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Big Finish Productions audio play
Album cover
Excelis Dawns
Series Doctor Who
Release number 1 in Excelis series
Featuring Fifth Doctor
Iris Wildthyme
Writer Paul Magrs
Director Gary Russell
Producer(s) Gary Russell
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive producer(s) Jacqueline Rayner
Production code EX01
Set between During Frontios, prior to the final sequence.
Release date February 2002

Excelis Dawns is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It is part of the Excelis trilogy which continues in Excelis Rising and Excelis Decays. The events are also connected to the Bernice Summerfield audio drama The Plague Herds of Excelis.



That terrible old reprobate and transdimensional adventuress Iris Wildthyme has gone and locked herself up in a nunnery on the savage world of Artaris.

Here she is discovered by the Fifth Doctor and the reasonably brutal warlord Grayvorn. Together -- with a peculiar nun they pick up en route -- they must travel the forests and swamps of this ghastly world in Iris’s double decker bus in order to tussle -- to the death -- with a horde of flesh-eating zombies for a mysterious and holy relic of unfathomable value and questionable pedigree.

But what is the Mother Superior’s part in all this?



  • This story is set during the last episode of Frontios, after the Doctor has dropped the Gravis off on Kolkokron but before his return to Frontios.
  • The Scarlet Empress takes place on the planet Hyspero, where Iris claims to have bought the Excelis Relic.
  • This is the first Big Finish story to include Iris. She returns in the Bernice Summerfield story The Plague Herds of Excelis, which brings closure to elements of this story. She also meets the Sixth Doctor in The Wormery and even gets her own audio series, Iris Wildthyme.


  • Katy Manning, who plays Iris Wildthyme in this story, previously played the Third Doctor's companion, Jo Grant, for three seasons between 1971 and 1973.

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