Doctor Who Christmas 2019 Gift Guide: Audio

Listen up – we’ve got a round-up of some of the best Doctor Who audios available now that are perfect for Christmas. Audiobooks make ideal stocking fillers; boxsets and vinyls great main presents.

Here are 10 audios for Doctor Who fans of all ages!

The Legacy of Time

(This is the standard edition; the Limited Edition, a Big Finish exclusive, has now sold out.)

An epic six-part adventure celebrating 20 years of Doctor Who at Big Finish!

Time is collapsing. Incidents of chaos and devastation are appearing throughout the lives of one Time Lord and his many friends – all fallout from one terrible disaster. From Earth’s past and present to timeless alien worlds, from the cloisters of Gallifrey into the Vortex itself…

The Doctor must save universal history – and he needs all the help he can get.

The incredible cast includes:  Tom Baker (The Doctor), Peter Davison (The Doctor), Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Colin Baker (The Doctor), Paul McGann (The Doctor), Tim Treloar (The Doctor), with Sophie Aldred (Ace), Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), India Fisher (Charlotte Pollard), Karen Gledhill (Allison Williams), John Heffernan (The Nine), Anna Hope (DI Patricia Menzies), Louise Jameson (Leela), Alex Kingston (River Song), Katy Manning (Jo Jones), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Hugh Ross (Sir Toby Kinsella), Pamela Salem (Rachel Jensen), Georgia Tennant (Jenny), Lalla Ward (Romana), Simon Williams (Group Captain Gilmore) and Ronni Ancona (Thana), Delroy Atkinson (Wadmore), Christian Brassington (Mr Grigorian / Pilot), Nicholas Briggs (Lieutenant Wallace), Beth Chalmers (Scavenger / Ghosts), Alan Cox (Tompino), Richard Earl (Punshon), Richard Hansell (John Fielding), Rebecca Kilgarriff (Ankarrie), Vince Leigh (Kazan / Pilot), Glen McCready (Vince / Sergeant), Okezie Morro (Scavenger Captain / Ghosts), Sara Poyzer (Stables /Mary), Alexandria Riley (Ria), Mandi Symonds (Captain), and Duncan Wisbey (Henry Fielding).

The Scent of Blood

Dan Starkey reads a brand new audio adventure for the Eighth Doctor, set in Victorian Edinburgh. It’s the late 1890s, and newspaper journalist James MacFarlane is on the trail of a supernatural entity. He’s joined in his investigations by a mysterious stranger, who calls himself the Doctor and professes to know a lot about vampires.

As gangs of locals gather zombie-like on the city’s streets, James and the Doctor find themselves on a dangerous trail to find the truth. What links the secretive Lord and Lady Elmhurst to local events? What strange force is luring ordinary men and women to a local quarry? The Doctor soon realises that the answers lie in his own past…

Dan Starkey, who played the Sontaran Strax in the TV series, reads this original story by Andrew Lane featuring the Eighth Doctor, as played on TV by Paul McGann.

Doctor Who at the BBC: Happy Anniversary!

Two joyous archive celebrations of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary presented by Russell Tovey and Graham Norton.

November 2013 marked 50 years since Doctor Who first arrived on BBC television, and Radio 2 marked the occasion with two very special programmes.

Who Is The Doctor? Russell Tovey takes an epic journey through five decades of Doctor Who history and charts the fortunes of the series, from its origins in the 1960s and growing popularity in the 1970s, through the onset of stormy waters in the 1980s, to its triumphant rebirth and second golden age in the 21st Century. Among those telling the story are Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Barry Letts, Philip Hinchcliffe, Jenna Coleman, Louise Jameson, Matt Smith, David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, Sylvester McCoy, Nicholas Briggs, Mark Ayres, Ben Foster, Mark Gatiss, Waris Hussein and Terrance Dicks alongside numerous other Doctor Who creators and contributors.

Graham Norton In a special edition of his Saturday morning Radio 2 show, broadcast live from the 50th Anniversary Celebration in London, Graham presides over lively and humorous conversation with guests including Colin Baker, Tom Baker, Jenna Coleman, Peter Davison, Carole Ann Ford, Louise Jameson, Katy Manning, Kate O’Mara, Sylvester McCoy, Steven Moffat, William Russell and Matt Smith. Maria McErlane celebrates ten very special Days of the Doctor, and Graham casts an eye over some of the costumes that have featured in the series. Join Russell, Graham and a galaxy of stars for the festivities as they mark half a century of Doctor Who.

