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The Reaping was the eighty-sixth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Joseph Lidster and featured Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Nicola Bryant as Peri Brown.

It was notable for featuring significant details about Peri's life in Baltimore, Maryland. It was, from the perspective of Peri's mother Janine Foster, a direct sequel to TV: Planet of Fire. It also began a loose trilogy featuring a time-travelling band of Mondasian Cybermen from the future (relative to 1984) with some commonality with the Cybus Industries Cybermen which had recently been featured in TV: Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel.

Publisher's summary

On the morning of 9 May 1984, Peri woke up. She was expecting to spend the day relaxing in Lanzarote and, that evening, leave her mother and stepfather to go travelling with some guys she'd only just met.

But things don't always go as expected­ as her friends and family discover when, four months later, she returns home having travelled further than anyone could have imagined.

Meanwhile her friend, Katherine Chambers, mourns her father and Peri finds herself meeting some other familiar faces.


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  • In the scene based on Lanzarote on 9 May 1984, Janine asks Peri whether she has heard that the Soviet Union has withdrawn from the 1984 Olympic Games which are to be held in Los Angeles. This is consistent with the fact that, in reality, the USSR did so the previous day in response to the USA withdrawing from the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.
  • Advertising for the television series Miami Vice is heard whereas Nate Chambers describes it as "that new show" when attempting to distract the Cyberman which had been his father Anthony Chambers. In reality, the series premiered on NBC on 28 September 1984, the day that the majority of the events of The Reaping take place.
  • Through the Gogglebox, the Sixth Doctor stated that you could see the first television performance of the Pussycat Dolls, every Police Academy film and the film Battleship Potemkin.
  • When talking to the Cyber-Leader, the Sixth Doctor does an impression of the 1970s British comedian and magician Tommy Cooper.


  • Peri departs the TARDIS for an unspecified period of time — but it is long enough to re-enrol in university. She rejoins the Doctor when her mother is murdered. There is no indication that she had any contact with the Doctor between leaving and rejoining him.


  • At an indeterminate point in the far future, though not before the 52nd century, the British monarchy was abolished and the last monarch was executed. Footage of that event could be viewed via the Gogglebox.


  • The Mondasian Cybermen seem familiar with the Anno Domini Gregorian calendar. They understand the reference made by the future Cyber-Leader to the year 1984. This would suggest that Mondas is monitoring transmissions from Earth in anticipation of their planet's approach to Earth and the ensuing attempt to drain its energy, both of which will occur in December 1986. Considerably earlier in his personal timeline, specifically at the very end of his first incarnation, the Doctor defeated this Cybermen plot. However, the strain of the conflict, and a possible attempt by Mondas to drain his life force, led to his regeneration into the Second Doctor. (TV: The Tenth Planet)


The Reaping comic preview

Illustrated preview by Martin Geraghty from DWM 373.

  • The phrase "86, 87" may be a reference to the Big Finish number for this story (number 86) and that of The Gathering (number 87), both by Joseph Lidster.
  • An illustrated preview by Martin Geraghty featured in DWM 373 for this story.
  • The Cyber-Leader is from a point in the distant future where the Cybermen have gained time travel based on a combination of their own systems and Time Lord technology.
  • Commander Zheng, one of the earliest Mondasian Cybermen who was introduced in AUDIO: Spare Parts, returns for a brief cameo appearance towards the end of the story. He is depicted as still being operational in September 1984.
  • Besides the Doctor, Kathy and Nathaniel Chambers are the only characters to appear in both this story and AUDIO: The Gathering.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 20 and 21 March 2006.


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