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May 26th, 2020 22 comments

Big Finish Doctor Who – Out of Time 1

Tom Baker and David Tennant are Out of Time

Two past incarnations of the Doctor unite outside of time and space to fight a common enemy – their oldest enemy – in the first of an explosive new full-cast audio drama series.

Due for release in August 2020, the first volume of Doctor Who: Out of Time sees the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) team up to outwit the Daleks (Nicholas Briggs).

Doctor Who: Out of Time is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD (for just £10.99) or a digital download (for just £8.99) exclusively from

The Cathedral of Contemplation is an enigma, existing outside time. It turns through history, opening its doors across the universe to offer solace to those in need.

Occasionally, the Doctor drops in – when he’s avoiding his destiny, it’s an ideal place to get some perspective. Only, he’s already there several lives earlier, so when dimension barriers break down, his past and present collide.

And when the Daleks invade and commandeer the Cathedral, two Doctors must unite to stop them – or face extermination twice over!

Of being a boyhood Doctor Who fan, actor David Tennant said: “Tom Baker was obviously the first Doctor that I knew. I was small when he took over and I grew up through the seven years that he was the Doctor. I was a massive fan. I met him in John Menzies in Glasgow and he signed my book. I had a doll of him. All that. Tom Baker was very much the Doctor. There is something about the way he is associated with the character that seems utterly timeless.”

Writer Matt Fitton said: “Of course it was hugely exciting – with a certain amount of pressure too – to bring together two of the most iconic Doctors, cemented in the public imagination from new and classic TV eras of Doctor Who. I thought putting them up against the Daleks – the Doctor’s most persistent enemy – would bring out all the ways in which they are at once the same Time Lord – and also very different versions too. We find them both at particular points in their lives. The Tenth Doctor is avoiding his destiny; and the Fourth Doctor is wandering alone, missing a friend – but even he may be shocked at what his future holds…”

Producer David Richardson added: “As fans we’re fascinated by the idea of different incarnations of the Doctor meeting, and Out of Time celebrates that. It’s a series where pairs of Doctors come together to battle a familiar enemy – and we begin with Tom Baker and David Tennant battling Daleks together. How brilliant is that? And there’s lots of exciting combinations yet to come.”

Doctor Who: Out of Time is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD (for just £10.99) or a digital download (for just £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 forthcoming Doctor Who: Out of Time series, for just £27 (as a collector’s edition box set) or £24 (as a download).

Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.

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


  • Mrs Croot

    May 26th, 2020 - 8:18pm

    Best New-Who Doctor and best classic Doctor along with Daleks form two great stories! (Magician’s Apprentice/ Witches Familiar… JK Stolen Earth/ Journey’s End and Genesis of the Daleks) This looks like a promising combination for a story.

  • Doctor Mysterio

    May 26th, 2020 - 7:17pm

    Ordered straight away! Looks fantastic.

  • Dr Basil Disco

    May 26th, 2020 - 6:47pm

    The Best Doctor (4th) and the Worst (10th)… Awkward

    • JL

      May 26th, 2020 - 7:54pm

      Unpopular but brave opinion about 10 there, not my personal favourite but many people’s favourite

    • Billy

      May 26th, 2020 - 8:22pm

      Yes! Totally aggree. But I like 12 the best 🙂

    • tommottoes

      May 26th, 2020 - 8:26pm

      I have to say i’m one of the 97% that think David Tennant is by far the best Doctor. At least in the new series era.

      Tom Baker for the classic era I think though.

    • anon

      May 26th, 2020 - 8:46pm

      i wouldn’t exactly call him brave.

    • ThatWhovian

      May 26th, 2020 - 9:04pm

      Look, I respect your opinion, but it is pretty evident that you said that just to get a reaction out of the majority of viewers. Tennant isn’t my favourite (in fact probably not even Top 5), but I can definitely see why he is so popular.

    • RPG74

      May 26th, 2020 - 9:45pm

      Completely agree with Dr Basil Disco, i’m afraid. Having reached the halfway point of Tennant’s run during a lockdown NuWho rewatch, i’m reminded of all of the things about Ten that bothered me first time around. The quiff. The hammiest running ever recorded on film. The frequent lapses into impossible-lovechild-of-Frankie Howerd-and-Kenneth Williams-mannerisms. Nothing against David Tennant, who I gather is perfectly lovely and who has given great performances elsewhere, but oh boy, his too-human Doctor was just too much for me.
      I’m looking forward to rediscovering Smith, and I have to say, to my surprise, i’m even looking forward to reviewing Capaldi, who I never rated at the time, and have a newfound respect for.
      That’s just my humble opinion though-and i’m well aware that millions disagree!

    • Anonymous

      May 26th, 2020 - 11:00pm

      Why would you say something so controversial yet so brave?

    • Doctor Stu

      May 26th, 2020 - 11:15pm

      Millions and millions of people will disagree with you there

    • Chris Howarth

      May 27th, 2020 - 11:25am

      Tennant is not great as the Doctor (fine in other things). I assumed he was only popular in the role because people fancied him.

    • Doctor Stu

      May 27th, 2020 - 2:12pm

      Nah he was brilliant because of his tremendous acting and the flare he brought to the character. He’s always topping the favourite Doctor Polls. In fact that’s why he was chosen for this, the best Doctor of classic who and the best Doctor of New Who teaming up

  • Col

    May 26th, 2020 - 6:26pm

    So excited for this I can’t even find a word to sum up

  • Andrew

    May 26th, 2020 - 4:48pm

    Pretty intriguing AND remarkable choice for a premiere release for a new era of Big Finish. Arguably the two most popular Doctors and the Daleks. Advertise this right and this could be one of their highest-selling audios ever.

  • Doug Who

    May 26th, 2020 - 4:13pm

    A must for me!

    I met Tom in the Edinburgh branch of John Menzies on the same tour as David Tennant met him in the Glasgow one!

    This release sounds like it will be great fun so a definite pre-order. It will lovely to hear the mighty Fourth interact with arguably the most successful ‘new’ Doctor.

    • Mac

      May 26th, 2020 - 4:28pm

      Wonder what the other two volumes are?

    • JL

      May 26th, 2020 - 7:56pm

      I hope we see capaldi in one, he’s my favourite doctor!

    • Col

      May 26th, 2020 - 8:15pm

      Capaldi is my fave too closely followed by mcgann ..those two teaming up would be amazing

    • Doug Who

      May 27th, 2020 - 1:03pm

      I hadn’t thought about the combination of Peter Capaldi and Paul McGann before but now you mention it that sounds quite intriguing…sadly as the former hasn’t (yet) committed to Big Finish it also sounds quite unlikely. Never say never!

  • bobsuruncle

    May 26th, 2020 - 4:13pm

    Exciting stuff!

  • Mac

    May 26th, 2020 - 3:57pm

    Sounds good. Think I’ll pre-order that one along with Master!


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