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The audio productions created by Big Finish feature a vast number of previously unexplored planets. These include some of the most intriguing future societies in the Doctor Who universe…
Romana (Mary Tamm) and the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) try to save an endangered species in War Against the Laan (2013). Art by Alex Mallinson.
Leela (Louise Jameson) features in Empathy Games (2008).
Antidote to Oblivion (2014) features the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker), his companion Flip (Lisa Greenwood) and the malevolent Sil (Nabil Shaban). Cover art by Damien May.

Big Finish Productions has been making audio Doctor Who stories for nearly 20 years and, as with the TV show, a good many of them take place in futuristic societies.

Often those futuristic societies are on Earth. A number of plays have opted to look at how our planet might evolve, to suggest possible destinations, both good and bad. These include the bankrupt Britain that Sil exploits in Philip Martin’s Antidote to Oblivion (2014), the dying days of the titular city in Paul Magrs’ The Stones of Venice (2001), the Nazi-ruled alternative Earth of Steve Lyons’ The Architects of History (2010) and the ‘five minutes into the future’ right-wing world of Jonathan Blum’s The Fearmonger (2000).

The Doctor and Romana encounter Cuthbert (David Warner), CEO of the Conglomerate, in The Sands of Life (2013). Art by Alex Mallinson.

The 2012 ‘lost story’, The Foe from the Future (adapted from a vintage storyline by Robert Banks Stewart and one of a number of stories here written by yours truly), shows how the Earth of the year 4000 has been ravaged by giant transdimensional mantises called the Pantophagen, due to the timetravel experiments of Jalnik (played by Paul Freeman). The few remaining members of the human race live in protective domes struggling to survive, ruled by the ‘Council of Twelve’. When the domes are destroyed, a complete wipe-out of our species seems inevitable, but fortunately the Doctor and Leela are able to prevent this terrible future from ever existing in the first place.

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Doctor Who’s predictions of the future have depicted the destruction of planet Earth and the ultimate collapse of the universe. Alien superpowers have subjugated star systems and galactic empires have fallen, leaving only a few witnesses to the end of time itself. This lavish publication sets the TARDIS co-ordinates for a journey into this dangerous realm, exploring landmark episodes and meeting the talents who brought them to the screen. Packed full of exclusive features, including a wealth of previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the series’ greatest futuristic adventures.