A TARDIS ticket for one, please – Tom Baker returns to the blue box in two brand new full-cast Doctor Who – The Fourth Doctor Adventures

Set for release from Big Finish in March 2022, Solo finds Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor with the TARDIS all to himself. But not for long, as he travels to a Gallifreyan moon to study a book that could alter time itself, and runs into new friend Margaret Hopwood (Nerys Hughes) in a haunted English village where residents are terrorized by an ominous figure…

John Dorney was the Script Editor for the two stories in the boxset. “The Doctor’s travelling solo in the eleventh series of The Fourth Doctor Adventures,” he explains, “but he’s by no means alone. The scripts from Tim and David are quite a contrast, with one finding a lot of Time Lords in an unusual location and the other set on the English coast.

“And of course this set brought the incomparable Nerys Hughes into the team, playing a one-off character so well, with such chemistry with Tom that we knew we had to bring her back. Attentive listeners may have caught a cameo from her character Margaret back in Ravenous 3 – but this is where her story really begins.”


Tom Baker and Nerys Hughes at the recording of Solo (c) Paul Midcalf Big Finish Productions Doctor Who Fourth Doctor Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 11 Solo
Tom Baker and Nerys Hughes at the recording of Solo (c) Paul Midcalf)

The two stories in Solo are:

Blood of the Time Lords by Timothy X Atack

The book known as The Dischord Grimoire is an incredibly powerful tome, believed capable of altering the true passage of time itself. And the Doctor has it in the TARDIS.

Wanting to look into this mysterious opus further, he decides to take it to an old friend in The Recusary – a monastery-like retreat on a moon of Gallifrey.  

But he’s chosen an inauspicious time to arrive. Something else is visiting the Recusary. And this something hasn’t brought a book with it… but death.


The Ravencliff Witch by David Llewellyn

The TARDIS lands in Ravencliff, a small town on the English coast that stands in the shade of a newly built power station. And that just happens to be haunted.

Every now and then a spectral figure is glimpsed on the beach – the Ravencliff witch. And every time she appears, it’s the prelude to disaster.

The Doctor has to solve the mystery of her appearances if he wants to prevent a catastrophe. But he won’t have to do it alone – as he has the help of Margaret Hopwood, a renowned sculptor destined to play a big part in his life.


Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 11 – Solo is available to pre-order as a collector’s edition box set (on CD at £24.99) and as a digital download (at £19.99), exclusively from the Big Finish website.


Big Finish listeners can also pre-order both Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 11 volumes together in a bundle for £46 on CD or £39 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 or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.


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