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Classic Doctors, New Monsters Return with the Dream Crabs, Hoxx of Balhoon, and Tivolians

Big Finish’s brilliant Classic Doctors, New Monsters range returns this year with creatures seen in The End of the World, The God Complex, and Last Christmas.

Five years after the second Classic Doctors, New Monsters installment come four brand-new full-cast audio dramas starring Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor), Colin Baker (Sixth Doctor), Tim Treloar (Third Doctor), and Paul McGann (Eighth Doctor). The stellar cast also includes Louise Jameson (Leela), Sadie Miller (Sarah Jane Smith), and India Fisher (Charlotte Pollard).

Across the box set, the various incarnations of the Time Lord encounter the dangerously cowardly Tivolians that first featured in the 2011 Doctor Who TV story The God Complex, as well as the Hoxx of Balhoon — brother of Moxx (2005’s The End of the World) — and the brain-eating Dream Crabs from Last Christmas (2014).

Classic Doctors, New Monsters: The Stuff of Nightmares will be released in August 2022 and features four stories:

The House That Hoxx Built by Tim Foley

When the Third Doctor and Sarah journey far into the future of Earth, the last thing they expect to find on the planet is a haunted house!

Invited to dinner by the Hoxx of Balhoon and his ovine ward, the TARDIS travellers experience strange and disturbing phenomena, and the Doctor is determined to discover the cause… 

The Tivolian Who Knew Too Much by Robert Valentine 

Taking an Italian holiday, the Fourth Doctor and Leela encounter another tourist very far from home. Timble Feebis is a particularly timid Tivolian, but he has much to be fearful about! 

Guarding a vital data-chip, the three visitors are soon caught up in the machinations of a crime boss and his gang, and a dangerous alien assassin… 

Together In Eclectic Dreams by Roy Gill 

The Sixth Doctor takes companion Mari to the Archipelago of High Dream to try and stop the nightmares she’s having in the TARDIS. 

Instead, they find the Lethe Foundation, a research facility overseen by musician Tara, lulling her clients to sleep with soothing melodies. But the Kantrofarri are hunting, and a mystery Green Man holds the key to escape… 

If I Should Die Before I Wake by John Dorney (from a story by Jacqueline Rayner) 

The Eighth Doctor and Charley are lost – in a labyrinth of monsters. And somewhere, lurking, are the Dream Crabs… 

From the Sphinx to Gorgons, Cerberus and Pegasus, the Greek myths are alive and threatening the TARDIS duo with death at every turn. How long until their Fates unravel, and the truth is revealed? 

A fourth set, Broken Memories, will come out late next year too.

Script editor Matt Fitton said:

“It’s always fun to delve into post-2005 Doctor Who to find more monsters to face our Classics — half the fun is working out which Doctor-monster pairings work the best to bring out the full potential of each Time Lord and their foes!” 

Producer David Richardson added:

“Great monsters don’t die —they always return. And sometimes they return before you first met them! What happened when the Third Doctor met one of the Balhoon? What adventures did the Fourth Doctor have with Tivolians? And could the Sixth and Eighth Doctors also have encountered the Dream Crabs?”

Classic Doctors, New Monsters: The Stuff of Nightmares is now available to pre-order for just £24.99 (as a CD box set and download) or £19.99 (download only). Or save by pre-ordered volumes three and four as a bundle. All prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release.   

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.

Classic Doctors, New Monsters Return with the Dream Crabs, Hoxx of Balhoon, and Tivolians

by Philip Bates time to read: 3 min
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