Since 1999, Colin Baker has been proving time and time again that his turn as the Sixth Doctor was one that was fully unrealised during his television era. During his 14 years turning in his mellowed and adventurous version of “Old Sixy”, listeners have fallen in love with this very special incarnation of the Doctor and have repeatedly spoken of how highly they regard his audio adventures as a sort of rehabilitation for the character that was ashamedly cut short in 1986.
In the spirit of… well, last year, which has given us a closer look at some of the Doctor’s incarnations that we didn’t see enough of on television, we thought you might like to browse some of these Sixth Doctor Big Finish adventures to discover why exactly this regeneration should have been given more time to breathe…
The Apocalypse Element
According to Russell “The” Davies, this story is part of the escalation that caused the Time War to move into a more critical phase and you can see why.
This story couldn’t have more if it tried, the Sixth Doctor and Romana together for the first time, the Daleks attempting to invade Gallifrey and a plan by Skaro’s finest that is so dastardly it causes the Sixth Doctor to give one of his greatest speeches ever.
Or alternatively titled “Charles Darwin meets the Silurians”. The Sixth Doctor takes his wonderful friend Evelyn Smythe (one of the best Big Finish characters created and one of the Doctor’s audio companions that makes you wish she had made it to the televised adventures – think Wilfred Mott but a little younger and sassier) to the Galapagos Islands where they encounter a group of Silurians fresh out of hibernation. This story proves that the Myrka is a very good idea indeed when used in the correct way… and when you don’t have to see it.
The One Doctor
One of Big Finish’s funniest Doctor Who plays to date; written by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman (so what do you expect), this version of a Christmas pantomime finds the Doctor and Mel up against an imposter Doctor as they attempt to find the three treasures of the Generios system. This also features a cameo by Rock Profile and Little Britain creator Matt Lucas.
You’ve all heard of this one surely?
Jubilee was the basis for the 2005 television story Dalek and asks some very important questions about the metal menaces’ mission statement, namely: once they conquer the universe, what next?
This is one of the essential Sixth Doctor stories and one of the most important stories to occur in the Doctor Who universe.
Doctor Who and the Pirates
A Doctor Who musical with the vocal talents of Colin Baker and Bill Oddie in this Pirate romp. Any Doctor Who story that features the lyric “I’m the very model of a Gallifreyan Buccaneer” is well worth your money.
A dark and gritty vampire story featuring not one but two Doctors. Serving as a sequel to the equally excellent Project: Twilight, Lazarus manages to up the stakes in this story and gets extremely personal and very uncomfortable for the Sixth Doctor. This also has some great scenes between the Sixth and Seventh Doctors.
Quite simply, this is the best Big Finish story ever made.
After years of having the Daleks facing off against the Doctor on their own without the aid of their creator in order to restore their menace, Big Finish decided to create a story that shows just how deadly and ruthless Davros can be without his Daleks. Colin Baker and Terry Molloy sizzle with their back and forth and the script provides some excellent moral dilemmas for the Doctor to ponder.
Joe Lidster builds on Peri’s family life in this 1980s urban thriller set in America and also writes some of the most grotesque and adult scenes for a Doctor Who Big Finish play. Working on an era that had some of the most underdeveloped or forgettable family and personal backgrounds, Lidster sets in motion events that will change Peri forever.
Legend of the Cybermen
Set in a very different world to ours (and one that will be familiar to many Whovians) this Cyberman romp has is all. Well known characters, the Cyber Controller, Jamie McCrimmon confronting the Doctor as to why he never came back to find him after events in The War Games and a rare moment for the Sixth Doctor as he retrospectively looks back on his life, something that this incarnation is not one to do often.
The Maltese Penguin
Robert Shearman helps to bring the late ’80s Doctor Who comic strip to life in this story as he brings back the Sixth Doctor’s shape changing pal Frobisher as well as comic strip villain Dogbolter. Although this could be seen more as Frobisher’s story than the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker is hilarious in every scene that he manages to steal.