Audio visuals

Illustration by Tim Keable

Audio adventures in time & space.


The Audio Visuals began with their pilot recording of The Space Wail in 1984. The following three seasons of stories were produced by Bill Baggs between 1985 and 1988. The fourth and final season was produced by Gary Russell from 1989 to 1991. There were plans for a fifth season which were later abandoned.

Many of the people working on the Audio Visuals went on to produce more professional, licensed Doctor Who audio dramas for companies like BBV and BIG Finish. Gary Russell became the executive producer of BIG Finish Productions, which he also wrote for along with numerous books. Nicholas Briggs is now executive producer of BIG Finish Productions, which he has also written, directed and acted for. He also worked for BBV. Both they (and others involved with Audio Visuals) went on to work for the BBC on the official Doctor Who franchise, with Briggs becoming the programme's designated Dalek and Cyberman voice artiste, as well as appearing on screen in the Torchwood: Children of Earth miniseries. Russell became the script editor for the revived series in 2005.

Some of the Audio Visuals' stories were later adapted for release by BIG Finish. These were, The Mutant Phase, Vilgreth (released as Last of the Titans), Minuet in Hell, Sword of Orion, and Cuddlesome. More Than a Messiah would later be adapted as a video production for BBV as part of the Stranger series, with Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Sophie Aldred in major roles, but with all direct references to Doctor Who characters and concepts changed.


Season One
No. Title Writer Episodes
01 The Space Wail (pilot) Gary Russell 2 episodes
02 The Time Ravagers Nicholas Briggs 2 episodes
03 Connection 13 Stuart Palmer 2 episodes
04 Conglomerate Nicholas Briggs 2 episodes
05 Cloud of Fear Alan Lear 2 episodes
06 Shadow World Richard & Deborah Marson 2 episodes

Season Two
No. Title Writer Episodes
07 Maenad Gary Russell 2 episodes
08 The Mutant Phase Nicholas Briggs 3 episodes
09 The Destructor Contract Nicholas Briggs 2 episodes
09a Vilgreth Nicholas Briggs 1 episodes
10 The Trilexia Threat Nicholas Briggs & John Ainsworth 2 episodes
11 Minuet in Hell Alan W Lear 2 episodes
12 Blood Circuit Jim Mortimore 4 episodes

Season Three
No. Title Writer Episodes
13 Second Solution Jim Mortimore 2 episodes
14 The Secret of Nematoda Nicholas Briggs 2 episodes
15 Enclave Irrelative Alan W Lear 2 episodes
16 More than a Messiah Nigel Fairs 3 episodes
17 Sword of Orion Nicholas Briggs 1 episodes
18 Carny Jim Mortimore 1 episodes
19 Planet of Lies Alan W Lear 1 episodes

Season Four
No. Title Writer Episodes
20 Deadfall Gary Russell 2 episodes
21 Requiem Andy Lane 2 episodes
22 Cuddlesome Nigel Fairs 2 episodes
23 Endurance Nicholas Briggs 4 episodes
24 Mythos Jim Mortimore 4 episodes
24a Truman's Excellent Adventure Gary Russell 1 episodes
25 Subterfuge Nicholas Briggs 4 episodes
26 Geopath Stephen Bowkett 2 episodes
27 Justyce Nicholas Briggs 2 episodes

The Lost Fifth SeasonEdit

Plans for the fifth season of Audio Visuals included:

  • Spawn of the Beast - a Zygon story to be penned by Nicholas Briggs.
  • Legacy - a story that later became the New Adventures novel of the same name; both penned by Gary Russell.
  • Ice - a story by Colin Brake.
  • An unnamed story where the Doctor returns to Truman to find he has become a terrorist and taken hostage a train line, the Doctor included. Truman was to die at the story's conclusion and the story was to be penned by Nigel Fairs, the actor who had played Truman for the past two seasons.
  • And a new male/female companion who (after severe psychological trauma) had become an empty shell. It was the production team's intention that this new companion would try on new personas during each story and "grow" into a fully-rounded character for good or ill.
  • There were also plans for Nicholas Briggs to step down as the Doctor and to have a new actor take his place, finally regenerating him.

The fifth season was abandoned when the production team feared they could not keep up the quality of their adventures with the ever-increasing workload of everyday life. Audio Visuals' productions therefore stopped, the fifth season never made and the audio production group itself separating to participate in other Doctor Who related endeavours.


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See AlsoEdit

Nicholas Briggs Doctor

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