Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
This is the third story in Big Finish's Excelis series.
Where does this fit?
Shortly before The TV Movie (1996 TV Movie)
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.
Recurring and Historical Characters
In Excelis Dawns (Big Finish Audio), the Doctor encountered a warlord called Lord Grayvorn, and accompanied him on a quest to find a mysterious relic, which was supposedly the gateway to the afterlife. Grayvorn fell off a tower whilst struggling with the Mother Superior for possession of the Relic, but somehow survived. A thousand years later, in Excelis Rising (Big Finish Audio), the Doctor again encountered Grayvorn, whose life had been prolonged by the relic, and defeated his plan to take the relic for himself. The Doctor believed Grayvorn to have been killed, but his mind survived - trapped in the stone of the Excelis Museum.
The Doctor encountered the Mother Superior of a convent in Excelis during Excelis Dawns (Big Finish Audio). The Mother Superior didn't want Lord Grayvorn to have control of the relic, wanting to make use of its powers herself. She fell off a tower whilst struggling with Grayvorn for possession of the Relic. During Excelis Rising (Big Finish Audio), the Doctor realised that she had been sharing Grayvorn's mind. His actions separated the two of them, and the Mother Superior's soul was absorbed into the relic.
The following stories and other resources are not necessary in order to follow the plot (we've summed up the essential bits for you). But being familiar with them will probably enhance your enjoyment of this story.
In The TV Movie (1996 TV Movie), the TARDIS console room had been totally redesigned from its earlier appearance.
Excelis Dawns (Big Finish Audio) and Excelis Rising (Big Finish Audio) set up the characters of Lord Grayvorn and the Mother Superior, as well as the powers of the Relic.