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Big Finish Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time

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Doctor Who – The Legacy of Time

Six hour-long stories see characters from the entire history of Doctor Who crossing paths – some for the very first time – Classic and New Series Doctor Who will collide!

Time is collapsing. Incidents of chaos and devastation are appearing throughout the lives of one Time Lord and his many friends – all fallout from one terrible disaster. From Earth’s past and present to timeless alien worlds, from the cloisters of Gallifrey to the Vortex itself… The Doctor must save universal history – and he needs all the help he can get.

Two of the universe’s most eminent archaeologists will meet for the first time, Professors Bernice Summerfield and River Song… but who knows the Doctor better? There’s a crash collision between the Counter-Measures team, the Seventh Doctor and Ace; Kate Stewart and Jo Jones travel back in time to the UNIT era of the 1970s (or was it 1980s?) and cross paths with the Third Doctor; the Fifth Doctor meets his future daughter Jenny; Charley and the Sixth Doctor have huge crimes to solve with DI Patricia Menzies; and the Fourth Doctor, Leela and Romana head back to Gallifrey to encounter… well, that would be telling.

Executive producer, and Big Finish creative director, Nicholas Briggs, told us about this exciting new release: “The Legacy of Time will probably go down in Big Finish history as our biggest, most exciting production ever! Celebrating 20 years of Doctor Who at Big Finish, it expertly pulls together all the strands from our many and varied Doctor Who ranges.

“This is down to the brilliance of script editor Matt Fitton and producer David Richardson. They epitomise the creative strength, organisational expertise and leadership of the company. Quite simply, this is going to blow people’s minds! It’s got everything!”

Producer David Richardson adds: “We announced The Legacy of Time just months ago but actually work started on it years ago. I remember, back in the mists of time, approaching Nick and Jason with a proposal for Big Finish’s 20th anniversary Doctor Who story – a six hour epic, starring six Doctors, all based around a central conceit which is at the heart of what you’ll hear.

“The Legacy of Time is a celebration in every way, and there might just be the odd surprise and punch the air moment in there.”

Chairman and executive producer of Big Finish, Jason Haigh-Ellery said: “In July 1999 we released The Sirens of Time. In July 2019 we’re releasing The Legacy of Time. Those two decades have been so fulfilling for us at Big Finish – a chance to work with so many great and talented actors, writers, productions crews and all of our friends at the BBC. This is a celebration of it all, with lots of surprise returns and references. Think of it as one massive Doctor Who party – and everyone is invited…”

Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time is available now on download and, as one of the last audio producers and distributors still making CDs, released in an eight-disc CD set with a limited edition of just 4,000. The CD limited edition box set is available at £44.99 or £39.99 on download.

Or you can get it in a bundle with the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special release, The Light at the End Limited Edition, at £65 on download or £75 on CD.

In 2019 Big Finish will celebrate 20 years of creating Doctor Who stories on audio, and it’s doing so in style with The Legacy of Time – the biggest audio crossover event ever! Six hour-long stories see characters from the entire history of Doctor Who crossing paths – some for the very first time – Classic and New Series Doctor Who will collide!

An epic six story set celebrating 20 years of Doctor Who at Big Finish!

1. Lies in Ruins by James Goss

2. The Split Infinitive by John Dorney

3. The Sacrifice of Jo Grant by Guy Adams

4. TBA by Matt Fitton

5. The Avenues of Possibility by Jonathan Morris

6. Collision Course by Guy Adams

More details to follow

Written By: James Goss, John Dorney, Guy Adams, Matt Fitton, Jonny Morris
Directed By: Ken Bentley


Tom Baker (The Doctor), Peter Davison (The Doctor), Colin Baker (The Doctor), Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Paul McGann (The Doctor), Tim Treloar (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), Louise Jameson (Leela), River Song (Alex Kingston), Bernice Summerfield (Lisa Bowerman), Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), Jo Grant (Katy Manning), Simon Williams (Group Captain Gilmore), Pamela Salem (Rachel Jensen), Karen Gledhill (Allison Williams), Hugh Ross (Sir Toby Kinsella), Sophie Aldred (Ace), India Fisher (Charlotte Pollard), Anna Hope (DI Patricia Menzies)

More cast details to follow

Producer David Richardson
Script Editors Guy Adams, Matt Fitton
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Categorised under: Big Finish, CD, Featured


  • Doctor Stu

    July 21st, 2019 - 9:18am

    When is this set in relation to everything else? Do I need to have listened to each persons individual series for this to make sense? Does it follow on from something or is it just a stand alone adventure?

