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The Time Lord Victorious series was a multi-platform story released between 17 August 2020 and 16 April 2021. The series was set in and around the Kotturuh crisis and featured the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Doctors, as well as Rose Tyler, Brian the Ood, and the Dalek Restoration Empire.

Overview[]

The story was first teased online by Big Finish Productions and Doctor Who social media on 26 April 2020,[1][2] with first details of the storyline being announced on the following day.

Big Finish's news announced that "Time Lord Victorious will tell a new and untold story, set in the Dark Times near the start of the universe, when even the Eternals were young. Following several Doctors across space and time as they defend their home planet from a terrible race, this is a story like no other."[3]

The first releases were the UNIT Field Logs from 17-20 August.

Stories[]

Various stories were released, across media, by Penguin Random House, Doctor Who Magazine, Titan Comics, Escape Hunt, Big Finish Productions, Eaglemoss Hero Collector, Immersive Everywhere, Maze Theory, BBC Books and BBC Audio.[3]

The 2009 TV story The Waters of Mars has also been retroactively included in the event, being promoted as a chapter in the Tenth Doctor's path.

Comics[]

Titan Comics[]

# Title Author Doctor Featuring Printed in Released
1 Defender of the Daleks Jody Houser 10th, 13th, 8th Dalek Time Squad TLV 1 - 2 2 September - 7 October 2020
Title Author Doctor Featuring Released Notes
Time Lord Victorious Jody Houser 10th, 13th, 8th Dalek Time Squad 17 November 2020 Collects TLV 1 - 2

Doctor Who Magazine[]

# Title Author Doctor Featuring Printed in Released
1 Monstrous Beauty Scott Gray 9th Rose, Great Vampires, Rassilon DWM 556 - 558 17 September - 12 November 2020

Comic Creator[]

Series # Author Doctor Featuring Released
Tales of the Dark Times Episode 1 James Goss 10th Brian 24 September 2020
Episode 2 N/A Dalek Time Squad 10 October 2020
Episode 3 8th 22 October 2020
Episode 4 9th Ikalla 4 November 2020
Episode 5 8th and 9th Woman 19 November 2020

Prose[]

Doctor Who The Official Annual 2021[]

Title Author Featuring Released
The Guide to the Dark Times Paul Lang River Song 3 September 2020

Digital releases[]

Title Author Doctor Featuring Released Medium
Secrets of the Time Lord Victorious James Goss Various September 10– Newsletter
The Dawn of the Kotturuh James Goss None Kotturuh 25 September 2020 Newsletter
Canaries Dave Rudden 8th, 11th,
The Curator
Faction Paradox 15 October 2020 The Wintertime Paradox, Doctor Who website
What the TARDIS thought of “Time Lord Victorious" James Goss 10th The Doctor's TARDIS 15 November 2020 Doctor Who website

BBC Books[]

# Title Author Doctor Featuring Released
1 The Knight, The Fool, and The Dead Steve Cole 10th Brian, Kotturuh 1 October 2020
2 All Flesh is Grass Una McCormack 8th, 9th, 10th Daleks, Kotturuh, Brian 10 December 2020

Eaglemoss Collections magazine[]

# Title Author Featuring Released
- The Restoration Empire James Goss Dalek Emperor 20 October 2020
1 The Last Message
2 Mission to the Known Dalek Time Squad, Dalek Emperor 2 December 2020
3 Exit Strategy 5 December 2020

Audios[]

Big Finish[]

Eighth Doctor trilogy[]

Big Finish Productions' Time Lord Victorious series.[4][5]

# Title Author Director Doctor Featuring Released
1 He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not Carrie Thompson Scott Handcock 8th Brian 14 October 2020
2 The Enemy of My Enemy Tracy Ann Baines Dalek Time Squad 11 November 2020
3 Mutually Assured Destruction Lizzie Hopley 9 December 2020
Other releases[]
Title Author Director Doctor Featuring Released Notes
Master Thief Sophie Iles Lisa Bowerman None The Master 7 October 2020 Short Trips read by Jon Culshaw
Lesser Evils Simon Guerrier The Master, Kotturuh
Genetics of the Daleks Jonathan Morris Jamie Anderson 4th Dalek Time Squad 10 December 2020 Serves as a prequel to A Dalek Awakens
Echoes of Extinction Alfie Shaw Scott Handcock 8th, 10th The Network 16 April 2021 Available exclusively as vinyl and download

BBC Audio[]

Title Author Narrator Doctor Featuring Released
The Minds of Magnox Darren Jones Jacob Dudman 10th Brian 3 December 2020

Webcasts[]

UNIT Field Log[]

Main article: UNIT Field Log

Multiple webcasts were released to tie in to the immersive experience, Time Fracture.

# Title Author Featuring Released
1 14681 UNIT Field Log Daniel Dingsdale UNIT 17 August 2020
2 14682 UNIT Field Log 18 August 2020
3 14683 UNIT Field Log 19 August 2020
4 14684 UNIT Field Log UNIT, Kate Stewart 20 August 2020

Daleks![]

Main article: Daleks!

Beginning 12 November[6], Daleks! was an animated series of five 10-minute episodes starring the Daleks released on the official YouTube channel. It was written by James Goss and starred Nicholas Briggs, Joe Sugg, Anjli Mohindra, and Ayesha Antoine. It was animated by Studio Liddell.[7]

# Title Author Featuring Released
1 The Archive of Islos James Goss Dalek Time Squad 12 November 2020
2 The Sentinel of the Fifth Galaxy 19 November 2020
3 Planet of the Mechaniods 26 November 2020
4 The Deadly Ally 3 December 2020
5 Day of Reckoning 10 December 2020

Immersive experiences[]

Official_Trailer_Doctor_Who_Time_Fracture

Official Trailer Doctor Who Time Fracture

Time Fracture trailer.

