Doctor Who: The Highest Science gets Big Finish adaptation

Big Finish Adapts The Highest Science!

Exciting news for New Adventures fans with the announcement from Big Finish that they’ll be releasing an audio adaptation of The Highest Science later this year!

Dating from 1993, Gareth Roberts’s novel (available on Amazon) was his first to be published by Virgin and introduced recurring monsters the Chelonians. Sylvester McCoy will be the Doctor, joined by Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfield.

Following the success of 2012’s Love and War, Jacqueline Rayner will again be on scripting duties with Cavan Scott producing and Scott Handcock in the director’s chair. Handcock promises an intriguing tale of “temporal disturbances, warmongering commuters and murderous cybernetic tortoises”.

‘Sakkrat. Many legends speak of this world, home of an ancient empire destroyed by its own greatest achievement: the Highest Science, the pinnacle of technological discovery.

When the TARDIS alerts the Doctor and Bernice to the presence of an enormous temporal fluctuation on a large, green, unremarkable planet, they are not to know of any connection with the legend.’

The adventure will be one of Big Finish’s special Doctor Who releases and is available for pre-order now.

Readers of a certain vintage are sure be all dewy-eyed at the prospect of another New Adventures adaptation and will be eager to snap this one up. Which other novels (“too broad and deep for the small screen”) do you think would make for great audio releases?


Jonathan has followed the Doctor's adventures since the late Pertwee era, and he isn't about to stop now. A charity worker from Hull, he enjoys following Hull City's fortunes, listening to Bruce Springsteen and collecting all manner of Doctor Who ephemera. He blogs about Doctor Who merchandise at

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