    • Anonymous

      July 31st, 2019 - 7:58pm

      I listened to this having heard none of the Counter-Measures stuff or the stuff with the Nine or the stuff with the sixth doctor, charley and DI Menzies or any Gallifrey audios and I understood it perfectly.

  • Anonymous

    July 19th, 2019 - 5:17pm

    Does anybody know what are on the two other discs

    • Whofan44

      July 19th, 2019 - 8:32pm

      They are both behind the scenes interviews and extras

    • Anonymous

      July 19th, 2019 - 9:53pm

      I was hoping they would include The Sirens of Time with it

    • Whofan44

      July 19th, 2019 - 10:35pm

      I would rather have interviews and extras than have The Sirens of Time twice

  • The ergon

    July 17th, 2019 - 5:52pm

    I like the idea of dividing these characters into small groups for these big scale stories. My only bugbear is incorperating too many characters, some of which seem to be involved only to promote series’ which aren,t as mainstream. I have say, heard of say Bernice Summerfield for years as played by Survivals Lisa Bowerman but i have never heard or had the desire to hear or to branch out to every single character big finish have ever done.I prefer these sort of things as branch out singular series for fans who do like these and collect just about everything. Neither am i keen on other peoples interpretations of old Doctors. The exception of course being David Bradley but only because he was a continuation of William Hartnells doctor and not impersonating.
    I just wish they would stick to canon for these Big releases.

    • Jack Oates

      July 17th, 2019 - 9:16pm

      However, people like me enjoy them and there is a demand so they will make them. And what is canon? Doctor Half human, child him and looms? Can’t coexist. But all are considered cannon by different people.

    • Ogron Eternal

      July 17th, 2019 - 10:00pm

      How is Bradley a continuation and not a recast?

    • The ergon

      July 18th, 2019 - 12:31am

      what i consider canon from the actual TV series. Not everyone collects every series from Big Finish, so they don,t actually mean a thing for example if you haven,t followed The Bernice Summerfield stories from the beginning, so to an outsider they just stand up as incidental characters of which you have not much knowledge about, in comparison to other Tv companions. I have quite a few Charley Pollard stories but not the spinoffs but again if you haven,t followed her story they don,t mean much unless you go and buy her early stories from herl back catalogue. And David Bradley is a continuation of the incarnation on screen and earlier with Big finish. It doesn,t matter that he was recast. It didn,t hurt and nobody really batted an eyelid when Richard Hurndall took the Part for The Five Doctors and it doesn,t hurt now. Just Maybe they could crossover some of the characters from Big Finish in a TV spin off capacity for the 60th anniverary in some form and not just a namecheck. If you enjoy them all well and good. Its just my personal perspective.

    • Anonymous

      July 18th, 2019 - 1:04pm

      A very frustrating post and somewhat of a contradiction to make negative comments towards the fact that you disagree with “impersonators” in big finish and then state it “didn’t hurt” to have hurndall or Bradley.

      I would also take the chance to raise the fact that if you disagree with the whole “impersonation” business then you cannot argue that “Bradley is a continuation” when this is not the case at all. The TV show made a very clear point to say that he was mid regeneration and 12 states “look at your face, its all over the place” so officially there should be no reason why Bradley could appear as 1 in earlier points in the timeline. I for one totally embrace Bradley/hines and trelor as 1,2 and 3 and would rather have them then nothing at all- especially with episode 3 of this release.

      It is also totally ridiculous to say “too many characters”, this is the 20th anniversary of the worlds of audio doctor who and the perfect platform to look back and also introduce new comers, not one character seemed out of place or there for promotion purposes and everyone had something to do even if it didn’t effect the overall narrative.

      Bernice Summerfield (to the true whovians) is a legend and to dismiss her as “tv wont get it” or “I don’t listen” is totally self centred. Benny has crossed over many ranges- shes in the main range, novel adaptations, her own series, “new adventures”, unbound and so on, to ALOT of people she is important and her very existence and Lisa Bowermans hard work was there from day 1 of big finish and her success as a character & actress was what got big finish the who license!!!!

