Regular Cast

Derek Jacobi (Martin Bannister), Genevieve Swallow (Susan), Peter Forbes (Philip), Jacqueline King (Barbara), Ian Brooker (Sydney), Adam Manning (Tom)

It’s been forty years since Martin Bannister encountered The Doctor. They were different men back then. Martin was young and talented and the Times’ seventh Most Promising Writer To Watch Out For. The Doctor was mysterious, crotchety, and possibly Oriental.

It was an encounter that destroyed both their lives.

Pity poor Martin now. His career is in ruins, all forgotten. His estranged wives keep dying in the wrong order. And there’s a nasty green stain by the wardrobe that could be an alien footprint. Or possibly just mould.

Martin’s life is about to change unexpectedly. Impromptu poetry readings, elephant expeditions, an obligatory Bug-Eyed Monster. And a last desperate chance for love, before it’s too late.

Sounds like it’s time for The Doctor to come into Martin’s life again, and sort him out. Permanently.


coming soon


  • Deadline was the fourth Doctor Who Unbound audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. Unlike the previous Unbound stories this story does not strictly attempt to portray a”real” alternate version of the Doctor

  • Martin was named one of the Ten Writers to Watch in The Times in 1961. He was number seven.

  • Martin cannot remember if Sydney Newman was Canadian or Australian.

  • Martin’s version of the TARDIS stands for Time and Random Destinations in Space.

  • Derek Jacobi (Martin Bannister) would later play The Master in Scream of the Shalka and another version of the Master in Utopia.

  • Jacqueline King (Barbara) would later play Sylvia Noble, the mother of Donna Noble, in the revived series, beginning with The Runaway Bride in 2006.

  • There are references to the elements of An Unearthly Child, The Daleks

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