The Lost TV Episodes: Collection One

Five thrilling soundtrack adventures from the early days of Doctor Who, featuring serials lost from the TV archive. The pictures may be lost, but each of these stories survives as a soundtrack recording. Remastered, and with additional linking narration, they can be enjoyed once more.

In Marco Polo, the famous Venetian explorer plans to give the TARDIS to Kublai Khan – unless the Doctor and his companions can stop him.

In The Reign of Terror, the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan are caught up in the bloody events of the French Revolution.

In The Crusade, the TARDIS materialises in the middle of a 12th Century holy war between Richard the Lionheart and the Saracen Saladin.

In Galaxy 4, the Doctor, Steven and Vicki meet the Drahvins and the Rills on a planet just one day away from destruction.

In The Myth Makers, the Doctor is hailed as the Greek god Zeus and forced to help defeat the Trojans. He forms the idea of a wooden horse…

Special linking narration is provided by William Russell, Carole Ann Ford and Peter Purves, who also recall their time making the original episodes in a series of bonus interviews.

The CD editions also feature PDF files featuring high quality scans of the original BBC TV camera scripts.

Duration: 10 hours 45 mins approx.

Space 1999: Breakaway

After the Apollo missions of the 1960s and early 1970s, space exploration was very nearly abandoned as public pressure mounted for money to be concentrated on problems down here on Earth. But, by a whisker, funding was granted for a base on the Moon. Greatly expanded, it became the international Moonbase Alpha we know today.

311 personnel serve in a perfect, self-sustaining, artificial environment their mission statement: `to forward the frontiers of human knowledge and science’.

Dateline: 13th September 1999. The interplanetary Meta Probe is due to be launched from a platform orbiting the Moon. What could possibly go wrong?

The cast includes: Mark Bonnar (Commander John Koenig), Maria Teresa Creasey (Dr Helena Russell), Clive Hayward (Professor Victor Bergman),Timothy Bentinck (Commissioner Simmons), Susan Hingley (Sandra Benes/Alpha Computer/Sian Springer), Glen McCready (CommanderGorsky/Paul Morrow/Alan Carter), Amaka Okafor (Dashka Kano), and Jules de Jongh (Petra Nordstrom).

The Web Planet (Vinyl)

Limited to 500 copies, this Amazon exclusive is pressed on 180g themed Animus Splatter vinyl.

“We seem to be caught! Trapped, somehow…”

Published for the first time on audio, Demon Records presents a narrated full-cast TV soundtrack, starring William Hartnell as the Doctor in one of his most weird and wonderful adventures! In this vintage 6-part adventure, first shown on BBC TV in February and March 1965, a strange magnetic force pulls the TARDIS down to the craterous surface of Vortis. The Doctor and his friends learn that the planet has been invaded, and the parasitic Animus is slowly enveloping it in a web-like domain. The giant ant-like Zarbi are under its control, whilst the butterfly-like Menoptra are battling to reclaim their planet.

Presented across 3 x heavyweight 180g pieces of Animus splatter vinyl, this narrated TV soundtrack evokes a classic Doctor Who adventure in all its aural magnificence. The alien ambience of Vortis, the insistent chirruping of the Zarbi, and the supernatural voice of the Animus are all accompanied by the eerie sonics of Ron Grainer & Delia Derbyshire’s theme tune.

Written by Bill Strutton, this was the Doctor’s most exotic and lavish adventure yet. Linking narration is provided by Maureen O’Brien (Vicki) and the cast includes William Russell as Ian, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara, Martin Jarvis as Hilio and Roslyn de Winter as Vrestin.

Accompanying the splatter vinyl LPs are full episode billings, cast and credits, and eight illustrated panels form a superb artwork montage. This is a first-time audio release for this very special adventure.

(To be released on 13th December 2019.)

Dalek Attack: Blockade and Other Stories

The Daleks are back! The ruthless creatures of hate return to menace the galaxy in a further collection of vintage stories from Terry Nation’s Dalek Annuals.

Urgent message to all Anti-Dalek Force agents: the battle continues! Vital examples of the continued defence effort are included in this new volume of stories featuring Daleks and the brave humans who fight against them.

Special ADF agents Nicholas Briggs, Matthew Waterhouse, Louise Jameson and Jon Culshaw read five tales of adventure – The Fugitive, Assassination Squad, Blockade, The Planet That Cried ‘Wolf!’ and Nightmare – alongside factual briefings including Anatomy of a Dalek and Davros: Genius or Madman. All material is authenticated from Terry Nation’s Dalek Annuals of the 1970s.

