Audio Adventures in Time & Space, originally just Adventures in Time and Space, was a record label.

It is somewhat unclear when the name originated, or who devised it. Certainly it was coined by the fan group, Audio Visuals, in the mid-1980s. It did not appear on AV covers until the second, 1986 season — though re-issues of the first, 1984 season bore the label retroactively. As the original AV producer, Bill Baggs was certainly in a position to have conceived the name, but it's uncertain that he did. In any case, Baggs began using the title in the late 1990s as the main label for his BBV Productions audio plays. Indeed, several BBV releases were based on old AV plays, and there was a great deal of staff crossover between the two groups. When Baggs co-opted the name, he added the word "Audio" before "Adventures in Time and Space" for clarity, since he had a thriving line of videos at the time.

BBV usage Edit

Overview Edit

Audio Adventures in Time & Space was a label used by BBV from 1998 to 2004. It referred to four "seasons" of audio output that featured a wide variety of characters, and indeed was comprised of several different series. Things like The Time Travellers, The Stranger, Zygons, Sontarans, Adventures in a Pocket Universe and others were all released under the label. The fourth season used a radically re-designed cover template which removed the "Audio Adventures in Time & Space" label from the front cover.

Although the overwhelming majority of BBV audio titles were released under this label, not all of them were. Notably the Tom Baker autobiography, The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, and the Richard Franklin story, The Killing Stone, were firmly not released under this label.

Content Edit

BBV used the label differently than AV. Whereas the AV Adventures in Time and Space had all illegally featured the Doctor, BBV didn't have that luxury. As a commercial entity, they had to find some way of delivering a legal product for sale. They took two approaches to solve this problem.

First, they created approximations of characters from televised Doctor Who and hired the same actors to play them. Adventures in a Pocket Universe and so on. Thus a "season" could contain a highly eclectic variety of stories. These stories, by necessity, did not take place in the Doctor Who universe — not even with the most generous view of what constitutes the DWU. Colin Baker was not playing the Sixth Doctor in The Stranger. Indeed, between the first and second season, the British Broadcasting Corporation had a stern word with BBV when they felt that the McCoy/Sophie Aldred output was getting too close to the Seventh Doctor and Ace. From the second season forward, therefore, all the McCoy/Aldred releases were relabelled The Time Travellers and their characters were decidedly distanced from their season 1 personas.

Second, they tried to get the permission of one of the original Doctor Who writers to use the species or characters that the writer owned. Most of these stories could then be marketed as taking place within the DWU. The cover to The Choice, for instance, quite legally claims that it is the "return of K9", since permission was obtained from Dave Martin and Bob Baker.

It is only the second type of story that this wiki makes an attempt to cover.

Releases Edit

The following chart lists all the releases under the Audio Adventures in Time & Space banner, in the order of their release and tells which you'll find on this wiki.

Story title Series Covered by this wiki?
Season 1
Republica The Time Travellers No
Island of Lost Souls The Time Travellers No
Prosperity Island The Time Travellers No
The Left Hand of Darkness The Time Travellers No
The Other Side The Time Travellers No
Guest for the Night The Time Travellers No
Cyber-Hunt The Wanderer/Cyberons No
Season 2
The Last Mission The Stranger Chronicles No
Eye of the Storm The Stranger Chronicles No
Ghosts The Time Travellers No
Vital Signs The Wanderer No
Only Human The Time Travellers No
The Choice Adventures in a Pocket Universe Yes
Blood Sports The Time Travellers No
Homeland Zygons Yes
The Search Adventures in a Pocket Universe Yes
Absolution Zygons Yes
The Root of All Evil Krynoids Yes
Silent Warrior Sontarans Yes
Season 3
Cybergeddon Cyberons No
Punchline The Time Travellers No
Old Soldiers Sontarans Yes
Infidel's Comet none No
The Pattern none No
I Scream[1] The "I" Yes
Conduct Unbecoming Sontarans Yes
The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind[2] The Rani Yes
Race Memory[3] Wirrn Yes
Season 4
The Barnacled Baby Zygons Yes
The Eleven Day Empire Faction Paradox Yes[4]
The Shadow Play Faction Paradox Yes
The Green Man Krynoids Yes
In 2 Minds[5] Rutans Yes
The Quality of Mercy Guy de Carnac Yes
Sabbath Dei Faction Paradox Yes
In the Year of the Cat Faction Paradox Yes
Movers Faction Paradox Yes
A Labyrinth of Histories Faction Paradox Yes

Behind the scenes Edit

  • Those wishing to understand more about this wiki's policies towards BBV's Audio Adventures in Time & Space should consult this discussion.
  • Due to our canon policy, this article concentrates on the usage of "Audio Adventures in Time & Space" by BBV Productions. Those wishing a fuller explanation of this title's long history with Audio Visuals should consult the AV website.

Footnotes Edit

  1. Marketed as the "first part" of the I series, but it was the only audio ever produced in that "series".
  2. Marketed as the "first part" of the Rani series, but it was the only audio ever produced in that "series".
  3. Marketed as the "first part" of the Wirrn series, but it was the only audio ever produced in that "series".
  4. Faction Paradox was marketed by BBV as both a part of season 4 of Audio Adventures in Time and Space, and as a wholly separate series.
  5. Marketed as the "first part" of the Rutans series, but it was the only audio ever produced in that "series".
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