Audio Adventures in Time & Space, originally just Adventures in Time and Space, was a record label.
It is somewhat unclear when the name originated, or who devised it. Certainly it was coined by the fan group, Audio Visuals, in the mid-1980s. It did not appear on AV covers until the second, 1986 season — though re-issues of the first, 1984 season bore the label retroactively. As the original AV producer, Bill Baggs was certainly in a position to have conceived the name, but it's uncertain that he did. In any case, Baggs began using the title in the late 1990s as the main label for his BBV Productions audio plays. Indeed, several BBV releases were based on old AV plays, and there was a great deal of staff crossover between the two groups. When Baggs co-opted the name, he added the word "Audio" before "Adventures in Time and Space" for clarity, since he had a thriving line of videos at the time.
Audio Adventures in Time & Space was a label used by BBV from 1998 to 2004. It referred to four "seasons" of audio output that featured a wide variety of characters, and indeed was comprised of several different series. Things like The Time Travellers, The Stranger, Zygons, Sontarans, Adventures in a Pocket Universe and others were all released under the label. The fourth season used a radically re-designed cover template which removed the "Audio Adventures in Time & Space" label from the front cover.
Although the overwhelming majority of BBV audio titles were released under this label, not all of them were. Notably the Tom Baker autobiography, The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, and the Richard Franklin story, The Killing Stone, were firmly not released under this label.
BBV used the label differently than AV. Whereas the AV Adventures in Time and Space had all illegally featured the Doctor, BBV didn't have that luxury. As a commercial entity, they had to find some way of delivering a legal product for sale. They took two approaches to solve this problem.
First, they created approximations of characters from televised Doctor Who and hired the same actors to play them. Adventures in a Pocket Universe and so on. Thus a "season" could contain a highly eclectic variety of stories. These stories, by necessity, did not take place in the Doctor Who universe — not even with the most generous view of what constitutes the DWU. Colin Baker was not playing the Sixth Doctor in The Stranger. Indeed, between the first and second season, the British Broadcasting Corporation had a stern word with BBV when they felt that the McCoy/Sophie Aldred output was getting too close to the Seventh Doctor and Ace. From the second season forward, therefore, all the McCoy/Aldred releases were relabelled The Time Travellers and their characters were decidedly distanced from their season 1 personas.
Second, they tried to get the permission of one of the original Doctor Who writers to use the species or characters that the writer owned. Most of these stories could then be marketed as taking place within the DWU. The cover to The Choice, for instance, quite legally claims that it is the "return of K9", since permission was obtained from Dave Martin and Bob Baker.
It is only the second type of story that this wiki makes an attempt to cover.
The following chart lists all the releases under the Audio Adventures in Time & Space banner, in the order of their release and tells which you'll find on this wiki.
|Story title||Series||Covered by this wiki?|
|Republica||The Time Travellers||No|
|Island of Lost Souls||The Time Travellers||No|
|Prosperity Island||The Time Travellers||No|
|The Left Hand of Darkness||The Time Travellers||No|
|The Other Side||The Time Travellers||No|
|Guest for the Night||The Time Travellers||No|
|The Last Mission||The Stranger||No|
|Eye of the Storm||The Stranger||No|
|Ghosts||The Time Travellers||No|
|Vital Signs||The Wanderer||No|
|Only Human||The Time Travellers||No|
|The Choice||Adventures in a Pocket Universe||Yes|
|Blood Sports||The Time Travellers||No|
|The Search||Adventures in a Pocket Universe||Yes|
|The Root of All Evil||Krynoids||Yes|
|Punchline||The Time Travellers||No|
|The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind||none||Yes|
|The Barnacled Baby||Zygons||Yes|
|The Eleven-Day Empire||Faction Paradox||Yes|
|The Shadow Play||Faction Paradox||Yes|
|The Green Man||Krynoids||Yes|
|In 2 Minds||Rutans||Yes|
|The Quality of Mercy||Guy de Carnac||Yes|
|Sabbath Dei||Faction Paradox||Yes|
|In the Year of the Cat||Faction Paradox||Yes|
|A Labyrinth of Histories||Faction Paradox||Yes|
- ↑ Marketed as the "first part" of the I series, but it was the only audio ever produced in that "series".
- ↑ Marketed as the "first part" of the Rani series, but it was the only audio ever produced in that "series".
- ↑ Marketed as the "first part" of the Wirrn series, but it was the only audio ever produced in that "series".
- ↑ Faction Paradox was marketed by BBV as both a part of season 4 of Audio Adventures in Time and Space, and as a wholly separate series.
- ↑ Marketed as the "first part" of the Rutans series, but it was the only audio ever produced in that "series".
Behind the scenes
- Those wishing to understand more about this wiki's policies towards BBV's Audio Adventures in Time & Space should consult this discussion.
- Due to our canon policy, this article concentrates on the usage of "Audio Adventures in Time & Space" by BBV Productions. Those wishing a fuller explanation of this title's long history with Audio Visuals should consult the AV website.