The Nyssa Challenge

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘The Nyssa Challenge’!

I’ve been writing reviews on my profile on many ‘Doctor Who’ stories including TV stories, audios and books. My favourite stories are with the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa, which I’ve enjoyed watching and listening to.

I’ve done a ‘marathon’ challenge where I posted weekly reviews on the ‘Doctor Who’ stories featuring Nyssa in chronological order.

Nyssa (played by lovely Sarah Sutton) is my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ companion. Because Sarah has done plenty of Big Finish audios with Nyssa from the series and continues to do more, I like to share what goes on in her overall character journey from beginning to end.

Please feel free to take part in the discussions on each story featuring Nyssa and to comment on my reviews. I’d greatly value feedback on my reviews for these stories, so long as it’s positive and not too critical.

Here is a complete list on all of the Nyssa stories in chronological order and the weeks and starting dates for the reviews on these stories from February 2016 to July 2017.

Click on the images on the left of each story to access the review(s).

N.B. This list, as Nyssa would say in ‘The Haunting of Thomas Brewster’, is like time that is ‘subject to change’.


Please click here to see The Works of Sarah Sutton’.

Tim. 🙂

There are currently 5 phases of Nyssa’s life in ‘Doctor Who’ from beginning to end

  1. Nyssa with the Fourth/Fifth Doctor, Adric and Tegan Jovanka (Seasons 18-19a)
  2. Nyssa with the Fifth Doctor (Season 19b)
  3. Nyssa with the Fifth Doctor and Tegan Jovanka (Season 20a)
  4. Nyssa after ‘Terminus’
  5. Nyssa with the Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka and Turlough (Season 20b)

1. Nyssa with the Fourth/Fifth Doctor, Adric and Tegan Jovanka (Seasons 18-19a)

Week 1 (01/02/16)

the keeper of traken‘The Keeper of Traken’ (TV)

The Doctor and Adric visit and meet Nyssa and her father Tremas on Traken. They fight against the Melkur who is the Master.

Week 2 (08/02/16)

‘Logopolis’ (TV)

Tegan stumbles into the TARDIS; Nyssa is rescued; the Master returns ; Traken is destroyed and the Fourth Doctor meets his end…

Week 3 (15/02/16)

castrovalva‘Castrovalva’ (TV)

The Fifth Doctor is born, but the regeneration is failing. Nyssa and Tegan help to save him whilst Adric is a prisoner of the Master.

Week 4 (22/02/16)

‘Psychodrome’ (Audio)

As the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric get to know each other, they visit a space station that processes their thoughts and fears.

Week 5 (29/02/16)

bfpdwlwcd08_cold_fusion_cd_dps1_cover_large‘Cold Fusion’ (Book/Audio)

The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric visit a cold, icy world and meet the Seventh Doctor, Chris and Roz there.

‘Prisoners of Time’ (Comic)

The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric face the Sontarans on an alien world in Chapter 5 of ‘Prisoners of Time’.

‘The Ingenious Gentleman Adric of Alzarius’ (ST/Audio)

Adric becomes squire of Sir Keeyoht of la Koura to go on a quest and stop the Doctor.

Week 6 (07/03/16)

‘Four To Doomsday’ (TV)

The Doctor tries to get Tegan back home, but they end up on the Urkbankan spaceship on its way to Earth and meet Monarch.

Week 7 (14/03/16)

‘Kinda’ (TV)

Whilst Nyssa has to sleep inside the TARDIS, the Doctor, Tegan and Adric explore Deva-Loka. The Mara gets inside Tegan’s head.

Week 8 (21/03/16)

the visitation special edition‘The Visitation’ (TV)

The TARDIS lands in 1600s England with the Black Death. The Doctor and friends meet Richard Mace and fight the Terileptils.

‘The Dark River’ (TS)

This story takes place during ‘The Visitation’. Adric and Nyssa try to take the TARDIS to the Squire’s house in 1666 but end up in Mississippi River.

Week 9 (28/03/16)

dwdotd05_smokeandmirrors_1417_cover_large‘Smoke and Mirrors’ (DOTD) (Audio)

The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric meet Harry Houdini.

Short Trips Companions‘Hearts of Stone’ (ST)

Adric feels like an outsider amongst the TARDIS crew and wants to be a statue.

