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Exile was the sixth Doctor Who Unbound produced by Big Finish Productions. It was the first long-form story to feature a female Doctor, played by Arabella Weir.

Controversially, the story tried to establish that "sex-change regeneration" came as a result of suicide, and was considered a crime in Time Lord society. It also depicted this first woman Doctor as a failure; an alcoholic with a job at Sainsbury's and a dull life, void of adventure. In 2017, Briggs—having written and directed this story—admitted that he regrets these plot points, but also dismissed it as "a bit of a joke" in a "fairly humorous episode".[1]

No incarnation of the Doctor was played by a woman, in the main Doctor Who universe, for another 14 years. In 2017, Jodie Whittaker's Thirteenth Doctor was introduced in Twice Upon a Time. Her predecessor's regeneration was not the result of a suicide. The Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who establishes that, in the main universe, changing sex is a perfectly ordinary part in the process of regeneration. Fugitive of the Judoon introduced another female incarnation of the Doctor, referred to as the 'Fugitive Doctor' by fans.

Publisher's summary[]

What if...the Doctor had escaped the justice of the Time Lords?

"They want to punish me for being me!"

All the Doctor has to do to avoid being caught by the Time Lords is work in a supermarket and go to the pub. It's a cunning plan — certainly far less dangerous than fighting the dreaded Quarks and all those other alien fiends.

But just when everything seemed mundane and safe, alien transmissions, exploding poison gas, Princess Anne and wobbly trolleys burst onto the scene to ruin everything. It's a crisis! A fiendish alien plot! And the Doctor must use all the resources at her disposal to defeat it. She'll probably need to have a large vodka first, though.


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  • It is stated that for a Time Lord to change sex, the previous incarnation must commit suicide.
  • The Doctor uses Venusian aikido on a drunk man named Bob.
  • The Time Lords say that, had the Doctor cooperated, she could have worked for a secret government organisation and fought alien invasions.



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  1. Hewitt, Susan (3 January 2017). Nicholas Briggs – Big Finish – Past, Present and Future. Blogtor Who. Retrieved on 25 December 2017.