The Fast Track

For when you want a guided tour that covers a smaller amount of stuff.

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Segment 1:
Monthly Adventures: An Introduction
(1999-2000)

The Monthly Adventures is a series of standalone Doctor Who stories. Each story consists of four half-hour parts, and features one of the classic doctors. In general, you can choose any story and just listen to it – only a few of them are designed to lead into each other.

The very first one is far from the best thing they’ve done, but it’s a fun starting point:

The Sirens of Time
Featuring: the 5th, 6th, and 7th Doctors
Standalone: Yes

Here are some of the first few, that I consider worth listening to:

Whispers of Terror
Featuring: the 6th Doctor, Peri
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: suicide
My favouriteThe Fearmonger
Featuring: the 7th Doctor, Ace
Standalone: Yes

The next audio drama introduces a unique-to-audio companion, Evelyn:

My favouriteThe Marian Conspiracy
Featuring: the 6th Doctor, Evelyn
Standalone: Yes
Essential
(plotline: Evelyn)
Content Warning: religious references

And then some assorted episodes:

The Genocide Machine
Featuring: the 7th Doctor, Ace, Bev, Daleks
Standalone: Yes
Essential
(plotline: Dalek Empire)
The Spectre of Lanyon Moor
Featuring: the 6th Doctor, Evelyn, Brigadier
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: heavy violence
The Apocalypse Element
Featuring: the 6th Doctor, Evelyn, Romana, Time Lords, Daleks
Standalone: Yes
Essential
(plotlines: Dalek Empire, Gallifrey)
My favouriteThe Holy Terror
Featuring: the 6th Doctor, Frobisher
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: religious references, heavy violence, torture
My favouriteThe Mutant Phase
Featuring: the 5th Doctor, Nyssa, Thals, Daleks
Standalone: Yes
Essential
(plotline: Dalek Empire)

Bonus

Some segments will have a bonus section. These are audio dramas that belong in this segment, but can be skipped if you’re trying to go super fast.

Red Dawn
Featuring: the 5th Doctor, Peri, Ice Warriors
Standalone: Yes
The Fires of Vulcan
Featuring: the 7th Doctor, Mel
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: religious references
The Shadow of the Scourge
Featuring: the 7th Doctor, Ace, Benny
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: heavy violence, body horror
Segment 2:
The Eighth Doctor joins
(2001)

The Eighth Doctor joins the audio adventures, with new companion Charlotte Pollard (Charley)!

Unfortunately, the first “season” of adventures is a bit hit and miss. The first episode is good:

Storm Warning
Featuring: the 8th Doctor, Charley
Standalone: Yes
Essential
(plotline: Charley)

But the episodes after that get mixed reviews.

Bonus

I enjoyed the second episode, but not the third. Other people have the opposite opinion. Feel free to either listen to these or skip them:

Sword of Orion
Featuring: the 8th Doctor, Charley, Cybermen
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: body horror
The Stones of Venice
Featuring: the 8th Doctor, Charley
Standalone: Yes

The fourth episode, Minuet in Hell is generally considered to be not good at all.

Segment 3:
More Monthly Adventures
(2001)

Here’s some more adventures with doctors 5-7.

My favouriteDust Breeding
Featuring: the 7th Doctor, Ace, Bev, the Master
Standalone: Yes
Essential
(plotline: the Master)
Content Warning: heavy violence
Project: Twilight
Featuring: the 6th Doctor, Evelyn, Nimrod, the Forge
Standalone: Yes
Essential
(plotlines: Evelyn, Forge)
Content Warning: heavy violence
My favouriteThe Eye of the Scorpion
Featuring: the 5th Doctor, Peri, Erimem
Standalone: Yes
Essential
(plotline: Erimem)
Content Warning: insects
My favouriteColditz
Featuring: the 7th Doctor, Ace, Klein
Standalone: Yes
Essential
(plotlines: Ace, Klein)
Content Warning: nazis, heavy violence, sexual assault

Bonus

The One Doctor
Featuring: the 6th Doctor, Mel
Standalone: Yes
Segment 4:
Dalek Empire I
(2001)

The Dalek Empire series asks the question “What if the Daleks invaded, and the Doctor wasn’t there to stop them?”.

