Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

Excelis Dawns

This is the first in the Big Finish's Excelis trilogy.

Where does this fit?

This story happens during episode 4 of [TV]Frontios[/TV} (Classic Series Season 21).

The characters listed below are the series regulars, important recurring characters, and real life historical characters. If a character's appearance is a major spoiler, then their details will be hidden in spoiler tags. In general, recurring characters are not listed here on their first appearance unless they become a series regular during the story, or they are a real life historical character.


The Fifth Doctor

The fifth Doctor is much younger-looking than his other incarnations. He wears old-style cricketing clothes and a sprig of celery. He is much more vulnerable and innocent than his other incarnations and more like an older brother to his companions. He still feels guilty over the death of his companion Adric in Earthshock (Classic Series Season 19).


Tegan Jovanka

Tegan Jovanka is never seen in this story, as she is inside the TARDIS the whole time.

Recurring and Historical Characters

Iris Wildthyme

Iris Wildthyme is a Time Lady (of sorts), who has plagued the Doctor through most of his incarnations. She is the sort of person for whom the phrase 'growing old disgracefully' was invented. She drinks and smokes heavily and thinks that the Doctor is in love with her when, in fact, he'd like nothing better than to never see her again. She keeps a diary in which she records (probably fictitious) adventures that are remarkably similar to the Doctor's. Her TARDIS looks like a Number 22 double-decker bus to Putney Common, and can be driven. It is no bigger on the inside than the outside, and is steered from the driving seat of the Bus.

Recommended Viewing

In Frontios (Classic Series Season 21), the Doctor had to take the TARDIS to Kolkokron to take the Gravis, a slug-like creature, to safety. Earlier in the same story, the TARDIS suffered some rather severe damage.

In Earthshock (Classic Series Season 19), the Doctor's companion Adric died, and he was unable to do anything to stop it.

In Logopolis (Classic Series Season 18), the Doctor met a shadowy version of his future self, called the Watcher, who helped him with his regeneration into his fifth self by merging with him during the regeneration.

In The Five Doctors (Classic Series Season 20), the Doctor teamed up with three of his past incarnations to travel through the death zone on Gallifrey.

Recommended Reading

Iris first appeared in Old Flames (BBC Short Trips anthology). She also appeared in The Scarlet Empress (BBC Eighth Doctor novel), The Blue Angel (BBC Eighth Doctor novel), Mad Dogs and Englishmen (BBC Eighth Doctor novel), and Verdigris (BBC Past Doctor novel). In The Scarlet Empress (BBC Eighth Doctor novel), Iris and the Eighth Doctor visited the planet Hyspero.

Iris subsequently appeared in her own series of novels and short stories.

Recommended Listening

Although this is Iris's first appearance on audio, it is not her last, and she has appeared in a number of other Big Finish audios.

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