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Doctor Who: The Light at the End

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  386 ratings  ·  42 reviews
November 23rd 1963 proves to be a significant day in the lives of all eight Doctors…

It's the day that Bob Dovie's life is ripped apart…

It's also a day that sets in motion a catastrophic chain of events which forces the first eight incarnations of the Doctor to fight for their very existence. As a mysterious, insidious chaos unfolds within the TARDIS, the barriers of time
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Audio CD, Standard Edition
Published November 2013 by Big Finish Productions (first published October 31st 2013)
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Michael
May 25, 2014 rated it liked it
While I loved just about every last moment of "The Day of the Doctor" (including getting a bit lump in my throat at a certain surprise scene), part of the classic Whovian in me was still a bit disappointed that we didn't an appearance by all the remaining living Doctors. I realize that time has passed and that seeing the Doctors older might interfere with our memories of them (since they're all ageless on the DVD releases), but I still think it would have been fun to see the Doctor run into some ...more
Drew
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-drama
The Light at the End hangs on a gimmick -- get all 8 Doctors from the classic era together for one rousing adventure -- and it succeeds! Baker, Davison, Baker, McCoy, and McGann are all together, along with companions Leela, Nyssa, Peri, Ace, and Charley. Any worries I had that some would be short-changed were not realized. Each of them gets plenty of time in the spotlight, playing off each other, their companions, and finally The Master (Geoffrey Beevers version). As for the first three ...more
Derelict Space Sheep
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
A 50th anniversary celebration featuring Doctors Four through Eight. The story is remarkably coherent and remains so despite incorporating a plethora of characters and cameos. The Doctors themselves take centre stage and all feel important. Definitely one of Big Finish’s better efforts.
Mel
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
The Big Finish anniversary special was released a month early. What a delightful surprise!

It was everything that it promised to be. A big multi-Doctor story crossing timelines and averting all kinds of catastrophes. By far my favourite parts were the ones with Tom Baker and Paul McGann. Two of my favourites together and they were so funny. They really were a great combination. It was nice to see the other doctors working together and even to see the hints with Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee as
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Devin Harvey
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: big-finish
The Light at the End was AMAZING. 100x better than the last anniversary special they did at Big Finish (Zagreus, which I did enjoy as well but not nearly as much as this). It was great to see all of the Doctors' interacting, especially 4 and 8 who were just wonderful together. I just love when Doctors and Companions meet past and future Doctors' and Companions, it's always so wonderful. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Doctor's were are all impersonated perfectly, especially Frazer who seems to have ...more
William Lavell
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I for one love multiple-Doctor stories because the way the Doctors play off of each other is fun. 8 making fun of 4's scarf, for example. Each manages to bring their unique traits to the table for this story, and although it's slow in a few places, overall it was a great story. Colin Baker, who always seems to express The Doctor's outrage with he Time Lords, does so admirably here. Ace as the plain-talking comic relief that she normally is, had a hysterical reaction to meeting Colin Baker's ...more
James Bowman
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, dr-who, audio
A decently fun anniversary adventure. The first half is a bit slow, but things pick up in the second half. The Fifth Doctor and especially the Sixth Doctor have the most prominent roles, though all the classic Doctors have their moments. I was particularly pleased they found a way to include (view spoiler). I was hoping for a bit more inter-Doctor banter than we got, however. Also, the ending is a bit too neat, but it's perfectly fine for something that's ...more
Jamie Revell
It's traditional that decadal anniversaries of Doctor Who feature multi-Doctor stories. For the 50th, on TV we got The Day of the Doctor, while on audio, we got this. (Interestingly, according to the sleeve notes, the producers had decided not to bother this time round, but Tom Baker apparently talked them into it, making this the first multi-Doctor story he'd properly appeared in).

A time distortion emanating from when else but the time and date of the TV show's first broadcast traps the
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Danny Welch
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just wow, this was mind-blowing, certainly worth waiting for 4 years to listen to! This audio is just perfection, featuring the first 8th Doctors and their companions which are beautifully written going up against The Master for the sake of The Doctor's past and future! This feels more like a 50th anniversary special then Day of The Doctor which just ended up feeling like an early 10th anniversary of the modern reboot. But yeah this audio is just amazing, a masterpiece by Nicholas Briggs ...more
Rick
Produced as part of the fiftieth anniversary celebration of Doctor Who, this thrilling full-cast audio-drama features Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann as the Doctor with appearances from companions across the years of the original series. For fans of the series, that should be all you need to know. But the narrative itself is pure classic Whovian fun filled with hi-jinks and daring-do. All you need is your mind’s eye and your good to go.
Jeffrey Lyons
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Big Finish Dr. Who audio books and I especially love the ones where they bring together multiple Doctors. This was their 50th anniversary special released in 2013 featuring five Doctors and their companions. It also made nice references to the earlier Doctors and their companions. I particularly liked how the different stories all eventually merged together at the very end. If you are a Classic Dr. Who fan, this is for you.
Ellen Schoener
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don`t know... yes, it was fun and all, but somehow I have the feeling that these multi- doctor adventures have less substance than the normal ones.
As usual for Big Finish great production and great acting, with a very enthusiastic cast.
But, as said above, it just lacks something. Paul McGann and Tom Baker are great together, though...
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Brian
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, audio
This was fun! I don't know if I followed exactly how the Master's plan was ruined...but 5 DOCTORS!!! And companions!!!
Miss Zero
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So, I listened to this audio adventure a while back, and I was...very pleasantly surprised by how much I really enjoyed it.

I've not been a fan long, and was a fan less than a few weeks after having listened to this and only really familiar with the Fourth Doctor at the time. So I really kind of got to know some of these others Doctors well here!

