Doctor Who Audio Dramas: Listening Order and Guide

The Doctor Who audio dramas can be quite overwhelming – over the past 20 years, there have been more audio dramas than there have been episodes of the TV show. This guide is here to help you out.

Where to start?

Choose this if you’re completely new and don’t know where to begin.

The full listening order

Choose this if you want to listen to most of the dramas in a natural order

The full listening order, without any reviews

Choose this if you want to listen to all of the dramas in a natural order, without my opinions clouding your judgement.

Recent Updates

Added Doctor Who: The Moons of Vulpana and The Third Doctor Adventures Volume Five to The Flux.
Listened to Embrace the Darkness.
Added UNIT — Incursions to The Flux.
Listened to Seasons of Fear.
Listened to The Chimes of Midnight.
Added Torchwood: The Green Life to The Flux.
Listened to Invaders From Mars.

Older Updates

Listened to Dalek Empire I: Project Infinity, thus finishing all the audio dramas for 2001.
Added Year of the Drex Olympics and The Monsters of Gokroth to The Flux.
Listened to Dalek Empire I: “Death to the Daleks!”.
Added Ravenous 3 to the guide.
Re-arranged the guide into seperate pages. A side effect of this is that there is no more javascript in the guide! Yay!
Listened to Dalek Empire I: The Human Factor (segment 12).
Added Audiobook: The Winged Coven to The Flux.
Listened to Dalek Empire I: Invasion of the Daleks (segment 12).
Removed the “Featuring” section from Dalek Empire tables, to avoid spoilers.
Added all the BBC Audiobooks to the guide, under the Misc segments. We are missing Tales from the Tardis, which I am unsure on how to include.
Added a “New Ranges in year” section under each year heading, and links to navigate between years.
As of yesterday, Big Finish has renamed the Main Range into “The Monthly Adventues”, which is a much more sensible name. This name change has also been reflected across the guide.
Added an audio drama I missed: Real Time to segment 19.
Listened to The Skymines of Karthos, finishing all the audio releases for segment 11.
Updated the segment titles, so that they’re more flexible when they adapt to different screen sizes.
Listened to The Extinction Event (segment 11).
Major Overhaul to the listening order. Visually, it should be almost un-noticeable, but many segments have been changed, many have been added (there are 38 more segments than before). The overall result should be that it’s easier to keep track of where you’re up to – instead of being a continuous stream of segments, segments are now divided into years, and they follow a repeating pattern every 6 months (or every 3 months later on in the guide): A Main Range segment for the period, then segments for all the Big Finish series that were released during that period, then a segment for every BBV release from that period, and then a segment for all the miscellaneous releases that couldn’t be in other segments. (A much-wanted side effect of this is that there are no more “complex” Main Range segments that include a bunch of things that aren’t part of the Main Range).
As a consequence of the Major Overhaul, updates before this one may not make sense anymore.
Listened to The Stone’s Lament (segment 11).
Added Night of the Fendahl and Doctors and Dragons to The Flux.
Moved as much of The Flux into segments as I can.
Listened to The Secret of Cassandra (segment 11).
Listened to The Doomsday Manuscript (segment 11).
Added Gallifrey: Time War 2 to The Flux.
Updated some behind-the-scenes stuff, so that tables come pre-loaded with the appropriate row colours, rather than relying on your browser to run a script. If you visit this page semi-regularly, you may have to press Ctrl + r (or Cmd + r on MacOS) to convince your browser to update the colours.
Listened to The One Doctor, finishing segment 10.
Listened to Colditz (segment 10).
Listened to Primeval (segment 10).
Added The Comic Strip Adaptions Volume 01 to The Flux.
Listened to The Eye of the Scorpion (segment 10).
Added The Kamelion Empire to The Flux.
Listened to Project: Twilight (segment 10).
Updated the list to have “previous in range” links.
Listened to Bloodtide (segment 10).
Listened to Dust Breeding (segment 7).
Changed the default background colour of tables to be lighter, to make reading them easier.
Listened to Wirrn: Race Memory (segment 8).
Upgraded my rating for Red Dawn from “yes” to “definitely”.
Added Sword of Orion, The Marian Conspiracy and Red Dawn to my list of favourites.
Listened to Loups-Garoux (segment 7).
Added The Astrea Conspiracy to The Flux.
Added potential segment numbers to The Flux.
Fixed the Last of the Titans rating to be “yes” rather than “maybe”
Listened to Falling (segment 252).
Listened to Last of the Titans (segment 9).
Listened to Minuet in Hell (segment 7).
Listened to The Stones of Venice (segment 7).
Added Torchwood: God Among Us 2 to The Flux.
Listened to Sword of Orion (segment 7).
Listened to Storm Warning (segment 7).
Added the Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 8 Volume 2 to The Flux.
Listened to The Mutant Phase (segment 6).
Added Black Thursday / Power Game to The Flux.
Listened to The Holy Terror (segment 6).
Listened to The Shadow of the Scourge (segment 6).
Downgraded The Sirens of Time (segment 3).
Listened to Dragon’s Wrath (segment 4).
Updated the Bernice Summerfield jumping-on points section.
Added Missy to The Flux.
Listened to Just War (segment 4).
Listened to Birthright (segment 4).
Listened to Walking to Babylon (segment 4).
Listened to Beyond the Sun (segment 4).
Added The Revisionists to The Flux.
Finished segment 5 (by listening to The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind).
Added The First Doctor Adventures Volume 3 to The Flux.
Listened to Oh No It Isn’t! (segment 4).
Listened to Conduct Unbecoming (segment 5).
Listened to Silent Warrior and Old Soldiers (segment 5). total so far: 24
Since some of them are going to be released as audiobooks soon, I added the prose releases to the Bernice Summerfield segments.
Listened to Segment 5 (I scream).
Added The Diary of River Song: Series 5 to The Flux.
Listened to Segment 2.
Split up some tables, so the Main Range tables haven’t got Short Trips mixed in (with a couple of exceptions).
Listened to The Trial of the Valeyard (segment 141).
Listened to Night of the Stormcrow (segment 144).
Finished listening to segment 1.
Added the Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 8 Volume 1 to The Flux.
Numerous typo and stylistic corrections (thanks to Leslie!)
Listened to The Paradise of Death (segment 1).
As part of a site-wide style update, the guide now has a lighter background and a few elements have shadows to help them pop out.
Added more navigation links (previous, next in range).
Created this recent updates section.
Added next segment links.
Changed the rating for The Marian Conspiracy from “Yes” to “Definitely”.
Listened to Pescatons, Exploration Earth, and Slipback (segment 1).
Had to re-add “no” to the rating system, specifically for Pescatons.
Finished listening to segment 3.
Updated the rating system so that its “definitely/yes/maybe” instead of “definitely/yes/no”.
Added The Hollow King to The Flux.

