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10/08/2011 03:35:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Big Finish are to hold a special sale on the 22nd October to celebrate their Doctor Who spin-off audio adventures, The Companion Chronicles, with the first series being made available for a large discount on the day.

Executive Producer Jason Haigh Ellery said:
The Companion Chronicles has been a success story for us, and this one-day sale should allow those who’ve never heard one to jump aboard and find out what the fuss is about. Sadly, due to contractual reasons, we’re only able to offer this first series on CD – there will be no downloads of the stories.

The special day will see the individual stories priced at £5.00, or all four at £16.00.

1.1 - Frostfire, by Marc Platt
with Maureen O'Brien as Vicki
and Keith Drinkel as The Cinder

Vicki has a tale to tell. But where does it start and when does it end?

1.2 - Fear of the Daleks, by Patrick Chapman
with Wendy Padbury as Zoe
and Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks

Why has Zoe Heriot been having nightmares about the Daleks? And who is the Doctor, a mysterious man from her past?

1.3 - The Blue Tooth, by Nigel Fairs
with Caroline John as Liz Shaw
and Nicholas Briggs as the Cybermen

When Liz Shaw's friend goes missing, she discovers a potential alien invasion that will have far-reaching effects on her life...

1.4 - The Beautiful People, by Jonathan Morris
with Lalla Ward as Romana
and Marcia Ashton as Carna

The Fourth Doctor and Romana discover that all is not well at the Vita Novus Health Spa.

Meanwhile, the Companion Chronicles series is now within its sixth season. This month sees Katy Manning in The Many Deaths of Jo Grant, and in November Peter Purves returns as Steven Taylor in The First Wave. Finally, the year is seen out with the return of Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor in a sequel to the stageplay adaptation The Ultimate Adventure; original script writer Terrance Dicks continues the tale with Beyond the Ultimate Adventure, where the Doctor and his companions Crystal (Claire Huckle) and Jason (Noel Sullivan) are called back to the Bar Galactica ...

6.1 - Tales from the Vault, by Jonathan Morris
with Katy Manning as Jo, Wendy Padbury as Zoe, Peter Purves as Steven, Mary Tamm as Romana
and Daphne Ashbrook as Ruth Matheson, Yee Jee Tso as Charlie Sato

Welcome to The Vault – jokingly known as 'The Museum of Terrors' – a high security establishment where UNIT keeps all of its alien artifacts.

New recruit Warrant Officer Charlie Sato is given a guided tour by Captain Ruth Matheson, and the archive reveals some dark secrets. An army jacket, a painting, crystal and a wax cylinder all hold a grave significance, and their stories are told by the Doctor's companions: Steven Taylor, Zoe Heriot, Jo Grant and Romana...

6.2 - The Rocket Men, by John Dorney
with William Russell as Ian Chesterton
and Gus Brown as Ashman

The TARDIS has landed on Platform Five, a floating city in the sky of the planet Jobis, and for a time the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki get the chance to enjoy this idyllic place.

And then the Rocket Men arrive, led by the sadistic Ashman.

When the only other option to certain death is suicide, Ian Chesterton takes the gamble of his life...

6.3 - The Memory Cheats, by Simon Guerrier
with Wendy Padbury as Zoe
and Charlie Hayes as Jen

Zoe Heriot remembers everything. But she remembers nothing.

A genius with instant recall, Zoe’s mind has been purged of her memories of travelling with the Doctor and Jamie in the TARDIS. And years later she is in deep trouble – prosecuted by the mysterious company that has evidence that she has travelled in Space and Time.

Except Zoe knows they’re wrong.
Aren’t they?

But if that’s the case, why is there proof that Zoe was in Uzbekistan in 1919.

Can the memory cheat?

6.4 - The Many Deaths of Jo Grant, by Mark Wright and Cavan Scott
with Katy Manning as Jo Grant
and Nicholas Ashbury as Rowe

"I wasn’t going to let this happen. After all we’d been through, the Doctor wasn’t going to die like this, on his knees, in the mud."

When Jo Grant was very young, her grandmother told her that there was a time for everything. A time to laugh and a time to cry. A time to live and a time to die.

Since meeting the Doctor, Jo has laughed till she thought she might burst. She has also shed a few tears along the way, but has lived more than she ever thought possible.

But now, as a strange spaceship materialises over UNIT HQ and a heavily injured Doctor returns to Earth, it is Jo's time to die. Again, and again, and again...

6.5 - The First Wave, by Simon Guerrier
with Peter Purves as Steven Taylor
and Tom Allen as Oliver Harper

Caught in the inevitable path of its own history, the TARDIS arrives on the planetoid Grace Alone, where the Doctor, Steven and Oliver expect to face their fate. What they don’t expect to find is a massacred crew – and a race of alien invaders known as the Vardans.

When the Doctor is apparently killed, his companions attempt to survive against the odds. But those odds are narrowing. Their borrowed time has expired.

6.6 - Beyond the Ultimate Adventure, by Terrance Dicks
with Colin Baker as The Doctor
and Claire Huckle as Crystal, Noel Sullivan as Jason

A thrilling adventure in Time and Space!

The Doctor, Crystal and Jason have survived monsters, Madame Delilah and Mrs T, but then their former enemy Karl calls them back to the Bar Galactica. The mercenary has a cryptic message concerning Ultima Thule, where fabled treasure and a threat to the universe await...

The journey requires entering another dimension, where old enemies – and a brand new adversary – lie in wait...