More new adventures with The Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa

❉ Big Finish Productions reveal story details for the first of two Fifth Doctor Adventures, due for September 2023.

Sarah Sutton, Peter Davison, Janet Fielding. © Big Finish Productions.

When the TARDIS team find themselves on an empty spaceship in the far future, little do they realise they’re about to become part of an historic game of cat-and-mouse…

Peter Davison stars as the Fifth Doctor in the forthcoming box set, Doctor Who – The Fifth Doctor Adventures: In The Night, the first of two Fifth Doctor Adventures full-cast audio dramas due for release in September 2023 from Big Finish Productions. Joining him are Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton as loyal companions Tegan and Nyssa.

The opening four-parter, Pursuit of the Nightjar, written by Tim Foley, is set between the 1983 Doctor Who TV stories Snakedance and Mawdryn Undead.

Pursuit Of The Nightjar by Tim Foley

The story of the Nightjar has been told for many years. A spaceship helmed by the legendary Captain Goben on a vital mission of mercy, delivering medical supplies to a distant colony in the middle of devastating war, an act of bravery that triggers the end of the conflict.

At her heels throughout the journey, her pursuer, the spaceship Nemesis, helmed by the dogged Captain Eslo, never quite able to catch her target.

The Doctor’s always wanted to witness these historic events. And now, alongside Nyssa and Tegan, he’s got his chance.

But history might just have other ideas.

Producer David Richardson said: “I’m a big fan of dark and claustrophobic Doctor Who. I’m also a big fan of intense character drama, especially those with a small cast given room to shine.

“Tim Foley delivered exactly my favourite kind of script. I knew it was special before we got into studio, but it shone even brighter in front of the mic. Janet Fielding was especially eager to point out how great she thought it was — and I agree wholeheartedly!”

Writer Tim Foley added: “My very first Doctor Who VHS was Snakedance. I had no idea what was going on but I was instantly drawn to the three fabulous leads. All of these years later, I’m delighted to have now written for this trio! I wanted to show how hard life in space could be. David Richardson has assembled a fantastic guest cast for a voyage like no other…”

Details of the second story in the box set will be revealed in due course.

Sarah Sutton, Peter Davison, Janet Fielding. © Big Finish Productions.


Writer: Tim Foley
Director: Ken Bentley
Script Editor: John Dorney
Producer: David Richardson
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs & Jason Haigh-Ellery

Duration: 180 minutes approx.

Released: September 2023, exclusively from the Big Finish website.

❉ ‘Doctor Who – The Fifth Doctor Adventures: In The Night’ is now available to pre-order for just £19.99 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £16.99 (digital download only), exclusively from The Fifth Doctor Adventures: In The Night and April 2023’s Conflicts of Interest can be pre-ordered together in a bundle for just £38 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £33 (download only). All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release. 

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