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Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins: He Who Fights With Monsters
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4. Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins: He Who Fights With Monsters

Released December 2022

Written by Robert Valentine

From US $25.47

27 Listeners
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The Doctor is no more. A warrior has joined the Time War between the Daleks and Gallifrey. But how far will he go? What lines will he cross? How much of himself will he sacrifice?

The War Doctor has begun to find out who he is - and the consequence of fighting with monsters…

4.1 The Mission
As the Time War takes a dark new turn, the War Doctor is tasked by the Time War Council with locating and assassinating a Gallifreyan renegade waging their own private campaign against both the Daleks and the Time Lords. Who is the mysterious Barber-Surgeon, and can the Doctor complete his mission without becoming all that he abhors?

4.2 The Abyss
The Doctor journeys towards his target through the ravages of the Time War, the trail leading him back into his own personal history. With the Daleks close behind and the mysterious Barber-Surgeon anticipating his every move, he comes to suspect that this is one mission he won't be coming back from.

4.3 The Horror
The Doctor is missing in action. As Gallifrey and Skaro face total destruction, Time Lord and Dalek forces converge on the realm of the Barber-Surgeon. From his junkyard fortress in a lost dimension, the renegade warmonger is about to create his ultimate weapon... Who or what can possibly stop him?

Recorded on: 23, 26 and 27 May 2022
Recorded at: The Soundhouse


He Who Fights With Monsters is by far the greatest piece of War Doctor media I think we’ve gotten yet. Dealing with emotional and strategic complexities of something as bizarrely conceptual as a Time War in unique and often bleak ways, Valentine manages to give listeners a side of the conflict that we rarely see... Cinematic in a way an audio drama hasn’t been yet, this is a set I think will win over even the biggest cynics of this incarnation. 10/10

Indie Mac User

With this release, Big Finish ended 2022 with the highest note possible. I give He Who Fights With Monsters my highest recommendation.


He Who Fights With Monsters is a really fun three hours that sees The Doctor go through hell to come face-to-face with an enemy that seems to be some sort of alternate version of himself. Plenty of mystery that is sadly slightly undercut by them going too far with the “shocking moments” and telegraphing that everything will be undone, but it’s still a fun listen regardless.

Hogan Reviews

I really like this set... the way that [Robert] Valentine utilises the Time War. We get to see the implications of the Time War, both in the traditional sense of war, but it also shows the impact of that on this incarnation of the Doctor.

The Host Productions
  • Product Format: 3-disc CD (jewel case in slipcover)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Duration: 212 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-83868-554-6
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-83868-555-3
  • Production Code: BFPDWWARB04
Previous release in this range: Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins: Battlegrounds
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