‘Psychodrome’ (Audio)



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The Psychodrome with the Doctor; Tegan; Nyssa and Adric

It’s Season 19 all over again!

I love ‘The Fifth Doctor Box Set’ from Big Finish! This box set contains two stories featuring the original TARDIS team of the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric. I remember the announcement of Adric’s return to ‘Doctor Who’ in August 2013. I couldn’t wait for the box set to come out with Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding and Matthew Waterhouse in it.

I like to think I persuaded Matthew to return as Adric when I first met him in 2011. I’ve now met all four actors of the Fifth Doctor team in Slough, 2013 and have had group photos with the companions. I enjoyed these two stories when I went on a family holiday to Scotland in August 2014.

The two stories are ‘Psychodrome’ and ‘Iterations of I’. This is a 5-disc box set with ‘Pyschodrome’ on Discs 1 and 2; ‘Iterations of I’ on Discs 3 and 4 and ‘The Making of the Fifth Doctor Box Set’ documentary on Disc 5. This is a Fifth Doctor fan treat and it was fantastic revisiting Season 19 again!

I’ve had ‘The Fifth Doctor Box Set’ cover signed by Peter Davison; Sarah Sutton; Janet Fielding and Matthew Waterhouse. I’ve also had it signed by John Dorney (writer) and Ken Bentley (director). Sarah remembers doing these two new stories with Adric and I told her how much I enjoyed them.

‘Psychodrome’ is a four-part story by Jonathan Morris on two discs. Jonathan Morris is my favourite Big Finish ‘Doctor Who’ writer. I listened to this story on the first part of the journey to Scotland at night for our family holiday. It was an amazing experience!

This story is set after ‘Logopolis’ and ‘Castrovalva’. The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric are adjusting to life aboard the TARDIS. They don’t know each other well or whether they should trust each other.

When the TARDIS arrives aboard a vast space station, the new TARDIS team face their fears and fantasies brought to life. They need to work together to escape the dangers of the Psychodrome.

I like this story’s first scene where Adric shows Tegan to her room and Nyssa joining them. It sets the story with tension between Tegan and Adric and Nyssa and Tegan sharing losing their loved ones.

I like what Jonny Morris does with the Fifth Doctor characters that we know and love. He develops them with making continuity references from ‘The E-Space Trilogy’ and the ‘New Beginnings’ trilogy.

The Psychodrome is a pretty unsettling place homing in on your thoughts and fears and bringing them to life. The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric bring into being people that are aspects of them.

They also face their fears that come from their childhood and also foreshadow their futures with Adric in ‘Earthshock’ and Tegan in ‘Kinda’. Nyssa says to Adric, “You can have more than one fear”.

Peter Davison is brilliant as the Doctor. This is of course the Fifth Doctor who’s recently regenerated. He’s not the Fourth Doctor anymore and it was interesting going to where the Fifth Doctor started.

Janet Fielding as Tegan is also great. Tegan’s not keen staying aboard the TARDIS as she’s lost Aunt Vanessa and wants to get back to Heathrow Airport. I like how Tegan’s childhood is touched upon.

Sarah Sutton as Nyssa is lovely. Nyssa’s quiet nature is touched upon and she’s currently getting over the loss of Traken and her father. She hasn’t got anywhere to go now except to travel in the TARDIS.

Matthew Waterhouse is great as Adric. Adric’s uncomfortable with how things have changed since he hoped to travel with Tom Baker’s Doctor. Instead he’s got Peter and two girls Nyssa and Tegan.

The guest cast includes Robert Whitelock as Professor Rickett; King Magus and Denyx, Phil Mulryne as Magpie; Calcula and Prince Erdos; Camilla Power as Perditia; Jenessa and Zaria and Bethan Walker as Javon, Pyrrha and Queen Antigone. These characters are all aspects of the four TARDIS regulars.

