#harrysullivan from Big Finish Doctor Who Short Trips

Big Finish bringing a new Harry Sullivan story to Doctor Who audio range

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#harrysullivan from Big Finish Doctor Who Short Trips

Outside of books, Fourth Doctor companion Harry Sullivan hasn’t seen much adventure since leaving Doctor Who as a TV series regular in 1975. One reason is the actor who played the U.N.I.T. physician sadly passed away in 1986.

Now, Big Finish Productions is bringing the character back anyway in a new “Short Trips” audio adventure, #HarrySullivan. The story is available to download today, alone or as a part of a Short Trips bundle.

It won’t be an impersonator, or a full cast, telling the story, but rather a narrator — Louise Jameson, who played another Fourth Doctor companion on TV, the clever noble savage Leela.

Louise James (Big Finish Productions)
Louise Jameson (Big Finish Productions)

Here’s how Big Finish describes the new #HarrySullivan story:

En route to answer the Brigadier’s summons, the TARDIS is dragged off course. The Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry find themselves trapped on The Zephyr, a spaceship that is going at full speed and yet is unable to move. With fuel running dangerously low, their only hope lies on Alderasea, a nearby world exclusively for the famous and celebrated. 

However, Alderasea has never heard of them and has no intention of letting them land… 


“#HarrySullivan is the very first Harry Sullivan story for Big Finish and I could not be more thrilled,” said producer Alfie Shaw in May’s edition of the Big Finish magazine Vortex. “Harry is a character I’ve loved for ages, and as soon as I took over as producer I knew I wanted to do a story with Harry. And luckily when we announced these four releases, it seemed that a lot of people agreed with me! Eddie Robson has created a gem of an adventure, it’s glorious fun from beginning to end.”

Tom Baker isn’t a part of this story, but he is still doing audios for Big Finish; Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane on TV, passed away in 2011 after reviving her character first for a series of Big Finish audios and then on TV in a guest appearance on the relaunched Doctor Who and then a beloved spinoff series of her own.

Until his death in ’86, Ian Marter was still very involved in the Who-niverse despite leaving the series over a decade earlier, writing several Target Books novelizations of TV episodes and even an original spin-off novel, Harry Sullivan’s War, as well as a feature film script, “Doctor Who Meets Scratchman,” which co-star Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor himself) developed into a novel this past year.


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