Review: Doctor Who – The 11th Doctor Chronicles (Volume 2)

Review by Jacob Licklider


The ‘Doctor Chronicles’ is one of those ranges that exists out of necessity, despite what certain corners of social media would have you believe. With the acquisition of the Doctor Who license up to Twice Upon a Time, but only David Tennant officially coming back to the role of the Doctor (and even then not as much as Big Finish would like due to his busy schedule), the types of stories with New Series characters that could be told became limited. Essentially there had to be spin-offs such as Torchwood and The Paternoster Gang, or Short Trips like The Jago and Litefoot Revival. But with The Companion Chronicles being one of Big Finish’s more highly acclaimed ranges, adapting the format to the Ninth through Twelfth Doctors with one narrator and one guest, beginning release in 2017. After one release for each Doctor, the BBC intervened and suggested that the series move away from the initial format and into a full-cast audio format, making this range the only full-cast adventures for the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors (as Eccleston has returned to the role and Tennant has increased his output). This change begins with The Eleventh Doctor Chronicles: Volume Two which stars Jacob Dudman in the role as the Doctor. While Big Finish use Dudman for the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors it is actually his Eleventh where his performance excels. Throughout this set he captures the voice of Matt Smith’s portrayal, while adding a depth that many of Smith’s episodes seemed to lack, an emotional core rarely seen during that period of the Moffat era. Each of these stories are set in between The Angels Take Manhattan and The Snowmen, and there is this something that Dudman can coax out of the character, it was seen here and in his cameo in Thin Time/Madquake last year. It is also perhaps important to note that this review is coming from the perspective of someone who is not the biggest fan of the Eleventh Doctor.

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Upcoming Doctor Who Target book range includes Thirteenth Doctor adventure

Seven Doctors in seven unforgettable adventures join the Doctor Who Target book range, all publishing on 11th March 2021, each with newly commissioned cover artwork by Anthony Dry.

These latest novelisations, almost all written by the original writers of the TV episodes, will help Target fans finally complete their classic-era collection, and take the Target range into its next incarnation.


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The Eleventh Doctor’s final series to be released as Blu-ray steelbook

Meet the Impossible girl and say goodbye to the Ponds! The Blu-ray steelbook of Doctor Who series 7 will be released Monday 14th December, featuring new and exclusive artwork.

Series 7 is the final full series of adventures with Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. This series also said farewell to Amy Pond and Rory Williams, played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, and introduced Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman.


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Eleventh Doctor’s second series being released on new steelbook Blu-ray

Good news for fans on Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor! Series Six will be released on a special edition Blu-Ray Steelbook on Monday 10th August 2020, featuring new and exclusive artwork.

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Arthur Darvill returns to the Doctor Who universe

Friend of the Eleventh Doctor, husband of Amy Pond, and guardian of the Pandorica, Arthur Darvill returns as Rory in his own full-cast audio series from Big Finish Productions.


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The Eleventh Doctor’s first series has been released as Blu-ray steelbook

Prepare to shout Geronimo! The Blu-ray steelbook of Series Five has been released today (Monday 10th February 2020), featuring new and exclusive artwork.

Series Five welcomed the arrival of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillan as his new friend, Amy Pond. Continue reading

Review: Doctor Who – The 11th Doctor Chronicles

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


After the success of the Tenth Doctor Chronicles, Jacob Dudman is back as the Doctor. Just this time as the Eleventh. Continue reading

Review: The Jago & Litefoot Revival (Act 2)

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands podcast)


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In my review of Act 1 I detail why you should listen to this story without spoilers (every point there relates to both parts). To talk about act 2, I’m going to have to talk a few details. So if you haven’t listened yet, listen to both parts before reading on and yes you do want to listen to both parts, trust me! Continue reading

Big Finish Review – Doctor Who: The Churchill Years Vol. 1

Written by Doctor Squee (Host of the Gallifrey Stands Podcast)

Big Finish continue to expand their range and it’s another box set to take place in the ‘new Who’ era.
This set see’s Winston Churchill, played by the ever entertaining Ian McNeice, meeting up with 3 of the Doctor’s incarnations throughout his life time over 4 adventures.

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River Song to appear in Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Exciting news for Whovians from the BBC today!

They have announced that the popular established time-line travelling character of Professor River Song (played by Alex Kingston) will be returning to the series for an appearance in the Series 9 Christmas Special.

image002River Song made her first Doctor Who appearance in 2008 in ‘Silence in the Library’ and ‘Forest of the Dead’ and has appeared in 15 episodes to date.

“To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September?, why not!” Alex Kingston

Series 9 is due to start 19th September with the Christmas special set to air 25th December. Continue reading