50 Who : 1999

1999: Eyes Wide Shut, The Matrix, American Beauty, Toy Story 2, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Being John Malkovich, The Sixth Sense, Fight Club, Magnolia, Stuart Little, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace were released in cinemas; Britney Spears released …Baby One More Time, Stereophonics released Performance and Cocktails, Blur released 13, Red Hot Chilli Peppers released Californication, Moby released Play; Manchester United beat Newcastle United 2-0 to lift the FA Cup; Sweden won the Eurovision Song Contest with Take Me to Your Heaven by Charlotte Nilsson.

In 1999 Big Finish productions began releasing full length original audio stories on compact disc and cassette tape.

The very first story The Sirens of Time featured Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy reprising their roles as the Doctor in a four part story written by Nicholas Briggs.

Each of the Doctors had an episode each with the final episode bringing them all together with hilarious consequences.

Fourteen years and more than 170 stories later the range is still going strong and now comprises sub ranges including The Companion Chronicles, The Lost Stories, Doctor Who Unbound, Gallifrey, Dalek Empire, Sarah Jane Smith and Cyberman.

Some of the writers of these audio adventures have gone onto work on the television series and a couple of these have been reimagined for the television series itself.

For a while this seemed to be the future of the series, until RTD came along, but the range continues, and will  continue until at least December 2015.

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