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Series: Doctor Who -
BBC Radio Dramas
Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companions: Peri Brown
Setting: Vipod Mor
Writer: Eric Saward
Music and Post Production: Paul Spencer
Publisher: BBC Radio
Release Date: 25th July - 8th August 1985
ISBN: ISBN 0-563-47794-6

Slipback by Eric Saward was the first original Doctor Who serial to be produced for radio. It was first broadcast by BBC Radio during the summer of 1985, during a period when the televised series was on hiatus for a year. Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant reprised their TV roles for the production, which also included a number of other cast members. It, along with the earlier Doctor Who and the Pescatons, is considered a forerunner of the later Big Finish Productions audio dramas. It was followed nearly a decade later by two more radio dramas starring Jon Pertwee and in 2007 by a new made-for-radio series for BBC7 (produced by Big Finish) starring Paul McGann.

Slipback was released to cassette tape by BBC Audio, and later to CD by Silva Screen Records.



Six part radio play starring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant detailing the Sixth Doctor and Peri's adventure on board a starship taken over by its dual personality computer who attempts to take the ship back to the dawn of the universe and start life again. Along the way the Doctor and Peri meet a couple of comedy policemen, an art thief and a captain who wants to infect his crew with one of his diseases...

Cast & Characters


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  • This story was recorded 10th June 1985 in Studio B11 at Broadcasting House. [1]
  • This story was broadcast on BBC 4 as part of the Thursday morning magazine programme Pirate Radio Four. Two episodes were broadcast; beginning on the 25th July and finishing on the 8th August.[1]


  • Peri says she does not know the Doctor's real name, only that he has told her she couldn't pronounce it.
  • The placement of this story in relation to other Sixth Doctor/Peri adventures is uncertain; since it was produced between Season 22 and Season 23, however, it's generally assumed that it takes place in the gap between those two seasons.
  • According to this story, the Vipod Mor is responsible for the Big Bang, yet a previous televised serial, DW: Terminus, stated that another vessel was responsible for triggering the explosion. Whilst DW: Castrovalva states it was an "in-rush" of hydrogen.


Main article: Slipback (novelisation)

Novelised as Slipback by Eric Saward in 1986. It was the first Target Books novelisation not based upon a televised story. The book is notable for not featuring the Doctor or Peri for its first half, as Saward expands the radio story to include background on the various characters.

External Links

  • Doctor Who Reference Guide - Detailed Synopsis - Slipback
  • The Discontinuity Guide Slipback page
  • The TARDIS Library - Slipback


  1. 1.0 1.1 Howe, David J., Stammers, Mark, Walker, Stephen James, 1997, Doctor Who: The Eighties, Doctor Who Books, an imprint of Virgin Books, London, p.84

This article uses material from the "Slipback" article on the Dr Who wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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