Steve MollmannSteve Mollmann

Steve Mollmann is a Ph.D. student in English, studying the depiction of science and scientists in nineteenth-century Britain. With his Secret Writing Partner, Michael Schuster, he wrote the novel Star Trek: A Choice of Catastrophes; he's also written or cowritten stories in various Star Trek and Iris Wildthyme collections. His nonfiction has appeared on Tor.com, in academic journals, and in a science-fiction textbook. You can read more of his reviews at Science's Less Accurate Grandmother.

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Jago & Litefoot: Series Eight review

The end of Series Seven of Jago & Litefoot: Investigators of Infernal Incidents ended on a cliffhanger, as usual: in this case, the arrival of the Scorchies, performers of Jo is Making a Thing, a well-loved song here at Unreality Towers. Series Eight picks up some time later, with the
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Doctor Who: A Town Called Fortune review

Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles may have come to an end, but that doesn’t mean they can’t continue to delight. By my count, Big Finish released 85 of the things, and I’ve only got 49. So as much as I might have mourned their passing, for me, they’re not quite
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Bernice Summerfield: Many Happy Returns review

I end my recent spree of catching up with Bernice Summerfield stories with Many Happy Returns. People who pay attention to what it is that I blog about will note this is massively out of sequence for someone who just started Season Nine (it takes place between the box sets
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Bernice Summerfield: Beyond the Sea review

Beyond the Sea launches not just the ninth (whoa, really?) season of the audio adventures of Bernice Summerfield, it also sees a new direction take hold under new producer Eddie Robson (writer of The Empire State and Freedom of Information, not to mention the stone-cold Doctor Who classics Memory Lane,
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Bernice Summerfield: The Wake review

The Wake is not just the finale to the seventh season of Bernice Summerfield at Big Finish, it also caps off the past two years of the series, pulling together a story arc that’s been bubbling under since Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Crystal of Cantus, which had roots even
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Bernice Summerfield: The Final Amendment review

When last we heard from Professor Bernice Summerfield, she was pissed off at Jason Kane, off an adventure while he tried to work out what was up with their lives. Joseph Lidster’s The Final Amendment runs in parallel to The End of the World, showing what Bernice was up to
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Doctor Who: The Fifth Doctor Box Set review

Forgive some autobiography: when I became a regular viewer of Doctor Who, it was through watching reruns on my local PBS station. The first I saw, I believe, was Part Two of The Invisible Enemy, and so Doctor Who as I understand it unfolds from there. But though Seasons 15
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Doctor Who: Zygon Hunt review

Because no one demanded it! The Zygons are back and up to no good, in what is perhaps the most predictable Doctor Who story ever released by Big Finish. I hate to sound like a broken record, but I was bored all the way through Zygon Hunt, the finale (thank
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Doctor Who: The Abandoned review

The Abandoned is an unusual story: it was co-written by Louise “I play Leela” Jameson (and co-written and sound designed and composed and guest acted by Nigel “I wrote a series of incomprehensible but lovely-sounding Companion Chronicles about Leela” Fairs). It’s been consistently teased across the CD extras for the
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Doctor Who: Destroy the Infinite review

Destroy the Infinite is the prequel to last year’s The Seeds of War, presumably long-awaited by whoever it was who listened to that and thought, “Man, the Eminence are an awesome villain”. I don’t know who that was, though, because it wasn’t me. In Nicholas Briggs’s Destroy the Infinite, the
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Doctor Who: Last of the Colophon review

The genesis that Jonathan Morris provides for Last of the Colophon in the CD extras is a neat one: just as Simon Guerrier tried to imagine scientific concepts that would have mined but didn’t and came up with The War to End All Wars, Morris considered what classic science-fiction concepts
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Doctor Who: The Evil One review

The Master is back! Fresh off his overcomplicated plans to defeat the Doctor in The Oseidon Adventure and The Light at the End, he’s got a new one: hypnotise Leela into thinking she is an assassin known as “the Evil One” working for the crime boss Xoanon. In the meantime,
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Doctor Who: The Crooked Man review

The Crooked Man, like so many Fourth Doctor Adventures, brings back an element from the television series, but 1) it’s not in the advertising, so I won’t spoil it, and 2) it does something new and interesting with it. Which ideally would happen every time, but there you go. John
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Doctor Who: White Ghosts review

White Ghosts picks up relatively soon after The King of Sontar, with the Doctor still mad at Leela — and the Time Lords sending the two of them on another mission. Is a throughline in development? Alan Barnes’s story brings the TARDIS to a world in total darkness, out on
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Doctor Who: The King of Sontar review

Is it paranoid to think Big Finish is out to get you? I mean, leading off a series of New Fourth Doctor Adventures with a recurring monster? It’s like they write these things for me to complain about. The King of Sontar features, well, duh. The eponymous king is Strang,
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Doctor Who: The Elixir of Doom review

It might not be the last Doctor Who Companion Chronicle, but The Elixir of Doom is my last Companion Chronicle, as I haven’t been following the Zoe strand, which means I’ll be skipping its and the range’s finale in Second Chances. The Elixir of Doom is perhaps an atypical way
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Counter-Measures: Series 3 review

Earlier this year I investigated the first two series of Big Finish’s Doctor Who spin-off Counter-Measures; now, the third one is out, picking up from the end of the second (which saw Counter-Measures backer Sir Toby Kinsella outed as not quite nice), with Toby at an inquiry while his team
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The Avengers: The Lost Episodes: Volume 2 review

Despite having never seen The Avengers, I enjoyed Volume 1 of Big Finish’s The Lost Episodes, a compilation of fresh recordings of scripts whose original 1960s recordings are long lost — unlike 1960s Doctor Who, not even audio versions still exist. Julian Wadham takes the role of Steed, and Anthony
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Survivors: Series One review

I have never seen — and am unlikely to ever see, to be honest — Terry Nation’s 1970s science-fiction television series Survivors. I have too many episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold to watch on Netflix, and I was already burned when I suffered through four seasons of
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Doctor Who: The Sleeping City / Starborn / The War to End All Wars review

The possibility of more adventures for First Doctor companions was what initially drew me to The Companion Chronicles. I think the first one I ever purchased was Home Truths, featuring Sara Kingdom in a new adventure. The First Doctor stories have long been one of the highlights of the range,
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Jago & Litefoot: Series Seven review

In my review of Series Six of Jago & Litefoot, I said it was “a consolidation of sorts that results in some of the best Jago & Litefoot yet”. Well, I’m pleased to report that Series Seven — despite its slight revision of the format with Jago and Litefoot going
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Doctor Who: Luna Romana review

The fiftieth anniversary trilogy of Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles comes to an end with 2014’s double-disc Companion Chronicle, Matt Fitton’s Luna Romana. Like most of the double-disc releases, this features two companion actors: Lalla Ward as Romana and Juliet Landau as Romana. This is Landau’s (better known to me
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Doctor Who: The Dying Light review

Stoyn returns! Other than that it is a sequel to The Beginning and that there is a small piece of fan service, The Dying Light is not particularly a fiftieth-anniversary story, but given that 2013 was chock-full of anniversary celebrations from Big Finish, perhaps a solid Doctor Who story —
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Doctor Who: The Beginning review

The fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who wasn’t just for Big Finish’s main range and its 1963 trilogy; The Companion Chronicles did their own trilogy, beginning with November’s The Beginning by Marc Platt. Carole Ann Ford’s Susan narrates the very very first ever Doctor Who story — the Doctor and Susan’s
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Charlotte Pollard: Series One review

Anyone who read my review of last year’s Enemy Aliens will know of my deep and abiding love for the character of Charley Pollard. She was “my” Doctor Who companion with “my” Doctor, and she will always remain so. One of the highlights of the anniversary year was getting to
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Vienna: Series One review

We continue to exist in a strange universe, one where Vienna is a thing that exists, and I continue to be your guide in it, with the release of “Series One” of her adventures. (The Memory Box was “Series Zero” I guess?) There are three adventures for Vienna here, forming
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Doctor Who: Trial of the Valeyard review

I have a confession to make: I am a complete fan of The Trial of a Time Lord. I don’t know why this has to be a confession. It is a very good story, one of my favourites. Yet for some reason Doctor Who fandom disagrees; in the recent Doctor
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Counter-Measures: Series 2 review

