Review: Doctor Who Third Doctor Adventures – The Annihilators

Review by Jacob Licklider


 

2022 is a year of change for Big Finish. We are already a month into the year and the switch to box sets has meant that there is a new format for every range, with a majority of the previous box sets decreasing to three CDs instead of four. To bring the Third Doctor into the new box set era, Nicholas Briggs pens and directs ‘The Annihilators’, Big Finish’s first seven-part story and Briggs’ tribute to Season 7. This is how it was initially announced complete with dummy cover, until it was revealed that Michael Troughton, son of Patrick Troughton, would appear as the Second Doctor with Frazer Hines reprising his role as Jamie McCrimmon. This, while understandable as to why it is integrated into the story, does mean that the second half of the story where Briggs admirably pulls off a story style switch which makes it feel like a completely different story instead of just a different direction. Jamie and the Doctor end up on a mission although it’s not quite clear if it’s for the Time Lords, but considering how Doctor Who expanded universe material likes to make it for the Time Lords that’s probably what’s being done here. There wasn’t an intention to cross the timelines, and it is explicit that the Third Doctor has had his memories altered in some way, and the story ends in a way that we are dealing with timelines in flux, but the sheer different nature makes this more akin to The Daleks where the second half could be a completely different story.

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BBC America to stop funding of Doctor Who ‘lost’ stories animations

The Daily Mirror reported today (12th January) that the BBC plans to no longer animate anymore ‘lost’ Doctor Who episodes due to funding issues.

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Koch Media announces new classic Doctor Who ‘behind-the-scenes’ releases

The latest Doctor Who ‘behind-the-scenes’ release from Koch Media has been announced, focusing on the second and third Doctors.

The Doctors The Pat Troughton Years Behind the Scenes Volume - PACKSHOT

These sets offer the definitive interviews with the production team who brought Doctor Who to life and sent you “behind the sofa”!

The Doctors The Jon Pertwee Years Behind the Scenes Volume 2 - PACKSHOT


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Missing Doctor Who adventure to be animated in 2022

Lost Doctor Who adventure The Abominable Snowmen starring Patrick Troughton as the second doctor will be released in 2022 on DVD, Blu-ray and as an exclusive Steelbook next year, filling another gap in missing Doctor Who episodes.

Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen is a six-part story based on audio recordings of the original episodes. Most of the six-part adventure story was lost soon after the programme’s original transmission in 1967 and only the audio recordings of the episodes survived.

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Doctor Who The Web of Fear cover art and special features revealed

The cover art and special features of the partially animated version of The Web of Fear, releasing on DVD, Blu-Ray and Steelbook on 16th August 2021, have been revealed.


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More Doctors announced to cameo in Time Fracture

More Doctors will feature in pre-recorded cameo appearances for the immersive show Time Fracture!

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Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors coming to vinyl

Demon Records presents the narrated TV soundtrack of a partially ‘lost’ six-part adventure The Ice Warriors set in a future Ice Age, starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor.

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Doctor Who: Fury From the Deep release details announced

The cover art and special features of the animated version of the missing Doctor Who adventure Fury From The Deep, releasing on DVD, Blu-Ray and Steelbook on 14th September 2020, have been revealed.

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BBC To Release Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks Special Edition

The animated version of Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks comes back for a new release on DVD and Blu-ray, with updated animation and never before seen additional material!


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Doctor Who The Underwater Menace Comes To Vinyl

Demon Records presents the narrated TV soundtrack of a vintage four-part Doctor Who adventure set in the legendary city of Atlantis, starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor.


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