A twelve-story batch in the Main Range audio series was released by Big Finish Productions in 2001.

Overview Edit

There were a number of firsts in the 2001 Main Range batch, undoubtedly the most notable being Paul McGann returning to the role of the Eighth Doctor.

Storm Warning featured McGann in the role of the Eighth Doctor for the first time since his debut in the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie. He was joined by an original companion, Charlotte Pollard, played by India Fisher who would feature in all but four of the Eighth Doctor's Main Range stories. His first run of four consecutive stories featured the first appearance of the Cybermen in Sword of Orion and the reappearance of Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart in Minuet in Hell.

Elsewhere in the year, the Master played by Geoffrey Beevers had his Big Finish debut in Dust Breeding. Beevers would be the only incarnation of the Master to act at the company for several years. The Silurians debuted in Bloodtide and Elizabeth Klein in Colditz though she would not appear again until A Thousand Tiny Wings in 2010 where she was reintroduced as a companion. The TARDIS team of the Sixth Doctor and Mel debuted at the company in The One Doctor.

In The Eye of the Scorpion, in another Big Finish first, an original companion was introduced alongside one from the television series. In this case Erimem joined the Fifth Doctor and Peri in their travels. Erimem would appear in almost every Fifth Doctor and Peri story until her departure in The Bride of Peladon in 2008.

Nimrod and the Forge first appeared in Project: Twilight and begun an arc that would feature prominently until Gods and Monsters in 2012.

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Stories Edit

# Title Author Director Doctor Featuring Released
16 Storm Warning Alan Barnes Gary Russell 8th Charley January 2001
17 Sword of Orion Nicholas Briggs Charley, Cybermen February 2001
18 The Stones of Venice Paul Magrs Gary Russell Charley March 2001
19 Minuet in Hell Alan W. Lear and Gary Russell Nicholas Briggs Charley, the Brigadier April 2001
20 Loups-Garoux Marc Platt Nicholas Pegg 5th Turlough May 2001
21 Dust Breeding Mike Tucker Gary Russell 7th Ace, Bev, the Master June 2001
22 Bloodtide Jonathan Morris 6th Evelyn, Silurians July 2001
23 Project: Twilight Cavan Scott and Mark Wright Evelyn, Nimrod, the Forge August 2001
24 The Eye of the Scorpion Iain McLaughlin 5th Peri, Erimem September 2001
25 Colditz Steve Lyons 7th Ace, Klein October 2001
26 Primeval Lance Parkin 5th Nyssa, Trakenites November 2001
27 The One Doctor Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman 6th Mel December 2001

Notes Edit

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Production Edit

# Title Recorded on Recorded at
16 Storm Warning 18 May 2000 Christchurch Studios, Bristol
17 Sword of Orion 16 and 17 May 2000
18 The Stones of Venice 15 and 16 May 2000
19 Minuet in Hell 19 May and 2 July 2000 Christchurch Studios, Stonesthrow Studios, London
20 Loups-Garoux 9 and 10 December 2000 The Moat Studios, London
21 Dust Breeding 31 March, 21 and 22 April 2001
22 Bloodtide 31 March and 1 April 2001
23 Project: Twilight 23 and 24 June 2001
24 The Eye of the Scorpion 21 and 22 July 2001
25 Colditz 26 and 27 May 2001
26 Primeval 24 and 25 August 2001
27 The One Doctor 28 and 29 April 2001

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