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November 27th, 2023 11 comments

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Big Finish Sontarans vs Rutans

Four Doctors will enter the battle between the Sontarans and Rutans in a four-part audio drama, due to be released in 2024 from Big Finish Productions.

It’s been half a century since a spaceship crashed on medieval Earth and the Sontarans made their first dramatic appearance in Doctor Who, in January 1974’s The Time Warrior. To commemorate the occasion, Big Finish is celebrating with a brand-new series to mark the 50th anniversary of Robert Holmes’s clone creations.

Sontarans vs Rutans will be released in four monthly parts between January and April 2024, forming an epic full-cast audio adventure which weaves through the lives of the Third, Sixth, Eighth and War Doctors.

The complete Doctor Who – Sontarans vs Rutans series bundle is now available to pre-order for just £40 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £32 (download only), exclusively from

The war between the Sontarans and the Rutans has been going on for millennia. And is likely to continue for millennia more. A terrible conflict with no care for consequences or collateral damage. Billions have died with no end in sight. Its reach can encompass ancient Ireland and a forest world in the far future. Encounters with UNIT and a Doctor no more. From the outside these battles may seem disconnected. But sometimes there is a common thread. And unpicking that could destroy everything.

Producer David Richardson said: “I realised the 50th anniversary of The Time Warrior was approaching, and that we were long overdue a big, epic foray into the Sontaran/Rutan war. I pitched the concept to executive producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs and got a pretty instant green light to get underway with development.”

The four stories in this series are as follows:

  • The Battle for Giant’s Causeway, by Lizzie Hopley (due for release in January 2024)
  • The Children of the Future, by Tim Foley (due for release in February 2024)
  • Born To Die, by Tiegan Byrne (due for release in March 2024)
  • In Name Only, by John Dorney (due for release in April 2024)

The series cast includes Paul McGann (the Eighth Doctor), Tim Treloar (the Third Doctor), Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor) and Jonathon Carley (the War Doctor), with Dan Starkey playing a variety of Sontarans. More cast and story details will be released soon. Big Finish listeners can purchase each part of Sontarans vs Rutans individually for just £10.99 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £8.99 (download only), from the website at All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release.

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, spin-offs



  • Mrs Croot

    November 28th, 2023 - 5:13pm

    After 60 years, a doctor who story set in northern ireland (even if it’s set before ni was a thing), we finally have a story for all 4 countries in the UK! 😀

  • Uncle Davros

    November 28th, 2023 - 7:51am

    I wish they’d stop photoshopping NOTD McGann’s face onto TV movie era photos.

    But that being said, this boxset sounds really promising!

    • Whofan44

      November 28th, 2023 - 12:39pm

      They can’t use images from the TV movie anymore so there options are limited.

    • Chris

      November 29th, 2023 - 12:52pm

      whya that, have they lost the rights to the movie?

    • Whofan44

      November 29th, 2023 - 3:04pm

      When the Disney bought Fox is made the image rights even more of a mess so Big Finish don’t use them anymore.

  • pupbenny

    November 27th, 2023 - 6:21pm

    It’s interesting that they’re still using this outfit for the Sontarans.

    • Paddy Troughton

      November 27th, 2023 - 9:42pm

      Maybe it’s to do with licensing as think Big Finish can only use characters up to a certain point and as it stands still no Jodie era characters/designs in big finish

    • Pythia Louise

      December 5th, 2023 - 3:04pm

      @Paddy Troughton They do have the licence for some of 13’s era, which is why they have Fugitive Doctor and Spy Master boxsets announced.

  • Snowman

    November 27th, 2023 - 5:54pm

    Doesn’t the Sontaran with the he Armour, Cape, Sword and Shield look Superb. Hopefully one day some of these Audios are put on Screen then there’s more chance some of these Characters could be made into Lovely Figures.

    • Snowman

      December 6th, 2023 - 5:46pm

      Oh, by the way another Lovely Cover.

  • Ozzy Denman

    November 27th, 2023 - 5:31pm

    We REALLY should be seeing Sontarans vs Rutans on screen, it would be such a visual spectacle


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