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Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Shades of Fear
Doctor Who - The Ninth Doctor Adventures

2.4. Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Shades of Fear

Released February 2023

Written by Lizzie Hopley Roy Gill James Kettle

From US $38.96

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Alien threats come in many forms - and many different hues. A charity shop where customers vanish, a 1920s gentleman's club besieged by giant plants, and a distant colony planet where death hides in darkness - wherever they manifest, the Doctor is on hand to fight every shade of fear...

4.1 The Colour of Terror by Lizzie Hopley
Mrs Bevell wants to keep the star rating for her charity shop at any cost - but why does she stock so many items of one particular shade?

When West Morebry residents start to notice disappearances, the Doctor assembles a motley band to do battle... with the colour red!

4.2 The Blooming Menace by James Kettle
Toby Entwhistle and his bachelor chums in the Fellows Club are falling victim to a plague - of marriage!

The chaps are all besotted by giant flowers - but Toby’s new valet seems to know what’s going on. The Doctor could be London's only hope...

4.3 Red Darkness by Roy Gill
The sunlight from Solis Kailya could revolutionise colony farming. While his mother researches its properties, Callen and his seeing (and talking!) dog Doyle meet a new arrival - and discover an impending threat...

The Vashta Nerada are closing in, and they are not alone.

Recorded on: 18 October, 22 and 25 November 2021
Recorded at: The Soundhouse


Shades of Fear does a lot right for me. I love the way the first and last story link up and form this little thematic two parter, the whole set does a really good job at experimenting with the whole Base Under Siege format and the variety of story and tone on offer here is great. Eccleston turns in some excellent performances, evidently now fully settled in into the audio format, but he’s backed up by some really great supporting casts. 8/10

Indie Mac User

Shades of Fear is a really good, varied box set and probably one of my favourites of Series 2 overall.


After seven box sets and nearly two years, it's safe to say that Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor has well and truly found a home at Big Finish... Eccelston is clearly having the time of his life in the role... Whether it's a lightness of touch in Kettle's Blooming Menace or the voice of hope in Gill's Red Darkness, there's no doubt this is a Doctor (and performer) in their element.

Warped Factor

What we have here are three cracking stories, all loosely based around colour, shade and light. I love them all.

Tin Dog Podcast

These three very different stories with the connecting thread of the menace offer lots of scope for the range of acting talent that has been poured into them. Each story has its own charm and it’s pulled together at the end in satisfying and complete way.

SF Crowsnest
  • Product Format: 4-disc CD (2x1CD/1x2CD slipcover)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Duration: 225 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-83868-762-5
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-83868-763-2
  • Production Code: BFPDW9TH08
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