ben, JamieSeptember 2017 (2017-09)
2"The Outliers"Lisa BowermanSimon GuerrierSecond Doctor, Polly, Ben, JamieOctober 2017 (2017-10)
3"The Morton Legacy"Lisa BowermanJustin RichardsSecond Doctor, Polly, Ben, JamieNovember 2017 (2017-11)
4"The Wreck of the World"Lisa BowermanTimothy X AtackSecond Doctor, Jamie, ZoeDecember 2017 (2017-12)

Series 5 (2018)

Series 5 was written and marketed as a "season" of episodes, where each story directly follows from the one before it. Peter Purves returned as Steven Taylor and provided the voice of the First Doctor. Maureen O'Brien returned as Vicki. This season featured the first appearance of the Daleks in the Early Adventures range. The stories have individual episode titles to replicate the era.

No.Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1The Dalek Occupation of Winter"The Chosen Few"Lisa BowermanDavid K BarnesFirst Doctor, Vicki, Steven, DaleksSeptember 2018 (2018-09)
"Keep Your Enemies Close"Lisa BowermanDavid K BarnesFirst Doctor, Vicki, Steven, DaleksSeptember 2018 (2018-09)
"The Blood of the Young"Lisa BowermanDavid K BarnesFirst Doctor, Vicki, Steven, DaleksSeptember 2018 (2018-09)
"A Spark to Light a Flame"Lisa BowermanDavid K BarnesFirst Doctor, Vicki, Steven, DaleksSeptember 2018 (2018-09)
2An Ideal World"The Weather Makers"Lisa BowermanIan PotterFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenOctober 2018 (2018-10)
"The Life Below"Lisa BowermanIan PotterFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenOctober 2018 (2018-10)
"A World in Revolt"Lisa BowermanIan PotterFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenOctober 2018 (2018-10)
"A Fight for the Future"Lisa BowermanIan PotterFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenOctober 2018 (2018-10)
3Entanglement"The Wall of Death"Lisa BowermanRobert Khan & Thomas SalinskyFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenNovember 2018 (2018-11)
"Photographic Evidence"Lisa BowermanRobert Khan & Thomas SalinskyFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenNovember 2018 (2018-11)
"The Hour of Voting"Lisa BowermanRobert Khan & Thomas SalinskyFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenNovember 2018 (2018-11)
"The Entanglement Machine"Lisa BowermanRobert Khan & Thomas SalinskyFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenNovember 2018 (2018-11)
4The Crash of the UK-201"Return to Yesterday"Lisa BowermanJonathan MorrisFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenDecember 2018 (2018-12)
"The Road Not Taken"Lisa BowermanJonathan MorrisFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenDecember 2018 (2018-12)
"Bid Time Return"Lisa BowermanJonathan MorrisFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenDecember 2018 (2018-12)
"The Crash"Lisa BowermanJonathan MorrisFirst Doctor, Vicki, StevenDecember 2018 (2018-12)

Series 6 (2019)

Series 6 was created as part of Big Finish's celebration of their 20th anniversary of publishing Doctor Who audio dramas. The series features a number of firsts for the range, including the first story to feature multiple Doctors and the first story to feature the Master. In a first for any performed Doctor Who media, this series also features the return of companion Katarina and the first performed story featuring the Second Doctor meeting the Master.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Home Guard"Lisa BowermanSimon GuerrierSecond Doctor, Polly, Jamie, Ben, The MasterNovember 2019 (2019-11)
2"Daughter of the Gods"Lisa BowermanDavid K BarnesFirst Doctor, Second Doctor, Zoe, Jamie, Katarina, StevenNovember 2019 (2019-11)

Series 7 (2021)

No.Serial titleEpisode titlesDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1After the Daleks[4]"A New Life"Lisa BowermanRoland MooreSusan, David Campbell, Jenny Chaplin, DaleksAugust 2021 (2021-08)
"The Balance of Power"Lisa BowermanRoland MooreSusan, David Campbell, Jenny Chaplin, DaleksAugust 2021 (2021-08)
"Salvation of the Robomen"Lisa BowermanRoland MooreSusan, David Campbell, Jenny Chaplin, DaleksAugust 2021 (2021-08)
"Susan's Choice"Lisa BowermanRoland MooreSusan, David Campbell, Jenny Chaplin, DaleksAugust 2021 (2021-08)
2The Secrets of Det-Sen[4]"The Abominable Snowmen"Lisa BowermanAndy Frankham-AllenFirst Doctor, Steven, Dodo, YetiAugust 2021 (2021-08)
"Guru Rinpoche Day"Lisa BowermanAndy Frankham-AllenFirst Doctor, Steven, Dodo, YetiAugust 2021 (2021-08)
"The Bandits"Lisa BowermanAndy Frankham-AllenFirst Doctor, Steven, Dodo, YetiAugust 2021 (2021-08)
"The Ghanta of Det-Sen"Lisa BowermanAndy Frankham-AllenFirst Doctor, Steven, Dodo, YetiAugust 2021 (2021-08)

References

  1. ^ Bigfinish.com
  2. ^ DWM 496
  3. ^ "Doctor Who - The Early Adventures - Big Finish". bigfinish.com.
  4. ^ a b "Katarina Returns". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 18 March 2019.