Review: Doctor Who – The Flying Dutchman / Displaced

Review by Jacob Licklider


Big Finish Production’s decision to go back to earlier story arcs and TARDIS teams for some of their Main Range releases has often been a stroke of genius; it allows listeners to experience
teams whose stories are over for a burst of nostalgia and partaking in the age old tradition of the missing adventure. September’s Main Range duo-logy is one of these; reuniting Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor with Sophie Aldred’s Ace and Philip Olivier’s Hex for some adventures early in the team’s run of adventures from two writers new to Big Finish. Gemma Arrowsmith and Katharine Armitage provide their first Doctor Who stories with The Flying Dutchman and Displaced.

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Classic Doctor Who Writer Dies

Doctor Who writer Philip ‘Pip’ Baker has sadly passed away.  Pip co-wrote several serials with his wife Jane during the Sixth and Seventh Doctors tenure.

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Review: Doctor Who – Subterfuge

Review by Jacob Licklider


Helen Goldwyn writing a Doctor Who story set in World War II is an excellent pitch for Big Finish Productions to take up.  Goldwyn has extensive acting and directing experience, being a part of Big Finish Productions since the very beginning with her first work being in The Spectre of Lanyon Moor and The Secret of Cassandra.  Most recently she showed an incredible understanding of wartime as one of four writers on Louise Jameson’s Big Finish Original ATA Girl.  Subterfuge takes place at the tail end of World War II and deals with Winston Churchill’s campaign as leader of the Conservative Party and eventual loss to Clement Attlee, the Labour leader of the time who took the position of Prime Minister.  Ian McNeice returns to the role of Winston Churchill and is brought into conflict with Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor and Rufus Hound’s Meddling Monk.  Subterfuge juggles two distinct storyline tied into the campaign: first is the Monk’s attempts to get Churchill reelected and the second is a series of terrorist attacks by a group of aliens and spies that the Doctor has to find a solution to while dealing with the Monk’s meddling.

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Review: Doctor Who – The Psychic Circus

Review by Jacob Licklider


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Review – Doctor Who – Dark Universe

Review by Jacob Licklider


Since 1989’s Survival there has always been a question of what exactly happened to Ace? She obviously didn’t appear in the TV Movie, and the expanded universe has had several explanations for what fate she underwent, ranging from death, to becoming Time’s Vigilante in Paris, and even entering the Academy on Gallifrey. Now in my personal opinion there is a way to reconcile all of these, the Time War does allow for separate fates, and now Big Finish has released Dark Universe. Continue reading

Classic Doctor Who comes to BritBox

Doctor Who fans across the land – get ready to clear your schedules as the biggest Doctor Who Classic collection ever streamed in the UK launches on BritBox from Boxing Day.


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Doctor Who Star Discusses Reprising Her Classic Role

Classic Doctor Who fans was overjoyed back in September when Sophie Aldred reprised her role of companion Ace, 30 years after she was a regular on the BBC sci-fi series.

A specially-shot trailer for Doctor Who: Season 26 – The Collection Blu-ray set saw Aldred play an older Ace – a teenager when she first appeared, now the head of a philanthropic foundation called A Charitable Earth.


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Sophie Aldred returns to the Doctor Who universe in new book

The Thirteenth Doctor meets Ace in a new book by Sophie Aldred.


BBC Books will publish Doctor Who: At Childhood’s End, the first epic novel from Sophie Aldred, who played the Seventh Doctor’s companion Ace. Continue reading

Review: Doctor Who – An Alien Werewolf In London

Review by Michael Goleniewski


‘Alien Werewolf in London’ concludes the Seventh Doctor / Mags trilogy started by ‘Monsters of Gokroth’ and continued in ‘Moons of Vulpana‘ with the pair reunited with Ace in the punk era London of the 1990’s. She’s called the Doctor about a strange estate nearby that has had an odd and rather terrified creature in confinement for a very long time. There is of course a bigger secret surrounding the inhabitants of the mansion itself who all have a nasty little blood-sucking secret hiding behind their perfect exteriors. But the question is: who is the real threat and who is the biggest monster here?

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Review: Doctor Who – The Moons of Vulpana (Another Take)

Review by Matt Charlton


Emma Reeves is fast making a name for herself amongst Big Finish listeners. Her blistering debut Forgotten Lives was a powerfully successful entry into Torchwood’s monthly range, and now she tackles the Seventh Doctor’s era. “The Moons of Vulpana” continues the return of Mags, the werewolf from 1988’s “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy”. Here, the Doctor and Mags are visiting her home planet, Vulpana, in an effort to help find a solution to control Mags’ werewolf urges. Ruled by the Four Great Wolf Packs, this earlier Vulpana is based around an aristocratic society, even down to the hunts for sport. Continue reading