This week’s free audio adventure from Big Finish’s back catalogue is now available to download from the Big Finish website. This week it is Doctor Who: 1001 Nights.

During the lockdown imposed by the coronavirus crisis, Big Finish is releasing free downloads of full-cast audio dramas – or #lockdownloads – for a limited time.

Every Monday, a new story (or episode from a box set collection) can be downloaded exclusively from the Big Finish web site’s Weekly Deals page at

These stories can be unlocked by anyone who has registered for a Big Finish account (which is free to create) and played on the Big Finish listening app (which is free to install).

Each story will be available for one week only, and comes accompanied by a special discount offer on related titles. This week’s free title is:

Doctor Who: 1001 Nights written by Emma Beeby and Gordon Rennie.

This story was originally released in December 2012 as part of a four-story anthology, and stars Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa. The Doctor has been imprisoned and Nyssa must tell stories to save him. But the stories’ true purpose is much more sinister…


A long time ago, two travellers came from far away…

In the perfumed palace of an omnipotent Sultan, a girl must tell stories to keep the man she cares about from a cruel and horrible death. She spins tales of distant lands she has visited with a mysterious traveller, of fabulous creatures and fantastic adventures — and of a blue box that can travel in time and space.

Meanwhile, in the dungeons below the throne room, there lurks a secret which will bring down the kingdom — perhaps even the universe.

Can the Doctor and Nyssa escape from this never-ending story before the final chapter spells their end?

Teddy Kempner, Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, Alexander Siddig, Nadim Sawalha & Malcolm Tierney (c) Big Finish


  • Peter Davison (The Doctor)
  • Sarah Sutton (Nyssa)
  • Oliver Coopersmith (Hill / Archie)
  • Kim Ismay (Lottie / Alien Nurse / Woman Stallholder)
  • Teddy Kempner (Nazar / Gantha / Prisoner)
  • Debbie Leigh-Simmons (Elizabeth Spinnaker / Bessie / Crying Woman)
  • Christopher Luscombe (Alien Psychiatrist / Balladeer)
  • Nadim Sawalha (Old Man)
  • Alexander Siddig (The Sultan)
  • Malcolm Tierney (Warder / Gantha)

Big Finish listeners can get 50% off the complete Doctor Who: 1001 Nights anthology of adventures at the Weekly Deals page, and save even more money with a download bundle of Doctor Who: Fifth Doctor monthly adventures 166-197 (11 releases for just £65 – a saving of 50% off the regular price):

Further free stories will be released over the next five weeks.

Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, but all purchases of CD releases unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.


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