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{{Infobox Audio Series
|name = The Company of Friends
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|image = The Company of Friends cover.jpg
|series = [[Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|Big Finish ''Doctor Who'' audio stories]]
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|release count = 1
|number = 123
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|story count = 4
|doctor = Eighth Doctor
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|release year = 2009
|companions = [[Bernice Summerfield|Benny]] (Part One)<br />[[Fitz Kreiner|Fitz]] (Part Two)<br />[[Izzy Sinclair|Izzy]] (Part Three) <br />[[Mary Shelley|Mary]] (Part Four)
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|first story = Benny's Story (audio story)
|publisher = Big Finish Productions
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|only release = [[July (releases)|July]] [[2009 (releases)|2009]]
|release date = [[July (releases)|July]] [[2009 (releases)|2009]]
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|doctor = Eighth Doctor
|format = 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
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|companion = Bernice Summerfield
|production code = 8Z
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|companion2 = Fitz Kreiner
|isbn = ISBN 978-1-84435-411-5
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|companion3 = Izzy Sinclair
|prev = The Angel of Scutari (audio story)
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|companion4 = Mary Shelley
|next = Patient Zero (audio story)}}
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|producer = David Richardson
'''''{{StoryTitle}}''''' was a [[Big Finish Productions]] anthological audio release in [[2009 (releases)|2009]]. It featured the [[Eighth Doctor]] with four companions who had never appeared alongside him in audio ''[[Doctor Who]]''. Most of these companions were derived from Eighth Doctor stories in print media. Thus, ''Company'' contained the first performances of [[Izzy Sinclair|Izzy]] and [[Fitz Kreiner|Fitz]]. It also contained the first audio team-up of the Eighth Doctor and [[Bernice Summerfield]] (she had previously met him in the novel [[PROSE]]: ''[[The Dying Days]]''). Finally, it depicted a meeting [[Big Finish]] had long teased in their eighth Doctor audio adventures: that of the Eighth Doctor with [[Mary Shelley]]. Notably, it was the first Eighth Doctor audio drama to be released in the main range not to feature [[Charlotte Pollard|Charley Pollard]].
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|script ed = Alan Barnes
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|exec prod = Jason Haigh-Ellery
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|exec prod2 = Nicholas Briggs
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|music = [[Thea Cochrane]], [[Nicholas Briggs]]
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|sound = [[Thea Cochrane]]
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|cover = [[Alex Mallinson]]
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|production codes = [[List of production codes#Big Finish production codes|8Z]]
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|isbn = ISBN 978-1-84435-411-5
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|runtime =
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|publisher = [[Big Finish Productions]]
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|format = 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
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|series = ''[[Main Range]]''
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|prev = The Angel of Scutari (audio story)
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|next = Patient Zero (audio story)
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|soundcloudtrailer = soundcloud.com/big-finish/doctor-who-the-company-of-friends-trailer
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}}
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'''''{{StoryTitle}}''''' was the one hundred and twenty-third release in [[Big Finish Productions|Big Finish]]'s [[Main Range|monthly range]]. The four stories were written by [[Lance Parkin]], [[Stephen Cole]], [[Alan Barnes]] and [[Jonathan Morris]] respectively and featured [[Paul McGann]] as the [[Eighth Doctor]].
   
This anthology is notable for the fact that the Eighth Doctor acknowledges comics, prose and audio continuities. As of 2015, it is the first and only release to explicitly and unambiguously combine the continuities of these three media.
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It featured four companions who had never appeared alongside him in audio ''[[Doctor Who]]''. Most of these companions were derived from Eighth Doctor stories in print media. Thus, ''Company'' contained the first performances of [[Izzy Sinclair|Izzy]] and [[Fitz Kreiner|Fitz]]. It also contained the first audio team-up of the Eighth Doctor and [[Bernice Summerfield]] (she had previously met him in the novel ''[[The Dying Days (novel)|The Dying Days]]''). Finally, it depicted a meeting [[Big Finish]] had long teased in their eighth Doctor audio adventures: that of the Eighth Doctor with [[Mary Shelley]]. Notably, it was the first Eighth Doctor audio drama to be released in the ''Main Range'' not to feature [[Charlotte Pollard]].
   