Where to start?

There are a lot of audio dramas, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed! Here are my suggestions:

Starting Place A: The Monthly Adventures

The best place to begin is the Big Finish’s range of audio dramas called The Monthly Adventures – each month, they release a standalone adventure featuring one of the classic doctors. Since they’re all self-contained, you can just choose any one of them and listen to it.

The Monthly Adventures used to be known as the Main Range or the Monthly Range.

You could start with the first, The Sirens of Time, or with one of my favourites:

My favourites

The first 100 are around £3 each from the Big Finish website, and a number of them are also available with things like a Google Play or Spotify subscription. (Note that on Google Play and Spotify, they are likely are named after the old terminology, so they’ll be something like “Main Range 15: The Mutant Phase”.)

Pros and Cons



Starting Place B: The New Series

If you’ve only watched the New Series, you might prefer to start somewhere more familiar – luckily, Big Finish makes a bunch of audio dramas under the Doctor Who New Series range. Most of these come in boxsets of (usually) 4 related dramas, and each boxset is (usually) standalone. Some of the stuff available in the New Series range includes UNIT, River Song, the Tenth Doctor Adventures, a variety of stories focusing around the Time War, and more.

(I’ve also heard that the Eighth Doctor Adventures were created with New Series fans in mind, so you can probably start there too.)

Pros and Cons



Starting Place C: The Randomoids

Another option is to listen to audio dramas randomly – every week on the Big Finish podcast, they give listeners a 25% discount on a random release from their catalogue. Conveniently, there’s a link to the offer in the description of the podcast, so you don’t even need to listen to the podcast.

Pros and Cons



Other Starting Places

You might like to look at the Big Finish guide for newcomers – they talk about a number of good starting points.

Or you can check out my listening order, either with my recommendations or without them.

Note: The reviews in this guide are still a work in progress – so far, I’ve reviewed 63 audio dramas.

This guide couldn’t have been created without the efforts of MaximumSpidercide. Their Ultimate Doctor Who Universe Listening Order helped me to understand Big Finish better, and inspired me to make my own guide. There are a number of minor changes between their guide and mine: I’m a bit looser with the ordering of things, because my segments are explicitly numbered (rather than implied, as in their guide); I try to avoid segments with only one story in them; I don’t include the audiobooks, even the original-to-audio ones; and I do include the Unbound series, even though it’s set outside of the Doctor Who Universe.