Big Finish Adric returns to Doctor Who!

Published on March 24th, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

Adric Returns in The Fifth Doctor Box Set!

Matthew Waterhouse makes his Big Finish debut as Adric in The Fifth Doctor Box Set, reunited with former Doctor Who co-stars Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton for two four-part adventures.

As previously reported, the actor – who was last seen as a hijacked freighter crashed into prehistoric Earth in 1982′s Earthshock (and if you’re a fan of the panspermia theory, don’t think too much about what that event might mean for life on Earth…) – is revisiting his famous role as the Doctor’s pyjamaed maths genius from E-Space.

Says Big Finish producer David Richardson:

I’m very proud of these stories. They are two top-notch scripts, and very different in style, content and tone – yet both of them fit perfectly into Season 19. I think Doctor Who fans are in for a treat…

They certainly look good based on these synopses!

Psychodrome by Jonathan Morris

Shortly after surviving the perils of Logopolis, Castrovalva and the machinations of the Master, the new Doctor and his new crew could be forgiven for wanting to take a breather from their tour of the galaxy. But when the TARDIS lands in a strange and unsettling environment, the urge to explore is irresistible… and trouble is only a few steps away.

The world they have found themselves in is populated by a wide variety of the strangest people imaginable – a crashed spacecraft here, a monastery there, even a regal court. And not everyone they meet has their best interests at heart.

With the TARDIS stolen, and the very environment itself out to get them, the travellers face an extremely personal threat. They’ll have to work as a team if they want to get out alive… but can you really trust someone you barely know?

Guest cast: Rickett (Robert Whitelock), Magpie (Phil Mulryne), Perditia (Camila Power), Javon (Bethan Walker)

Adric returns to Doctor Who!

Iterations of I by John Dorney

The house on Fleming’s Island had been left to rot. Ever since a strange and unexplained death soon after it was built, and plagued with troubling rumours about what lurked there, it remained empty and ignored for decades until the cult moved in. As twenty people filled its many rooms, the eerie building seemed to be getting a new lease of life.

But now it is empty again. The cult found something in its corridors… and then vanished.

Trapped on the island one dark night, the Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric look into the building’s mysteries, its stories of madness and death. Their only chance is to understand what terrible thing has been disturbed here… before it consumes them utterly.

Guest cast: Jerome Khan (Joseph Radcliffe), Robert DeValley (Andrew Macklin), Aoife Dineen (Sinead Keenan), Donal Dineen (Teddy Kempner), Imogen Frazer (Allison McKenzie)

The Fifth Doctor Box Set is out in August and can pre-ordered at the fantastic price of £25 on CD or £20 download. Its five discs include an hour-long documentary with interviews with the cast, in which Matthew talks about why he decided to return to Doctor Who.

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




6 Responses to Adric Returns in The Fifth Doctor Box Set!


  1. ADRIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Paddy says:

    Dear God, Cawley, why did you make me consider the panspermia theory! Argh.. unclean.. Can’t… wash it off…

    Nah but really, kind of interested to see if Big Finish can challenge the general consensus on Adric, as they did with Mel, Colin Baker, etc. Hopefully with Waterhouse having the advantage of maturity his acting will have improved.

  3. koloth says:

    I didnt realise that the Doctor looks like Boris Johnson in that cover.

  4. Lozzer says:

    Does Matthew have to squeeze a part of his anatomy to make himself sound the same as he did in the early 80′s…

  5. dr jon says:

    Just give him his old costume to put on that should help him sound like adric.

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