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The Sleeping Blood
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Susan
Main enemy: The Butcher
Main setting: Rua
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Martin Day
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Music: Toby Hrycek-Robinson
Sound: Toby Hrycek-Robinson
Release details
Release number: 9.1
Part of: The First Doctor: Volume One
Release date: 3 June 2015
ISBN 978-1-78178-435-8
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The Sleeping Blood written by Martin Day was the first story in the 2015 Companion Chronicles audio box set The First Doctor: Volume One. It featured Susan. This was a rare example of a First Doctor-lite story, set before any other companions joined the Doctor. This unique setting gave Susan the kind of spotlight she had never enjoyed on-screen.

Publisher's summary Edit

When the Doctor falls ill, Susan is forced to leave the safety of the TARDIS behind. Exploring a disused research centre in search of medical supplies, she becomes embroiled in the deadly plans of a terrorist holding an entire world to ransom — and the soldier sent to stop him.

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The Sleeping Blood (1) Edit

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The Butcher's Citadel (2) Edit

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References Edit

  • Susan feels that the TARDIS is beginning to feel like home.
  • Using its chameleon circuit, the TARDIS disguises itself as a large alloy cupboard. Susan is uncertain as to how well it fit with its surroundings.
  • The name of the Earth colony Rua is derived from the Hebrew word for "wind" as the first settlers observed an extremely strong wind.
  • The Time Lords developed nanomedicine thousands of years before the Doctor and Susan left Gallifrey.
  • Kendrick refers to Superman.

Notes Edit

  • This is the first Companion Chronicles release within a new pattern of releases, grouping four stories with one Doctor into a boxset rather than as individual releases. It also marks a new form of boxset, releasing it in a 4 disk jewel case as into 4 separate jewel cases contained within a cardboard sleeve.
  • Art for this release was seen on a video on the official Big Finish YouTube channel. It was originally done as fan art by Simon Hodges and was used by the YouTube channel. The video has since been removed over some issues with copyright and image clearance and approval. The image can be found here.
  • Given that the TARDIS' chameleon circuit is operational, this is one of the few Doctor Who stories in any medium in which the TARDIS appears in a form other than that of a police box.

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