Big Finish is preparing to mark four decades of Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor next year, with two anniversary box sets. And the cover and story details for January’s Volume One are here now!


Big Finish have revealed the cover and story details for Doctor Who: The Fifth Doctor Adventures – Forty Volume One. Scheduled for release in January 2022 to coincide with the broadcast of the first Fifth Doctor adventure Castrovalva, it’s the first of two celebratory boxsets. Join the Doctor (Peter Davison) for more adventures with Adric (Matthew Waterhouse), Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) and Tegan (Janet Fielding). Together the four friends will encounter Cybermen and Ice Warriors. But what is happening to the Time Lord? Has he become unstuck in time?

Producer David Richardson reflected on the reason for the celebration. “Can it really be forty years since Peter Davison stepped into his cricketing gear and brought a whole new zest and energy to Doctor Who? The anniversary of the arrival of the first young Doctor deserves to be celebrated, and the party lasts over two box sets. Why is the Fifth Doctor travelling along his own time stream? All will be revealed in a surprise-filled arc, and many old friends are back alongside some of the show’s best-loved foes.”


Doctor Who: Forty Volume One (c) Big Finish Productions Fifth Doctor Adventures Adric Nyssa Tegan Jovanka Peter Davison Matthew Waterhouse Sarah Sutton Janet Fielding Cybermen Ice Warriors
Doctor Who: Forty Volume One (c) Big Finish Productions

Doctor Who: The Fifth Doctor Adventures – Forty Volume 1

Secrets of Telos by Matt Fitton

Professor Parry’s expedition to the tombs of Telos was hardly an unmitigated success. The handful of survivors limp home in a spaceship… unaware that the deadly peril they faced from the Cybermen is not yet banished. Into this situation stumble the Fifth Doctor and his friends Nyssa and Tegan – and they’re soon in a deadly fight for their lives.

Except things aren’t quite that simple – something odd is happening to the Doctor. He’s suddenly in a different part of his own timeline inhabiting his future self with no idea of why or how this has happened.

Who is bouncing him through time? And what could they possibly want?

God of War by Sarah Grochala

The Doctor is still being jolted through his own timeline, and has now found himself with Nyssa, Tegan and Adric in ninth century Iceland near a Viking settlement on the edge of a volcano. A settlement whose leader has just found a god in the ice.

The TARDIS crew are soon in a battle with the fearsome Ice Warriors. There are a lot of lives to save… and not just those of their new friends.

The Doctor’s about to find that his biggest battle may be with his own conscience.



Doctor Who – The Fifth Doctor Adventures: Forty Volume 1 is available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD at £19.99 or on download from the Big Finish website at £16.99.

Plus, Doctor Who – The Fifth Doctor Adventures: Forty Volume 2 is due for release in September 2022 and is currently available to pre-order as a collector’s edition box set (on CD at £19.99) and as a digital download (at £16.99). Big Finish listeners can save money by ordering both volumes together in a bundle for £38 on CD. Alternatively, the bundle can also be ordered for £33 as a download.


Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. Factors beyond Big Finish’s control may delay the mail-out of collector’s edition CDs, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that users can immediately download or play on the Big Finish app from the release date.


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