Big Finish celebrates four decades of Peter Davison as the Doctor with The Fifth Doctor Adventures: Forty


Big Finish are smelling a flower, watching a sunset, and eating a well-prepared meal to mark forty years since Peter Davison debuted as the Doctor. But, more than that, they’re releasing two brand-new volumes of full-cast audio adventures starring the Fifth Doctor! Doctor Who: The Fifth Doctor Adventures – Forty celebrates four decades since the Fifth Doctor first donned his cricket whites. Split across two box sets, Forty will be released in April and September 2022.

The six dynamic dramas are plucked from various points in the Fifth Doctor’s timeline, as he adventures alongside beloved companions Tegan (Janet Fielding), Turlough (Mark Strickson), Nyssa (Sarah Sutton), Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) and Kamelion (Jon Culshaw) across the episodes.


Attack of the Cybermen (c) BBC
Forty returns the Doctor to the planet Telos,as featured in Tomb of the Cybermen and 1985’s Attack of the Cybermen (c) BBC

Secrets of Telos features the Fifth Doctor revisiting the tomb of the Cybermen

Opening story, Secrets of Telos, is a direct sequel to the 1967 Doctor Who story Tomb of the Cybermen. Producer David Richardson talked about the enduring appeal of the classic tale. “It’s always fascinated me that Tomb of the Cybermen isn’t a story that definitively ends. There’s a loose strand of story left floating at the end of episode four – and that strand of story launches us straight into Forty, a lavish celebration of forty years of the Fifth Doctor. What strange force is pulling the Doctor forwards through his incarnation? The mystery will be solved but along the way enjoy spending time with Tegan, Nyssa, Adric, Turlough and Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. As birthday parties go, this is going to be a spectacular one!”

As well as the Cybermen, expect to hear from other fearsome adversaries, like the Ice Warriors and Autons in Forty. And that’s just in Volume 1!

The three stories in the first volume are:

Secrets of Telos by Matt Fitton
God of War by Sarah Grochala
The Auton Infinity by Tim Foley


Peter Davison as the 5th Doctor (c) BBC
Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor (c) BBC

Doctor Who: The Fifth Doctor Adventures – Forty Volume 1 is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD at £19.99 or on download at £16.99, exclusively at


Big Finish listeners can save money by ordering both volumes of Forty together in a bundle for £38 on CD or £33 on download.


Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control. But all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded. They can also be played on the Big Finish app from the release date.


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