The Intrusion Counter-Measures Group is back! Rachel, Ian, Allison, and Sir Toby return for a second set of 1960s adventures, adding new regular cast member Templeton to the mix. The second series of Counter-Measures seems to seek to distill what worked about the first and refine the premise as a
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Counter-Measures: Series 1 review

Picking up from the conclusion of the Doctor Who audio drama The Assassination Games is Series 1 of Counter-Measures, a new spin-off featuring the members of the Intrusion Counter-Measures Group of Remembrance of the Daleks fame. Like Jago & Litefoot, Counter-Measures gives us a series of four-disc box sets, each
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Doctor Who: The Assassination Games review

The 1963 trilogy comes to an end with The Assassination Games, which also serves as a bridge between television’s Remembrance of the Daleks and Big Finish’s spin-off Counter-Measures. It’s November 1963, and Group Captain Ian Gilmore has just encountered an old friend… The Assassination Games has an astounding amount to
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Doctor Who: Ghost in the Machine review

Jo Grant is alone, in a mysterious base. Everyone is dead, except for the Doctor, who she finds unconscious. The only clue: a tape recorder in his hands, labelled “USE ME”. So begins Ghost in the Machine a Jonathan Morris Companion Chronicle starring Katy Manning as Jo. It’s not a
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Doctor Who: The Mega review

Terrance Dicks famously remarked that the problem with the UNIT format gifted to him in Season Seven was that you could only tell mad scientist stories and alien invasion stories, and the sooner you could pack the Doctor off into space again, the better. Of course, Season Seven actually gives
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Doctor Who: Dark Eyes 2 review

Who would have thought that 2013 would be the year where we’d have Paul McGann as the Doctor on television… and not on audio? Though he may have joined the fray in The Light at the End, it’s been over a year since he starred in Dark Eyes, and so
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Doctor Who: Lords of the Red Planet review

You can’t be a Doctor Who monster without ending up with an “origin story” at some point (if not multiple ones). Maybe this wouldn’t be necessary if more monsters were just aliens with a hate-on for humans, but many of the Doctor’s most iconic foes are victims of modification in
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Doctor Who: The Queen of Time review

Stories about omnipotent entities are, one suspects, hard to make dramatic. Beings like the Celestial Toymaker and Star Trek’s Q can change the rules of the story at will, which makes it hard to be involved in it. You need to understand what’s going on. It’s perhaps noteworthy that of
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Doctor Who: Afterlife review

Hex is dead. Sally and Lysandra are gone. The Doctor and Ace are at odds. That’s the status quo at the beginning of Afterlife, picking up from the end of Gods and Monsters. Much of the beginning of the story is a two-hander between the Doctor and Ace, as Ace
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The Avengers: The Lost Episodes: Volume 1 review

Before listening to The Avengers: The Lost Episodes Volume 1, I’d never once seen an episode of the classic ITV spy series The Avengers, despite a vague desire to do so. I love Diana Rigg and Joanna Lumley as much as the next person, but there’s not just enough hours
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The Nicholas Courtney Memoirs: A Soldier in Time review

Big Finish’s recent “12 Days of Christmas” sale gave me the opportunity to pick up a release from way back in November 2002: The Nicholas Courtney Memoirs: A Soldier in Time, part of the short-lived Big Finish TalksBack series. This three-CD release sees the late Nicholas Courtney narrating his life
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Doctor Who: The Time Machine review

After no small delay, here’s The Time Machine, the last instalment of Destiny of the Doctor, featuring what was until very very recently, the current Doctor. Jenna Coleman née Jenna-Louise narrates Matt Fitton’s story, which features double guest stars in Michael Cochrane and good old Nicholas Briggs. Sadly, there’s no
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Bernice Summerfield: The End of the World review

Bernice Summerfield is away. Hence, we end up with the one and only instalment in the Jason Kane series, The End of the World by Dave Stone. Complete with a rocking theme by Matthew Cochrane and David Darlington, The End of the World sees Jason teaming up with his old
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Bernice Summerfield: Freedom of Information review

One of the many things to like about the current run (“current” as in where I am at, not where the actual line is at) of Bernice Summerfield stories is the development of a stable of consistent writers. Rather than Bernice being farmed out to people who seem to have
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Bernice Summerfield: The Judas Gift review

The Tub Full of Cats may have began the eighth season of Bernice Summerfield, but Nick Wallace’s The Judas Gift kicks it into high gear. The Draconians have come to the Braxiatel Collection — not to occupy it, oh no not that, but to present it with a gift and
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Doctor Who: Upstairs review

Maureen O’Brien and Peter Purves team up as Vicki and Steven in Mat Coward’s Doctor Who Companion Chronicle, Upstairs. With O’Brien narrating, Purves playing Steven, and O’Brien doing everything else, it’s a return to a part of the Hartnell era that I actually have very little experience with — The
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Bernice Summerfield: The Tub Full of Cats review

If you can count on Daniel O’Mahony for anything, it’s crazy sci-fi ideas wedded to strong character insight. His previous Bernice Summerfield audio drama, Timeless Passages, was one of the best, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a piece of prose by him I didn’t like. The premiere for
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Doctor Who: The Dark Planet review

Who would have guessed that a lost Hartnell six-parter from the guy who brought us The Ice Warriors would be dull? Doctor Who: The Dark Planet, like so many Lost Stories, is a worthy and laudable attempt to recreate a story we never got on screen, but Matt Fitton’s adaption
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Bernice Summerfield: The Empire State review

The past couple Bernice Summerfield stories have seen Benny on a vaguely-explained mission to get “help” for the Braxiatel Collection, as war is imminent and the Collection is continuing to malfunction. Summer of Love ended with Bev sending Benny and Jason on a mission, while Collected Works seemed to indicate
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Treasure Island review

The quality of The Picture of Dorian Gray and a special $3 USD download offer was enough to tempt me into purchasing another “Big Finish Classic”, in this case their dramatisation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, starring Tom Baker! Upon launching into the story, I realised that I have
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The Adventures of K9 review

One of the unique joys of Doctor Who is the manifold and various dimensions it has extended into. Beyond the parent series, beyond even Torchwood or The Sarah Jane Adventures, we get things like Jago & Litefoot, Bernice Summerfield, Faction Paradox, Cyberman, and for some reason, even Vienna… One dimension
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Bernice Summerfield: The Oracle of Delphi review

At the end of Summer of Love, Benny and Jason are sent on a mission — consult the Oracle of Delphi. You know, in Ancient Greece. Quite why wasn’t very clear to me, beyond a general sense of the dire political situation around the Braxiatel Collection. Quite how wasn’t clear,
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Doctor Who: The Light at the End review

In his producer’s notes for Big Finish’s Doctor Who fiftieth anniversary special, The Light at the End (standard edition, as that’s all your humble reviewer can afford — also, he wasn’t really excited by the idea of photos of Colin Baker with bamboo photoshopped in), David Richardson observes that Big
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Bernice Summerfield: Summer of Love review

Over on my book review blog, I’m always singing the praises of the Bernice Summerfield anthologies, which weave their way in and out of the ongoing audio series. The anthologies and the audios serve to reinforce one another, the prose stories giving smaller stories that adds to the character depth
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Doctor Who: The Space Race review

One regeneration after Fanfare for the Common Men, the Doctor is back in 1963 — this time with Peri, in a Soviet rocket base, ready to experience The Space Race. Jonathan Morris’s story is a hard one to quantify: it begins with the Doctor attempting to help the Soviets recover
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Bernice Summerfield: The Worst Thing in the World review

“We could all do with a fun break that doesn’t necessarily have to relate to anything else like Bev now being in charge of the Braxiatel Collection and it not quite working out.” The next adventure of Bernice Summerfield and Jason Kane brings them to the Drome, the galaxy’s newest
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Bernice Summerfield: Timeless Passages review

Though he’s contributed to the short stories before, Timeless Passages marks Daniel O’Mahony’s first contribution to the Bernice Summerfield audio range. But what a contribution it is. As part of Bev Tarrant’s continuing mission to convince the galaxy that things at the Braxiatel Collection are perfectly normal post-Braxiatel, she’s sent
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Bernice Summerfield: The Tartarus Gate review

The seventh season of Bernice Summerfield marks some changes — the series title, for one, has lost its “Professor”. And then the Indiana Jones­­-style title construction has gone: this is The Tartarus Gate, not Bernice Summerfield and the Tartarus Gate. Not to mention a swanky 2000s logo, and a whole
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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Crystal of Cantus review

