Review: Doctor Who Redacted

As part of our pride month series celebrating Queer fiction, we turn to audio fiction. We publish this as Cleo finally meets The Doctor in the finale of this ten part audio drama created by Juno Dawson currently streaming on BBC Sounds.


“Charlie Craggs, Lois Chimimba and Holly Quin-Ankrah are Cleo, Abby and Shawna – three best friends and university dropouts who make a conspiracy podcast together. Their favourite conspiracy? The one about the random blue box actually being an alien spaceship. Of course, it’s obviously not. Right…?” BBC

As the gaps between Doctor Who episodes leave whovians bereft of content to savour and salivate over, Queeroes Juno Dawson and Ella Watts swoop in with a ten part official BBC Doctor Who audio drama with multiple queer characters at the centre of the storyline.

I was particularly excited by this as we knew that Jodie Whittaker the 13th Doctor would play a part in it, and as we had just had literally our hearts ripped out by the sapphic goddess herself in Legend of the Sea Devils at easter, this is just what we needed to tide us over.

The episodes themselves delve into a conspiracy about disappearances, a blue box, and an illusive figure called The Doctor. My other favourite character Cleo provides a lot of comedy in the series she makes me chuckle, and since the episodes only last around 20 minutes they make easy listening on a sunday morning. There are plenty of guest appearances for Who fans to get stuck into including Kate Stewart and Madame Vastra, even Yasmin Khan gets a mention.

Jodie Whittaker

All in all this has been a thoroughly entertaining and exciting story, we finally find out what happened to the Doctor, after the teasers of previous episodes, in the finale airing on Sunday 19th June.

Never have I ever looked forward to sunday’s more, than waiting to hear what happens next.

Doctor Who Redacted is streaming on BBC Sounds

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