This has a pretty solid story. You've got the Doctor's foe The Master, and for an anniversary story, of COURSE this makes perfect sense! You've got all
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Christopher Buchanan
Multi-Doctor stories can get pretty messy. You've got a lot of big personalities all trying to play the same guy, tons of companions and a whole bunch of continuity to try and crow-bar into a pretty small space. This one was handled pretty well. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the story itself was. It was interesting enough while leaving room for the Doctors to run the show and only a little contrived. It does get a bit repetative at points. I was really getting tired of hearing the date ...more
Yosef Shapiro
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, tv-shows
I always like multi Doctor adventures. It was an ambitious idea to try and have eight doctors participate in this story in some form or other. The story mainly features Doctors 4-8. But, Doctors 1-3 are also represented. In a nice touch, and an homage to the series history, the First Doctor is voiced by first Doctor Companion Ian prtrayed by William Russell nad the Second Doctor is voiced by companion Jamie portrayed by Frazer Hines. A number of the companions are sprinkled throughout. On of ...more
Angela
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the multi Doctor story we had all hoped for with the 50th anniversary, shame its on audio. The Master has a plan to kill the Doctor, all the Doctors, and they have to stop him. I don't want to say anymore as that will spoil the fun. All the Doctors get their chance to shine, and there's some really good cameos. It's a feel good adventure and one that I suspect I will be listening to regularly.
The extras in this special edition include 2 documentary CDs and a companion chronicle with Ian
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Eric Allen
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing 50th anniversary story for the series. Doctors 1-8 face off against the Master (though 1-3 are just old clips repurposed for the new story due to the actors, sadly, no longer being with us) and a plot to erase them all from existence one by one. FAR better than the actual, official, BBC 50th anniversary. But, then, I'm not a fan of the Moffat era of Doctor Who. The guy is okay at one off stories here and there, but as the show runner, he's just completely ruining the series. Anyway, you ...more
Mary Jo
This is how the 50th anniversary is done! All eight of the classic Doctors are represented, and pretty equally. The first three Doctors never fully "materialize" but they are still represented (they managed to get pretty decent imitators, including Frazer Hines doing his excellent Second Doctor imitation). Each Doctor has a part to play in figuring out the mystery and defeating the Master. I enjoyed the 50th anniversary television special but I have to say this kind of blew that out of the ...more
Nancy Kelley
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
This was Big Finish's 50th anniversary story, and it is brilliant. It includes the first eight Doctors, plus Leela, Nyssa, Peri, Ace, and Charley. Since I'm still catching up on Classic Who, this was the first time I'd met any of those companions except for Charley.

The story was... perfect. Eight Doctors, the Master, the CIA, possible destruction of the TARDIS itself, and a perfectly constructed causal loop that the Doctors managed to break, because of course they did they're the Doctor.
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Ritchie
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn to re listen to The Light At the End because it was actually the first Big Finish Doctor Who adventure I'd experienced and now, as an experienced listener, I wanted to give it another go. This was Big Finish's contribution to the 50th anniversary of the show and is better than I remember it. I've actually given it another star. You cannot beat the first eight Doctors interacting. Highly recommended.
David
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Fun audio (only) book. Plot was meh, but it was true to the classic sounds and characters of the original series. I, like other fans, was drawn in by all the voice acting talent that they managed to pull together for this 50th anniversary effort:
- Doctors: Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann
- Companions: Louise Jameson (Leela), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Sophie Aldred (Ace), India Fisher (Charley Pollard)
- and Geoffrey Beevers (The Master)
Keiran Thegreat
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Released as a celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who this story features the first eight Doctors with their companions and the Master.
Probably the most successful multi-Doctor audio so far. A simple concept but with many threads and clear well-written dialogue. If you are a fan of the Doctor Who television programme and want to enjoy an audio adventure this is one the very best.
Christopher
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The mind blowing 50th anniversary special that BBC tv could never have given us. Doctors 4-8 interact beautifully (especially Four and Eight), and numbers 1-3 are brought to brief life by some very good impressions. Briggs outdoes himself with an epic and brilliant tale celebrating 50 years of everyone's favourite Time Lord, you couldn't ask for better.
Sativa
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lots of fun! Love how they worked eight Doctor's and their companions into the story, even 1-4. The end is fun. Peri's American accent, however, is pretty cringe-worthy. How did the BBC ever think that was a good idea??
David Musto
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Please read my review. Totally agree with other reviewer about the best parts being the interaction between Four and Eight.
Charlotte
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'll have to rate it again when I relisten to the physical copy - but right now I'm riding pretty high on fangirling. Multi-Doctor story. All eight classic Doctors, yes, even the first three get to play along. Feel the fanlove that went into this production.
Meredith
I liked the concept and mostly enjoyed the execution. The one complication was trying to keep the various (and there were a LOT) of voices.

And the grumpy dad at the end was a sweet touch to the aching portion earlier.
Scott Haworth
The end felt like a rather simple solution to the problem, as if they just hit a reset button. But it still was lovely to hear all the Big Finish Doctors cooperating in one adventure. None of them were shortchanged here.
Noah Soudrette
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who, audio
I finished the actually story some time ago so my memory of the story isn't so strong. Overall, what more could you ask for from an anniversary story? Five different doctors, a smattering of companions and some nice surprises. Great fun and well worth it.
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Nicholas Briggs is a British actor and writer, predominantly associated with the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who and its various spin-offs. Some of Briggs' earliest Doctor Who-related work was as host of The Myth Makers, a series of made-for-video documentaries produced in the 1980s and 1990s by Reeltime Pictures in which Briggs interviews many of the actors and writers involved ...more