Go back in time with Doctor Who and Bernice Summerfield to the great city of Excelis, as the full quadrilogy of the epic saga is now available to download for the very first time
Originally released on CD in 2002, Excelis was one of Big Finish’s first true epics. Guest starring Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, School Reunion) it charted the rise and fall of the city of Excelis across four stories. During the saga the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors, along with Benny Summerfield, all visit it at different points in its dark history. It’s also been one of the most elusive, with the second half of the arc never available for download. Until now. As of this week, Doctor Who: Excelis Decays and Bernice Summerfield: The Plague Herds of Excelis are now available as downloads from the Big Finish website, joining Doctor Who: Excelis Dawns and Doctor Who: Excelis Rising.
Doctor Who: Excelis Decays features the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) returning to find a war-torn city where there was once peace, heralding the fulfillment of a terrible plan… And in Bernice Summerfield: The Plague Herd of Excelis, the Doctor’s former companion Benny (Lisa Bowerman) and the eccentric Time Lady Iris Wildthyme (Katy Manning) come across the city in disrepair and ruin – and danger is on the horizon…
Doctor Who: Excelis Decays
When the Doctor last visited the city of Excelis, its citizens were about to enter an age of enlightenment and reason. But some centuries later, he discovers a vicious totalitarian regime at war with the rest of Artaris, living off the efforts of a drugged and broken underclass.
Who is the mysterious Lord Sutton, and what hold does he have over the ruling classes? What are the Meat Puppets, and what role do they play in the eternal war? And why is the Doctor’s arrival the final piece in a plan that has been centuries in the making?
Throughout his lives, the Doctor has fought legends. But some legends refuse to die.
Doctor Who: Excelis Decays is available as a collector’s edition CD at £9.99 and for the first time on download at £7.99, exclusively at www.bigfinish.com.
Bernice Summerfield: The Plague Herds of Excelis
The once-proud city of Excelis is a crumbling ruin in a state of siege, as barbarians catapult pestilent animal corpses into the city to spread disease among those trapped inside.
Excelis is a city clinging to life by a thread. But ancient prophecies foretell a final retribution for the past arrogance of its rulers. When the sun is eaten away from the sky, when the ancient relic of Excelis is taken from its rightful resting-place, and when strangers are discovered among the people, then shall the whole world be doomed to die.
Today, the sun is a moth-eaten shadow. Plans are afoot to steal the relic. And a very tired and very fraught Professor Bernice Summerfield just stomped into town in the company of a mysterious traveller in space and time known only as Iris Wildthyme. Pitted against a sinister prophet, the machinations of the Imperial court, and hordes of animal undead, Benny finds herself embroiled in the final stages of an aeons-old plan to commit genocide twice over, with no way out.
Bernice Summerfield: The Plague Herd of Excelis is available as a collector’s edition CD at £4.99, and for the first time on download from the Big Finish website at £4.99.
There’s still time to get up to 40% off the whole saga
Plus, for a limited time, Big Finish listeners can get up to 40% off all four volumes on CD and download.
For Big Finish listeners who’d like to save more, there is also 25% off the Doctor Who: Excelis Quadrilogy – with a special CD bundle which includes a bonus disc of The Music from Excelis, (not currently available as a download) ACT QUICKLY WHILE STOCKS LAST.
All the above offers must end at 23:59 (UK time) on 31 August 2021.