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The Five Companions was the ninth Doctor Who bonus story released by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Eddie Robson and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, William Russell as Ian Chesterton, Peter Purves as Steven Taylor, Jean Marsh as Sara Kingdom and Anneke Wills as Polly Wright.

It was one of only two bonus releases which aren't available for general purchase and can only be obtained by a subscription including a main range release (in this case, Army of Death), the other being The Four Doctors.

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Inside a cluster of fused-together derelict spaceships, four of the Doctor's oldest friends — and one of his newest ones — are lost and confused. They don't know how they got there or what they're meant to be doing — but as the place is infested with Daleks, Sontarans and dinosaurs, their first priority is staying alive.

To their collective relief, the Doctor turns up and has a reasonable idea of what's going on. If the six of them work together, they can escape this place and get home. But, unexpectedly, others may be working together to ensure they all die here...


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  • The Doctor mentions to Polly that he is attempting to get into contact with the Capitol.


  • Steven encountered the Sontarans when one of their scout ships crashed on the Elders' planet several years earlier in his personal timeline. This experience taught him that a Sontaran could be incapacitated by striking their probic vent.
  • A Tyrannosaurus rex is transported to the alternative Death Zone, where it kills several Daleks before it is exterminated.



  • This is a special release given away to Big Finish subscribers who have the audio story Army of Death as part of their subscription.
  • This marks the first time that Peter Purves and Anneke Wills have reprised their roles as Steven Taylor and Polly Wright respectively for Big Finish outside of the Companion Chronicles range. Similarly, it is the first time that William Russell has reprised his role as Ian Chesterton in a full cast Big Finish audio drama.
  • The Fifth Doctor is the only character to appear in both this story and the television story The Five Doctors.
  • This audio takes place during the events of The Five Doctors. The Fifth Doctor is diverted to an alternate section of the Death Zone that is disused after using the Master's transmat recall device, and discovers that some of his other companions have ended up there as well.
  • The Doctor tells Ian that he had intended to visit him several months earlier. This is a reference to the original plans for Mawdryn Undead, which had envisaged Ian taking the part ultimately allocated to Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
  • This story was recorded at The Moat Studios.
  • It was released on 11 December 2011.[1]



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