“This isn’t just another story — Professor Bernice Summerfield in an exciting adventure with the Cybermen!” The sixth season of Professor Bernice Summerfield comes to an end with Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Crystal of Cantus. The previous story, The Goddess Quandary, hinted at big events to come, and in
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Doctor Who: Fanfare for the Common Men review

Big Finish’s main Doctor Who range kicks off its fiftieth anniversary celebrations with Eddie Robson’s Fanfare for the Common Men, the first of three stories set in 1963. Fanfare for the Common Men picks up a small continuity reference from the first-ever Doctor Who episode, An Unearthly Child, where Susan
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Doctor Who: Death’s Deal review

The penultimate Destiny of the Doctor story of course brings us to Doctor number ten, and his most amazing companion, Donna Noble. Darren Jones’s Death’s Deal brings Catherine Tate back to Doctor Who for the first time in three years, as the Doctor once again scrambles after a dangerous object
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Doctor Who: Daleks Among Us review

There are some Doctor Who companions, I suspect, who you can use again and again and again. Jo. Sarah Jane. Tegan. Peri. Ace. Lucie. Donna. Though they’re all well-rounded characters in their own way, they lack overly complicated backstories or motivations — they travel with the Doctor because they find it
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Doctor Who: Mastermind review

Mmm, Geoffrey Beevers. Ever since 2003’s Master, I’ve been hooked on this guy’s portrayal of the Master. What a deliciously evil voice. I’ll follow him anywhere… even into a story featuring Yee Jee Tso. What is it with Big Finish’s determination to cast that guy in roles that pair his
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Benjamin & Baxter review

Between series Five and Six of Jago & Litefoot, Big Finish Productions released Benjamin & Baxter: The Real-Life Stories of Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter, a two-disc interview by Nicholas Briggs with these two venerable actors. Though Big Finish releases have been chock-full of interviews for some years now, it
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The Picture of Dorian Gray / The Confessions of Dorian Gray: This World Our Hell review

The Picture of Dorian Gray is the first “Big Finish Classic” I’ve heard — a series adapting classic (i.e. public domain) works of literature into full-cast audio dramas. (The other two so far, fact fans, are Phantom of the Opera and Treasure Island, though I was excited to learn that
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Jago & Litefoot: Series Six review

The “back to basics” approach of Series Six of Jago & Litefoot is announced from the moment one opens up their box set — or in my case, the audiobook download — and sees the covers of the individual stories. Series Six returns to the faux leatherbound look not seen
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Doctor Who: The Alchemists review

I forget when The Alchemists was supposed to come out originally, but I think it was a while ago — in the slot eventually occupied by The Time Museum, maybe? Anyway, Ian Potter’s First Doctor and Susan Companion Chronicle is finally with us, and even if it was originally due
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Doctor Who: Council of War review

Council of War may mark the debut of John Levene as Sergeant Benton in Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles, but more significantly to me, it’s the Doctor Who audio drama debut of Simon Barnard and Paul Morris, best known as the pair of geniuses behind The Scarifyers. While Council of
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Doctor Who: Night of the Whisper review

Okay, this time I’m being more reasonable. The ninth instalment in Destiny of the Doctor is Night of the Whisper by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright, which joins the very short list of Doctor Who stories to feature the Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston — up to this point
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Doctor Who: Enemy Aliens review

I became a Doctor Who fan in 2001. I was introduced to the show in 2000, with The Curse of Fenric, and that began a love affair with the show that was cemented into place with Remembrance of the Daleks, The Invasion of Time, and the TV movie (yes, really).
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Doctor Who: Starlight Robbery review

Klein’s adventures with the Doctor continue in Starlight Robbery. But forget about her — I’m here for Garundel, the loveable frog merchant (that’s a merchant who is a frog, not a merchant who sells frogs) who first appeared in author Matt Fitton’s Black and White. Stuart Mulligan utterly won me
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Doctor Who: Shockwave review

This spring, my wife and I watched every Ace story, from Dragonfire to Survival, so it’s the era of classic Doctor Who I have the most immediate recollection of. It’s also one of my favourite periods (seriously, the only bad story in that whole lot is Silver Nemesis), so the
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Doctor Who: Persuasion review

Klein is back! Hot off the success of UNIT: Dominion, everyone’s favourite not-a-Nazi is puttering along at UNIT with her new assistant, Will Arrowsmith, when up pops the Doctor, tiring and nearing the end of his seventh life. Persuasion begins the third of 2013’s audio drama trilogies, featuring the Doctor,
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Doctor Who: Trouble in Paradise review

Nev Fountain is back! Trouble in Paradise doesn’t so much celebrate the Sixth Doctor as seen on screen (thankfully), but the Nev Fountain variety of Doctor Who, seen far too sporadically over the years in Omega, The Kingmaker, and Peri and the Piscon Paradox. A comically exaggerated world of blustering
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Doctor Who: Smoke and Mirrors review

Like Babblesphere before it, Smoke and Mirrors is smart to show us a Doctor we often get to hear in audio (the Fifth) with a companion team we don’t (Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan). Season 19 of the original Doctor Who sports one of my favourite companion teams, and I was
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Doctor Who: Babblesphere review

With Babblesphere, the Destiny of the Doctor audio dramas cross over into territory that Big Finish regularly gives us in full-cast audio dramas — recreating the Fourth Doctor era is something that happens once a month these days. Thankfully, then, Big Finish has opted to switch things up a bit
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Doctor Who: The Dalek Contract / The Final Phase review

Normally I review Big Finish’s Doctor Who audio dramas in the units in which they are released, because those are the units in which you, dear reader, can purchase them. So, a box of Jago & Litefoot might include four stories, but I write only one review because you have
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Doctor Who: Vengeance of the Stones review

Like Hunters of Earth, the third (and Third Doctor) release in Destiny of the Doctor, Vengeance of the Stones, plugs into an unfilled gap in Doctor Who history. Narrated by Richard Franklin, Vengeance of the Stones reveals just how it was that Mike Yates came to join UNIT. Andrew Smith,
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Doctor Who: Phantoms of the Deep review

Jonathan Morris is back in Phantoms of the Deep, making him, I am fairly certain, the first person who is not Nicholas Briggs to pen two original tales for Tom Baker. But while we might associate Morris — especially in his Fourth Doctor mode — with light, frothy tales such
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Doctor Who: Shadow of Death review

Hunters of Earth kicked off AudioGO’s fiftieth anniversary Doctor Who series Destiny of the Doctor by doing something we’ve rarely seen — a story from before An Unearthly Child. The second release in this series, Shadow of Death, takes the opposite tack, giving us a very period-bound story. Simon Guerrier’s
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Doctor Who: The Justice of Jalxar review

It’s the early twentieth century, and the Doctor and Romana need help investigating aliens in London… so who do they turn to but the investigators of infernal incidents? The Justice of Jalxar reunites Jago and Litefoot with the Doctor in a sequel to The Talons of Weng-Chiang, but adds Romana
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Doctor Who: War Against the Laan review

War Against the Laan concludes the space epic begun in The Sands of Life. While it won’t win any awards (I hope), War Against the Laan is a solid story that succeeds for the most part based on its characters. The highlight of both The Sands of Life and War
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Doctor Who: The Sands of Life review

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure the last Big Finish three-parter was 2010’s Survival of the Fittest, which featured on a double-disc release alongside the one-part Klein’s Story. If so, the rare form is long overdue for a revival, which comes with the second release of the
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Doctor Who: The Auntie Matter review

We might best categorise my reaction to the first series of Big Finish’s Fourth Doctor Adventures as “mixed” at best. I struggled through many of these stories: Destination: Nerva (“at the halfway point of this two-part adventure… the Doctor and Leela had had a couple awkward conversations with authority figures
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Doctor Who: The Library of Alexandria review

Sometimes I wonder if Simon Guerrier writes his First Doctor Companion Chronicles on autopilot. “Oh, yes, here’s another brilliant adventure.” It would justify me writing these reviews on autopilot. “Oh, yes, here’s another brilliant adventure.” And that goes double for William Russell. Though Guerrier has written many, many First Doctor
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Doctor Who: Prisoners of Fate review