Remember, it is your duty to stay informed of progress in the ongoing battle between humans and Daleks!

The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller

Sheridan Smith returns to the role of Lucie Miller in these four new adventures with the Eighth Doctor!

The Dalek Trap by Nicholas Briggs.

The thing about black holes is, they’re big and they’re black and they’re deadly, and you’d have to be mad to go anywhere near them. Because anything that falls inside a black hole ends up crushed in the singularity. Unfortunately, the Doctor just went mad, or so it seems, and flew his TARDIS beyond a black hole’s event horizon, causing him and his companion Lucie Miller to end up marooned on a planetoid just inside the event horizon. Along with a Dalek saucer… and something else. Because this is no ordinary black hole… This is the Cradle of the Darkness.

The Revolution Game by Alice Cavender.

It’s Lucie’s birthday, and her birthday treat awaits. But whatever she’s expecting, it’s not what she’s getting on the colony world of Castus Sigma in the year 3025: ringside seats for the interplanetary Retro Roller Derby – sponsored by Heliacorp, “turning sunlight into gold”! It’s more than just a game, though. For the competitors, it’s a matter of life or death – a New Life with Heliacorp, or a living death on Castus Sigma. Or, on this fateful day, a very actual death. Because there are strange creatures living out on the plain, beyond the colony. Creatures with every reason to want to sabotage the games. Creatures with a grudge.

The House on the Edge of Chaos by Eddie Robson.

The TARDIS brings the Doctor and Lucie to a vast house on the planet known as Horton’s Orb. The only house on Horton’s Orb, in fact. Outside its outsized windows there’s nothing. No land. No sea. No sky. No life. Just an endless expanse of static. Inside the house, there’s an upstairs and a downstairs – servants below, gentlefolk from the finest of the house’s families above. Alas, there are altogether too few eligible ladies on the upper floors these days. Meaning there’s a vacancy for Miss Lucie Miller, single and unattached… Outside the house, the static howls on. Except now, the static wants to get in.

Island of the Fendahl by Alan Barnes.

The Fendahl is the death of evolution, the horror that lies in wait at the far end of the food chain. The Fendahl is death itself. And the Fendahl is dead. The Doctor destroyed it many years ago, in another incarnation, when he encountered it in a place called Fetchborough. But if the Fendahl is dead… how can it live again, on the remote island of Fandor?

Twice Upon A Time

Mark Gatiss reads the brand new novelisation of the Twelfth Doctor’s dramatic final adventure. Still reeling from his encounter with the Cybermen, the First Doctor stumbles through the bitter Antarctic wind, resisting the approaching regeneration with all his strength. But as he fights his way through the snowdrifts, he comes across the familiar shape of a blue police box, and a mysterious figure who introduces himself as the Doctor…

Thrown together at their most vulnerable moments, the two Doctors must discover why the snowflakes are suspended in the sky, why a First World War Captain has been lifted from his time stream moments before his death, and who is the mysterious Glass Woman who knows their true name. The Doctor is reunited with Bill, but is she all she seems? And can he hold out against the coming regeneration?

Running time: 3 hours 20 mins approx.

Tenth Doctor Novels: Volume One

Freema Agyeman, Reggie Yates, Adjoah Andoh and Will Thorp are the readers of these eight original novels featuring the Tenth Doctor and Martha, as played on TV by David Tennant and Freema Agyeman

Join the Doctor and Martha on these journeys in Time and Space as they encounter a giant beast in the Lake District, a hoard of extinct animals, a vast woodland in space, nightmarish Halloween creatures, dangerous swamp life, a vanished spaceship and a mysterious medicine man.

Collects together: Sting of the Zygons by Stephen Cole (Read by Reggie Yates); The Last Dodo by Jacqueline Rayner (Read by Freema Agyeman); Wooden Heart by Martin Day (Read by Adjoa Andoh); Forever Autumn by Mark Morris (Read by Will Thorp); Wetworld by Mark Michalowski (Read by Freema Agyeman); Sick Building by Paul Magrs (Read by Will Thorp); The Pirate Loop by Simon Guerrier (Read by Freema Agyeman); and Peacemaker by James Swallow (Read by Will Thorp).

Based on the hit BBC TV series.

Duration: 18 hours approx.

Drown out the sound of Do They Know It’s Christmas (playing for the 88th time this festive season already) with the noise of Daleks exterminating en masse!