      If you place your interest in 1 range of big finish that’s fine but don’t disrespect the others hen frankly the spin offs is equally the reason we are celebrating 20 years of Doctor who in BF and 21 years of big finish!

    • The ergon

      July 18th, 2019 - 5:45pm

      I have nothing but respect for any of the performers on these Audio CDs. What I,m trying to get over without seeming contradictory is that David Bradley and Richard Hurndall were just continuing the first Doctor incarnation on TV, and Bradley did this successfully enough to warrant his own audio adventures with the same actors who were playing the same characters in An adventure in Space and time (Art imitating life imitating art).My understanding was that he was William Hartnell first doctor despite his face being ‘all over the place’ mid regeneration(so by that,Temporarily youre saying he was Part Hartnell Part Bradley,Part Whoever and only another Incarnation/ Timelord can see this.) and he was Continuing to play Hartnells Doctor his way keeping some of the traits but not impersonating. Even Peter Purves said the same. Yes this is a celebration of Big finish but I am selective which releases I buy but tend to stick to releases and Spin offs from the TV Series,not just one range. All i,m saying is certain characters may not mean as much to people who haven,t heard their stories, thats not to say they shouldn,t check them out if they get the chance.I think Lisa Bowerman has contributed greatly to Doctor Who over the years but just because
      I don,t listen to or collect every single release or read every Bernice Summerfield novel does not make me any less a ‘True Whovian’. Whatever that means. Being a fan constitutes many things and Long term loyalty counts for something and as much as I know these works exist and respect the artists here there are just some I prefer to others and when they cross these characters over when I haven,t heard previous stuff, that just irks, and does not help the OCD at all. Fraser Hines has done a mean Patrick Troughton Impersonation for years and apparently Tim trelor does a fine impression of Jon pertwee and whom gets the full stamp of approval from no less than Katy Manning herself. It seems this is the best way forward to employ new actors or get others to impersonate them to fill that gap. This suits some fans but its just not for me. Maybe they could get Tim trelor or someone like David troughton for the 60th in four years time for the parts and a TV crossover incorporating unseen characters
      with past Doctors would benefit Big Finish and Loyal fans for that Anniversary as well as gauging more interest from fans who don,t buy certain releases.I,m Sorry you have misinterpretered what i was trying to say and some of what i put does seem to come over Contradictory in places having read it back (Not Intentional,I don,t to read back when typing or post) but the intention wasn,t to be negative. Long may Big Finish continue for many Years to come.

  • Anonymous

    July 17th, 2019 - 5:13pm

    does anyone have any discout codes please?

    • Jack Oates

      July 17th, 2019 - 9:13pm

      No, It’s brand new. They don’t discount it for a good 2-3 years. If you want the physical edition buy it now. Half of them are sold out. The digital version will be out for years.

  • Tyler Prescott

    July 17th, 2019 - 5:03pm

    Are these separate stories, each with one Doctor and a few companions, or does each story include all/most the six Doctors in the set?

    • Anonymous

      July 17th, 2019 - 6:05pm

      Apparently episode 1-5 are just one Doctor then last part is all of them

    • Tyler Prescott

      July 17th, 2019 - 9:06pm


  • Anonymous

    July 2nd, 2019 - 6:31pm

    I was wondering if anyone knows the exact date of when The Legacy of time is released?

  • Anonymous

    June 14th, 2019 - 4:17pm

    I wonder if they will have seperate artwork for each episode disc, that would be cool.

  • Anonymous

    November 13th, 2018 - 5:26pm

    Big Finish recently announced that the Matt Fitton story is called “Relative Time”, and features the Fifth Doctor, Jenny (Georgia Tennant) and the Nine (John Heffernan). Below is the synopsis:

    Disaster strikes inside the Time Vortex, throwing together the Fifth Doctor and his future daughter Jenny – and the Nine sees an opportunity to steal something huge.

  • Anonymous

    August 25th, 2018 - 12:03pm

    For those interested, it’s
    8 with Benny and River (going by the episode titles, that’s probably ‘Lies in Ruins’)
    3 with Jo and new UNIT (perhaps both older and younger Jo – older Jo is on the cover anyway)
    4 with Romana and Leela on Gallifrey
    6 with Charley and D.I. Menzies
    7 with Ace and Counter-Measures
    Nobody has been announced for the 5th Doctor, so presumably that’s the TBA story.

