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July 9th, 2020 5 comments

Big Finish 270 Shadow of the Daleks Part 2

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Something is very wrong. The Fifth Doctor is lost in the Time War, heading for an encounter with his oldest and deadliest enemies in a mini-season of full-cast audio adventures.

Due in late 2020 as part of Big Finish’s Monthly Adventures range, these eight Doctor Who stories, split across two releases, star Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, chasing the Daleks through time and space on a journey of ultimate terror…

Each of the stories was recorded remotely during lockdown with a small “rep company” of brilliant actors including Nicholas Briggs, Dervla Kirwan, Anjli Mohindra and Olivier Award winner Jamie Parker.

Doctor Who: Shadow of the Daleks Parts 1 and 2 are now available to pre-order as collector’s edition box sets (on CD at £14.99 each) and as digital downloads (at £12.99 each) exclusively from

Part 1, due for release in October 2020, contains four one-episode adventures:

Aimed at the Body by James Kettle

An encounter with a notorious cricketing legend should be right up the Doctor’s street. But the unexpected appearance of an old enemy is about to send the Doctor on a quest.

Lightspeed by Jonathan Morris

The trail has led the Doctor to a spaceship in the far future – where he finds himself trapped in the middle of a terrifying revenge plot.

The Bookshop at the End of the World by Simon Guerrier

It’s very easy to forget yourself and get lost in a bookshop. But in some bookshops more than most…

Interlude by Dan Starkey

The play’s the thing! Or is it? The Doctor is roped into a theatrical spectacular – but who is he really performing to?

Part 2, due for release in November 2020, contains four more exciting episodes:

The Echo Chamber by Jonathan Barnes

It’s the radio talk show where everyone’s free to call in with their opinions. Time to welcome its host – the Doctor!

Towards Zero by Roland Moore

The Doctor finds himself in an old country house where he has to solve a very unusual murder – his own!

Castle Hydra by Lizzie Hopley

Nearing the end of his journey, the Doctor enters a jail filled with familiar faces. But who are the prisoners and who are the wardens?

Effect and Cause by John Dorney

A crash in the vortex leads the Doctor to the source of his all his troubles, and to the Daleks. The answers are here. If he can live long enough to find them.

Producer David Richardson said: “Necessity really is the mother of invention. In the very early days of lockdown, we knew we would have to adapt some of our plans for the Monthly Adventures range. What we needed were two releases that could be achieved with one Doctor and four guest cast members, recording remotely in a block. When you have a brief like that, it’s not at all restricting – it forces you to do something different, something bold, something fun.

“So what we have in Shadow of the Daleks Parts 1 and 2 are eight half-hour stories, in which the Doctor lands in different times, different places… and keeps meeting the same faces, but as different people. The mystery is heightened by the oblique appearances of Daleks. And not only that – these are Time War-era Daleks!

“And so we had a lot of fun with these stories – weaving them together, pushing in different directions, and getting to play with the audacious concept. And Peter Davison really enjoyed it – we had a fantastic and esteemed guest cast, and by the end of recording it was almost like we were at the studio together, sipping coffee in the green room and chatting like old friends.”

Doctor Who: Shadow of the Daleks Parts 1 and 2 are now available to pre-order as collector’s edition box sets (on CD at £14.99 each) and as digital downloads (at £12.99 each) exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Further to the recent announcement regarding the relaunch of Doctor Who audio drama ranges at Big Finish, listeners keen to complete their collection of Monthly Adventures should read the following:

A 3-release CD / download subscription is now available, starting from #271, #272 or #273, which should enable the majority of subscribers to extend their subscription to the end of the range. Three-release subscriptions are priced at £32.50 for collector’s edition CDs and £27.50 for downloads.

Any existing subscribers who find themselves unable to purchase #274 or #275 via a combination of the 12/6/3-release options should contact, who will be able to process their orders offline.

Categorised under: Big Finish, CD, Monthy Series


  • Rick Astley

    July 9th, 2020 - 5:39pm

    How’s this going to work? I thought the Time War didn’t start until the Doctor was in his eighth incarnation?

    • Anonymous

      July 9th, 2020 - 6:12pm

      It doesn’t, though the seventh doctor is aware of it!

    • Anonymous

      July 9th, 2020 - 9:08pm

      The time war exists across all time but no time.

    • Anonymous

      July 10th, 2020 - 3:13pm

      Just to elaborate on the above.

      The time war spans all of space and time but due to the ever changing timelines and paradox’s, there isn’t 1 official timeline for the war with a formal beginning and end. As we have heard in BF, timelines/worlds and people are reset/erased or exist in multiple universes (the end of time also alludes to this- races destroyed but cruelly brought back by time itself only to die again). Reading the details, I think this is going to be 5 trapped in a paradox as a result of the timewar where he meets the same but very different 3 people- 8s see time war 3 for the example.

      Within the transduction barriers of gallifrey and their personal continuity, for gallifrey the war lasts about 600 gallifrey years(its never said how they map a year) but gallifrey is outside the standard universe. All of time is effected but also not at the same time.

      From the doctors perspective, his personal continuity is locked to gallifrey which is why we never saw the 5th doctor visit wargames era gallifrey, of 12 visit pertwee era gallifrey – we always saw gallifrey in the present tense for the doctor, obviously in certain circumstances the rule is broken (5 doctor sin the death zone & 10/11 in D.O.T.D).

      So its more then likely that the doctor has “skipped a timetrack” as they say and ended up somewhere he shouldn’t, reading the stories it seems to be the over arching story that something is responsible for it………maybe a sneaky timelord victorious link?

      The seventh doctor is the anomaly to this as he does appear to have knowledge of the timewar at times (like when he mentions the calculation to save gallifrey and 5 has no clue) and he quickly figures out river song being across his timeline and even torchwood ended up on his radar at one point. But 7 lived a long life and played games that were never his to play so i always took that as 7 knowing when he should interfere and what stories are for other doctors at other times…

  • Anonymous

    July 9th, 2020 - 5:30pm

    Love the covers to these!


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