The Dalek Empire stories were set up in a thread through 4 Monthly Adventures (The Genocide Machine, The Apocalypse Element, The Mutant Phase, and The Time of the Daleks), but the series itself can be listened to without that prior context.

Warning: These stories feature a lot of death. Also, since they form a continuous story (unlike most other releases, which are standalone) you need to listen to them in order.

My favouriteInvasion of the Daleks
Standalone: Yes
Essential
My favouriteThe Human Factor
Standalone: No
Essential
My favourite"Death to the Daleks!"
Standalone: No
Essential
My favouriteProject Infinity
Standalone: No
Essential
Segment 5:
Anti-time
(2002)

Some more stories, featuring the 8th Doctor and Charley:

My favouriteThe Chimes of Midnight
Featuring: the 8th Doctor, Charley
Standalone: No
(first listen to: Storm Warning)
Essential
(plotline: Anti-time)
Content Warning: suicide
My favouriteSeasons of Fear
Featuring: the 8th Doctor, Charley
Standalone: No
(listen to the Anti-time plotline in order)
Essential
(plotline: Anti-time)
My favouriteEmbrace the Darkness
Featuring: the 8th Doctor, Charley
Standalone: Yes
Essential
(plotline: Anti-time)
Content Warning: body horror
My favouriteThe Time of the Daleks
Featuring: the 8th Doctor, Charley, Daleks
Standalone: No
(listen to the Anti-time plotline in order)
Essential
(plotlines: Anti-time, Dalek Empire)
Neverland
Featuring: the 8th Doctor, Charley, Romana, Time Lords
Standalone: No
(listen to the Anti-time plotline in order)
Essential
(plotline: Anti-time)

Bonus

Living Legend
Featuring: the 8th Doctor, Charley
Standalone: Yes
Segment 6:
More Monthlies
(2002-2003)

Some more monthlies:

My favouriteSpare Parts
Featuring: the 5th Doctor, Nyssa, Cybermen
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: body horror
My favourite...ish
Featuring: the 6th Doctor, Peri
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: suicide, linguistic elitism
The Rapture
Featuring: the 7th Doctor, Ace
Standalone: No
(first listen to: Colditz)
Essential
(plotline: Ace)
Content Warning: religious references
My favouriteThe Sandman
Featuring: the 6th Doctor, Evelyn, the Galyari
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: use of the g-slur
My favouriteThe Church and the Crown
Featuring: the 5th Doctor, Peri, Erimem
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: torture, religious references
Note: While it is standalone, it is better to listen to "The Eye of the Scorpion" first
My favouriteJubilee
Featuring: the 6th Doctor, Evelyn, Daleks
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: sexism, abusive relationships, heavy violence, body horror
My favouriteDoctor Who and the Pirates
Featuring: the 6th Doctor, Evelyn
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: heavy violence, suicide
Project: Lazarus
Featuring: the 6th and 7th Doctors, Evelyn, Nimrod, the Forge
Standalone: No
(first listen to: Project: Twilight)
Essential
(plotlines: Evelyn, Forge)
Content Warning: heavy violence, suicide, torture
My favouriteFlip-Flop
Featuring: the 7th Doctor, Mel
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: torture, suicide

Bonus

The Dark Flame
Featuring: the 7th Doctor, Ace, Bernice, Joseph
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: religious references
Creatures of Beauty
Featuring: the 5th Doctor, Nyssa
Standalone: Yes
Content Warning: heavy violence, suicide
Segment 7:
Dalek Empire II: Dalek War
(2003)

The Dalek Empire series continues.

My favouriteDalek War: Chapter One
Standalone: No
Essential
My favouriteDalek War: Chapter Two
Standalone: No
Essential
Content Warning: torture, suicide
My favouriteDalek War: Chapter Three
Standalone: No
Essential
My favouriteDalek War: Chapter Four
Standalone: No
Essential
Content Warning: suicide
Segment 8:
The Villains
(2003)

Some episodes focusing on villains:

Omega
Featuring: the 5th Doctor, Omega
Standalone: Yes
Davros
Featuring: the 6th Doctor, Davros
Standalone: Yes
Master
Featuring: the 7th Doctor, the Master
Standalone: Yes
Zagreus
Featuring: the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Doctors
Standalone: No
(first listen to: Neverland)
Essential
(plotline: Anti-time)

Everything from this point on is guesswork.