Week 10 (04/04/16)

Divided_Loyalties‘Divided Loyalties’ (Book)

The Celestial Toymaker returns to menace the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric, as their friendships and loyalties are put to the test.

dwmr221_thestarmen_1417_cover_large‘The Star Men’ (Audio)

The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric face the evil Star Men in outer space.

dwmr222_thecontingencyclub_1417_cover_large‘The Contingency Club’ (Audio)

The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric visit a gentleman’s club in Victorian London.

dwmr223_zaltys_1417_cover_large‘Zaltys’ (Audio)

The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric face vampires on the planet Zaltys.

kingdom of lies‘Kingdom of Lies’ (Audio)

The kingdom of Cardenas is divided on the planet Cicero Prime.

ghost walk‘Ghost Walk’ (Audio)

A ghost tour and an ancient evil force returns.

‘Serpent in the Silver Mask’ (Audio)

A murder mystery takes place on the space station Argentia.

‘Danger Down Below’ (Annual)

Nyssa makes a cameo in this story as the Doctor and Tegan meet Threll on Aronassus 49.

‘The God Machine’ (Annual)

The Doctor rescues Nyssa and Tegan from Vi’Al on an unnamed planet.

‘The Armageddon Chrysalis’ (Annual)

The Doctor faces Voorvolika inside the TARDIS.

‘On The Planet Isopterus’ (Annual Comic)

The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric face giant termites on the planet Isopterus.

‘The Haven’ (Annual)

The Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan confront Carnak at the Haven on Planet 435.

‘The Penalty’ (Annual/Audio)

The Doctor has a nightmare in the TARDIS.

‘Night Flight to Nowhere’ (Annual)

The Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan face an early version of the Master at Heathrow Airport.

Week 11 (11/04/16)

Black Orchid DVD UK cover‘Black Orchid’ (TV)

The TARDIS team visit 1920s Earth and meet Ann Talbot, Nyssa’s double. A cricket match; a fancy dress ball and a murder take place.

Week 12 (18/04/16)

306-thedarkeningeye_cover_large‘The Darkening Eye’ (Audio)

Nyssa meets the Dar Traders and deals with a deadly assassin.

‘The Constant Doctor’ (SS)

The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric visit the planet Lemaria where they see the Twelfth Doctor perform on stage.

Week 13 (25/04/16)

‘Iterations of I’ (Audio)

The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric visit a house on an island in 1981 as a ghost mystery with mathematics occurs.

‘The Toy’ (ST/Audio)

Nyssa gets called by a crimson crystal.

Week 14 (02/05/16)

‘Earthshock’ (TV)

The TARDIS team visit 26th century Earth and face the return of the Cybermen. This story features the departure/death of Adric.

Week 15 (09/05/16)

Bbcdvd-timeflight‘Time-Flight’ (TV)

Following the death of Adric, the Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan help to save a Concorde plane. This story features the departure of Tegan.

2. Nyssa with the Fifth Doctor (Season 19b)

Week 16 (16/05/16)

Empire of DeathEmpire of Death’ (Book)

The Doctor and Nyssa travel alone and visit Earth in the 1800s. They meet Queen Victoria and deal with the afterlife in another dimension.

Week 17 (23/05/16)

the land of the deadThe Land of the Dead’ (Audio)

The Doctor and Nyssa visit Alaska in the 1990s.

Week 18 (30/05/16)

dwmr010_winterfortheadept_1417_cover_large‘Winter For The Adept’ (Audio)

The Doctor and Nyssa visit a 1960s girls’ school in the Swiss Alps.

Week 19 (06/06/16)

‘The Mutant Phase’ (Audio)

Nyssa meets the Daleks for the first time.

Week 20 (13/06/16)

dwmr026_primeval_1417_cover_large‘Primeval’ (Audio)

Nyssa is dying and the Doctor takes her to Traken to save her.

Week 21 (20/06/16)

dwmr034_spareparts_1417_cover_large‘Spare Parts’ (Audio)

The Doctor and Nyssa visit Mondas where the Cybermen are born.

Week 22 (27/06/16)

dwmr044_creaturesofbeauty_1417_cover_large‘Creatures of Beauty’ (Audio)

An ecological disaster on Veln causes a matter of perspective.

Week 23 (04/07/16)

dwmr066_thegame_1417_cover_large‘The Game’ (Audio)

On the planet Cray, an brutal sports game called Naxy takes place.

