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Published on September 12th, 2013 | by Meredith Burdett

1963 Trilogy Kicks Off with Fanfare for the Common Men

The last trilogy of the year begins for Big Finish this month and takes us all right up to November 2013, just in time for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary! What better way to celebrate the Doctor’s long list of adventures then to set the trilogy around 1963, the year that the adventure began.

The first part of the 1963 trilogy, Fanfare for the Common Men finds the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa in a spot of bother in the early years of the swinging sixties with a very well know band…

If you remember the Sixties, they say, then you can’t have been there.

The Doctor remembers the Sixties. That’s why he’s taking Nyssa on a trip back to November 1963. Back to where it all began. Back to the birth of the biggest band in the history of British music. Back to see those cheeky lads from Liverpool…

Mark, James and Korky. The Common Men. The boys who made the Sixties swing with songs like Oh, Won’t You Please Love Me?, Just Count To Three and Who Is That Man.

The Doctor remembers the Sixties. And there’s something very wrong with the Sixties, if the Beatles no longer exist…

Written by Eddie Robson and starring Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton, 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men is available this month on CD or via download from


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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

One Response to 1963 Trilogy Kicks Off with Fanfare for the Common Men

  1. avatar vortexter says:

    I have often wondered if someone would ever link the Doctor to John Smith and the Common Man! Looks like it’s actually happening!

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