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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.

It also featured Olivia Vinall as Sheena.

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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 and Sheena spot Jupiter from the deck of the Theseus before the ship enters hyperspace.


Alternate cover, with the 2018 Doctor Who logo.

  • 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.


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