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April 2nd, 2020 45 comments

Big Finish The Eighth Doctor – The Time War 4

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Davros and the Daleks versus the Time Lords

As exclusively revealed in issue 550 of Doctor Who Magazine, the Eighth Doctor will come face to face with Davros, the creator of the Daleks, in the next installment of Doctor Who: Time War.

A stellar cast joins this full-cast audio drama alongside Paul McGann as the Doctor, including Rahkee Thakrar (Bliss), Terry Molloy (Davros), Adèle Anderson (Major Tamasan), Ken Bones (the General), Julia McKenzie (the Twelve) and Nicholas Briggs (the Daleks).

The Time War rages through space and time – two powerful enemies in a fight to the death. The Doctor keeps to the fringes of the conflict, helping where he can. He is not a warrior. Not yet. But this war takes no prisoners, and friends and enemies are drawing the Doctor ever closer to his destiny.

The Eighth Doctor – The Time War volume 4 is now available to pre-order at £22.99 as a collector’s edition CD box set and £19.99 as a digital download, exclusively from the Big Finish website.

The Eighth Doctor and Bliss are dragged into the Time War as the Daleks replenish their army, using Davros himself.

The Eighth Doctor – The Time War volume 4 contains four terrifying tales:

  • 4.1 Palindrome by John Dorney
  • 4.2 Palindrome by John Dorney

In an alternative universe, Davros lives in peace, until the Doctor and Bliss arrive, and the Daleks emerge in a new reality.

  • 4.3 Dreadshade by Lisa McMullin

The Time Lords, including the General and the Twelve, adjust to life after the Time War, until the Doctor and Bliss return with a warning.

  • 4.4 Restoration of the Daleks by Matt Fitton

The Dalek Time Strategist restores the Dalek armies to the universe, but wants to dispense with Davros.

Producer David Richardson said: “Ever since the Time War erupted at Big Finish, we’ve had plans for Davros’s grand entrance into the maelstrom. And here he is – back in our Doctor Who audios after too many years, a good decent man living a happy domestic life with his wife Charn on a thriving, peaceful Skaro… Something must have gone wrong with time…”

Director Helen Goldwyn added: “It never fails to thrill when you’re in studio with characters like Davros and of course the Daleks, as we record with the effect on the voices and can picture the action so clearly. To hear Terry Molloy so immersed in the role of Davros is terrifying and impressive in equal measure! Put him opposite Paul’s Doctor and you know you’re in the presence of two actors of enormous skill and experience.”

The Eighth Doctor – The Time War volume 4 is now available to pre-order at £22.99 as a five-disc collector’s edition CD box set and £19.99 as a digital download, exclusively from

Big Finish listeners can save money by ordering a bundle of all four Eighth Doctor Time War box sets for £88 as a collector’s edition CD set, or £80 as a digital download, again from the Big Finish website.

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.

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  • Anonymous

    April 19th, 2020 - 9:45pm

    When is this out?

    • The Outcast

      April 20th, 2020 - 5:55am


  • Anonymous

    April 2nd, 2020 - 7:28pm

    Is this the last time war 8th doctor set?

    • BadgerLeopard

      April 2nd, 2020 - 7:47pm

      Yes. This probably won’t be the last time Big Finish will do stuff to do with the Time War (hopefully)…

    • Anonymous

      April 3rd, 2020 - 10:12am

      So will this set link into night of the doctor?

    • BadgerLeopard

      April 3rd, 2020 - 10:21am

      I think there’s only one way to find out….

    • Whofan44

      April 3rd, 2020 - 12:33pm

      Its possible it could be the last 8th Doctor Time War set but I suspect it won’t be.

    • Doctor 909

      April 3rd, 2020 - 12:57pm

      Given that the range often appears in Big Finish’s top 4 highest selling Doctor Who box sets, I think there’s a strong case they would surpass 4 box sets. Even last year when we had released such as the Legacy of Time, Ravenous 3&4 and Dairy of River Song 5, the Eighth Doctor Time War was #4 in top sales. Given that the range’s releases are annual as well (rather than 2-3 a year) I wouldn’t be surprised if, like New Series UNIT, the range gets a 4 box set extension but I would expect this to be announced until after Time War 4 is released

    • Anonymous

      April 7th, 2020 - 2:43pm

      No it wont be.

      Big Finish have always stated that they will be staying clear of night if the doctor and will not link up to it.

      10 stated that Davros was “lost in the first year of the timewar”. the war lasted “400 years” chronically for gallifrey.

      Time war 8 is a very popular set so wont end. Those around back in 2015 will remember that timewar 8 was only ever meant to be 1 set…………

  • Dalek Z

    April 2nd, 2020 - 4:08pm

    I don’t listen to many of these so I’m confused a bit.
    That’s Terry Molloy’s Davros sitting in the modern version of Davro’s chair with the mechanical hand, so we are saying that redesign came in long before we saw it on TV.
    As the war started Davros chucked that emperor chair in the bin and built himself a new one based on his old one.
    I also guess Davros was pretending to be just a head and shoulders in “Remembrance” after all the cheeky scamp.