    • The Outcast

      August 25th, 2018 - 1:17pm

      Doing some guess work.

      1: 4th Doctor
      2: 8th Doctor
      3: 3rd Doctor
      4: 5th Doctor
      5: 7th Doctor
      6: 6th Doctor

      Based of the cast listings, I think this is the order of the stories (though I’d agree that the 1st one sounds more like the River & Benny story with 8). Lalla Ward and Louise Jameson are listed first, then Alex Kingston and Lisa Bowman, which kinda indicates that they’ll be appearing first.

    • Anonymous

      August 25th, 2018 - 2:48pm

      Jonny Morris confirmed on Twitter that he wrote the 6th Doctor story, so that’s episode 5.

    • The Outcast

      August 25th, 2018 - 3:13pm

      OK. So, just swap around 6 and 7 and 8 and 4 and we have the order (unless 4’s is the final story and 7’s is the second)

      SO the order is:
      8th Doctor
      4th Doctor (or 7th)
      3rd Doctor
      5th Doctor
      6th Doctor
      7th Doctor (or 4th)

    • Anonymous

      October 21st, 2018 - 5:58pm

      Guys, I have a theory: the 5th Doctor story will be set in the Time War. Think about it; all the other details have been mentioned (including the fact that one story would be set in the Time War). The Fourth Doctor will be on Gallifrey with Leela and Romana, so that’s definitely out of the question, and none of the other Doctors’ stories have anything to do with the Time War.
      And if it is set in the Time War, then that explains why Big Finish are so hush-hush about it; they don’t want to give any spoilers away.

  • Simon Wood

    August 24th, 2018 - 7:54am

    Does anyone know if the box will be the same as light at the end/ worlds of Doctor who etc ?

    • Gordon

      August 24th, 2018 - 8:28am

      I’d be surprised if it’s not

    • Anonymous

      August 24th, 2018 - 7:15pm

      The product format is listed as ‘deluxe slipcover book’ which is the same as those two

  • Doctorwho/bigfinishmything

    August 23rd, 2018 - 10:30pm

    Already got my copy I work for Big Finish! Great Audio

    • J45ON96

      August 25th, 2018 - 8:59am

      Hahaha no.

    • Gordon

      August 25th, 2018 - 10:58am

      I’ve heard Peter Davison hasn’t even recorded his bit

    • Anonymous

      August 25th, 2018 - 11:58am

      Well his companion/s haven’t been announced and there’s a TBA story…

    • Doctorwho/bigfinishmything

      August 28th, 2018 - 1:22pm

      I only have one story not all of them!


    August 22nd, 2018 - 11:34am

    It’s sad because Jack and Litefoot would probably gonna be in this!

    • Anonymous

      August 22nd, 2018 - 11:36am



    August 21st, 2018 - 9:42am


    • Gordon

      August 22nd, 2018 - 9:19am

      Maybe he just wasn’t available on the dates they wanted him

    • TARDIS H

      August 22nd, 2018 - 11:29am

      We could have had River and Jack!!!

    • TARDIS H

      August 22nd, 2018 - 11:31am

      Also Torchwood and Class are a big part of Doctor who so why not all of the spin offs like Jenny and Lady Christina and maybe even Churchill and New Earth.
      If they are trying to show how big the whoniverse is then why not?!

    • TARDIS H

      August 22nd, 2018 - 11:35am

      Also it would have been good to have doctors 1,2 and 10 here!! Atleast the first 2!

    • Anonymous

      August 22nd, 2018 - 1:47pm

      I suppose there are only so many characters you can fit in one box set without affecting the quality of the story but there is hope as Jason Haigh-Ellery said that it would be a “celebration of it all, with lots of surprise returns and references”

    • whofan36

      August 22nd, 2018 - 3:09pm

      It needs to be remembered that this not a celebration of Doctor Who as a whole but a celebration of Doctor Who at Big Finish. Class has only just begun on Big Finish and has not had a chance to grow its series yet like older ranges have. Also the way Big Finish are treating the Torchwood line it makes sense that Torchwood aint in this.