Week 24 (11/07/16)

‘Circular Time’ (Audio)

1. ‘Spring’ – An alien planet
2. ‘Summer’ – Sir Issac Newton
3. ‘Autumn’ – Nyssa falls in love.

Week 25 (18/07/16)

dwmr093_renaissanceofthedaleks_1417_cover_large‘Renaissance of the Daleks’ (Audio)

Nyssa meets the Daleks for a second time.

Week 26 (25/07/16)

dwsub005_returntothewebplanet_1417_cover_large‘Return To The Web Planet’ (Audio)

The TARDIS returns to the planet Vortis with Menopetra and Zarbi.

Week 27 (01/08/16)

dwmr107_thehauntingofthomasbrewster_1417_cover_largeThe Haunting of Thomas Brewster’ (Audio)

A spooky, timey-wimey ghost story takes place in Dickensian London.

Week 28 (08/08/16)

dwmr110_theboythattimeforgot_1417_cover_large‘The Boy That Time Forgot’ (Audio)

The Doctor and Nyssa get zapped back in time where scorpions rule.

Week 29 (15/08/16)

dwmr113_timereef_1417_cover_large‘Time Reef’ & ‘A Perfect World’ (Audio)

‘Time Reef’
The TARDIS visits a time reef outside space and time.

dwmr113_timereef_1417_cover_large‘A Perfect World’
Thomas Brewster leaves the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa.

Week 30 (22/08/16)

dwmr127_castleoffear_1417_cover_large‘Castle of Fear’ (Audio)

The Doctor and Nyssa visit Stockbridge in the Middle Ages.

Week 31 (29/08/16)

dwmr128_theeternalsummer_1417_cover_large‘The Eternal Summer’ (Audio)

Time goes wrong in present-day Stockbridge.

Week 32 (05/09/16)

dwmr129_plagueofthedaleks_1417_cover_largePlague of the Daleks’ (Audio)

Stockbridge comes to its end, as the Daleks attack.

Week 33 (12/09/16)

dwmr142_thedemonsofredlodge_1417_cover_large‘The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories’ (Audio)

1. ‘The Demons of Red Lodge’ – A creepy village
2. ‘The Entropy Composition’ – A music piece
3. ‘Doing Time’ – A prison planet
4. ‘Special Features’ – A DVD commentary.

dwst01_shorttripsvol1_1417_cover_large‘The Deep’ (ST/Audio)

Nyssa tries to repair the chameleon circuit and it goes wrong.

Week 34 (19/09/16)

1001 Nights‘1001 Nights’ (Audio)

Nyssa tells stories to an angry Sultan to save the Doctor.

‘Tip of the Tongue’ (Puffin/Audio)

The Doctor and Nyssa visit Maine, 1945 with two schoolchildren.

Week 35 (26/09/16)

1963: Fanfare For The Common Men’ (Audio)

In the 1960s, the Common Men take over and replace the Beatles.

short trips transmissions‘Tweaker’ (ST/Audio)

A music record collector gets a visit from the Doctor and Nyssa .

Week 36 (03/10/16)

the light at the end‘The Light At The End’ (Audio)

The 50th anniversary special of ‘Doctor Who’ by Big Finish. Eight Doctors with their companions have to deal with the Master.

Week 37 (10/10/16)

moonfleshMoonflesh’ (Audio)

The Doctor and Nyssa visit Whitlock’s house in Suffolk, 1911.

Week 38 (17/10/16)

tomb ship‘Tomb Ship’ (Audio)

The Doctor and Nyssa visit a tomb ship in outer space.

Week 39 (24/10/16)

masqueradeMasquerade’ (Audio)

The Doctor and Nyssa visit France in 1770. But all is not as it seems.

‘Alien Heart’/’Dalek Soul’ (Audio)

‘Alien Heart’
The Doctor and Nyssa visit the planet Traxana and face spider-like creatures.

‘Dalek Soul’
Is Nyssa really working for the Daleks on the planet Mojox?

‘The Second Oldest Question’ (ST/Audio)

A chicken is put on trial in the medieval English village of Snittlegarth and the Doctor answers the second oldest question in the universe.

‘Downward Spiral’ (ST/Audio)

The Doctor and Nyssa visit Siobhan Matthews’ ship where it spirals towards something in the dark.

