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Doctor Who: The Dead Star
Doctor Who - The Audio Novels

4. Doctor Who: The Dead Star

Available January 2023

Written by Kate Orman

From US $25.82

26 Listeners
recommend this

It's 1968, and the Earth has one month to live.

The Doctor, Ben, and Polly race to escape a frightening lifeless London. But as the city folds in on itself, it is a warning of a far greater danger. Someone has misused terrifyingly advanced technology to make Earth the target of a primordial black hole - a tiny, invisible world-killer. Struggling to avert the catastrophe, the Doctor must send his companions on dangerous undercover missions.

Can the Doctor and his friends prevent the planet Earth from being erased from space and time?

Recorded on: TBC
Recorded at: TBC


Michael Troughton said: “The Dead Star was a delight to narrate. Kate Orman effortlessly transported me back to vivid images of my father as Doctor Who and visits to the BBC studio sets, with familiar TARDIS companions and colourful, creative characters, both good and evil. A wonderful story that uses scientific facts, brilliant sixties imagery and grips you until the last page.”

Writer Kate Orman added: “The Dead Star is my first Doctor Who novel in nearly 20 years – I'm over the moon! I had an absolute blast writing for the Second Doctor, Ben and Polly. There’s so much going on with Patrick Troughton’s Doctor; he’s brilliant, childish, affectionate and distant. I was especially interested in writing about Ben and Polly. I think they reflect a turning point in the show where instead of only distant historical times and alien worlds, the time and space that the TV viewers lived in became an important part of Doctor Who.”

Script Editor Roland Moore said: “It was an absolute thrill to work with Kate, she’s fabulous and it’s great to have her back at Big Finish. You can tell from the writing that she really enjoyed writing it. It really feels like a 1960s Doctor Who but with a budget way beyond what they could’ve done.”


This is a strong story that flies by despite its immense runtime, partly thanks to Orman’s ever-evolving script and partly due to Troughton’s excellent performance. A loving return to the Second Doctor’s era, updated for the modern audience. Recommended.


The Dead Star benefits from Orman’s scientific background, not limiting herself to what would have been known in the 1960s but bringing together modern information with the ideas as to how black holes have been used in Doctor Who throughout its televised history... Michael Troughton narrates the novel and there really is something special about his performance... Big Finish is starting the year off on the right foot with a release like this, essentially foregoing returning monsters for a complex and character driven science fiction story from one of the best writers Doctor Who has ever seen, and one that I can only highly recommend. 9/10.

Indie Mac User

For those who are Second Doctor fans, The Dead Star is a safe recommendation. Michael Troughton is a great impressionist of his late father. Kate Orman's world building, and how she's able to leap between death-defying set pieces, is a real testament to her ability as a writer, and I think she's done a great job here.

  • Product Format: 0-download only
  • Duration: 426 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: n/a
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-83868-643-7
  • Production Code: BFPDWAN04
Previous release in this range: Doctor Who: Emancipation of the Daleks
Next release in this range: Doctor Who: The Dead Star Part 1 (excerpt)
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