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Circular Time is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running Britishmarker science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Circular Time

The Fifth Doctor and Nyssa experience four different adventures across time and space as the seasons change...



Spring

Spring sees them become embroiled in Time Lord politics on an alien world.



Summer

Summer has them avoiding the wrath of Sir Isaac Newton.



Autumn

Autumn has the Doctor settling down in an English village to play cricket while Nyssa falls in love.



Winter

Winter sees the pair meet up years after their last encounter in the strangest of circumstances...



Notes

  • The Seasons represent the span of the Doctor's relationship with Nyssa. First, by getting to know each other in the Spring, flourishing in the Summer, falling away from each other in the Autumn and reminiscing about the past in the Winter.


  • The four stories are not directly connected and therefore can be listened to in any order (although "Winter" takes place long after the other stories). A similar idea has been tried before by Big Finish in the Seventh Doctor adventure Flip-Flop.


Summer

  • In the TV story Pirate Planet the Fourth Doctor claims to have already met Newton, as well as being directly responsible for the apple incident. Summer confirms this meeting happened and implies that it took place just a week earlier, in Newton's relative time line.


  • When Newton says the apples hit him hard, the Doctor explains he's a fast bowler. This references both the Doctor's claim from Pirate Planet that he dropped apples on Newton's head and it also references the Fifth Doctor story Black Orchid where he claims to be a fast bowler.


Autumn
  • The town of Stockbridge, somewhere in the depths of Gloucestershiremarker, was often seen in the Doctor Who Magazine comics, starting with their first Fifth Doctor story The Tides of Time. This is the first time it has been used in a Big Finish play. The Fifth Doctor and Nyssa return in a trilogy of audio stories, starting with Castle of Fear.




Winter
  • The Winter section of this play involves the Doctor reaching out to Nyssa telepathically during his regeneration at the end of The Caves of Androzani. In it, Nyssa is older and married.






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