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Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures: Kaleidoscope
Doctor Who - The Third Doctor Adventures

Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures: Kaleidoscope

Released October 2022

Written by Alan Barnes

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His name is Kaleidoscope. He claims to have travelled halfway across the universe to warn all humankind that it stands on the brink of extinction. And a certain tenacious young journalist has got an exclusive interview with this alien messiah...

But it’s not Sarah Jane Smith who’s got the out-of-this-world scoop - it’s her rival, the unscrupulous Jenny Nettles. Sarah's busy helping the Doctor and UNIT work out if Kaleidoscope is for real or a fake when RAF Phantoms scramble to intercept an unidentified something homing in on a top-secret missile base.

It seems like Kaleidoscope’s apocalyptic predictions might all be about to come true.

Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart © Haisman & Lincoln and used under licence.
With thanks to Hannah Haisman and Candy Jar

Recorded on: 9-12 May 2022
Recorded at: Audio Sorcery and remote recording


Kaleidoscope is honestly a treat from Big Finish Productions... Fans of 1970s television will get a lot of homages in the middle episodes... It’s another shot towards showing why longer Doctor Who stories work and some of what Big Finish does at its best. 9/10.

Indie Mac User

Kaleidoscope is a great example of recreating 70s Doctor Who successfully. While the titular character serves his purpose, it is the cold war aspect, the dark mirrors to Sarah and the Brigadier and the surprise origin story for Harry Sullivan that really work here. Like The Annihilators, it shows that six or seven-part stories work best for The Third Doctor era – long may they continue!

We Made This

Kaleidoscope is a storytelling triumph, packed with storylines and characters, and yet remaining easy to follow and coherent throughout. The acting is on point, every character is well-served by Alan Barnes‘ script and the story goes into some unexpected but very interesting territory. Were it not for a slightly less interesting second act, this story could have received five stars, but as it stands it’s still one of the strongest releases Big Finish have put out this year. Highly recommended. 4.5/5


It’s great that The Third Doctor Adventures are stretching their format and embracing longer stories like Kaleidoscope... With Tim Treloar’s winning performance as the Doctor, Sadie Miller’s remarkable Sarah and Jon Culshaw’s redoubtable Brigadier, long may they continue.


This is beyond homage, it's actual Doctor Who. A six-part story... an absolute gem of a Big Finish production.

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  • Product Format: 3-disc CD (jewel case in slipcover)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Duration: 209 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-83868-740-3
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-83868-741-0
  • Production Code: BFPDWDR0302
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