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Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins: Forged in Fire
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1. Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins: Forged in Fire

Available June 2021

Written by Matt Fitton Lou Morgan Andrew Smith

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The Doctor is no more. In his place, a warrior, finally joining the Time War between the Daleks and the Time Lords. But how far will he go to end this conflict? What lines will he cross? How much of himself will he sacrifice? The War Doctor is only just beginning to find out who he is…

1.1 Light the Flame by Matt Fitton
The Sisterhood of Karn have a guest, recovering from his traumatic regeneration. To do what is asked of him, the Doctor has rejected his name and his code.

The Time Lords have plans for him and for Karn. Is he ready to light the flame of war?

1.2 Lion Hearts by Lou Morgan
Seeking out Gallifrey's new warrior, Commodore Tamasan finds that the War Doctor has invited himself on a secret mission. The time-sensitive Tharils are in danger, and an old friend of the Doctor is trapped.

But Biroc knows better than to trust either side in this war.

1.3 The Shadow Squad by Andrew Smith
Tamasan is unconvinced of the War Doctor's loyalties, though when their paths collide, both agree that the destruction of the Dalek Time Strategist could be the best route to victory. But on Atherea, the Daleks may have found a way to annihilate all plans to defeat them before they are even begun…


Recorded on: 30 September – 02 October 2020
Recorded at: The Soundhouse and Remote Recording

Writer and script editor Matt Fitton: “Picking up after Night of the Doctor, this is our first glimpse of our hero transformed into something he thought he would never become: a warrior. These tales of the War Doctor's first actions – testing his boundaries, still trying to protect the innocent, and taking the fight to the Daleks – are the first steps into a new era. It's a thrilling and fascinating journey as the War Doctor begins to discover who he really is...”


The War Doctor Begins: Forged in Fire is a set which takes a recast lead, as well as several other recast parts, and gives another brilliant installment in Big Finish’s Time War releases. It’s a great jumping on point and features excellent performances, lively direction, and the beginning of a brand new miniseries. 9/10.

Indie Mac User

It all bodes well for the continuation of the War Doctor’s saga, and it appears Big Finish have another surefire winner on their hands.

Set The Tape

From Carley's nuanced performance as a younger War Doctor to Jameson's direction and three imaginative scripts, the stories that comprise Forged In Fire are nothing short of a War Doctor renaissance. And for those of us left craving more from this Doctor, it's both a respectfully done tribute to the great actor who originated the role and a chance to carry forward telling new adventures. The War Doctor begins again, and long may he continue.

Warped Factor
  • Product Format: 3-disc CD (jewel case in slipcover)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Duration: 222 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-83868-548-5
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-83868-549-2
  • Production Code: BFPDWWARB01
Previous release in this range: Doctor Who: The War Doctor: Casualties of War
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