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The Fifth and Tenth Doctors Fight Cybermen in Big Finish’s Out of Time – The Gates of Hell

The Fifth and Tenth Doctors will be reunited in the Catacombs of Paris in a new Doctor Who adventure from audio company, Big Finish.

Out of Time: The Gates of Hell is the second of a trilogy of multi-Doctor specials pitting the Tenth Doctor and one of his former incarnations against a classic TV enemy – this time, the one/two Time Lord(s) will be facing the Cybermen!

Joining Peter Davison and David Tennant in the cast are Mark Gatiss (Empress of Mars; Sherlock) as Joseph Delon, Shelley Conn (Terra Nova; Liar) as Time Agent Tina Drake, and Nicholas Briggs as the Cybermen.

Here’s the synopsis:

Paris, 1809. The Fifth Doctor takes a tour of the Catacombs and meets a sassy Time Agent doing the same…  

Paris, 1944. The Tenth Doctor misses his target and lands in occupied France. He hides from the Nazis – in the Catacombs.  

A collision of two Doctors’ timelines triggers a temporal catastrophe, granting the Cybermen dominion over the Earth.  

The Doctors must travel back in time to find the source of the Cyber-invasion and close the Gates of Hell… 

Producer David Richardson said

“We’d actually had in mind for some time that it would be brilliant to reunite David and Peter in a Doctor Who story – they were so great together in Time Crash. In fact, the idea of the reunion pre-dates this whole Out of Time series – so I was really pleased that at last we were able to bring them together for the recording.

“It was a lovely day – the ease of working with two people who not only know their characters inside out, but also know each other very well, being family.”   

Of working with his father-in-law, David Tennant said:

“It’s rather nice. It’s lovely. I suppose we first met each other in a work environment so it’s quite nice to revisit that.”  

And Peter Davison added:

“It was slightly intimidating; what with David and Mark Gatiss in the story, I felt like I had to up my game.” 

Out of Time: The Gates of Hell, released in June 2021, is now available to pre-order as a CD (for just £10.99) or a digital download (£8.99) exclusively from the Big Finish website. Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering the bundle, containing all three volumes in the Out of Time series, for just £27 (as a collector’s edition CD) or £24 (as a download).

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

The Fifth and Tenth Doctors Fight Cybermen in Big Finish’s Out of Time – The Gates of Hell

by Philip Bates time to read: 2 min
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