Celestial Toymaker’s Audio Adventures at Big Finish (retrospective)

Written by Cavan Gilbey

So the Celestial Toymaker may very well be returning to the television; rumoured to be portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris, although previously played by Michael Gogh of the Burton Batman fame.

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Review: The Fourth Doctor Adventures – The Nine

Review by Jacob Licklider

The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Nine has a weird title. Originally announced years back as simply The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Series 11: Volume 2 following the naming scheme of Series 7-10, but with the transition of the greater Big Finish output going to box set releases with their own individual subtitles is given the title The Nine because the character of the Nine appears in the first story, The Dreams of Avarice, alone. The other two stories, Shellshock and Peake Season, are completely unrelated adventures for the Fourth Doctor, Peake Season not even meant to be released in this series as it was added later and recorded in 2020 and not in 2017-2018. A more fitting subtitle would have been Solo Volume 2 since this is a set which contains three stories where the Fourth Doctor is travelling alone after The Deadly Assassin and a friend of mine suggested on Twitter that this series was similar to the run of Virgin New Adventures which in the span of four books would pitch a potential companion, with Bernice Summerfield being the companion chosen. For this series it would be Margaret in the winning role but The Dreams of Avarice, Shellshock, and Peake Season have characters who feel as if they are meant to be companion candidates which would have enhanced the set had this been called Solo Volume 2.

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Neil Patrick Harris joins Doctor Who.

Emmy and Tony-winning actor and comedian Neil Patrick Harris joins Doctor Who.

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Review: Doctor Who – Out Of Time (Volume 3)

Review by Jacob Licklider

Out of Time has been an interesting little trilogy of stories, held together by the rather simple premise as the Tenth Doctor meets one of his previous incarnations and they have to fight a big villain. These releases were all recorded in 2020 when lockdown began and released annually with Wink being the final installment featuring the Tenth Doctor, the Sixth Doctor, and the Weeping Angels.

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MCM London Comic Con – May 2022

After a few years away due to Covid19 MCM Comic Con’s spring edition returned to EXCEL London (May 27th-29th 2022). Once again we attended this event as official press thanks to MCM.IMG_1114

As one of the largest and premier pop culture events in the UK it offers attendees a wide range of attractions, opportunities and experiences covering a wide range of interest areas.

Special Guests at this years event included:

  • Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts/The Walking Dead)
  • Robert Sheenan (The Umbrella Academy)
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman (Doctor Who/Friday Night Dinner)
  • Ross Marquand (The Walking Dead)


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Review: The Sixth Doctor Adventures – Water Worlds

Review by Jacob Licklider

Disability in Doctor Who has never been it’s strong suit. Perhaps the most prominent disabled character has been Davros, a genocidal maniac who created the Daleks, aka space Nazis whose purpose is exterminating all other life. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s there was a streak of characters with physical disfigurements as a mark of villainy, though by 1989 there was some small instances of complexity with disabled characters in Battlefield and The Curse of Fenric while the New Series has been mostly neutral in disability representation with some exceptions (Under the Lake/Before the Flood comes to mind for deaf representation). Oddly enough the 1960s were more progressive than much of the 1970s and 1980s with serials like Galaxy Four where the monstrous Rills being the good guys and The Dalek Invasion of Earth including a good scientist in a wheelchair who dies at about the halfway point of that story. So, here we are in 2022, and Big Finish Productions are once again making a push ahead of television series in terms of representation by introducing the first disabled Doctor Who companion in Dr. Hebe Harrison in The Sixth Doctor Adventures: Water Worlds, a marine biologist who uses a wheelchair. Like their push with trans representation in Rebecca Root’s Tania Bell, Hebe is played by disabled actress Ruth Madeley and producer Jacqueline Rayner worked closely with Madeley to ensure all three scripts from this set reflected disability representation well.

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Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney joins Doctor Who cast

Yasmin Finney has joined the cast of Doctor Who playing the character of Rose and is filming scenes that are due to air in 2023 to coincide with the show’s 60th anniversary. Currently captivating audiences with her performance as Elle Argent in Heartstopper, Yasmin is receiving rave reviews across the globe.

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David Tennant and Catherine Tate return to Doctor Who

One of the most loved pairings in Doctor Who’s history have reunited and are filming scenes that are due to air in 2023 to coincide with the show’s 60th anniversary celebrations

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BBC announces the next Doctor Who actor

The BBC has today announced Ncuti Gatwa will be the next actor to take on the iconic role of the ‘The Doctor’ in Doctor Who and will become the 14th Doctor following the departure of Jodie Whittaker. Ncuti is best known for his critically acclaimed performance in Sex Education asEric Effiong, for which he was awarded Best Actor Award at the Scottish BAFTA’s in 2020 as well as numerous nominations including Best Male Performance in a comedy programme at this year’s BAFTA’s.

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Big Finish/Doctor Who actor, writer and rights activist Anthony Townsend passes away aged 50

Big Finish has reported that actor Antoni Fletcher-Goldspink (Also know under their acting name Anthony Townsend) has passed away aged 50. Antoni was sadly diagnosed with terminal cancer on 25 June 2021.

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