Features Jubilee by Rob Shearman, the basis for the 2005 episode Dalek

Published on January 3rd, 2014 | by Meredith Burdett

Top 10 Sixth Doctor Audio Adventures

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.

Bloodtide

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

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.

Jubilee

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.

Project: Lazarus

Project Lazarus

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.

Davros

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.

The Reaping

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.

So that’s our Top Ten. What’s yours…?

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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!




11 Responses to Top 10 Sixth Doctor Audio Adventures

  1. TimeChaser says:

    I was not all that impressed with Bloodtide, and have yet to listen to The Reaping or Legend of the Cybermen. And as I’m still catching up on the last few years, my list would consist mainly of earlier releases. But as a preliminary Top 10 in no particular order I would have Whispers of Terror, The Holy Terror, The Apocalypse Element, The One Doctor, Jubilee, The Spectre of Lanyon Moor, The Sandman, Project: Twilight, Project: Lazarus, and Davros.

    I’ll wager however that The Wrong Doctors and Trial of the Valeyard might make the list.

  2. Christine says:

    I just love Jubilee. Not because it’s the basis for the television story Dalek but, just like you apparently think, because of its very own uniqueness. I love to compare it with The Elite, a 5th Doctor story with a very different take on a lone Dalek. I am sorry, I know this is all about good old sixie (and I am one of those people who like him both on audo and tv) but I also like to compare Dalek stories. I must agree though that Colin is just superb in Jubilee. The Spectre of Lammermore is another one that I can’t help but love. It’s got the Brig working with sixie and that’s really having a ball! You also took note of the Acopalypse Element. A high five for sixie if ever there was one.

    But I really miss Brotherhood of the Daleks in your list. Sixie is wonderful but so are the Daleks. Ever hear them singing before? Although to be honest it are Thaleks singing (don’t get it? Listen to this story and get confused! ). The relationship with Charlie is fascinating too. A totally incomprehensible tale but so much fun, just because of Sixie being his utterly arrogant self. Just a joy really.

    • TimeChaser says:

      Have to agree with you about The Elite. One of the best Dalek stories, Davison stories, BF stories, and possibly even Doctor Who stories of all time. Peter is just brilliant in it, so many wonderful lines.

  3. FrancoPabloDiablo says:

    The Marian Conspiracy, The Holy Terror and Her Final Flight would definitely be in my top 10.


  4. 1 Davros
    2 The Holy Terror
    3 The Nowhere Place
    4 Point of Entry
    5 Paradise 5
    6 The Nightmare Fair
    7 Medicinal Purposes
    8 The Curse of Davros
    9 The Juggernauts
    10 Arrangements for War

  5. vortexter says:

    The Butcher of Brisbane, Spare Parts, Max Warp!, Human Resources 1&2, Dust Breeding, Seasons of Fear and many more!

    • Paddy says:

      Those are EIghth Doctor stories (well, apart from the first two, which are the FIfth) – this is a list of SIxth Doctor audios :)

  6. Lee says:

    You mention the Maltese Penguin which is good but surely The Holy Terror is better? Steven Moffat cites The Holy Terror as being one of the best Doctor Who stories ever.

    It is an amazing story that’s got parts that are laugh out loud funny and other parts that are scary.

    • Random Comments says:

      Huh…I absolutely hated The Holy Terror.
      But then, I found nothing to be funny about it, either.
      Perhaps I’m not the intended target audience…

  7. Paddy says:

    Agree with the choices – particularly Davros, which was the first BF audio I heard and still my favourite. Doctor Who and the Pirates was ingeniously inventive, and Project Lazarus was pure fangasm.

    Some Sixth stories that didn’t make the cut which I think should have done:

    Patient Zero/Paper Cuts – the end of the Sixth/Charley arc, fantastic performances.
    The Wrong Doctors – essentially a study of how the Sixth has grown since the BF adventures began
    The Spectre of Lanyon Moor – come on, it’s Six and the Brig in a very Third Doctor adventure.
    The Holy Terror – one of the most genuinely creepy stories BF ever did, and very well done.

  8. John Miller says:

    Sorry to be controversial, but does anyone else find Evelyn Smythe to be boring? Some of those stories like Marian Conspiracy, Bloodtide etc. should have come with free pillows.

    The Sixth Doctor/Peri, and Sixth Doctor/Mel and Sixth Doctor/”Jamie” stories are brilliant however.But best of all are the Sixth Doctor/Charley/Mila ones.

    I also never really got into the Frobisher ones, as I had always imagined Frobisher’s speaking voice as sounding very different to the way it was portrayed, and it was jarring. Not as much as the “What?!” of the Izzy Sinclair voice in the 8th Doctor COF audio, but still offputting.

    The best Sixth Doctor audio of all time however isn’t on this list, and it’s not available unless you bought a copy of DWM over a decade ago. Meep!

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