|The Company of Friends|
|Companion(s):||Benny (Part One)|
Fitz (Part Two)
Izzy (Part Three)
Mary (Part Four)
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Release date:||July 2009|
|Format:||4 Episodes on 2 CDs|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|The Angel of Scutari||Patient Zero|
The Company of Friends was a Big Finish Productions anthological audio release in 2009. It featured the Eighth Doctor with four companions who had never appeared alongside him in audio Doctor Who. Most of these companions were derived from Eighth Doctor stories in print media. Thus, Company contained the first performances of Izzy and Fitz. It also contained the first audio team-up of the Eighth Doctor and Bernice Summerfield (she had previously met him in the novel PROSE: The Dying Days). Finally, it depicted a meeting Big Finish had long teased in their eighth Doctor audio adventures: that of the Eighth Doctor with Mary Shelley. Notably, it was the first Eighth Doctor audio drama to be released in the main range not to feature Charley Pollard.
This anthology is notable for the fact that the Eighth Doctor acknowledges comics, prose and audio continuities. As of 2015, it is the first and only release to explicitly and unambiguously combine the continuities of these three media.
The stories included were:
- Benny's Story by Lance Parkin
- Fitz's Story by Stephen Cole
- Izzy's Story by Alan Barnes
- Mary's Story by Jonathan Morris
- This audio drama was recorded on 30 and 31 October 2008.
- This is Big Finish's fourth anthology release.
In 2011, Big Finish launched a new series of audio dramas featuring the Eighth Doctor and Mary Shelley. To coincide with this, Mary's Story was made available as a standalone download.