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The Dark Flame was the forty-second story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Trevor Baxendale and featured Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfield.

It was the second Main Range audio story to be branded a "side step" into the lore and storylines of the Virgin New Adventures series. It was also the final to do so until Benny's appearance in 2009's Benny's Story.

Publisher's summary[]

A thousand years ago, the evil Cult of the Dark Flame infiltrated every star system in the galaxy. In the history books the Cult is legendary, its despotic leader a terrible memory.

But for some the Dark Flame still burns. For some, its horrifying power is the ultimate goal. All that is required is for the right people to be in the wrong place and time...

An archaeologist and his robot are on the poisonous world of Marran Alpha, where they will uncover a hideous relic. The Doctor and Ace are on their way to the deep space research centre Orbos, where Professor Bernice Summerfield is soon to start the countdown to universal Armageddon.

Four acolytes of Evil.

Three mad scientists.

Two companions.

One Doctor.


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Energy and radiation[]


  • The Doctor observes that "sleep is for Chelonians."

Preview illustration by Martin Geraghty featured in DWM 328



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