The story ends with the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric escaping the Psychodrome. Tegan insists the Doctor takes her home. Respecting her wishes, the Doctor sets the TARDIS for Heathrow Airport.


I immensely enjoyed ‘Psychodrome’. It’s a great character-driven story with lots of love for the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric. It’s well-written by Jonny Morris and I love hearing Peter; Janet; Sarah and Matthew in it. I really like how this story gives my favourite TARDIS team a new beginning.

There are two tracks of incidental music to enjoy at the end of Disc 2.

‘Psychodrome’ rating – 10/10

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12 thoughts on “‘Psychodrome’ (Audio)

  1. Timelord 007

    Loved this story Tim, the box set contains two excellent storys & your reviews gives a clear description of the story, the characters & performances by the cast.

    I love that you got your box set signed Tim & had your photo taken with Peter, Sarah, Janet & Matthew.

    What i wouldn’t give to meet Tom Baker.

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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    Thanks Simon.

    Glad you enjoyed this story and very pleased you enjoyed reading my review. I enjoyed ‘The Fifth Doctor Box Set’ so much, and I can’t wait to hear more news of upcoming audio adventures with the Doctor; Nyssa; Tegan and Adric by Big Finish. I’m pleased you find my reviews give clear descriptions of the story; the characters and the performances of the cast.

    I’m pleased you like my box cover of ‘The Fifth Doctor Box Set’ by Peter; Sarah; Janet and Mathhew. I’m also pleased you like the photos with me and them.

    Yes I’m very lucky to have met Peter; Sarah; Janet and Matthew at conventions and have the box set signed by all four of them. The Season 19 era is one of my favourite eras of ‘Doctor Who’ and I’m so pleased and honoured to have met all four regulars from that season.

    Check out this photo of me and Tom Baker here – https://bradleybasement.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/tim-bradley-and-tom-baker.jpg
    Please don’t be jealous of me. 😀

    Thanks for your comments, Simon. I enjoyed reading them.

    Tim. 🙂


  3. Elinor


    Getting back to commenting on these again, after a bit of an absence.

    Anyway, I absolutely loved this story as it focused on and explored the characters in an interesting way.

    Granted, the fears of Nyssa and Adric weren’t really that surprising, but I still like that they got explored further in this. Tegan’s fear was a new piece of information and I also found it really interesting how the guest characters were based of the main character’s initial impressions of each other.

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  4. Tim Bradley Post author

    Hi Elinor!

    It’s nice to hear from you again! Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘Psychodrome’.

    I was very impressed with this story by Jonny Morris and it’s good that it links nicely after the events of the ‘New Beginnings’ trilogy with the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric. I really like how the character develop in this story and how each of the four regulars get initial impressions of each other formed into being and their fears get explored.

    I certainly enjoyed the interesting angles on the fears of Nyssa; Adric and Tegan. It was nice that ‘Doctor Who’ companions from the 80s who never got the chance to properly explore their characters manage to do so here in these Big Finish audios. I found it interesting how the guest characters were reflections of each of the four regulars and those actors who played them are very good doing different versions of the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric.

    Thanks for your comments, Elinor. Look forward to your comments on my next review.

    Tim. 🙂


  5. Timelord007

    I wonder if the new trilogy is set before or after this box set?

    Definitely one of my favourite Fifth Doctor sets, both excellent stories.

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  6. Tim Bradley Post author

    I’d like to think the new 2017 trilogy with the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric is set after ‘Psychodrome’.

    Hopefully should ‘Cold Fusion’ be the mysterious novel adaptation by Big Finish, I’d like to think the 2017 trilogy is set after that story. So the 2017 trilogy would be set between ‘Cold Fusion’ and ‘Four To Doomsday’. At least that’s my theory. I hope so anyway.

    Very pleased you love the Fifth Doctor box set, Simon. It’s one of my happiest memories of 2014. Even though I wasn’t there in 1982, I did feel like re-living Season 19 all over again. And hopefully it’ll be the same with the new upcoming 2017 trilogy with the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric.