3. Nyssa with the Fifth Doctor and Tegan Jovanka (Season 20a)

Week 40 (31/10/16)

‘Arc of Infinity’ (TV)

The Doctor and Nyssa visit Gallifrey before going to Amsterdam to defeat Omega. Tegan re-joins the TARDIS with the Doctor and Nyssa.

 Week 41 (07/11/16)

waters of amsterdam‘The Waters of Amsterdam’ (Audio)

The Doctor; Nyssa and Tegan enjoy Amsterdam until alien water creatures attack the city.

 Week 42 (14/11/16)

dwls0301_theelite_1417_cover_large‘The Elite’ (Audio)

The Doctor; Nyssa and Tegan visit the planet Florana.

Week 43 (21/11/16)

dwls0302_hexagora_1417_cover_large‘Hexagora’ (Audio)

The planet Luparis looks like Tudor London.

Week 44 (28/11/16)

dwls303_thechildrenofseth_1417_cover_large‘The Children of Seth’ (Audio)

Nyssa gets sent to hell on Level 14 and it’ ‘death to Seth’.

Week 45 (05/12/16)

dw_fear_of_the_dark_300‘Fear of the Dark’ (Book)

The Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan visit a moon of the planet Akoshemon that has a dark history and they face the ‘Dark’ itself.

Week 46 (12/12/16)
Dw_sands_of_time_600‘The Sands of Time’ (Book)

Nyssa gets kidnapped in London 1896 and the Doctor and Tegan have to rescue her. This story is a sequel to ‘Pyramids of Mars’.

Week 47 (19/12/16)
zeta major‘Zeta Major’ (Book)

The Fifth Doctor returns to the planet Morestra with Nyssa and Tegan. This story is a sequel to ‘Planet of Evil‘.

dwst04_shorttripsvol4_1417_cover_large‘The Lions of Trafalgar’ (ST/Audio)

Lions come to life in 1800s London.

dwst0505_thekingofthedead_1417_image_large‘The King of the Dead’ (ST/Audio)

A mystery occurs at a 1980s London theatre.

Week 48 (26/12/16)

bfpdwcd209_aquitaine-1_cover_large‘Aquitaine’ (Audio)

The Doctor; Nyssa and Tegan visit the spaceship Aquitaine.

Week 49 (02/01/17)

dwmr210_thepeterloomassacre_1417_cover_large‘The Peterloo Massacre’ (Audio)

The Doctor; Nyssa and Tegan witness ‘The Peterloo Massacre’ in Manchester on the 16th of August 1819.

‘The Mistpuddle Murders’ (ST/Audio)

The Doctor; Nyssa and Tegan solve a whodunit murder mystery at Mistpuddle village.


‘Tartarus’ (Audio)

The Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa travel back in time to meet Cicero. They’re joined by new companion Marc.

‘Interstitital’/’Feast of Fear’ (Audio)

The Doctor and his friends discover a research facility conducting dangerous temporal experiments.

‘Feast of Fear’
A carnival at the height of the Irish famine causes trouble for the Doctor and Nyssa turns evil.

‘Warzone’/’Conversion’ (Audio)

The Doctor and his friends end up in the middle of a race track and run for their lives at Warzone. 

The Doctor confronts his guilt again as he faces the Cybermen again.

‘Thin Time’/’Madquake’ (Audio)

Nyssa, Tegan and Marc deal with Slitheen before they reunite with the Fifth Doctor.

Week 50 (09/01/17)

‘Snakedance’ (TV)

The Mara returns to haunt Tegan again as the TARDIS takes them to Manussa. Will the Doctor and Nyssa be able to save Tegan’s life?

Week 51 (16/01/17)

‘Goth Opera’ (Book)

A vampire baby attacks Nyssa and turns her into a vampire. Will she able to resist the bloodlust inside her as the age of the vampires commences?

‘Blood Invocation’ (Yearbook Comic)

The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan face vampires again on Gallifrey.

Week 52 (23/01/17)

Mawdryn%20Undead%20DVD%20Cover‘Mawdryn Undead’ (TV)

The Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan meet schoolboy Turlough and reunite with the Brigadier as they get involved in a timey-wimey mystery.

gardens of the dead‘Gardens of the Dead’ (ST/Audio)

The Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan get used to Turlough.

‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’ (Comic)

Nyssa with the Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Turlough appear in ‘Ophiuchus’, the fifth story of ‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’.

Week 53 (30/01/17)

Terminus%20DVD%20Cover‘Terminus’ (TV)

Nyssa gets infected with Lazar’s disease aboard a space hospital at the centre of the universe. Nyssa leaves the TARDIS for the first time.