Prisoners of Fate draws to a close not just the most recent trilogy of Fifth Doctor/Tegan/Turlough/Nyssa audio dramas from Big Finish, but many of the strands that have been running through these audios since they began with 2010’s Cobwebs: the cure for Richter’s Syndrome, Nyssa’s children, Nyssa avoiding telling the
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Doctor Who: The Lady of Mercia review

The latest Fifth Doctor/Tegan/Turlough/older-but-looking-younger Nyssa trilogy continues with The Lady of Mercia, a pseudo-historical by perennial Unreality SF favourite Paul Magrs. I was perhaps predisposed to like this story, as it takes place at an academic conference, a type of event I’ve participated in many times and even organised once
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Doctor Who: Eldrad Must Die! review

Big Finish Productions has done a sequel or followup to every Doctor Who story broadcast between March 23 1974 (serial 74, The Monster of Peladon) and September 24 1977 (serial 92, Horror of Fang Rock) that featured an original antagonist, bar three. Though one might question the commitment of the
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Hammer Chillers: Spanish Ladies review

The third Hammer Chiller brings us to that perennial Unreality SF favourite, Paul Magrs, who has written many, many Doctor Who stories plus also some magical realism and goodness knows what else. Like The Fixation, it stars two of Doctor Who’s three greatest mums (where’s Adjoa Andoh?), Jacqueline King and
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Hammer Chillers: The Fixation review

Mark Morris, best known to you and me as the writer of the Doctor Who audio drama Freakshow, among others, takes the pen for the second of Bafflegab’s Hammer Chillers, The Fixation. Miles Jupp, who I guess has been in some stuff, stars as Ian Hibbert, but for Doctor Who
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Hammer Chillers: The Box review

As a 1980s-born American who is not really a horror fan, I think I was probably destined to miss out on the joys of Hammer Films, but I am familiar with them from a distance — their story has some intersections with that of Doctor Who, after all. But Hammer
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The Minister of Chance: In a Bark on the River Hex review

I was quite surprised when someone told me that the next episode of The Minister of Chance was going to be the last one. Surely not — it seemed like this was a long buildup to a quick resolution if that was the case. Unfortunately, it was. In a Bark
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Doctor Who: Hunters of Earth review

For Doctor Who’s fiftieth anniversary, AudioGO and Big Finish are collaborating on Destiny of the Doctor, a series of audiobooks featuring one story for each Doctor. The first of these is Hunters of Earth by Nigel Robinson, and is narrated by Carole Ann Ford, who played Susan on the television
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Doctor Who: Love and War review

Love and War is (for me) the last of 2012’s “special releases” from Big Finish’s Doctor Who line. It’s an adaptation of Paul Cornell’s novel of the same title, the very first novel to feature Professor Bernice Summerfield. It’s a celebration of Benny’s twentieth anniversary, as Love and War came
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Doctor Who: The Scorchies review

Big Finish has done a couple of Doctor Who audio dramas with songs in them before, most notably the legendary (and really quite good) Doctor Who and the Pirates, or The Lass That Lost A Sailor, but just because you’ve done one musical doesn’t mean you can’t do another, and
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Doctor Who: The Seeds of War review

June 2014 will give us a Fourth Doctor audio adventure called Destroy the Infinite, where the Doctor faces the Eminence for the first time. The story receives a sequel over a year prior, though, with March 2013’s The Seeds of War. The Sixth Doctor and Mel, trying to go on
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Doctor Who: Spaceport Fear review

On the extras for Spaceport Fear, Colin Baker articulates that this story falls into a very distinctive Doctor Who genre, that of an group of people in an isolated place in a hostile environment — the one we fans might call “base-under-siege”. But, being set in a spaceport, it’s a
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Doctor Who: The Wrong Doctors review

The Doctor has just been put on trial for his life by his future self, and survived by the merest of chances. The Doctor has just been left by Dr Evelyn Smythe, one of the best companions he ever knew. Melanie Bush is a young college-age woman living in Pease
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Jago & Litefoot: Series Five review

Folks out there have been grumbling that each series of Jago & Litefoot just takes the series further and further away from its roots. Series Three added Leela, Series Four added the Doctor, the specials took them into time and space for heaven’s sake! And now Series Five return then
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Celebrating Tie-Ins #1: Lasting impressions

As long as I’ve read seriously, I’ve read tie-in fiction. I can remember getting John Vornholt’s YA novelisation of Star Trek Generations for Christmas in the fourth grade. I did my book report on it — we had to report on a book by an Ohio author, and Vornholt was
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The Minister of Chance: The Tiger review

The Tiger is the fourth full episode of The Minister of Chance, the audio spin-off of Death Comes to Time starring Julian Wadham as the “defrocked Time Lord”. This is the first episode of 2013, and hopefully we’ll get more than one episode this year, because this story is starting
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Doctor Who: The Flames of Cadiz review

This year’s double-disc, double-voiced Companion Chronicle is The Flames of Cadiz, a First Doctor story starring William Russell and Carole Ann Ford. Told in the first person as always, Marc Platt’s story gets off to an interesting start by weaving the narration of Ian and Susan in and out of
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Vienna: The Memory Box review

If someone ever wrote a list of “Top Ten Big Finish Spin-Offs That Need To Exist”, I doubt Vienna would place. I’m still mildly surprised that Counter-Measures exists, and this seems to have much less viability: a mildly interesting supporting character from the third part of a mediocre trilogy. Where’s
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Doctor Who: Night of the Stormcrow review

Night of the Stormcrow, starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson, is 2012’s main range subscriber bonus — an incentive for fans of the Fourth Doctor to pop into the main range, or vice versa, one assumes. Like 2012’s normal Fourth Doctor adventures, it’s a single-disc, two-episode release featuring the Fourth
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Doctor Who: 1001 Nights review

I always look forward to Big Finish’s annual release of four one-episode stories — in this era of trilogies, it’s nice to have a story that can be told over 30 minutes. The most recent one, 1001 Nights, is a little different from most, as the stories are actually all
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Doctor Who: The Five Companions review

Now that we have The One Doctor, The Two Doctors, The Three Doctors, The Four Doctors, The Five Doctors, The Eight Doctors, and The Infinity Doctors, just to name a few, The Three Companions is looking kind of lonely. Hence, Big Finish has given us The Five Companions, a story
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Doctor Who: Return of the Rocket Men review

Return of the Rocket Men, as Matt Fitton points out in the extras, has a bit riding on it — it’s the first Steven story for a while not written by the magnificent Simon Guerrier, and it’s a sequel to the highly praised The Rocket Men starring William Russell. And
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Vince Cosmos: Glam Rock Detective review

Vince Cosmos: Glam Rock Detective is not the story I imagined. Brought to you by Paul Magrs, the mind behind Horror of Glam Rock, and Bafflegab Productions, the team behind The Scarifyers, I was expecting something light and goofy, filled with comedy action and high on jokes about David Bowie,
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Doctor Who: The Shadow Heart review

The Drashani Empire trilogy reaches its conclusion in The Shadow Heart, a Seventh Doctor tale by Jonathan Morris. Another significant span of time has passed in the Drashani Empire — in fact, the Drashani Empire no longer exists, it having been rolled over and conquered by the Wrath, tasked with
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Doctor Who: The Acheron Pulse review

The Drashani Empire is back — and so is Rick “Not Nick, I Swear” Briggs. The Acheron Pulse brings back both the Drashani Empire, which the Doctor previously visited in John Dorney’s The Burning Prince, and Rick Briggs, who previously wrote The Witch from the Well and The Entropy Composition
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The Scarifyers: The Thirteen Hallows review

The last few instalments of The Scarifyers have seen some necessary transitioning, as Inspector Lionheart (played by the dear late Nicholas Courtney) had to be written out and replaced by Sergeant Crow. But with The Thirteen Hallows, we have a settling into place: the actor gets the character, the writers
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Doctor Who: Voyage to the New World review

While Voyage to Venus was Jago & Litefoot in Space, Voyage to the New World is very much Doctor Who featuring Jago & Litefoot. While Voyage to Venus clearly twisted to fit its two new leads, Voyage to the New World does that less. But then, why should it? It’s
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Doctor Who: Voyage to Venus review

It’s Jago & Litefoot… in space! Oh man. Voyage to Venus gives us the investigators of infernal incidents, and the Doctor, and OUTER SPACE. It’s right there in the title: this is the story of Jago, Litefoot, and the planet Venus. Perhaps this could have been terrible, or even worse,
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Jago & Litefoot: Series Four review

