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Before The Carnival is an audio book prequel to the Time Gate series of fan made audio dramas based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The story was written and performed by Jordan Cottle, who plays The Doctor in the Time Gate audio dramas. It was released on YouTube on May 7th, 2020.

Time Gate Prequel: Before The Carnival
Season: 1
Story Number: 0
Doctor: Jordan Cottle Doctor
Companions: Uzo
Writer: Jordan Cottle
Producer: Time Gate
Release Date: May 7, 2020
Running Time: 18:47
Previous Story: The Man Who Wept
Following Story: Knights Of The West


Set just before the events of the Time Gate story, The Doctor is seen through a new pair of eyes. Will he live up to the reputation of his people? What will that mean for his newest friend, Uzo?


  • Written and performed by Jordan Cottle
  • Music by Murray Gold & Jordan Cottle
  • Theme music by Dalekium, arranged by Jordan Cottle


  • Unlike the rest of Time Gate, this episode is an audio book rather than a full cast audio drama.
  • Adam Cottle produced an alternative cover for this story in the style of a Doctor Who Target Novelisation, this cover can be found on the Time Gate Facebook page.