The stories included were:
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== Publisher's summary ==
* ''[[Benny's Story]]'' by [[Lance Parkin]]
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Four one-part stories:
* ''[[Fitz's Story]]'' by [[Stephen Cole]]
 
* ''[[Izzy's Story]]'' by [[Alan Barnes]]
 
* ''[[Mary's Story]]'' by [[Jonathan Morris]]
 
   
== Notes ==
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1. ''[[Benny's Story (audio story)|BENNY'S STORY]]'' by [[Lance Parkin]]
* This audio drama was recorded on [[30 October (production)|30]] and [[31 October (production)|31 October]] 2008.
 
* This is Big Finish's fourth anthology release.
 
   
== Reissue ==
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Deep in the mines of [[Epsilon Minima]], Professor [[Bernice Summerfield]] is up to her neck in it - as usual. The [[Countess]] [[Venhella]] has hired her to recover a lost [[Time Lord]] artefact: A [[TARDIS key]], it turns out. Guess whose?
[[File:Company of Friends.jpg|thumb|The Doctor's companions [[Izzy Sinclair|Izzy]], [[Fitz Kreiner|Fitz]], [[Benny Summerfield|Benny]] and [[Mary Shelley|Mary]]]]
 
   
In 2011, Big Finish launched a new series of audio dramas featuring the Eighth Doctor and Mary Shelley. To coincide with this, ''Mary's Story'' was made available as a standalone download.[http://www.bigfinish.com/news/Marys-Story-for-99p]
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2. ''[[Fitz's Story (audio story)|FITZ'S STORY]]'' by [[Stephen Cole]]
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On the planet [[Entusso]], [[Eighth Doctor|the Doctor]] and [[Fitz Kreiner]] investigate [[Alien Defence Incorporated]] - your one-stop shop for protection against extraterrestrial invasion! But which is the greatest menace: the hideous [[Vermin Queen]]s or ADI itself?
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3. ''[[Izzy's Story (audio story)|IZZY'S STORY]]'' by [[Alan Barnes]]
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[[TARDIS]] travel opens one's eyes to a universe of possibilities, reckons the Doctor. For geek girl [[Izzy Sinclair|Izzy]], it's also a fantastic way to track down ultra-rare back copies of '[[Aggrotron!]]', the most dangerous comic in history...
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4. ''[[Mary's Story (audio story)|MARY'S STORY]]'' by [[Jonathan Morris]]
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[[Switzerland]], [[1816]]: at the [[Villa Diodati]], Lord Byron's house guests tell each other tales to curdle the blood and quicken the beatings of the heart. With a monster on the loose outside, young [[Mary Shelley]] isn't short of inspiration.
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== Stories ==
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{| {{prettytable}}
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! # || Title || Author || Director || Featuring || Released || Pr. code
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|-
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|123.1
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|''[[Benny's Story (audio story)|Benny's Story]]''
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|[[Lance Parkin]]
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|rowspan=4|[[Nicholas Briggs]], [[Lisa Bowerman]]
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|[[Bernice Summerfield|Benny]]
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|rowspan=4|[[July (releases)|July]] [[2009 (releases)|2009]]
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|rowspan=4|8Z
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|-
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|123.2
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|''[[Fitz's Story (audio story)|Fitz's Story]]''
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|[[Stephen Cole]]
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|[[Fitz Kreiner|Fitz]]
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|-
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|123.3
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|''[[Izzy's Story (audio story)|Izzy's Story]]''
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|[[Alan Barnes]]
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|[[Izzy Sinclair|Izzy]]
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|-
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|123.4
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|''[[Mary's Story (audio story)|Mary's Story]]''
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|[[Jonathan Morris]]
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|[[Mary Shelley|Mary]]
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|}
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== Notes ==
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[[File:Company of Friends.jpg|thumb|The Doctor's companions [[Izzy Sinclair|Izzy]], [[Fitz Kreiner|Fitz]], [[Benny Summerfield|Benny]] and [[Mary Shelley|Mary]]]]
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* This audio drama was recorded on [[30 October (production)|30]] and [[31 October (production)|31 October]] [[2008 (production)|2008]].
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* This is Big Finish's fourth anthology release.
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* In 2011, Big Finish launched a trilogy of audio dramas featuring the Eighth Doctor and Mary Shelley. To coincide with this, ''Mary's Story'' was made available as a standalone download.<ref>https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/but-mary-s-story-for-a-limited-period-for-just-99p</ref>
   