When I listened to the first series of Jago & Litefoot, I enjoyed it, but I didn’t enjoy it enough to pursue the series into its later series. There was some potential — I loved the two leads, of course — but I often found the plots on the weak
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Doctor Who: Dark Eyes review

When we finished listening to To the Death, my wife looked over at me and said, “I kinda hope they don’t ever follow that up”. She had a point: the triple death of Lucie, Alex, and Tamsin put the Doctor in one of the bleakest spots he’d ever been, and
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Doctor Who: UNIT: Dominion review

UNIT: Dominion is probably a first for Big Finish: one, four-hour long story. Zagreus and The Next Life come close, and there have been other boxsets, but Dominion is one big story, told in one release. Dominion also reunites the Seventh Doctor with both Klein (who appeared in a main
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Doctor Who: The Rosemariners review

Can you judge a Doctor Who story by its cliffhangers? I think so. What kind of cliffhangers a writer chooses tells you something important. Are the turning points in the plot things that make you reevaluate what’s going on? Or are they contrived intimations of danger in a story that
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Doctor Who: The Burning Prince review

One trilogy ends, another begins. Such is the way of Big Finish. We get something different this time out, though; for the first time since the trilogy format was instituted in 2009, a full three years ago, we get one where all three releases don’t feature the same Doctor and
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Doctor Who: Gods and Monsters review

Gods and Monsters marks an end to a story long in the telling. It doesn’t just encompass this trilogy-plus-one (Protect and Survive, Black and White, Project: Nirvana) with the black and white TARDIS crews, nor the threads of the Doctor’s conflict with the Gods that goes back to The Magic
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Doctor Who: Project: Nirvana review

As has been done occasionally in the past, Big Finish’s current “main range” Doctor Who trilogy (Protect and Survive, Black and White, Gods and Monsters) features a Companion Chronicle tie-in. Project: Nirvana is the fourth Forge audio drama from Cavan Scott and Mark Wright, and it features both companions of the
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Doctor Who: The Guardians of Prophecy review

The Keeper of Traken is one of my favourite Tom Baker stories. I love the sombre tone of Season 18 in general, I like the Fourth Doctor/Adric dynamic, I love Geoffrey Beevers, I like Nyssa, but I especially love the fairy tale feel of the whole thing. It might be
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Doctor Who: The Wanderer review

From England in the year 1963, Ian Chesterton is a wanderer — exiled in the fourth dimension and doomed to never get home as he travels through time and space. From Russia in the year 1900, Grigory is also a wanderer — a healer and a religious man who can
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Doctor Who: Black and White review

Another “Doctor-light” story, Black and White has a somewhat difficult remit: it must further the unfolding metastory encompassing the Seventh Doctor line at the same time that it tells a normal standalone Doctor Who adventure about Beowulf. Thankfully, Matt Fitton manages to accomplish both tasks, though they are perhaps not
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Doctor Who: Protect and Survive review

The “Doctor-light” story became a staple of Doctor Who during the Russell T Davies era, with almost every David Tennant season giving us an episode that was largely sans Doctor. Perhaps because audio production is nowhere near as strenuous or time-consuming as audio production, this is a format that the
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Doctor Who: The Masters of Luxor review

The Masters of Luxor could conceivably be called the first ever lost story in Doctor Who history. Written by Anthony Coburn, it was intended to be the second serial, ultimately rejected in favour of The Daleks (or The Mutants, if you prefer). For the next part of the third season
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Doctor Who: The First Sontarans review

Though the subsequent Lost Stories featuring the First, Second, Fifth, and Fourth Doctors were enjoyable, the original series of Lost Stories featuring the Sixth Doctor was not exactly awe-inspiring. (Let’s not even talk about the Seventh Doctor ones.) So it was with some trepidation that I regarded the return of
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Doctor Who: The Time Museum review

Ian Chesterton wakes up one night, years after he stopped travelling with the Doctor. Only he’s back in Coal Hill School, in his chemistry lab, and an alien named Pendolin is asking him about his life. Apparently, he’s on display in the Ian Chesterton Exhibition of the Time Museum. The
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The Minister of Chance: Paludin Fields review

The problem in the release strategy — if there even is one — of The Minister of Chance is quite plainly revealed in Paludin Fields. It’s been seven months since I listened to the prologue and first two episodes of The Minister of Chance. Now, finally, Episode Three has been
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Doctor Who: The Oseidon Adventure review

The Kraals are back! Yeah, I never thought I’d hear that sentence either, and I never felt that the world needed reminding of The Android Invasion. But here they are anyway, teaming up with the Master for The Oseidon Adventure as they invade the Earth with only the Doctor and
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Doctor Who: Trail of the White Worm review

The Master is back! Okay, so I might complaining about things from the show’s past, but the return of the Master is something I can get behind. Geoffrey Beevers hasn’t appeared as the Master in nine years now, so one can hardly accuse Big Finish of overusing him — and
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The Scarifyers: The Horror of Loch Ness review

With The Horror of Loch Ness, Cosmic Hobo team Simon Barnard and Paul Morris not only take MI-13 up to Scotland, they also take them into uncharted territory: the first regular adventure for the new team of Sergeant Crow and Professor Dunning. The premise of The Horror of Loch Ness
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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Goddess Quandary review

Once you get past the sheer awfulness of The Heart’s Desire, Season Six of Professor Bernice Summerfield is shaping up to be a strong season. We had the good The Kingdom of the Blind, the great The Lost Museum, and the fourth release, The Goddess Quandary is another solid release.
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Doctor Who: Energy of the Daleks review

The Daleks are back! Of course they are. Nicholas Briggs’s Energy of the Daleks brings the Fourth Doctor and Leela face-to-face with the Daleks in the not-too-distant future. I like the idea of Leela wearing early twenty-first-century clothes; unfortunately, it’s about the only likeable thing in this story. Has anyone
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Doctor Who: The Wrath of the Iceni review

“You can’t change history, not one line!” So Doctor Who fans have known to be true since the days of the The Aztecs, and yet Doctor Who writers have insisted on continuing to do stories about this point, with The Fires of Pompeii and The Waters of Mars being rare
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Doctor Who: The Jupiter Conjunction review

Though I enjoyed Big Finish’s first trilogy that reunited the Fifth Doctor with Nyssa, Tegan, and Turlough (Cobwebs, The Whispering Forest, The Cradle of the Snake), it didn’t push its TARDIS team into must-buy status for me, and thus I gave a miss to the second trilogy — and I’d
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Doctor Who: The Renaissance Man review

I went into The Renaissance Man not expecting terribly much, not after Destination: Nerva. The fact that it was by Justin Richards didn’t help, who I find typically turns in solid, but workmanlike efforts. The beginning didn’t really sell me on it, either; I felt like I was halfway through
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Doctor Who: Destination: Nerva review

According to Big Finish, it’s Saturday teatime in 1977 all over again: Tom Baker is finally playing the Doctor on audio. I don’t know how fussed I am about this, having never experienced a Saturday teatime in 1977 or any other year, nor having any particular affection for Tom Baker’s
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Doctor Who: The Revenants review

For the third time in a row, the bonus Big Finish release with Doctor Who Magazine (included as a free download) is a Companion Chronicle-style audio. The Revenants, written by Ian Potter, features William Russell playing Ian Chesterton in a story set between The Dalek Invasion of Earth and The
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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Lost Museum review

One of the things that I like the most about the Professor Bernice Summerfield series is that it’s about an academic. I mean, it’s right there in the title: “Professor Bernice Summerfield”. But this element of the character and setting has been most thoroughly explored in the anthologies like A
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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Kingdom of the Blind review

Like last season’s The Relics of Jegg-Sau, Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Kingdom of the Blind features a monster that I don’t exactly take seriously: the Monoids, who menaced William Hartnell and Dodo in Doctor Who: The Ark back in the 1960s. With their Beatles haircuts and eye-in-mouth, they have
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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Heart’s Desire review

This review features some unavoidable spoilers for the first two-thirds of Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Heart’s Desire. I usually avoid any substantial giveaways in my reviews, but I don’t see a way that I can discuss this story without them. In (I think) 24 releases, Bernice Summerfield has been
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Professor Bernice Summerfield in the Masquerade of Death review

