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June 22nd, 2018 22 comments

Big Finish 4th Doctor Series 8 Volume 1

Available to order from

This set contains:

The Sinestran Kill by Andrew Smith
The Enchantress of Numbers by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris
Planet of the Drashigs by Phil Mulryne
The False Guardian by Guy Adams

More story details to follow.

The adventure concludes in Doctor Who – The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Series 8B.

Written By: Andrew Smith, Phil Mulryne, Simon Barnard, Paul Morris, Guy Adams
Directed By: TBA


Tom Baker (The Doctor), Jane Slavin (Ann Kelso), John Leeson (K9), Frank Skinner (DCI Scott Neilson), Glynis Barber (Kathy Blake), Finty Williams (Ada Lovelace), Fenella Woolgar (Vanessa Seaborne), with John Shrapnel, Blake Ritson and Jon Culshaw

More cast details to follow

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor John Dorney
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Categorised under: Big Finish, CD, The 4th Doctor


  • Anonymous

    June 23rd, 2018 - 11:50pm

    According to The Model Unit’s Facebook page (accompanied by this cover image):
    “We’re delighted to have been able to help out our friends at Big Finish Productions by providing images of the TARDIS miniature recently used for the effects filming on ‘Doctor Who: Shada 2017’.”

    • TigerMan1995

      June 24th, 2018 - 11:56pm

      I knew that was the Newbery box! God, the most accurate model of that TARDIS…lovely

  • Joe

    June 23rd, 2018 - 10:30am

    Interest I’ve just noticed this series is called ‘The Syndicate Masterplan’ does this mean we will have a story arc this season; also noticed the man above K9 is wearing a similar uniform to Mavic Chen

    • Alex

      June 25th, 2018 - 7:03am

      Yes, the two boxsets are to form a single arc. It’s also why Series 8B will be coming out just one month later, February 2018.

  • Phillip

    June 23rd, 2018 - 2:46am

    Day one, have all the other seasons except for season 1…which reminds me that I really need to hunt that down:)

    • Anonymous

      June 23rd, 2018 - 2:09pm

      Season 1 of the 4DAs is on Spotify and has been broadcast multiple times on Radio 4 extra.

  • Tom

    June 22nd, 2018 - 6:38pm

    P.S. Apologies meant to say that Tom Baker will have done more audio adventures for Big Finish than television stories when he played the doctor on screen ? Tom.

    • Anonymous

      June 23rd, 2018 - 2:22pm

      Quite possibly, although obviously the audio stories are half the length.
      I believe they also record his stories a few years in advance (from what I gather Tom’s very keen, I can imagine it pleases him a lot to know that fans can enjoy new fourth Doctor stories for years after he is able to record them). I think he lives quite close to a recording studio and looking at his IMDB all of what he has done in recent years is audio/voiceover work and he rarely does conventions, so they can easily schedule him.
      I reckon they could be recording a few series at a time, with each companion recording a different series so that they can get Tom in whenever his companions are free, meaning that he may well exceed his individual TV episode count as well – I wouldn’t be surprised if they have half recorded series with Leela, Ann, Romana and Adric ready to be announced as soon as they are finished in studio.

  • Tom

    June 22nd, 2018 - 6:34pm

    I have to admit that I will always enjoy listening to Tom Baker’s audio adventures as the 4th doctor as he is and always will be the best dr who. Am I right in thinking that Tom Baker has now recorded more audio adventures (not episodes) as the Doctor for Big Finish as he will have done now 8 seasons as the doctor ? Looking at the cast it is quite an impressive supporting cast ! Yep this is set between the Invasion of Time and the start of the Key to Time season.Looking forward to this 🙂 Tom.

    • Phillip

      June 26th, 2018 - 2:14pm

      Yes, and actually he has done more…BBC Audio put out 3, 5 Disc audio stories staring Tom and written by Paul Magrs which in my opinion are far superior than Big Finish’s Audios … plus Tom Will be in River Song’s upcoming set making his audio seasons a total of 12. I hear Baker’s End is quite good but I haven’t listened to it yet:)

  • Teo Dimov

    June 22nd, 2018 - 4:48pm


  • Anonymous

    June 22nd, 2018 - 4:47pm


    • NG

      June 22nd, 2018 - 11:58pm

      Must be K9 is in it and no Rommana or Leela.

    • Anonymous

      June 23rd, 2018 - 2:08pm

      Yes. Apparently it starts before K9 Mk2 has even been unpacked from his box!


    June 22nd, 2018 - 3:36pm

    I,m always a bit put off by these new non canonical offshoot companions, as much as i love Tom baker. I know he has a really good working relationship with jane slavin but the main reason i buy into Big Finish personally is down to continuity and would mean having to buy these which i,m sure will be successful but would another dent in my budget if i set it off. They entice you by sticking a monster thats rarely been used if at all and its tempting but i might have to draw the line. I,m going to stick with the louise and lalla releases otherwise it could get out of hand. Am i to assume these stories are set between ‘The Hand of fear’ and ‘The deadly Assassin?


      June 22nd, 2018 - 3:38pm

      Oh K-9’s in there, so obviously not.

    • Anonymous

      June 22nd, 2018 - 5:03pm

      Who says they’re non-canonical?

    • Anonymous

      June 22nd, 2018 - 7:21pm

      It’s Doctor Who, canon doesn’t come into it.


      June 22nd, 2018 - 7:40pm

      By non canonical, I,m referring to the fact that why,ll they may be suited to the Big Finish audio adventures they are optional whether you consider them a tie in to the Tv series or as unseen adventures. I buy what ‘I’ think is a continuation or accompaniment to the former. Each to his/her own. If you can afford to buy them all, all well and good.

  • The Monitor

    June 22nd, 2018 - 2:52pm

    Impressive Booboo, you have the picture up before Big Finish.

    I have just finished the 7A box set and The of Kaldor was a truly stunning audio.

    I am trying to place where this would be set. Presumably post Leela and pre season 18 judging by the scarf.

    • The Outcast

      June 22nd, 2018 - 3:20pm

      Your correct about the time placement. As you can see, K9 is in it, so it can’t be before Leela has joined the TARDIS and it can’t be after Romana has left, so it can only be post-Leela and pre-Romana.

  • The Flying Shark

    June 22nd, 2018 - 2:01pm

    Is that a Character Drashig?


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