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The Hollows of Time was the fourth Lost Story of Season 23 to be developed into an audio play. It starred Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant as the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown.

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The Doctor and Peri have been on holiday, visiting old friend Reverend Foxwell in the sleepy English village of Hollowdean. But why are their memories so hazy?

Piecing together events they recall a mysterious chauffeur, who is not what he seems, and Foxwell's experiments that could alter the nature of reality. Huge sand creatures have been sighted on the dunes, and many of the locals are devoted to a leader known as "Professor Stream".

But who is Stream? And what lies within the Hollows of Time?

The Doctor will discover that not every question has a definitive answer...


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  • The Doctor quotes his "friend Wittgenstein".
  • When Reverend Foxwell inquires as to whether he used to have a "a metal dog", the Doctor says it was a long time ago in "another life".
  • The computer under Hollowdean runs Microsoft Windows (either 3.1, 95, 98, or 2000/ME, judging by the sound effects).


Interior CD Sleeve illustration of the events of the story.

  • The Hollows of Time was an unproduced serial written by Christopher H. Bidmead intended to feature the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown. It was cancelled to make way for The Trial of a Time Lord.
  • This story marks the first appearance of the Tractators in an audio story. After being introduced in Frontios twenty-six years earlier, the species appeared in Happy Deathday and Life After Queth.
  • In the original version of the script, Professor Stream would have been revealed to be the Master in disguise ("Stream" being an anagram for "Master"), a plot device previously used in The Keeper of Traken, Castrovalva, Time-Flight and The King's Demons. While this was changed (due to Big Finish lacking the rights to use the Master at the time of this story's production) David Garfield portrayed Stream with a voice similar to Anthony Ainley's. In-narrative, this is further explained as the Doctor and Peri suffering from slight amnesia after this adventure, creating the possibility that Stream is the Master and they just don't remember it. Additionally this story is included in Big Finish's "The Master" collection"[1] and was included by Big Finish in sales of stories featuring the Master in 2019 and 2021, which implies the producers consider Stream to be the Master in disguise.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 30 and 31 March 2009.
  • It was released on 18 February 2010.[2]



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