“You can’t have a good climax without some effective shouting!” Bernice and Adrian are in Spring, where there’s been a murder. Only the Queen of Spring can’t quite tell who’s been murdered. Also Bernice and Adrian are sleeping together. And a mysterious Player has decided to dissect Bernice to prove
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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Relics of Jegg-Sau review

Okay, so this season, Benny has faced two monsters from the spin-off media: the Grel and the Galyari. For the third release of the fifth season, it’s a monster from the parent show, but perhaps not one you’d expect: K-1, a.k.a. the Giant Robot. Appearing in just Tom Baker’s debut
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Doctor Who: The Lost Stories: The Fourth Doctor Box Set review

The third season of Doctor Who: The Lost Stories takes a breather for The Fourth Doctor Box Set, which contains two unmade Tom Baker adventures: Robert Banks Stewart’s The Foe from the Future, completed by John Dorney, and Philip Hinchcliffe’s The Valley of Death, completed by Jonathan Morris. With a
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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Bone of Contention review

Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Bone of Contention is the sixth Bernice Summerfield audio drama in a row to feature a “monster,” but like The Grel Escape before it, Bone of Contention switches things up by not featuring a monster that appeared in the classic Doctor Who television series. Rather,
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Doctor Who: The Children of Seth review

The Fifth Doctor strand of Doctor Who: The Lost Stories comes to a close with The Children of Seth, written by Marc Platt from a story by Christopher Bailey. Bailey of course wrote Kinda and Snakedance, the former of which is one of my favourite Doctor Who stories. So the
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Doctor Who: The Anachronauts review

What was good? The three Companion Chronicles by Simon Guerrier about Sara Kingdom. What was great? The three Companion Chronicles by Simon Guerrier about Steven Taylor. So what could possibly be even greater except a Companion Chronicle by Simon Guerrier featuring both Jean Marsh and Peter Purves as Sara and
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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Grel Escape review

After the harrowing events of Life During Wartime and Death and the Daleks, it’s apparently time for some lighthearted events in the life of Bernice Summerfield. And so Jacqueline Rayner makes a welcome return to the range, having previously penned most of the (almost) uniformly excellent adaptations in the first
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The Scarifyers: The Magic Circle review

Since 2007, Nicholas “Brigadier” Courtney and Terry “Davros” Molloy have played Inspector Lionheart and Professor Dunning in the ongoing Scarifyers series of audio dramas. After the unfortunate death of Nicholas Courtney, it was thankfully decided to not end The Scarifyers, but to continue the series with a new lead: David
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Doctor Who: The Curse of Davros review

Jonathan Morris’s Doctor Who audio The Curse of Davros introduces a new companion, but an old character, bringing back Lisa Greenwood as Flip Jackson, who previously appeared in the overcrowded The Crimes of Thomas Brewster. I actually heard the announcement that Flip would be returning before I heard Crimes, and
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The Minister of Chance: The Forest Shakes review

My sense that The Minister of Chance was hitting several familiar story beats from Death Comes to Time was only heightened by its second full episode, The Forest Shakes. In this episode, the pacifist Professor Cantha ends up in a Sesian prison, and much of the discussion she has mirrors
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The Minister of Chance: The Broken World review

The Broken World is the first full episode of The Minister of Chance, and our first opportunity to hear Julian Wadham play this new incarnation of the Time Lord, taking over from Stephen Fry, who played the previous incarnation in Doctor Who: Death Comes to Time. It’s written and directed
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The Minister of Chance: The Pointed Hand review

I’m a big fan of Death Comes to Time, the 2001-02 webcast that recast Doctor Who as a sprawling, interplanetary, operatic epic along the lines of Babylon 5, Star Wars, or The Lord of the Rings. But even so, I was mighty sceptical when it was announced that Radio Static
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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Poison Seas review

My ongoing journey through Bernice Summerfield‘s “monster season” brings me to Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Poison Seas, which brings back the Sea Devils, who appeared in Doctor Who in 1972’s The Sea Devils (well, duh) and 1984’s Warriors of the Deep. In an interesting twist on the usual storyline,
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Journey into Space: The Red Planet review

“Orders must be obeyed without question at all times.” Until my editor asked me if I was interested in reviewing it, I had never heard of Journey into Space. But looking it up revealed that it was a BBC radio drama from 1953-58 about a group of people on, well,
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Doctor Who: Army of Death review

The previous Mary Shelley Doctor Who adventures have taken Mary to only her near-future and her past; the furthest afield they’ve gone was Space Year 2011, and even then, Mary spent most her time running around a historic mansion. This has thankfully dodged a problem I predicted ever since it
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Doctor Who: Hexagora review

Hexagora is the second of the Lost Stories to feature the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, and Tegan, following straight on from The Elite in a way that feels nicely authentic to the 1980s. The original outline for Hexagora was written by Peter Ling and Hazel Adair (Ling was the writer of
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Doctor Who: The Elite review

The third season of Big Finish’s Doctor Who: The Lost Stories is here. The scars still haven’t healed since Andrew Cartmel inflicted Season 27 on us, but regardless, we soldier on into the future. Or rather, into the past — the third season takes us back to Season 20 of
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Doctor Who: The First Wave review

Having enjoyed The Perpetual Bond and glorified The Cold Equations, you might imagine that I was a wee bit excited to get ahold of the final part of the Oliver Harper trilogy, The First Wave. As with the other two, this release was written by Simon Guerrier, directed by Lisa
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Doctor Who: The Witch from the Well review

In their third adventure together, the Doctor and Mary land in the twenty-first century, where they are promptly attacked by a witch. Along with a pair of human twins they’ve met, they travel back to the seventeenth century to find out where the witch comes from. But something’s not as
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Doctor Who: The Silver Turk review

Paul McGann! Nothing gets me excited like a new start for the Eighth Doctor, even if it’s a new old start. The Silver Turk takes us back to the Eighth Doctor’s early days, before Charley Pollard, to his travels with Mary Shelley, picking up from the end of The Company
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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Draconian Rage review

The second instalment of Professor Bernice Summerfield’s “monster season” is The Draconian Rage by Trevor Baxendale, seeing the return of the Draconians from 1973’s Frontier in Space. The Draconians would go on to appear in many of Big Finish’s audio dramas, many of them in the Bernice series, and even
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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Bellotron Incident review

Here it is — the “monster season”. After a successful outing with the Ice Warriors in Season Three’s The Dance of the Dead, in Season Four of Professor Bernice Summerfield, all four plays star a monster that previously appeared in televised Doctor Who. The first of these, Mike Tucker’s Professor
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Sarah Jane Smith: Dreamland review

Last time out, I called Fatal Consequences the Test of Nerve of Sarah Jane Smith’s second season. That sets up a real danger, then, that its followup would be the Ghost Town of the second season. Luckily, Dreamland is nothing of the sort. In fact, it’s like nothing Sarah Jane
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Sarah Jane Smith: Fatal Consequences review

While Buried Secrets took us to Italy and Snow Blind to the Antarctic, the third instalment of Sarah Jane Smith’s second season keeps us nice and local, in London. In this regard, David Bishop’s Fatal Consequences is the second-season release most like his first-season triumph Test of Nerve­ — and
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Sarah Jane Smith: Snow Blind review

The second instalment in Sarah Jane Smith’s second season takes Sarah and Josh to Antarctica to see how a scientific research installation that Sarah is funding with her aunt’s money is getting on. Not to mention that that’s where Will Sullivan works — and Josh thinks he may have reason
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Doctor Who: Earth Aid review

It’s the last Seventh Doctor Lost Story! “No more Andrew Cartmel ever,” I whisper to myself as I rip the CD onto my iPod. I mean, even if Big Finish does invite him back to write Season 28, I’m not going to be so stupid as to purchase the stories.
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Doctor Who: The Rocket Men review

Though they were intended originally to fill the gap of the Doctors that Big Finish couldn’t use, the first-person narration of The Companion Chronicles has allowed for deeper exploration of many Doctor Who companion characters, allowing them to reach new depths not possible on screen — or maybe not even
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Sarah Jane Smith: Buried Secrets review

Five years before popping up on Bannerman Road and befriending plucky associates Luke, Maria, Clyde, and Rani, Sarah Jane Smith was battling the forces of evil with a different group of friends in Big Finish’s Sarah Jane Smith spin-off audio drama. These stories were grimmer and less sci-fi, pitting Sarah
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Doctor Who: Recorded Time and other stories review