    • Anonymous

      April 2nd, 2020 - 4:33pm

      Just forget the continuity and enjoy the story. There aren’t different davros’s its always the same character just a different actor.

    • Dalek Z

      April 2nd, 2020 - 8:49pm

      I know, I rather like the continuity however I like to imagine how stuff comes together like how we saw the beginnings of the 9th Doctor and his Tardis in the 50th episode.
      I have no doubt it’s always the same Davros of course I just like the idea he said “Right it’s war is it!…I need a new chair…a bigger one so I look more intimidating”

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2020 - 3:31am

      It’s a parallel universe Davros

  • Anonymous

    April 2nd, 2020 - 3:54pm

    Man, I really need to get back into Big Finish. Last series I listened to was Dark Eyes 4.

    • Anonymous

      April 2nd, 2020 - 4:19pm

      Last one I listened to was energy of the daleks

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2020 - 3:32am

      8th doctor time war is all stand alone so it should be very good to pick up

  • Jordan9364

    April 2nd, 2020 - 2:21pm

    Wonder if they can’t afford Julian Bleach or something, can never get enough of his Davros

    • Anonymous

      April 2nd, 2020 - 5:13pm

      I think it’s a rights issue

    • Anonymous

      April 2nd, 2020 - 6:41pm

      How is it a rights issue. Big finish can do whatever they want now.

    • Anonymous

      April 2nd, 2020 - 7:51pm

      I remember something about a legal requirement regarding Davros where they can’t use his new series likeness. Doesn’t really matter since Molloy is the better Davros.

    • Anonymous

      April 3rd, 2020 - 1:41am

      Well not everyone shares your opinion. I’m more concerned with the right issue.

    • Anonymous

      April 3rd, 2020 - 9:23am

      Big finish can’t do whatever they want. They still have to get the rights to various characters.

    • Acefan2005

      April 3rd, 2020 - 3:57pm

      Exactly they lost the rights to use the Rani… So yeah

    • booboo

      April 3rd, 2020 - 4:00pm

      you also cant just assume the Actor concerned wants to to it

    • Anonymous

      April 3rd, 2020 - 5:15pm

      How come they lost the rights to the rani?

    • Anonymous

      April 3rd, 2020 - 8:39pm

      How do you lose the rights to the Rani. Big finish also use images of actors not even in the production so no problem.

    • TARDIS_H63

      April 3rd, 2020 - 10:12pm

      When have they used pictures of actors not in the production?

    • Anonymous

      April 3rd, 2020 - 11:50pm

      Literally every companion Chronicle and early adventure.

    • Anonymous

      April 3rd, 2020 - 11:50pm

      Also class volume 3 and 4

    • TARDIS_H63

      April 4th, 2020 - 4:21pm

      Class Volumes 3 and 4 do not use any images of actors that are not in the stories.

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2020 - 9:54pm

      The companion chronicles stories still all have to be cleared for rights. If a companion or villain is on a cover big finish have obtained the rights to that character.

    • Acefan2005

      April 20th, 2020 - 9:16am

      I think they lost the rights when Jane Baker Died.

  • 6sek

    April 2nd, 2020 - 12:49pm

    Pre ordered it

  • Anonymous

    April 2nd, 2020 - 12:29pm

    Love that the twelve is back. Loved her in the time war series 2. Love Julia Mackenzie

  • Mrs Croot

    April 2nd, 2020 - 11:50am

    Disappointed, wanted the “The War Pescatons” instead 🙁

    • booboo

      April 2nd, 2020 - 11:51am

      that was a good one, even Big Finish were impressed

    • Mrs Croot

      April 2nd, 2020 - 11:51am

      I do like the cover but actually wanted the spoof they did yesterday…

    • Jason Z

      April 2nd, 2020 - 1:39pm

      Ooh did I miss a good April Fool? I googled but found nothing…

    • booboo

      April 2nd, 2020 - 1:51pm

    • booboo

      April 2nd, 2020 - 1:54pm

      cover by..

    • Jason Z

      April 2nd, 2020 - 10:44pm

      Ah I always liked The Pescatons. Had it on vinyl out of the local library when i was young. Thanks Booboo!

  • Anonymous

    April 2nd, 2020 - 10:19am

    This sounds awesome! The Davros on the cover looks a bit odd: they’ve blended the Molloy Davros with the New Series Davros for some reason…

    • Anonymous

      April 2nd, 2020 - 12:11pm

      I think it looks quite cool tbh

    • Anonymous

      April 2nd, 2020 - 12:54pm

      Well it’s new series set but with molloy playing him. So it’s accurate really

    • Acefan2005

      April 3rd, 2020 - 3:58pm

      I couldn’t see it at first but now I can & my god it looks so cool.

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