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The Suffering was the seventh story of the fourth series of The Companion Chronicles, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Jacqueline Rayner, narrated by Maureen O'Brien and Peter Purves and featured the First Doctor, Vicki Pallister and Steven Taylor.

Publisher's summary[]

The TARDIS materialises in England in the year 1912, a time of great social change. The Suffragette movement is lobbying for votes for women, and the skull of the so-called "missing link" has been discovered in Piltdown.

While Vicki falls victim to a strange influence, the Doctor and Steven investigate the fossilised remains. The Suffering has been unleashed. Can the travellers survive its rage?


An Unearthing (1)[]

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The Piltdown Woman (2)[]

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The Female of the Species (3)[]

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The Sharing (4)[]

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  • This audio drama was recorded on 2 and 6 October 2009 at The Moat Studios.
  • Starting with this release, January Companion Chronicle releases have been two discs, a practice that came about after a misunderstanding on Nev Fountain's part on the length of Peri and the Piscon Paradox, released in January 2011, but written before The Suffering.
  • This story was originally released on CD and download on 20 February 2010.[1] It is now available as a download only.
  • This story was told from both Steven and Vicki's perspective.
  • This story is set between The Time Meddler and Galaxy 4.



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