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
* {{bigfinish|releases/v/the-company-of-friends-289|The Company of Friends page}}
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* {{dwrefguide|who_bf123.htm|The Company of Friends}}
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* {{tetrap|8/companyoffriends.html|The Company of Friends}}
 
* {{tetrap|8/companyoffriends.html|The Company of Friends}}
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== Footnotes ==
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Latest revision as of 19:43, September 3, 2020

RealWorld

The Company of Friends was the one hundred and twenty-third release in Big Finish's monthly range. The four stories were written by Lance Parkin, Stephen Cole, Alan Barnes and Jonathan Morris respectively and featured Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor.

It featured four companions who had never appeared alongside him in audio Doctor Who. Most of these companions were derived from Eighth Doctor stories in print media. Thus, Company contained the first performances of Izzy and Fitz. It also contained the first audio team-up of the Eighth Doctor and Bernice Summerfield (she had previously met him in the novel The Dying Days). Finally, it depicted a meeting Big Finish had long teased in their eighth Doctor audio adventures: that of the Eighth Doctor with Mary Shelley. Notably, it was the first Eighth Doctor audio drama to be released in the Main Range not to feature Charlotte Pollard.

Publisher's summary Edit

Four one-part stories:

1. BENNY'S STORY by Lance Parkin

Deep in the mines of Epsilon Minima, Professor Bernice Summerfield is up to her neck in it - as usual. The Countess Venhella has hired her to recover a lost Time Lord artefact: A TARDIS key, it turns out. Guess whose?

2. FITZ'S STORY by Stephen Cole

On the planet Entusso, the Doctor and Fitz Kreiner investigate Alien Defence Incorporated - your one-stop shop for protection against extraterrestrial invasion! But which is the greatest menace: the hideous Vermin Queens or ADI itself?

3. IZZY'S STORY by Alan Barnes

TARDIS travel opens one's eyes to a universe of possibilities, reckons the Doctor. For geek girl Izzy, it's also a fantastic way to track down ultra-rare back copies of 'Aggrotron!', the most dangerous comic in history...

4. MARY'S STORY by Jonathan Morris

Switzerland, 1816: at the Villa Diodati, Lord Byron's house guests tell each other tales to curdle the blood and quicken the beatings of the heart. With a monster on the loose outside, young Mary Shelley isn't short of inspiration.

Stories Edit

# Title Author Director Featuring Released Pr. code
123.1 Benny's Story Lance Parkin Nicholas Briggs, Lisa Bowerman Benny July 2009 8Z
123.2 Fitz's Story Stephen Cole Fitz
123.3 Izzy's Story Alan Barnes Izzy
123.4 Mary's Story Jonathan Morris Mary

Notes Edit

Company of Friends

The Doctor's companions Izzy, Fitz, Benny and Mary

  • This audio drama was recorded on 30 and 31 October 2008.
  • This is Big Finish's fourth anthology release.
  • In 2011, Big Finish launched a trilogy of audio dramas featuring the Eighth Doctor and Mary Shelley. To coincide with this, Mary's Story was made available as a standalone download.[1]

External links Edit

Footnotes Edit

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