Regular Cast

India Fisher (Charley Pollard), David Bailie (The Celestial Toymaker)


“What if there were a game you didn’t know you were playing? Where you didn’t know the aim and you hadn’t seen the rules?”

Charlotte Pollard arrives in a toyshop, but she doesn’t know where she is – or even who she is. The mysterious owner wants to play games. He’s the Celestial Toymaker, and he has already defeated The Doctor, whose essence is hidden inside a ventriloquist’s doll.

The Doctor is gone. The TARDIS is lost. But the game is only just beginning.



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  • Solitaire was the thirty-second release in the Companion Chronicles audio range
  • The Toymaker’s riddle is about taking double letters to the Moon:“I went to the Moon and I took a riddle, but I did not take a joke.”
    “I went to the Moon and I took a toyroom, but I did not take a TARDIS.”
    “I went to the Moon and I took Charlotte Pollard, but I did not take The Doctor.”
  • Outside the Toyshop is a description-less void (the Void, White Void, Gateway, Interstitial time, Black Void) where Charlie’s voice echoes.
  • The Eleventh Doctor’s companion Amy Pond was later turned into a doll in a similar manner to the Eighth Doctor. (Night Terrors)
  • According to the Big Finish Podcast, the puppet Eighth Doctor on the cover was created by Alex Mallinson.
  • This is the only Companion Chronicles to feature the Eighth Doctor.
  • This is the first Companion Chronicle to star a companion created by Big Finish Productions.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 15 January 2010.

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