The Starship of Theseus was the first story in the audio anthology The Eighth Doctor: Time War: Volume One, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by John Dorney and featured Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor and introduced Rakhee Thakrar as the new companion, Bliss.
The Doctor and his companion, Sheena, land the TARDIS on the glamorous luxury space-liner Theseus just as it's about to leave the Jupiter space-port. An opportunity for a holiday presents itself – and it’s one they’re very glad to take.
But when a disturbance catches their attention, they realise sinister events are taking place on board. Passengers are vanishing on every trip. And unless they’re careful they may be next.
Can the Doctor and Emma solve the mystery? Or is there something else they should be worrying about?
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- The Doctor - Paul McGann
- Sheena - Olivia Vinall
- Bliss - Rakhee Thakrar
- Rupa Maguire - Nimmy March
- Quarren Maguire - David Ganly
- Captain Darvor - Sean Murray
- Koloth/Jefferson - Hywel Morgan
- Purser Lunney/Aymor - Laurence Kennedy
- The Daleks - Nicholas Briggs
- This story's title and concept is based on the Ship of Theseus paradox, which questions whether an object, if all its components are replaced, is essentially the same object. This idea was also referenced in Deep Breath, regarding the Half-Face Man.
- The Doctor materialises the TARDIS facing a wall. The Tenth Doctor would later materialise facing the side of a rubbish bin. (TV: Fear Her)
- The Doctor muses that the last time he heard of missing passengers on a flight was at an airport in the '60s and it turned out to have a very unconventional explanation then as well. (TV: The Faceless Ones)
- Official The Starship of Theseus page at bigfinish.com
- Official The Eighth Doctor: Time War: Volume One page at bigfinish.com