The Feast of Axos was the one hundred and forty-fourth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Mike Maddox and featured Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe and John Pickard as Thomas Brewster.
Released in February 2011, it was the second in a series of three Sixth Doctor audio stories from Big Finish during that year. This was the first appearance of Axos in performed Doctor Who since their introduction in the 1971 story The Claws of Axos. Notably, Axos was played by Bernard Holley, who previously provided its voice in the 1971 story.
"Axos calling Earth. Fuel system exhausted. Request immediate assistance."
Many years ago, the vast space parasite Axos attempted to suck the planet Earth of its energy. Now it's all but forgotten — a dried-up husk, marooned in orbit, still stuck in the time loop it was placed in by Earth's defender, the Doctor.
Forgotten, that is, except by space tourism billionaire Campbell Irons — who's hatched a plan to solve the world's energy crisis by reviving Axos, and transmitting its power back to Earth. But the crew of the spaceship Windermere aren't alone aboard the parasite. The Doctor has returned, to correct an error of decades past...
And Axos is waiting.
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- The Doctor / Axos - Colin Baker
- Evelyn Smythe - Maggie Stables
- Thomas Brewster - John Pickard
- Voice of Axos / The Axons - Bernard Holley
- Campbell Irons / Svenni Nilson - John Banks
- Joanna Slade - Andree Bernard
- David Brock - Chook Sibtain
- Craig Swanson - Peter Forbes
- Philippe Lefevre - Duncan Wisbey
Cultural references from the real world
- Evelyn mentions David Bowie.
- Whilst in their spacesuits, Evelyn calls the Doctor "Flash Gordon" and Thomas Brewster "Buck Rogers".
- Brewster gives Evelyn the nicknames of "Old Mother Hubbard" and "Old Mum Smythe."
- This story marks the first audio appearance of Axos.
- This audio story was recorded at The Moat Studios.
- The Doctor tells Evelyn that Brewster's pretending to be him is 'the second time [he's] pulled that particular stunt'. (AUDIO: Time Reef)
- Many years later, the Seventh Doctor and Evelyn would reminisce about spending time "in a spacesuit bouncing about Axos with that poor boy Brewster." (AUDIO: A Death in the Family)
- The events of TV: The Claws of Axos are mentioned, stated as being "nearly 50 years ago".
- The Doctor comments that his spacesuit is "the one with the fishbowl helmet". (TV: The Moonbase)
- Campbell Irons bought the British Rocket Group (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks, PROSE: The Dying Days) and runs his operation from the former Space Defence Station in Devesham. (TV: The Android Invasion)
- Official The Feast of Axos page at bigfinish.com
- DisContinuity for The Feast of Axos at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide