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Out of Time was the first story in the Out of Time series, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Matt Fitton and featured David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor and Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks.

Publisher's summary[]

The Cathedral of Contemplation is an enigma, existing outside time. It turns through history, opening its doors across the universe to offer solace to those in need.

Occasionally, the Doctor drops in – when he's avoiding his destiny, it’s an ideal place to get some perspective. Only this time he's already there from several lives earlier, so when dimension barriers break down, his past and present collide.

And when the Daleks invade and commandeer the Cathedral, two Doctors must unite to stop them – or face extermination twice over!


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  • This story was recorded remotely on 26 March and 4 May 2020.
  • As well as part of the Out of Time series, the story was also released as part of The Tenth Doctor Adventures range.
  • This story was originally released on CD and download.
  • In 2022, Josh Snares released a full animation of the story on YouTube. To avoid copyright infringement, the soundtrack was not included; instead, fans were invited to download the Out of Time audio legally and sync it up with Snares's visuals themselves. Although it was not actually an official Big Finish product, Snares's animation was promoted by Big Finish Productions on Twitter.[1]
  • With initial production originally delayed by David Tennant's filming commitments to Around the World in 80 Days, the Coronavirus pandemic subsequently led to further delays until arrangements were made to record remotely. While some previous productions had been partly affected by the pandemic, Out of Time was the first Big Finish project to be recorded entirely within lockdown conditions. Actors had to be cast partly based on whether they had home recording facilities. Claire Rushbrook already had such a set-up after recording for Tula Chenka in The Robots during lockdown. Kathryn Drysdale recorded from inside a portable sauna. (VOR 137)
  • Matt Fitton primarily based the Tenth Doctor's interactions with the Fourth Doctor on his portrayal in Time Crash, in which his interactions with the Fifth Doctor showed him to be a fan on his younger selves. (VOR 137) Time Crash more heavily influenced the next release in the series, which also featured the Fifth Doctor. (BFX: The Gates of Hell, VOR 147)
  • Jora was described by Fitton as the companion of the story. (VOR 137)
  • The Second Dalek War acts as a backdrop for the plot, the first story to return to that era since Prisoner of the Daleks depicted the end of the conflict in 2009. The Tenth Doctor refers to the conflict directly by that name, marking the first time it has been used outside of the Virgin New Adventures continuity, as well as in any performed medium.
  • Fitton discussed whether to use classic-era Daleks or revived-era Daleks and it was decided to use both as a fun melding of the two eras. (VOR 137) The inclusion of both actually helps bridge part of the gap which exists in the lead-up to Prisoner of the Daleks. Out of Time depicts the Daleks starting to use both Time War-style casings and time travel in a bid to defeat Earth Command, elements which feature more prominently in Prisoner.
  • According to Fitton, Nicholas Briggs originally planned to record his Dalek lines with the ring modulator at a later time separate from the main recording sessions, much to David Tennant's disappointment. Briggs therefore set up the modulator in his office allowing the actors to record with the live Dalek dialogue. (VOR 137)
  • The production team referred to this story as "Out of Time 1" in interviews, to distinguish it from subsequent releases in the Out of Time series. (BFX: The Gates of Hell)
  • Producer David Richardson recalled that the initial ideas for Out of Time 2 were being discussed even before those of Out of Time 1, but Out of Time 1 ended up being recorded before Out of Time 2 was seriously revisited. (BFX: The Gates of Hell)
  • The involvement of the Daleks in this story influenced the decision to use the Cybermen, another popular recurring foe of the Doctor, in Out of Time 2. Similar discussions to those concerning the Daleks were had about which era of Cyberman to use; unlike the blend of new and old Daleks, the Cyberman model from The Invasion was opted for. (BFX: The Gates of Hell)


Cover gallery[]

Simon Holub sought to design the front cover as if it was a photoshoot from the revived era, which included both Doctors, their TARDISes, Daleks from their respective eras and "a subtle hint of title sequences in the background." (VOR 137)

Jonathon Carley revealed in a YouTube interview that Tom Baker's pose is taken from a publicity photo of Peter Capaldi from Series 9 with the jacket tinted brown and the Fourth Doctor's head and scarf added on top.[2]

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