4. Nyssa after ‘Terminus’

Week 54 (06/02/17)

dwsub010_thefivecompanions_1417_cover_large‘The Five Companions’ (Audio)

Nyssa reunites with the Doctor with Ian, Steven, Sara and Polly.

Week 55 (13/02/17)

Asylum_(Doctor_Who)‘Asylum’ (Book)

Nyssa meets the Fourth Doctor again before he meets her. Both have an adventure on Earth in 1278.

Week 56 (20/02/17)

‘Circular Time: Winter’ (Audio)

Nyssa, now married and a mother, meets the Fifth Doctor again.

‘The Caves of Androzani’ (TV)

Nyssa speaks to the Doctor in a dream during ‘Circular Time: Winter’.

‘A Heart on Both Sides’ (ST/Audio)

Nyssa meets the Eighth Doctor during the Time War.

5. Nyssa with the Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka and Turlough (Season 20b)

Week 57 (27/02/17)

20141119150532dwmr136_cobwebs_1417_cover_largeCobwebs’ (Audio)

Nyssa reunites with the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough after 50 years.

Week 58 (06/03/17)

dwmr137_thewhisperingforest_1417_cover_large‘The Whispering Forest’ (Audio)

The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough visit Purity Bay on Cherdor.

Week 59 (13/03/17)

dwmr138_thecradleofthesnake_1417_cover_large‘The Cradle of the Snake’ (Audio)

The Mara returns to haunt Tegan for a third time.

Week 60 (20/03/17)

20150714165159dwmr146_heroesofsontar_1417_cover_large‘Heroes of Sontar’ (Audio)

The Doctor and friends meet a platoon of ‘Dad’s Army’ Sontarans.

Week 61 (27/03/17)

dwmr147_kissofdeath_1417_cover_large‘Kiss of Death’ (Audio)

A former flame of Turlough’s returns.

Week 62 (03/04/17)

dwmr148_rattrap_1417_cover_large‘Rat Trap’ (Audio)

Underneath London in 1983, there’s a pack of giant rants.

Week 63 (10/04/17)

dwmr159_theemeraldtiger_1417_cover_large‘The Emerald Tiger’ (Audio)

The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough visit India in 1926.

Week 64 (17/04/17)

dwmr160_thejupiterconjunction_1417_cover_large‘The Jupiter Conjuction’ (Audio)

The TARDIS takes the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough to a comet.

‘The Monkey House’ (ST/Audio)

The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough get caught in a ‘monkey house’ at a zoo on an alien world.

Week 65 (24/04/17)

dwmr161_thebutcherofbrisbane_1417_cover_large‘The Butcher of Brisbane’ (Audio)

Nyssa and Turlough go undercover to expose Magnus Greel’s crimes.

Week 66 (01/05/17)

dwmr172_eldradmustdie_1417_cover_large‘Eldrad Must Die!’ (Audio)

The TARDIS lands on Earth in 2013 where Eldred must die!

Week 67 (08/05/17)

dwmr173_theladyofmercia_1417_cover_largeThe Lady of Mercia’ (Audio)

Tegan gets zapped back in time and becomes the Lady of Merica.

Week 68 (15/05/17)

dwmr174_prisonersoffate_1417_cover_largePrisoners of Fate’ (Audio)

Nyssa reunites with her son after missing 25 years of her life.

Week 69 (22/05/17)

dwmr195_mistfall_cover_large‘Mistfall’ (Audio)

The TARDIS slips back into E-Space and ends up on Alzarius.

Week 70 (29/05/17)

equillbrium_cover_largeEquilibrium’ (Audio)

The TARDIS takes the Doctor and friends to the kingdom of Isenfel.

Week 71 (05/06/17)

dwmr197_entropyplague_cover_large‘The Entropy Plague’ (Audio)

At the end of this story, Nyssa gets trapped in E-Space.

‘Farewell, Sarah Jane’ (SJA) (Webcast)

Many of the Doctor’s companions including Nyssa and Tegan attend Sarah Jane’s funeral.

Bonus Week (12/06/17)

Dimensions in Time’ (TV)

Sarah Sutton stars as Nyssa in the 30th anniversary Children-in-Need special of ‘Doctor Who’ with Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor and Nicola Bryant as Peri.

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