    Thanks! Tim. 🙂


  7. Helen

    This was a great story; the actors all managed to convey their uncertainty with one another really well. Although this TARDIS Team has always been my favourite of the Classic era, I felt a lot of the original TV show did the characters a disservice with very little development, and making them another problem for the Doctor to overcome, rather than true companions. Big Finish seems to be doing a lot to reverse that and revealing the uncertainties and insecurities of all four made them far more sympathetic.

    The pictures and signatures you got are fantastic 🙂

    I like that Erdos is also the name of a famous mathematician, as Adric is an anagram of Dirac, while his other two alter-egos reflected other aspects of his character, and that the other names used held meanings appropriate to the personalities of the others. The writer obviously did his research and put a great deal of thought into this.

    I also found it fascinating that Nyssa seemed to view the Doctor and Master as flip sides of the same coin… or that the Doctor could easily be very like the Master if he wanted to. It was nice to see her show such a shrewdness, and yet be gracious when her alter-egos were not so flattering.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Helen.

      Glad you enjoyed ‘Psychodrome’. I must revisit the story again sometime as I’ve been meaning to do updated versions of my reviews on ‘Pyschodrome’ and ‘Iterations of I’ sometime in the future. I agree, the Big Finish audios present the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric in a much better light compared to how the TV series presented them.

      I’m glad you like the signatures I got from the stars as well as the pictures. Many thanks for your insight into Adric and Nyssa’s characters and how their counterparts reflect their development throughout the story. ‘Psychodrome’ is definitely one of my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ stories and I would love to revisit again and again.

      Many thanks,

      Tim. 🙂

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  8. Williams Fan 92

    Great review Tim.

    I found ‘Psychodrome’ to be a really good story for the gap between ‘Castrovalva’ and ‘Four to Doomsday’. The Tardis crew worked well together to fight against the Psychodrome especially at the end. The music sounded a lot like the music heard in ‘Castrovalva’. Jonathan Morris wrote a great script and the cast brought it to life. I’m glad to have seen Peter, Sarah and Janet at a convention even if I only got autographs from the first two. I would very much like to meet Matthew Waterhouse at a convention someday. It’s good that the Season 19 Tardis team got back together at Big Finish.

    I’m looking forward to ‘Iterations of I’, ‘Earthshock’ and ‘Time-Flight’. I also hope to enjoy ‘Secrets of Telos’ and ‘God of War’ as part of ‘Forty’. I’m not sure whether to get that on release or if I would be better off listening to ‘The Star Men’, ‘The Contingency Club’, ‘Zaltys’, ‘Kingdome of Lies’, ‘Ghost Walk’, and ‘Serpent in the Silver Mask’ beforehand.

    Take care, WF92.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi WF92,

      Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘Psychdrome’. This is definitely one of my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ stories featuring the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric. I like how the story explores the characters’ journeys in-between ‘Castrovalva’ and ‘Four to Doomsday’. Jonny Morris writes well for each of the TARDIS regulars. I hope to revisit ‘The Fifth Doctor Box Set’ with ‘Psychodrome’ and ‘Iterations of I’ and hope to update the reviews on the two stories for a future ‘Nyssa Challenge’ mini-review season. I’m pleased to have met Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding and Matthew Waterhouse at conventions. I would like to meet all four of them at a convention and have a photo with all four of them someday.

      I don’t think you need to worry about listening from ‘The Star Men’ to ‘Serpent in the Silver Mask’ before hearing the ‘Forty’ stories. It won’t be like the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Marc stories since from ‘Tartarus’ to ‘Nightmare of the Daleks’, they seem to be a self-contained story arc whereas Adric is an already established TARDIS character with the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan in Season 19. Plus, the stories in ‘Forty’ seem to have the Fifth Doctor out of order in his TARDIS travels with his companions, jumping back and forth from Season 20 to Season 19, I believe.

      Thanks for your comments.

      Tim 🙂

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