    • Anonymous

      August 22nd, 2018 - 5:08pm

      Sorry whofan36 but what do you mean by “the way Big Finish are treating the Torchwood line”? They’re getting a lot of great stuff out of it, I don’t think a cameo in this would be unreasonable? I agree with your point about Class though


      August 22nd, 2018 - 5:59pm

      Torchwood are just as important as UNIT so should at least appear in cameo form

    • Gordon

      August 22nd, 2018 - 9:07pm

      Think what whofan36 means is Big finish are treating torchwood separate from doctor who so it makes sense to not use them in a celebration of 20 years of doctor who at big finish. They haven’t really crossed over into doctor who whereas unit counter measures river Bernice etc have on more than 1 occasion.

    • whofan36

      August 22nd, 2018 - 9:11pm

      I dont mean that Torchwood is so bad that is should not be considered I actually really love the Torchwood range but unlike a lot of there other Doctor Who spin offs which seem to stick close to the parent brand Torchwood seems to be sticking to its own thing. the “From the Worlds of Doctor Who” is not on any of the Torchwood audios. It seems to me that they are trying to separate the Torchwood and Doctor Who brands somewhat so it would make sense that Torchwood might not be in this set. However I would love to be proven wrong and that Torchwood is in this set.

    • Anonymous

      August 23rd, 2018 - 12:44am

      Ah okay, thanks Gordon and whofan36 for clarifying, I do certainly agree with you, Torchwood really has grown as its own independent range at Big Finish with very little leaning on its parent show and that’s a good point about the branding, although I believe the “From the Worlds of Doctor Who” branding was on The Lives of Captain Jack so perhaps there’s a stronger case for at least him in this. Whatever the case, my order email said it’s out on 31st July so we’ve got a long wait ahead unfortunately

    • whofan36

      August 23rd, 2018 - 1:02pm

      That release date will not be the actual release date. All releases get the same automatic release date of the last day of the month so it will be out earlier in July than that

    • Anonymous

      August 23rd, 2018 - 2:59pm

      I don’t preorder things very often so that’s helpful to know, thank you

    • Anonymous

      October 21st, 2018 - 6:00pm

      Anonymous does have a point – Torchwood did get a cameo in Damaged Goods, after all…

  • The Myrka

    August 21st, 2018 - 8:07am

    Should we think a bit more critically about this release? I mean is it going to be much more than fan service?

    • Anonymous

      August 21st, 2018 - 8:24am

      It probably is, but fan service is better than nothing at all
      But seriously £45
      I would put that down to £35 at the most

    • Doctor Stu

      August 21st, 2018 - 8:35am

      No more than that 50th anniversary

    • Luke

      August 21st, 2018 - 9:02am

      It works out as only £7.50 per CD, so it’s fairly worth it when you’re getting 6 in the box set

    • J45ON96

      August 25th, 2018 - 9:02am

      You’re actually getting 8 discs, 6 hours of story and two hours of behind the scenes and interviews. Even more value!

  • Anonymous

    August 20th, 2018 - 4:27pm

    Guy: Avengers Infinity War is the biggest crossover in history

    Me: shows this

    • DannyTheNerd

      August 20th, 2018 - 6:40pm


    • Colin

      August 20th, 2018 - 7:40pm

      Call me crazy …but its entirely possible david tennant coild feature here 😀 imagine that !!

      Even without the above this sounds like an amazing box set

    • Anonymous

      August 20th, 2018 - 8:52pm

      Just add the first and second doctors and I will be satisfied

  • Anonymous

    August 20th, 2018 - 3:01pm

    Would have loved to have seen torchwood in this… but I’m so hyped anyway!!!!!


    August 20th, 2018 - 1:02pm

    I never, ever thought I’d see Captain Gilmore, River Song, Romana, Jo and 6 Doctors on the one cover. There’s a lot of Big Finish I haven’t bought but I think I need to get this.

  • DalekAgent

    August 20th, 2018 - 10:34am

    My jaw literally dropped when i read this, I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS!!!

  • The Brigadier@2013

    August 20th, 2018 - 10:14am

    Permission to squee?! Permission granted!

  • DannyTheNerd

    August 20th, 2018 - 9:48am

    Holey moley, I need this!


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