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An Ideal World was the second story of the fifth series of The Early Adventures, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Ian Potter, narrated by Maureen O'Brien and Peter Purves and featured the First Doctor, Vicki Pallister and Steven Taylor.

Publisher's summary[]

Light years from Earth, a vast human spaceship hangs in orbit over a cloudy alien planet. The crew have been travelling in cryosleep for many years, looking for a habitable world to settle, and have at last located one with potential.

However, they're not the only people to have arrived in this place. The TARDIS has landed on the planet's surface. The Doctor, Steven and Vicki explore and quickly find themselves separated.

But it isn't merely the hostile environment and rogue terraforming drones they'll have to deal with. Something else is living on this world. Something deadly and waiting to consume.

It's an ideal world. But ideal for whom?


The Weather Makers (1)[]

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The Life Below (2)[]

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A World in Revolt (3)[]

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A Fight for the Future (4)[]

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  • Steven identifies himself as a pilot with the identifier Flight Red 50.
  • Vicki and Steven have similar nanomachines in their blood to fight pathogens, with Vicki describing them as 'space medicine' and Steven as technocytes, although it is left unclear whether Vicki or Steven's nanocites are more advanced than the other.
  • KJ अपवग (Hindi characters pronounced apa vaga) is a Diaspora Class colony ship which left Earth 17 years before the events of the story with a crew of 2000.
  • The SS Ferdinand Magellan is a Mayflower Class colony ship and left Earth 12 years ago


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