Big Finish Productions’ fiftieth main range Doctor Who release was Zagreus, an enormous three-disc adventure, starring five Doctors, umpteen companions, Rassilon, and the TARDIS itself, fighting a threat to the universe itself against a universe-sized backdrop. It was something they’d never done before. Big Finish Productions’ hundredth main range Doctor
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Doctor Who: Ghost Light review

Ghost Light is the most recent release in AudioGO’s series of adaptations of Doctor Who Target novels — which were of course in turn adaptations of televised serials. In this process, Marc Platt’s Ghost Light has gone from 75 minutes to an astounding 411. It’s read by Ian Hogg, who
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Doctor Who: Animal review

Even though Andrew Cartmel’s Animal is part of Doctor Who: The Lost Stories and marketed primarily on the basis of nostalgia, I’m going to try to review it without making comparisons back to Seasons 25 and 26. Just to see if I can, and if that results in a more
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Doctor Who: Crime of the Century review

The Seventh Doctor Lost Stories continue with Andrew Cartmel’s Crime of the Century. Cartmel is no stranger to the Seventh Doctor and Ace, having script-edited their television adventures and having written a trilogy of New Adventures novels, but this is the first time he’s ever written a script himself for
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Doctor Who: The Cold Equations review

In my review of The Perpetual Bond, I said that my favourite Companion Chronicles are the ones that hit the sweet spot between nostalgia and innovation, between evoking the things I enjoy about classic Doctor Who and doing something new with them. The Perpetual Bond hit that sweet spot fairly
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The Scarifyers: The Secret Weapon of Doom review

The Secret Weapon of Doom is the fifth instalment of The Scarifyers, the audio drama series about MI-13 protecting 1930s Britain from supernatural threat, starring Nicholas Courtney as Inspector Lionheart, ex-policeman, and Terry Molloy as Professor Dunning, writer of horror fiction. In this adventure, with Dunning injured in a car
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Doctor Who: The Perpetual Bond review

For some reason, I find First Doctor Companion Chronicles the most exciting of Companion Chronicles. Maybe it’s because Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee’s eras have very distinctive feels, which their Companion Chronicles either have to slot into or have to consciously eschew, whereas in William Hartnell’s day the show was
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Doctor Who: Thin Ice review

The second season of The Lost Stories returns, with a set of four stories that could have been classic Doctor Who’s Season 27… had the series not been cancelled. The run is overseen by Andrew Cartmel, the man responsible for the two immediately previous seasons, and Big Finish’s advertising has pitched
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Doctor Who: The Crimes of Thomas Brewster review

The Crimes of Thomas Brewster features not one, not two, but three returning characters. First and most obvious is Thomas Brewster, the Victorian scamp who once travelled with the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa, and who later bedevilled some old friends of the Doctor in The Three Companions. Second is Evelyn
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UNIT: The Coup / Bernice Summerfield: Silver Lining review

Back in December 2004, Big Finish Productions and Doctor Who Magazine collaborated on yet another free audio CD. Unlike previous adventures such as Last of the Titans, The Ratings War, and Living Legend, it was not a Doctor Who story. Rather, it was intended to draw listeners to two of
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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Mirror Effect review

Okay, so I’m pretty sure I’m a full ten seasons behind on my Bernice Summerfield audio dramas (and even further behind on the books). I mean, Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Mirror Effect came out a whopping eight years ago. The problem with this is that not only do I
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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Dance of the Dead review

One suspects that the third season of the Professor Bernice Summerfield audio dramas was when sales began to flag. Or maybe it’s when Gary Russell and Jason Haigh-Ellery realised there never were any sales to begin with. Either way, it’s when monsters from the main Doctor Who universe first made
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Doctor Who: Thicker Than Water review

In his “producer’s notes” in the CD booklet for Thicker Than Water, Gary Russell seems very uncertain about doing a direct sequel to another Big Finish story — which is a bit odd, given that just the previous year, Big Finish had done Project: Lazarus as a direct sequel to
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Doctor Who: Arragements for War review

A dip into the Big Finish back catalogue brings us back to 2004’s Arrangements for War, by Paul Sutton. This story picks right up from the end of 2003’s Project: Lazarus and the harrowing events therein for the Doctor and Evelyn, who had to watch their friend Cassie be murdered by
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Doctor Who: To the Death review

When we last saw our intrepid band of heroes in Lucie Miller, Lucie Miller, Susan Campbell, and Alex Campbell were all aghast at the notion that they may have been responsible for the death of the Doctor, in an enormously nail-biting cliffhanger. Or not. Unfortunately, it takes To the Death
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Doctor Who: The Lost Stories: The Second Doctor Box Set review

The second release of Big Finish’s second season of Doctor Who: The Lost Stories is similar to the first: The Second Doctor Box Set contains two never-produced 1960s Doctor Who stories, though the title is a bit of a misnomer. Only the first story, the four-part Prison in Space by
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Doctor Who: Peri and the Piscon Paradox review

Peri and the Piscon Paradox brings back Nev Fountain to Big Finish Productions for the first time since 2006, and it’s long overdue — between Omega and The Kingmaker, he proved himself to be a sharp writer, with stories both clever and humorous. Piscon Paradox brings him to the Companion
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Doctor Who: Lucie Miller review

And so the fourth and final season of the Eighth Doctor’s adventures draws to a conclusion with Lucie Miller by Nicholas Briggs, the first half of the standard two-part finale. The title promises an above-average focus on everyone’s favourite companion, bringing back fond memories of Briggs’s similar use of this
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Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Sun review

As is somewhat natural for a television series about someone who can go anywhere in time and space, Doctor Who has occasionally flirted with what would happen if the Doctor could not go anywhere in time and space. Most prominently, this happened in the UNIT stories of the 1970s, where
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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Greatest Shop in the Galaxy review

The premiere of the third season of the Professor Bernice Summerfield audio dramas sees everyone’s favourite archaeology professor headed to the Gigamarket to excavate some ancient latrines. And not to purchase shoes, oh no. If you think this is the beginning of numerous obvious jokes about how women love shoes
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Doctor Who: The Lost Stories: The First Doctor Box Set review

After the first series of Doctor Who: The Lost Stories one might be better off thinking the slogan ought not to be “Found At Last!” but “Better Off Lost!”. Despite those stories’ lacklustre quality, a second series was soon commissioned, the first volume of which is The First Doctor Box
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Doctor Who: The Four Doctors review

For many years now, Big Finish Productions has done a “subscriber exclusive” every year or so, a single-disc story that subscribers to the range get for free. This goes as far back as The Maltese Penguin being released alongside Neverland in 2002. This year’s is more exclusive than most; whereas
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Doctor Who: Relative Dimensions review

To understate things somewhat, the most recent season of Eighth Doctor stories hasn’t set me alight, what with a new companion who was never interesting and then went off somewhere to be less interesting, and then a return by a much-loved former companion who had certainly done her time. So
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Doctor Who: The Resurrection of Mars review

The Resurrection of Mars is the continuation of last month’s Deimos, as the Doctor and Tamsin continue to be menaced by the dreaded Ice Warriors. Only this time out, there are some added complications. Once again, I have to touch on some spoilers for the previous releases in this season to be
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Doctor Who: Deimos review

Teasers are important things – they’re the first bits of the story you hear, after all. Which makes it rather unfortunate that Deimos opens with a completely awful one. It begins with some Ice Warriors hissing at each other in an awfully melodramatic fashion. We eventually find out that this
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Doctor Who: The Book of Kells review

Often, things I do in graduate school weirdly overlap with what I am listening to in Doctor Who audio dramas, probably because Doctor Who will shamelessly steal from anything. Last week I relistened to Matthew Sweet’s Year of the Pig, which homages plot elements from Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in
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Doctor Who: Echoes of Grey review

Wendy Padbury returns to the Companion Chronicles range for the first time in over three years, reprising her role as Zoe Heriot in Echoes of Grey. The story, written by John Dorney, sees the Doctor, Zoe, and Jamie landing in the Whitaker Institute, where people come for treatment… but don’t
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Doctor Who: Nevermore review

