The War Doctor (audio drama series)

The War Doctor, announced in October 2015, is a Big Finish Productions audio play series based on the TV show Doctor Who. It sees the return of Sir John Hurt as the War Doctor, a role he previously portrayed in the TV story "The Name of the Doctor" as well as more prominently in the 50th Anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor". The series consists of four box sets, each made up of three hour-long episodes, the first released in December 2015, the remaining three volumes followed across 2016 and into 2017.[1][2]

The War Doctor
Album cover
Big Finish Productions audio drama
SeriesDoctor Who
FeaturingWar Doctor
Written byvarious
Directed byNicholas Briggs
Produced byDavid Richardson
Executive producer(s)
MusicHoward Carter
Release dateDecember 2015 (2015-12) – February 2017 (2017-02)



The War Doctor faces the Daleks in four seasons of the Time War.

Series 1: Only the Monstrous (2015)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Innocent"Nicholas BriggsNicholas BriggsRejoice, OllistraDecember 2015 (2015-12)
The Doctor is discovered injured on the planet Keska and is nursed back to health by Rejoice. The planet comes under attack from an enemy and the Doctor assists with the defence.
2"The Thousand Worlds"Nicholas BriggsNicholas BriggsRejoice, OllistraDecember 2015 (2015-12)
3"The Heart of the Battle"Nicholas BriggsNicholas BriggsRejoice, OllistraDecember 2015 (2015-12)

Series 2: Infernal Devices (2016)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Legion of the Lost"Nicholas BriggsJohn DorneyOllistraFebruary 2016 (2016-02)[3]
2"A Thing of Guile"Nicholas BriggsPhil MulryneOllistraFebruary 2016 (2016-02)[3]
3"The Neverwhen"Nicholas BriggsMatt FittonOllistraFebruary 2016 (2016-02) [3]

Series 3: Agents of Chaos (2016)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Shadow Vortex"Nicholas BriggsDavid LlewellynOllistraOctober 2016 (2016-10)
2"The Eternity Cage"Nicholas BriggsAndrew SmithHeleyna, OllistraOctober 2016 (2016-10)
3"Eye of Harmony"Nicholas BriggsKen BentleyHelayna, OllistraOctober 2016 (2016-10)

Series 4: Casualties of War (2017)Edit

Sir John Hurt died on 25 January, 2017. Recording of the series had been completed. It was released posthumously.[4][5]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Pretty Lies"Nicholas BriggsGuy AdamsOllistraFebruary 2017 (2017-02)
2"The Lady of Obsidian"Nicholas BriggsAndrew SmithOllistra, LeelaFebruary 2017 (2017-02)
3"The Enigma Dimension"Nicholas BriggsNicholas BriggsOllistra, Leela, the EnigmaFebruary 2017 (2017-02)

The Eighth Doctor: The Time WarEdit

The Eighth Doctor: The Time War
Big Finish Productions audio drama
SeriesDoctor Who
FeaturingEighth Doctor
Directed by
Produced byDavid Richardson
Executive producer(s)
  • Jamie Robertson
  • Benji Clifford
Release dateOctober 2017 (2017-10)

The Eighth Doctor: The Time War, is a Big Finish Productions audio play series based on the television programme Doctor Who and serves as a prequel to the previous series The War Doctor. It focused on the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) and his experiences in the war before having a change of heart and regenerating into his warrior form (as seen in the television mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor").

The series consists of four box sets, each made up of four hour-long episodes, the first was released in October 2017[2], the remaining three volumes follow yearly from 2018.



Series 1 (2017)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Starship of Theseus"Ken BentleyJohn DorneySheena, Bliss, DaleksOctober 2017 (2017-10)
2"Echoes of War"Ken BentleyMatt FittonBliss, DaleksOctober 2017 (2017-10)
3"The Conscript"Ken BentleyMatt FittonBliss, Ollistra, DaleksOctober 2017 (2017-10)
4"One Life"Ken BentleyJohn DorneyBliss, Ollistra, DaleksOctober 2017 (2017-10)

Series 2 (2018)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Lords of Terror"Ken BentleyJonathan MorrisBliss, DaleksJuly 2018 (2018-07)
2"Planet of the Ogrons"Ken BentleyGuy AdamsBliss, Daleks, the Twelve, OgronsJuly 2018 (2018-07)
3"In the Garden of Death"Ken BentleyGuy AdamsBliss, Daleks, the TwelveJuly 2018 (2018-07)
4"Jonah"Ken BentleyTimothy X AtackBliss, Daleks, Ollistra, the TwelveJuly 2018 (2018-07)

Series 3 (2019)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"State of Bliss"Ken BentleyMatt FittonBlissAugust 2019 (2019-08)
2"The Famished Lands"Ken BentleyLisa McMullinBlissAugust 2019 (2019-08)
3"Fugitive in Time"Ken BentleyRoland MooreBlissAugust 2019 (2019-08)
4"The War Valeyard"Ken BentleyJohn DorneyBliss, The ValeyardAugust 2019 (2019-08)

Series 4Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Palindrome"Nicholas BriggsTBATBASeptember 2020 (2020-09)[6]
2TBANicholas BriggsTBATBASeptember 2020 (2020-09)[6]
3TBANicholas BriggsTBATBASeptember 2020 (2020-09)[6]
4TBANicholas BriggsTBATBASeptember 2020 (2020-09)[6]


  1. ^ "Doctor Who: The War Doctor". Big Finish Productions. 5 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Doctor Who? John Hurt To Return As The War Doctor In New Stories". Forbes. Forbes. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "John Hurt returns to battle the Daleks in new War Doctor trailer". Radio Times. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  4. ^ "John Hurt's War Doctor Returns in Final Audio Tales". 3 February 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  5. ^ "John Hurt's Final Performance As The War Doctor". Bleeding Cool. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d "The Eighth Doctor - The Time War Series 04". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 1 September 2018.