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December 7th, 2021 10 comments

Big Finish Third Doctor Adventures The Annihilators

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Big Finish’s first ever seven-part audio drama relaunches the Third Doctor Adventures range, with a brand new epic box set due for release in February 2022.

Doctor Who: The Annihilators takes us back slap-bang into the middle of Season 7 of the TV series. With the TARDIS out of action and the Third Doctor marooned on Earth, the UNIT team of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Dr Liz Shaw are the Time Lord’s constant companions, combatting multiple alien threats.

The first of 2022’s two Third Doctor Adventures volumes, The Annihilators reunites Tim Treloar, Jon Culshaw and Daisy Ashford in a full-cast audio drama that threatens doom for the entire planet.

Doctor Who – The Third Doctor Adventures: The Annihilators is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD at £19.99 or on download at £16.99, exclusively at

There’s something in the water at Lewgate Docks. Something strange, and green, and deadly. Summoned to the North of England by a mystery informer, the Brigadier finds his investigations hampered at every turn by the local police. Just what are they trying to hide?

While the Doctor uncovers sinister goings-on in the city morgue, Liz attracts the attention of something unearthly. But with Time running out, quite literally, it’ll take more than the combined efforts of the Doctor and UNIT to deal with an alien menace that stands on the cusp of the total destruction of planet Earth…

Producer Heather Challands said: “It’s a fresh start for the Third Doctor Adventures, following the revamp of our Classic Doctor ranges, and what a cracking start we’re off to! I’m thrilled that we’re paying homage to the great serials of Season 7 with our very own seven-part story starring the Third Doctor, Dr Elizabeth Shaw and the ever-dependable Brigadier.

“It’s a wonderful jumping-on point for those new to the range and a perfect re-introduction for loyal listeners who have been with us from the start. Nick has written a truly wonderful script, with twists and turns and some cracking cliffhangers that are so evocative of that era.

“When a policeman dies in the North of England, and mysterious goings-on by the docks, can the Doctor and UNIT figure out just what’s going on, in time to save the Earth? You’ll have to listen to find out…”

Doctor Who – The Third Doctor Adventures: The Annihilators is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition box set (on CD at the special price of £19.99) or a digital download (at the special price of £16.99), exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Plus, The Third Doctor Adventure 2022B (title TBC) is due for release in October 2022 and is currently available to pre-order as a collector’s edition box set (on CD at £19.99) and as a digital download (at £16.99). Big Finish listeners can save money by ordering both volumes together in a bundle for £38 on CD or £33 on download.

All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release.

Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, 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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  • Nick

    December 7th, 2021 - 5:27pm

    Great cover, interesting synopsis, loving it, certainly getting this one! These third Doctor stories are becoming stronger and stronger with each release. Oh my goodness I can even see an image of what looks like Sweep (no Sooty) in the top left-hand corner of the artwork too.

    • Doug Who

      December 8th, 2021 - 4:43pm

      Ha! I can’t unsee Sweep now! Is that a Gel Guard he’s behind?

      Sad to think everyone on this cover is no longer with us but it is a very striking image. Liking the retro panda car too.

  • Auton

    December 7th, 2021 - 4:26pm

    This cover is amazing. This feels like the most 70s cover ever and it being a 7 part story really helps to make it a perfectly authentic season 7 story

  • bryan

    December 7th, 2021 - 4:02pm

    Fabulous. That cover is a radio times cover we never had. Someone will skills better than mine should mock one up.

    I am loving the new box set format ,as news comes in for each be.

    I think Tom is the only one to get three box sets in 2022. All the rest have 2.


    • BigBen64

      December 8th, 2021 - 10:10am

      What about the Eighth Doctor?

      – The Further Adventuress (January)
      – 2 Eighth Doctor Adventures volumes
      – Stranded 4

      Also, what’s the Fourth Doctor’s third boxset?

  • James17

    December 7th, 2021 - 3:48pm

    Im not really in the know with Big Finish’s plans going forward, so are they doing 2 boxsest per Doctor per year now? I know they’ve ended the monthly range, but am I right that that’s the new plan?
    And are the Davison Forty boxsets part of this, or are they separate?

    • Open The Watch

      December 7th, 2021 - 4:27pm

      Yes, I think the plan for the classic doctors, plus the War Doctor, is two releases each, unless it’s a special or celebratory release. The New Who Doctors I’m not too sure about the specific plans, as nine has three box sets next year and 10 only has one and the next Out of Time story. I’m guessing 11 and 12 will get the Doctor Chronicles once a year each. I’m not sure if 1 and 2 are only getting one each next year, or if the others will be announced later.

  • James17

    December 7th, 2021 - 3:31pm

    My eyes simultaneously love and hate that cover with a passion

  • Star Lord

    December 7th, 2021 - 3:11pm

    That is one of the most beautiful Big Finish covers I have ever seen.

    • Coleman

      December 7th, 2021 - 3:55pm

      Yes, another classy cover.

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