(If you haven’t listened to the previous New Eighth Doctor Adventure, Situation Vacant, there are heavy spoilers for that story in this review. Like, in the first sentence.) The Doctor’s tour of the TARDIS for new companion Tamsin Drew is interrupted by the appearance of large black cat – a
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Doctor Who: Situation Vacant review

With Lucie having departed the TARDIS in December’s Death in Blackpool, the Eighth Doctor finds himself having to acquire a new companion – and he does so in a very unusual fashion in Eddie Robson’s Situation Vacant, picking between four candidates in a set-up fairly similar to the reality television
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Judge Dredd: Blood Will Tell review

A group of mutants attacked Mega-City One one night, while Judge Dredd was pulling “wall duty”, defending the city from those who live in the wastes outside. But Dredd saw a familiar face amongst those breaking into the city – ex-Judge Garris Hale, a man Dredd once took under his wing…
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The Alternative Factors – IDW’s Star Trek comics by the numbers

Every month, Diamond Comic Distributors release the sale figures for the top 300 comic books they sell via the Direct Market, which are then conveniently posted for your reading pleasure on John Jackson Miller’s Comics Chronicles, a website devoted to aiding comics research. I decided that it would be interesting
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Judge Dredd: Stranger Than Truth review

Eliza Blunt is a cultural studies academic from Brit-Cit on her first visit to Mega-City One. A longtime fan and scholar of Truman Kaput’s famous Slick Dickens potboilers, she’s visiting the city to talk to Kaput’s editors about the rumours that there’s a new Slick Dickens novel, as well as
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Doctor Who: Solitaire review

The newest Companion Chronicle, John Dorney’s Solitaire, brings India Fisher back as Charley Pollard – and not just as Charley Pollard, but as Charley Pollard Classic. This audio drama takes place during the height of Big Finish’s Eighth Doctor range, in the second season, when it was just the Eighth Doctor
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Jago & Litefoot: Series One review

Out of the success of 2009’s The Companion Chronicles: The Mahogany Murderers comes Jago & Litefoot: Investigators of Infernal Incidents, Big Finish Productions’ newest Doctor Who spin-off. It obviously features Henry Gordon Jago, theatrical impresario, and Professor George Litefoot, police pathologist, from the classic serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang. Though
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Doctor Who: The Time Vampire review

The Time Vampire is the third and final release in a set of Companion Chronicles about Leela, all written, directed, and sound-designed by Nigel Fairs. Full disclosure: I haven’t heard either The Catalyst or Empathy Games, and that will undoubtedly affect what I have to say about this release. I
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Doctor Who: Freakshow review

This year’s free Doctor Who Magazine audio, like last year’s, is a Companion Chronicle: Mark Morris’s Freakshow stars Mark Strickson as Vislor Turlough, in his second appearance in the range. This story has Turlough narrating an adventure he’s just experienced (for reasons never clearly explained) into some kind of evidence pod.
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Doctor Who: The Emperor of Eternity review

After last month’s The Suffering, this month gives us another “double-voiced” Companion Chronicle, featuring two actors who played companions on televised Doctor Who. This month’s is slightly different, though: there’s just one disc with two episodes, and there’s only one primary voice: Deborah Watling reprises the role of Victoria Waterfield
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Doctor Who: Bernice Summerfield and the Criminal Code review

Though a few of the Companion Chronicles have featured characters who were not actually companions, Bernice Summerfield and the Criminal Code sets a new record for the series, as it is the first instalment to feature a narrator who never actually appeared on-screen. This adventure stars Lisa Bowerman, who has
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Cyberman 2 review

The Cybermen actually used to be my favourite Doctor Who monster, back when I was a teenager and didn’t want to like the Daleks because that was obvious. I got over that eventually – who doesn’t love the Daleks, after all? – but coming in second in the Doctor Who
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Doctor Who: Death in Blackpool review

The New Eighth Doctor Adventures in some ways very consciously emulate aspects of the new television series produced by BBC Wales, so it is appropriate that Death in Blackpool takes that one step further, by introducing to the Eighth Doctor a between-seasons Christmas Special. Worldwide Web saw the Doctor and
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Doctor Who: The Mists of Time review

The partnership between Big Finish Productions and Doctor Who Magazine is a venerable one, going all the way back to 1999 when the promotional disc Talking ‘Bout My Regeneration was given away with copies of DWM 279 to promote the then-upcoming The Sirens of Time. Subsequent DWM free discs have
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Cyberman: Telos review

I have to complain about two things first. I hate to do this, because I’ve enjoyed most of the Cyberman series thus far, but there are two things about Telos that really bothered me, and though I think they both might be somewhat pedantic, they’re also pivotal to the story.
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Doctor Who: The Pyralis Effect review

Lalla Ward. Lalla Ward. Mmm, say it again: Lalla Ward. The Second Romana is probably my favourite classic series companion (except when I prefer Tegan, Sarah Jane, or Liz), so I was pretty excited to be able to review this Companion Chronicle. The Pyralis Effect stars Lalla Ward as Romana,
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Cyberman: Conversion review

Conversion is, as you might imagine, about conversion. Not Cyber-conversion, but conversion – a change of sides, viewpoints, or perspectives. Like Fear below it, it doesn’t open by directly continuing from the previous story’s cliffhanger, but instead of jumping ahead even more, it actually jumps backwards. Some of the questions
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Doctor Who: The Glorious Revolution review

After the release of Helicon Prime, Frazer Hines was widely acclaimed for his performance as not only Jamie McCrimmon, of course, but also his ability to play the Second Doctor in a manner eerily reminiscent of Patrick Troughton. I didn’t hear Helicon Prime myself, but as a big fan of
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Cyberman: Fear review

To my surprise, Fear, the second instalment of Nicholas Briggs’s Cyberman series, didn’t open up with a continuation of the first instalment’s cliffhanger ending, but rather focussed in on the character of Samantha Thorne, who had appeared in only one scene in Scorpius as Paul Hunt’s discarded lover. I’d been disappointed
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Cyberman: Scorpius review

With James Swallow’s Cyberman 2 miniseries coming up later this year, I figured that now was an appropriate time to finally get around to listening to Nicholas Briggs’s original Cyberman miniseries, which was first released back in 2005. Briggs is of course the voice of the Cybermen, both for Big
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Doctor Who: Worldwide Web review

I swore to myself that I wouldn’t go on about not having seen Planet of the Spiders in this review. After all, I’m sure that no one reading this really cares about my relationship with the Jon Pertwee era, and I’d already covered that ground in my review of The
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Doctor Who: The Eight Truths review

Apparently in imitation of the style of the new television series, each season of The New Eighth Doctor Adventures has incorporated a two-part finale that brings back a returning villain of some sort. 2007 gave us Eddie Robson’s Human Resources with the Cybermen, while in 2008 we heard Nicholas Briggs’s
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Doctor Who: The Cannibalists review

It’s a truism that the one of the strengths of audio dramas is their ability to depict things difficult to show on screen without blowing the effects budget. Usually, this is done by simply having stories too big for the screen: epic space battle spanning several planets, long quests throughout
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Doctor Who: The Scapegoat review

Not by design, I went into The Scapegoat literally knowing nothing about it. You can do this with a download if you want. Obviously I’d seen the cover at some point, but I didn’t remember it, and I didn’t look at it, nor did I check up on cast, writer,
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Doctor Who: The Stealers from Saiph review

The Doctor and Romana are staying in an exclusive hotel at the French Riviera in 1929 while the Doctor tries to catch up on his painting and Romana continues writing her thesis on the Doctor. But why does Madame Arcana keep on insisting that the stars do not shine properly?
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Doctor Who: Wirrn Dawn review

“The cover pretty much told you everything you needed to know,” a character in this story remarks of stories in general, and he’s right about this one. The second of three stories in this season of the New Eighth Doctor Adventures to bring back a monster from a “classic” 1970s
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Doctor Who: The Magician’s Oath review

I can’t claim to be a big Mike Yates fan. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike the man or anything. It’s just that I’ve seen every episode of Doctor Who from An Unearthly Child through Planet of the Dead – except for the majority of Seasons Nine through Eleven. The upshot of
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Doctor Who: The Prisoner’s Dilemma review

This most recent season of The Companion Chronicles has been branching out by including adventures about companions who feature regularly in the main line of Big Finish audio dramas. The Prisoner’s Dilemma by Simon Guerrier is only the second to do so, starring Sophie Aldred as Ace. However, it’s also
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