  • Doctor Who: Time Fracture - A 90 minute immersive event put on by Immersive Everywhere in central London, originally to premiere in Autumn 2020,[8] before being pushed back to 2021.[9][10] It finally opened on 26 May 2021.

Escape rooms[]

  • A Dalek Awakens - the second Doctor Who-themed "escape room" game developed by Escape Hunt.[11] While nothing has been added to this escape room specifically for this event, this event elaborates on the history of the particular Dalek found therein.[12]
  • The Hollow Planet - Prequel to A Dalek Awakens.

Video games[]

  • The Edge of Time - A VR game previously developed by Maze Theory. At the same time that two non-VR titles are in development to expand The Edge of Time into a trilogy of games, new updates are being planned that will connect the original game to the multi-platform event. Some will be story content, some will be new items, and some will be traditional feature-based updates.[13]

Merchandise[]

Eaglemoss Collections[]

Eaglemoss Hero Collector is releasing four separate figurine sets, each of which come with a companion magazine that further explains the story.[14]

# Featuring Released
1 Dalek Emperor and Dalek Drone 20 October 2020
2 Dalek Time Commander and Dalek Scientist 2 December 2020
3 Dalek Executioner and Dalek Strategist[11] 5 December 2020
4 The Time Lord Victorious and Brian the Ood[11] 1 March 2021

Titan Merchandise[]

Titan Merchandise is releasing a t-shirt that tells a "very important piece of the Time Lord Victorious narrative".[15]

# Featuring Released
1 Brian The Ood[15] 30 September 2020

Paths[]

Different exploration paths were officially promoted[16] although not all announced merchandise were displayed (note: default sorting is in order of release date):

Title 8th 9th 10th Daleks Brian Kotturuh
TV: The Waters of Mars 02
GAME: A Dalek Awakens 12
WC: Trailer 10
COMIC: Defender of the Daleks 01 03
PROSE: The Guide to the Dark Times 02
COMIC: Monstrous Beauty 01
PROSE: The Dawn of the Kotturuh 01
PROSE: The Knight, The Fool and The Dead 04 03 03
AUDIO: Master Thief 06
AUDIO: Lesser Evils 07
AUDIO: He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not 02 02
PROSE: The Last Message 01
PROSE: Mission to the Known 07
AUDIO: The Enemy of My Enemy 03 05
WC: Daleks! 02
PROSE: Exit Strategy 09
AUDIO: The Minds of Magnox 06 05 05
AUDIO: Mutually Assured Destruction 05 08
PROSE: All Flesh is Grass 04 02 05 06 04 04
AUDIO: Genetics of the Daleks 11
AUDIO: Echoes of Extinction 01 07
GAME: Time Fracture 03 04 01

Following this, a main story order was released, although still not containing every story:[17]

Furthermore a Time Lord Victorious blu-ray collection titled "The Road to the Dark Times" contained the following stories selected by producer and writer James Goss plus a guide to how they build to the Time Lord Victorious storyline:[18]

Notes[]

  • James Goss, producer of Time Lord Victorious, reassured users on Twitter that all the stories would be available globally (with the exception of the escape room and the immersive theatre[19]) and that the story was "inclusive", so that even without purchasing all of the releases, they would still get a "completed story".[20]
  • The title of this series comes from the Tenth Doctor in TV: The Waters of Mars, who briefly believes that rather than being a survivor of the Time War, he is the winner: the Time Lord Victorious. The episode was later retroactively incorporated as a part of the series.
  • Even as the series was announced and was beginning to roll out, Doctor Who licenses were still coming to Goss with ideas on how to expand the event because of how enthused they were with the idea.[21]
  • The Brian the Ood T-shirt was something James Goss was quite interested in making sure worked out, teasing ahead of time that there were meetings concerning putting a story on a T-shirt, and making sure that such a thing was possible.[21][22]
  • The genesis of this project was described by Goss as the BBC calling him in, saying they wanted this project, "it should probably be called Time Lord Victorious, good luck!" He came back with some ideas, they liked them, nothing happened for a few months, and then they just gave him the green light out of nowhere.[21]
  • Due to the COVID-19 crisis there was a very real worry that this entire project would have to be canceled in its entirety.[21]
  • As of July 25, 2020 Goss noted that both the Immersive Theater and the Escape Room are working to find ways to open in a safe way even given the pandemic.[21] However, the Immersive Theater ended up being pushed back to spring of 2021, even though it was originally planned for Autumn of 2020.[9]
  • Goss told the Radio Times that the BBC had been covertly digitally focus grouping ideas for what fans actually wanted in spin-off media through sneaking questions into certain events. When Goss was first brought to a meeting regarding this topic, he was given a list of things that fans were interested in seeing, Doctors, monsters, etc, based on this practice. While this influenced broad story beats, such as having interest in more of the Eighth Doctor or the Daleks, it didn't specifically cause them to include a story involving the two of them together.[23]
  • Goss stated that the BBC had been trying to get a project like this working for "four or five years now".[24]
  • When asked, Goss revealed that his favorite part of this project was the creation of the toy for the Dalek Emperor.[24]
  • Goss revealed that the Tales of the Dark Times series, created by himself and published on the Comic Creator app, takes place during a 'big gap' after the Battle of Mordeela, which takes place during All Flesh is Grass.[25]

Cover gallery[]

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