October 22 is Companion Chronicles Day at Big Finish, and for one day only, they’re practically giving away the first season. If you’ve never heard them before, you’re missing some great stories from some great storytellers—I can’t recommend Big Finish highly enough. In addition to the first series, here are six other Companion Chronicles worth a listen.
Susan and the Doctor, along with Ian and Barbara, arrive on the Nevermore, an Earth benchmarking vessel in the far future, and are horrified to learn it’s punching holes in space. There are strange and monstrous things that live beneath space itself, according to the Doctor, and as the holes begin to fray, the Doctor contemplates a terrible sacrifice.
Ian and the Doctor are marooned in 1770 aboard the HMS Endeavour, Barbara, Susan, and the TARDIS lost, perhaps forever, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Captain James Cook and his crew believe the strangers are visitors from Venus come to observe the transit of Venus. But things are not quite right on the Endeavour. Is there another time travelers aboard, or is Ian descending slowly into madness?
Jamie McCrimmon traveled with the Second Doctor for years before being returned to his own time, and his memories of his travels erased. But now, a mysterious visitor needs to explore Jamie’s past in order to discover what went wrong in 1688, when the TARDIS landed in London, and the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe were welcomed into the court of King James II.
In the 1970s Jo Jones (née Grant) was a secret agent for MEOW, a top-secret intelligence organization, and plucky companion of that eccentric traveler in time and space, Ms. Iris Wildthyme. But in 2010, Jo is confronted with memories she knew nothing about, and together with her old pal Iris, must travel back in time to the 1970—and a meeting with the only person who knows the whole truth.
Zarl the Piscon is a fish of the utmost evil who is plotting to steal all the water on Earth, and sell it to the highest bidder. Or blow up the San Andreas fault. Or the entire planet. Or something like that—he’s a bit vague on the details. The Fifth Doctor and Peri must stop his dastardly plot, with the help of…talk show host Dr. Peri Brown and her plucky personal assistant Beretta. But from the Sixth Doctor’s point of view, Peri remained on Thoros Beta to live as a warrior queen. How can she have two futures?
There’s a house across the waters at Ely where an old woman tells strange stories about a kind of night constable named Sara Kingdom, and her friends, the Doctor and Steven Taylor. She remembers a strange journey through time and space, and the nightmarish things found there, about the terrible things even the most well-meaning of us can inflict on each other. Hear the old woman’s stories, and then decide for yourself.
Daniel is the owner and Managing Editor of Time and The – !. He's been a fan of Doctor Who since watching Tom Baker regenerate into Peter Davison on his local PBS station as a kid. He launched Time and The – ! in 2011 after having the bright (?) idea to watch every Doctor Who story from the beginning and blog about it. (Yeah, he's way behind.)