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Fortunes of War was an exclusive-to-audio story from BBC Audio featuring the Sixth Doctor. It was read by Colin Baker.

It was the conclusion to a trilogy of First World War stories written by Justin Richards released in 2018, marking the centenary of the war's end. It was preceded by Men of War and Horrors of War.

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"You've seen what happens, Mark. You know what time can do if it's damaged."

Travelling alone for once, the Sixth Doctor elects to return to Earth, and the First World War. There he must solve, once and for all, a mystery he unearthed in earlier incarnations. Someone has been interfering to alter the course of the war — but to what end?

With Captain Mark Steadman and Nurse Annie Grantham, the Doctor travels to a forest in Germany, on a cold morning in November. At the heart of the forest is a massive temporal disturbance, and there he will rendezvous with whoever is behind significant changes to the accepted history of the Great War.

But the forces of Time bring other entities to the meeting place: terrifying, corporeal ghosts of soldiers from many centuries of battle. If the Doctor, Mark and Annie are to escape with their lives — and return history to it proper course — they will need help from unexpected quarters.


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  • The Doctor has a letter from Winston Churchill.
  • The Doctor, Steadman and Annie find the body of a soldier from the Napoleonic Wars.
  • Steadman walks through a Poppy field, past the body of a Roman legionaire.
  • The Doctor's pocketwatch was bought for him by a friend from an antique shop in Brighton.


  • This story is told from the perspective of the Sixth Doctor.


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