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Heroes of Sontar was the one hundred and forty-sixth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Alan Barnes and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, Janet Fielding as Tegan Jovanka and Mark Strickson as Turlough.

Released in April 2011, it was the first story in that year's trilogy of stories featuring the Fifth Doctor along with Tegan, Turlough and an older Nyssa who rejoined them in Cobwebs. This was the first Big Finish audio story to feature the Sontarans.

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Planet Samur was once a peaceful haven. Pilgrims journeyed across the seven galaxies to meditate in the courtyards of the vast Citadel that spanned its equator. It was Samur's misfortune, however, to find itself situated on the furthermost frontier in the eternal war between the amoeboid Rutan Host and the belligerent, troll-like Sontarans...

Twenty years after detonating a bacteriological weapon over Samur, rendering it uninhabitable, the Sontarans are back: a select platoon of seven has landed here on a secret mission, carrying sealed orders given to them by Fleet Marshal Stabb.

The TARDIS has landed here, too, bringing the Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa into the second great Battle of Samur. Fighting not only the Sontarans, but mystical mercenaries... and a deadly, decades-old curse.


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  • Tegan's aunt Vanessa was seemingly fond of saying, "Bog off."


  • The Doctor visited Samur approximately thirty years earlier.



Illustration by Andy Walker (DWI 1)

  • This audio drama was recorded on 17 and 20 December 2010 at The Moat Studios.
  • It was released on 14 April 2011.[1]
  • This story is set between Enlightenment and The King's Demons.
  • This story contains multiple references to Dad's Army, many of the Sontaran characters share similarities with characters from Dad's Army and there are multiple direct quotes, such as Tegan calling Field-Major Thurr Napoleon, much as Warden Hodges would call Captain Mainwaring, Sergeant Mezz saying Sergeant Wilson's catchphrase; "Do you think that's wise, Sir?", Corporal Clun saying Corporal Jone's catchphrase; 'Don't panic', Trooper Jorr being a pessimistic doomsayer as Private Frazer, and Turlough calling Trooper Vend a stupid boy as Mainwaring kept calling Private Pike.
  • An illustration of this story by Andy Walker was included in DWI 1.



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