Doctor Who at Big Finish has been running since 1999, and over the last 22 years the company has produced a number of shocking moments that could rival some of the TV series' greatest. As of June 2021, Big Finish has released stories working with all the Doctors from Tom Baker to David Tennant, with other stories still featuring the others whose actors have not or cannot reprise the role.
Across the years, the Doctor Who drama has been incredibly high with Big Finish, upping the quality year on year. And where there's drama, there is shocking moments. Whether it be character reveals, story developments or general cliffhangers, some Big Finish moments really get the fandom going. With several Doctor Who releases a month, there is plenty to get people talking, not to mention their back catalogue.
With the audio format, some moments, without accompanying visuals, are just all the more shocking, as the dialogue and soundscapes take you off through adventures in space and time.
So here are ten Doctor Who Big Finish moments that will SHOCK you!
Significant spoilers to follow...
10. The Crucible Of Souls - "I've Won"
The concluding moments of the penultimate Doom Coalition release has the Doctor and companions in dire peril going into the series final boxset. It is rare for a Doctor Who story to end in a situation that appears so hopeless.
The story in question sees the Eighth Doctor and River Song in disguise aboard the titular Crucible of Souls where they believe they are getting to the bottom of universe ending plot. The Crucible was an invention of the Doom Coalition, a secret Time Lord organisation, which would take the life energy from the people at the end of the universe and convert it into regeneration energy to make the Time Lords immortal.
In the closing moments it is revealed an old school friend of the Doctor, Padrac, is actually the head of the Coalition. He orders the disguised Doctor to wire his friends Liv and Helen into the Crucible to take their life energy. However, Padrac saw through the Doctor's disguise and actually tricked the TARDIS team into an escape shuttle, which is then ejected into a non existent future. Upon his victory, Padrac tells the captured River Song, "I've won!", adding to the Doctor's potential demise.
Obviously being Doctor Who, the Doctor and friends will not be lost forever, but sitting on this cliffhanger for over six months was excruciating. What was also most satisfying for this story is that it was not resolved quickly, instead the opener for the final Doom Coalition set saw the hopeless TARDIS team perform a three-handed story, trying to escape their fate, which we do not know is successful till close to half-way through the set.
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