A twelve-story batch in the Main Range audio series was released by Big Finish Productions in 2000.

Overview[edit | edit source]

This was the first full year of Doctor Who audio releases for Big Finish and saw several firsts.

A number of companions from the television series had their debut in this batch. Nyssa in The Land of the Dead, Ace in The Fearmonger, and Mel in The Fires of Vulcan. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Romana II debuted alongside the Sixth Doctor in The Spectre of Lanyon Moor and The Apocalypse Element respectively with the latter holding the title of President of Gallifrey. In a Big Finish first, Evelyn Smythe debuted in The Marian Conspiracy, becoming the first companion created by the company. Also, in Red Dawn, the TARDIS team of the Fifth Doctor and Peri featured for the first time at Big Finish.

Bev Tarrant first appeared in The Genocide Machine and would go on to be a recurring character in Bernice Summerfield.

Several aliens from the classic series also debuted in this batch: the Daleks in The Genocide Machine, the Ice Warriors in Red Dawn and the Thals in The Mutant Phase.

This batch was also the beginning of the Dalek Empire series with The Genocide Machine, The Apocalypse Element and The Mutant Phase. The Time of the Daleks would conclude the Main Range arc in 2002 and a Dalek Empire spin-off series began in 2001.

This year also featured the first "Side Step" stories into the Virgin New Adventures with The Shadow of the Scourge and The Holy Terror from Doctor Who Magazine's comic stories. The former featured Bernice Summerfield in a Doctor Who audio story (after appearing in her own series) while the latter was the audio debut of Frobisher.

Cast[edit | edit source]

With[edit | edit source]

Stories[edit | edit source]

# Title Author Director Doctor Featuring Released
4 The Land of the Dead Stephen Cole Gary Russell 5th Nyssa January 2000
5 The Fearmonger Jonathan Blum 7th Ace February 2000
6 The Marian Conspiracy Jacqueline Rayner 6th Evelyn March 2000
7 The Genocide Machine
(Dalek Empire part one)
Mike Tucker Nicholas Briggs 7th Ace, Bev, Daleks April 2000
8 Red Dawn Justin Richards Gary Russell 5th Peri, Ice Warriors May 2000
9 The Spectre of Lanyon Moor Nicholas Pegg 6th Evelyn, the Brigadier June 2000
10 Winter for the Adept Andrew Cartmel Gary Russell 5th Nyssa July 2000
11 The Apocalypse Element
(Dalek Empire part two)
Stephen Cole Nicholas Briggs 6th Evelyn, Romana II, Time Lords, Daleks August 2000
12 The Fires of Vulcan Steve Lyons Gary Russell 7th Mel September 2000
13 The Shadow of the Scourge
(Side Step)
Paul Cornell Ace, Bernice October 2000
14 The Holy Terror
(Side Step)
Robert Shearman Nicholas Pegg 6th Frobisher November 2000
15 The Mutant Phase
(Dalek Empire part three)
Nicholas Briggs 5th Nyssa, Thals, Daleks December 2000

Notes[edit | edit source]

to be added

Production[edit | edit source]

# Title Recorded on Recorded at
4 The Land of the Dead 24 and 25 July 1999 The Nu Groove Studios, London
5 The Fearmonger 4 and 5 September 1999
6 The Marian Conspiracy 23 October 1999
7 The Genocide Machine 13 and 14 November 1999
8 Red Dawn 20 and 21 November 1999
9 The Spectre of Lanyon Moor 5 and 6 February 2000
10 Winter for the Adept 18 and 20 March 2000
11 The Apocalypse Element 26 and 27 February 2000
12 The Fires of Vulcan 11 and 12 March 2000
13 The Shadow of the Scourge 29 and 30 July 2000 The Skylight Studios, London
14 The Holy Terror 5 and 6 August 2000
15 The Mutant Phase 23 and 24 September 2000

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