The First Doctor Adventures
Big Finish Productions audio drama
SeriesDoctor Who
Featuring
Written byvarious
Directed byNicholas Briggs
Executive producer(s)
Release dateDecember 2017 (2017-12) - present

The First Doctor Adventures is a Big Finish Productions audio play series based on the British television programme Doctor Who. It sees David Bradley and Stephen Noonan as the First Doctor, a role originated by William Hartnell from 1963 to 1966, as well as by Bradley on television in the episodes "The Doctor Falls" and "Twice Upon a Time".

History

Beginning in 2017, it was announced that actor, David Bradley would portray the First Doctor, a role originated by William Hartnell from 1963 to 1966, as well as by Bradley on television in the episodes "The Doctor Falls" and "Twice Upon a Time". David Bradley also portrayed William Hartnell in the BBC bio-drama, An Adventure in Space and Time.[1][2]

Also appearing are Claudia Grant as Susan Foreman, Jemma Powell as Barbara Wright and Jamie Glover as Ian Chesterton.[1] These three actors also appeared alongside Bradley in the aforementioned BBC bio-drama.[2] James Dreyfus joins the cast as an earlier incarnation of The Master prior to Roger Delgado.[1][2]

Announced in September 2017, the first pair of stories was released on 25 December 2017, with a second pair released in July 2018.[1][2] Confirmed in July 2018, a third duo was released in January 2019.[3] The fourth and fifth volumes were announced in 2019 and 2021 respectively.[4][5]

In May 2020, Big Finish announced that the Main Range would conclude with in March 2021, to be replaced with regular releases of each Doctor in their own boxsets throughout the year in 2022.[6] A single boxset for the First Doctor was announced in May 2021, set for release in April 2022.[7] Executive Producer, Nicholas Briggs in response to a fan letter stated in February 2022 issue of Vortex Magazine, "the new First Doctor range will feature an actor new to the role of the Doctor and he is, I assure you, amazing!".[8] On 11 February 2022, Big Finish announced that Stephen Noonan will be portraying the First Doctor alongside Lauren Cornelius.[9]

Cast

List indicator(s)

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

Actor Character Appearances
Audios with David Bradley Audios with Stephen Noonan
V1 V2 V3 V4 V5 S1
David Bradley The Doctor Does not appear
Stephen Noonan Does not appear [8]
Claudia Grant Susan Foreman Does not appear
Carole Ann Ford Does not appear Does not appear
Jemma Powell Barbara Wright Does not appear
Jamie Glover Ian Chesterton Does not appear
James Dreyfus The Master Does not appear
Lauren Cornellius Dodo Chaplet Does not appear [10]
Rufus Hound The Monk Does not appear
Nicholas Briggs The Daleks Does not appear Does not appear

Episodes

Individual episodes have titles, reflecting the practice of the programme in the 1960s when William Hartnell played the First Doctor.

Audios with David Bradley

These stories are set somewhere after the Season 1 story "The Reign of Terror" and before the Season 2 story "Planet of Giants".

Volume 1 (2017)

No.Serial titleEpisode titleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1The Destination Wars"Journey to the Future"Nicholas BriggsMatt FittonFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, The MasterDecember 2017 (2017-12)
"The Father of Invention"Nicholas BriggsMatt FittonFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, The MasterDecember 2017 (2017-12)
"The Destination Wars"Nicholas BriggsMatt FittonFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, The MasterDecember 2017 (2017-12)
"Prisoners of Time"Nicholas BriggsMatt FittonFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, The MasterDecember 2017 (2017-12)
Arriving on the distant planet Destination, the TARDIS crew learn that the humanoid colonists on this planet are at war with the lizard-like locals, this conflict being manipulated by the mysterious 'Inventor'. While the Doctor researches the history of the conflict, Ian and Susan meet the Inventor, who Susan recognizes as an old friend of her grandfather's...
2The Great White Hurricane"The Coming Storm"Nicholas BriggsGuy AdamsFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraDecember 2017 (2017-12)
"The Frozen City"Nicholas BriggsGuy AdamsFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraDecember 2017 (2017-12)
"The Killer in the Snow"Nicholas BriggsGuy AdamsFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraDecember 2017 (2017-12)
"River of Doom"Nicholas BriggsGuy AdamsFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraDecember 2017 (2017-12)
When the TARDIS materializes in New York, the crew are immediately caught up in a gang war when Ian is grazed by a stray bullet and Susan is taken hostage by a fleeing gang member. Barbara accompanies Ian to hospital while the Doctor tries to prompt the police to help him find Susan, but Barbara soon realizes that they are in great danger as they have arrived on the date of the 'Great White Hurricane' that struck New York.

Volume 2 (2018)

No.Serial titleEpisode titleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1The Invention of Death"A World Without Fear"Nicholas BriggsJohn DorneyFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraJuly 2018 (2018-07)
"The First"Nicholas BriggsJohn DorneyFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraJuly 2018 (2018-07)
"The Dying Art"Nicholas BriggsJohn DorneyFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraJuly 2018 (2018-07)
"The Invention of Life"Nicholas BriggsJohn DorneyFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraJuly 2018 (2018-07)
The TARDIS arrives on Ashtallah, a world populated by large, sentient single-celled organisms, but their presence unwittingly introduces new concepts to this civilization.
2The Barbarians and the Samurai"The Forbidden Land"Nicholas BriggsAndrew SmithFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraJuly 2018 (2018-07)
"Barbarians Among Us"Nicholas BriggsAndrew SmithFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraJuly 2018 (2018-07)
"Power Play"Nicholas BriggsAndrew SmithFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraJuly 2018 (2018-07)
"Fall of the Samurai"Nicholas BriggsAndrew SmithFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraJuly 2018 (2018-07)
Arriving in nineteenth century Japan, the TARDIS crew are separated and caught up in the political turmoil of the era.

