Death Comes To Time
“Even Time Lords die…”
When a dissident Time Lord group inadvertently caused the destruction of an entire civilisation through interference, its members vowed to repent by serving the Universe not as gods of Time but as mere men. Many years later, this peaceful resolve is severely tested when two of their number are killed – and the Doctor’s seventh incarnation becomes embroiled in the struggle against the apparently unstoppable General Tannis.
Plagued by ominous portents, the Doctor and his companion Antimony must race across the Universe, taking in the Santine Republic, the Great Orion Nebula and the frozen heart of the Canisian Empire. Meanwhile the mysterious Minister of Chance battles his own inner demons, and former TARDIS traveller Ace finds herself in training for a destiny she never dreamed possible. Matters reach a terrible climax when Tannis’ next target for subjugation is identified. Exactly how much is the Doctor prepared to sacrifice in order to save Earth?
Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Fry and John Sessions star in an explosive, action-packed adventure in five episodes of Death Comes To Time which is specially created for audio.
First webcast on BBCi and also featuring Sophie Aldred, Anthony Stewart Head and Jacqueline Pearce, this is an original audio adventure uniting elements from the Doctor’s past with bold and original ideas for his future. This CD release includes a full-colour illustrated booklet detailing the story’s settings and characters
- Following the broadcast of Survival in 1989 and the show’s subsequent placement on “indefinite hiatus” by the BBC, the idea of producing an animated series based upon Doctor Who and continuing the adventures of the Seventh Doctor and Ace was reported several times in the media; reportedly the Canadian animation house Nelvana was even interested at one point. This project never materialised, but the idea of producing animated Doctor Who adventures resurfaced with the coming of the Internet and the newly emerging format known as webcasting. Death Comes to Time was the first experiment of its kind; it would be followed soon after by Real Time (featuring the Sixth Doctor), Shada (featuring the Eighth Doctor) and culminating in Scream of the Shalka, which attempted to introduce a canonical new incarnation of the Doctor.
- A new Doctor Who logo was introduced for this story. Although it was never used again, the basic shape of the logo would be retained for the new logo designed for the return of the series in 2005.
- Voice actor Jon Culshaw is best known (in Doctor Who circles) for his uncanny impersonation of Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor in BBC’s Dead Ringers radio series.
- The Minister of Chance was given his own spin off series in 2011 entitled The Minister of Chance. However this is generally considered non-canonical and set outside the Doctor Who universe.
- It is left ambiguous as to what the Kingmaker is. However it is implied she is a being with greater powers than even the Time Lords. This is yet to be explored on screen or in spin-off media.
- The fate of the Doctor at the end of this story has been used by some factions of Doctor Who fandom as a rationale to “de-canonise” The TV Movie and, in turn, the later 2005 TV series. However, Death Comes to Time — or at least its ending — is generally considered non-canonical.
- This reality was one of the realities seen by the Eighth Doctor during the Anti-Time infestation of the TARDIS. (Zagreus)