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Winter (audio story)

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Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Main enemy: The Master
Main setting: The Doctor's mind
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Paul Cornell
Director: John Ainsworth
Music: David Darlington
Sound: David Darlington
Release details
Release number: 91d
Part of: Circular Time
Release date: January 2007
Format: 1 X 25 min.
Production code: 6C/H
ISBN 1-84435-169-6
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Winter was a 2007 Big Finish Productions full-cast audio short story, featuring the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa. It was set within the last few moments of the Fifth Doctor's life, as he battles the Master for control of his regeneration — meaning that most, but not all, of the narrative takes place in the Doctor's mind. This also meant that the events of this story were contained within the finale of TV: The Caves of Androzani, and revealed the origins of the visions within his head as he regenerated.

It was further notable for being the only Big Finish audio, as of 2014, to use the character of Kamelion in any significant way.

Publisher's summary Edit

Many years after their travels together have ended, the two friends meet again in the strangest of circumstances.

Plot Edit

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Illnesses Edit

Religion Edit

  • The Doctor compares regeneration to the Buddhist concept or reincarnation, stating that "Each life creates the next."

Species Edit

  • Time Lords have the ability to make mental contact with others across time and space.
  • There is an existence (albeit only a mental one) for a Time Lord's departing incarnation within the act of regeneration.

Notes Edit

  • Though Paul Cornell and Mike Maddox share the writing credit on the Circular Time anthology, this story was written by Cornell alone. Cornell has referred to the story as "a weird fanservice thing."[1]
  • In spite of the fact that he remains unseen throughout, this is the first Fifth Doctor audio drama to feature the Master as a villain. He would later appear in AUDIO: Smoke and Mirrors.
  • As it takes place during his regeneration into his sixth incarnation as depicted in TV: The Caves of Androzani, this is the final audio drama, chronologically speaking, to feature the Fifth Doctor.

Continuity Edit

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