Volume 3 (2019)

No.Serial titleEpisode titleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1The Phoenicians"The Purple and the Gold"Ken BentleyMarc PlattFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraJanuary 2019 (2019-01)
"The Hireling"Ken BentleyMarc PlattFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraJanuary 2019 (2019-01)
"Legends and Lies"Ken BentleyMarc PlattFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraJanuary 2019 (2019-01)
"The Bull's Hide"Ken BentleyMarc PlattFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraJanuary 2019 (2019-01)
The TARDIS crew become caught in the political machinations of the Phoenican Empire after landing in Tyre, to the extent that Ian becomes the new favourite of the princess.
2Tick-Tock World"The Graveyard World"Ken BentleyGuy AdamsFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, Old SusanJanuary 2019 (2019-01)
"The Time Ship"Ken BentleyGuy AdamsFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, Old SusanJanuary 2019 (2019-01)
"Death in Time"Ken BentleyGuy AdamsFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, Old SusanJanuary 2019 (2019-01)
"Feast of the Xesto"Ken BentleyGuy AdamsFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, Old SusanJanuary 2019 (2019-01)
Trapped on a world where Time has become twisted and distorted following the destruction of the TARDIS, the crew's only hope of escape is a mysteriously familiar old woman...

Volume 4 (2020)

No.Serial titleEpisode titleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1Return to Skaro"The Towers of Skaro"Ken BentleyAndrew SmithFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, Daleks, ThalsMarch 2020 (2020-03)
"The Hidden Enemy"Ken BentleyAndrew SmithFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, Daleks, ThalsMarch 2020 (2020-03)
"Friend or Foe?"Ken BentleyAndrew SmithFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, Daleks, ThalsMarch 2020 (2020-03)
"Death to the Thals!"Ken BentleyAndrew SmithFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, Barbara, Daleks, ThalsMarch 2020 (2020-03)
The Doctor's latest attempt to take Ian and Barbara home takes the TARDIS back to Skaro, but as the crew admire the growth of Thal civilisation, it becomes clear that the Daleks aren't as dead as everyone believes...
2Last of the Romanovs"The Shattered Pane"Ken BentleyJonathan BarnesFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraMarch 2020 (2020-03)
"The House of Special Purpose"Ken BentleyJonathan BarnesFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraMarch 2020 (2020-03)
"The Execution Order"Ken BentleyJonathan BarnesFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraMarch 2020 (2020-03)
"The Waiting Cellar"Ken BentleyJonathan BarnesFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraMarch 2020 (2020-03)
The TARDIS materialises in Russia in 1917, and the Doctor is forced to face the human consequences of his inability to interfere in history.

Volume 5 (2021)

No.Serial titleEpisode titleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1For the Glory of Urth"For The Glory of Urth"Ken BentleyGuy AdamsFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraApril 2021 (2021-04)
"A Place of Angels"Ken BentleyGuy AdamsFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraApril 2021 (2021-04)
"The Toxicity of Dissent"Ken BentleyGuy AdamsFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraApril 2021 (2021-04)
"Flowers of Iron"Ken BentleyGuy AdamsFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraApril 2021 (2021-04)
2The Hollow Crown"The Winter of Discontent"Ken BentleySarah GrochalaFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraApril 2021 (2021-04)
"The Play's the Thing"Ken BentleySarah GrochalaFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraApril 2021 (2021-04)
"The Drums of War"Ken BentleySarah GrochalaFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraApril 2021 (2021-04)
"The Hollow Crown"Ken BentleySarah GrochalaFirst Doctor, Susan, Ian, BarbaraApril 2021 (2021-04)

Audios with Stephen Noonan

Series 1: The Outlaws (2022)

This series is set between the Season 3 stories "The Savages" and "The War Machines".

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Outlaws"[11]Nicholas BriggsLizbeth MylesFirst Doctor, Dodo, The MonkApril 2022 (2022-04)
2"The Miniaturist"[11]Nicholas BriggsLizzie HopleyFirst Doctor, DodoApril 2022 (2022-04)

Future

In April, Nicholas Briggs expressed interest in producing further stories with David Bradley. Stephen Noonan also expressed interest in returning for future boxsets.[6] Another First Doctor boxset is scheduled for January 2023 but is unconfirmed whether Bradley or Noonan will star.[7]

Awards and nominations

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee(s) of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Work(s) Result Ref.
Scribe Awards 2019 Best Audio The Invention of Death Nominated [12]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures". Big Finish Productions. 15 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "David Bradley to play First Doctor for Big Finish". Doctor Who News. 15 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Third run for First Doctor". Big Finish Productions. 11 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Big Finish Takes the First Doctor Back to Skaro". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Shakespeare and secrets for the First Doctor". Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Revamped Doctor Who audio ranges from Big Finish". Big Finish Productions. Archived from the original on 26 May 2020. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Audio Doctor Who in 2022!". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  8. ^ a b https://www.bigfinish.com/vortex/pdf/156[bare URL PDF]
  9. ^ "Stephen Noonan is the First Doctor! - News - Big Finish".
  10. ^ "New Production Heroes!". www.bigfinish.com. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  11. ^ a b "1. Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures: The Outlaws". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Previous Scribe Award Winners". 24 June 2013.