Review: The War Doctor Begins – Forged in Fire

Review by Jacob Licklider


The War Doctor range was one of the Big Finish ranges sadly cut off due to the passing of Sir John Hurt.  A fifth box set was actually planned and some of those scripts have been used in other ranges such as The War Master, at least in similar premises.  Now that time has passed, the character has been recast with Jonathon Carley, most well known for several fan Doctor Who productions, and instead of continuing John Hurt’s legacy as the character which may have been insensitive if done incorrectly, goes back to the beginning of the character to explore what the War Doctor actually kind of means.  The War Doctor Begins was announced as four box sets, starting release in June 2021 all looking to lead to essentially where their War Doctor releases began.  Forged in Fire sports a beautifully painted cover by Claudia Gironi featuring Daleks and Thals and a younger John Hurt.  It also is a set which sets up something interesting for the character, taking a step away from what Steven Moffat implied with the character, that he was the version of the Doctor who went against everything that the Doctor stood for, that his purpose was to be a warrior.  There is something to be said to the recast; Carley joins Jon Culshaw’s Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sadie Miller’s Sarah Jane, and Elliot Chapman’s Ben Jackson (among others) in Big Finish’s roster of perfect recasts.  Carley worked closely with director Louise Jameson to ensure that his impression was more than just an impression, but really embodying the younger version of the character.  He makes it his own and Jameson’s direction is also a welcome change as her touch makes the entire set have a different atmosphere to Big Finish’s usual output. Continue reading

Big Finish explore the origins of John Hurt’s doctor in ‘Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins’

Big Finish, in association with BBC Studios, today announces the forthcoming full-cast audio drama series, Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins. Newcomer Jonathon Carley is set to star as a younger version of the War Doctor. in four brand-new box sets of adventures for the Doctor’s disavowed alter ego, due for release starting from June 2021.

“The name I chose is the Doctor. The name you choose, it’s like a promise you make. He’s the one who broke the promise. He is my secret.”

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Book Review: Regenerations (from Chinbeard Books)

Review by Ian McArdell


With meddling in his timestream, well known events from the Doctor’s past are reshaped in familiar, yet different directions. That’s the premise of ‘Regenerations’, the latest charity anthology from ChinBeard Books.

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Review- Memory: The Origins of Alien Documentary

Memory: The Origins of Alien unearths the largely untold origin story behind Ridley Scott‘s cinematic masterpiece, and reveals never-before-seen materials from the archives of Alien creators Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger.


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50 Years Legal (2017): DVD Review

Directed and written by Simon Napier-Bell, created to coincide with the 50 anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, this is an engaging but informative journey through LGBT history in UK since 1967 and how changes in politics and social attitudes, for better or worse, have evolved over the subsequent decades.

Originally aired on SKY TV last year this insightful documentary is being released on DVD & VOD on 19th May 2018 by Pecadillo Pictures.

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Review: Doctor Who Experience 2017 – Final Season!


The Doctor Who Experience (located in Cardiff Bay, South Wales) is one of the largest and most ambitious Doctor Who exhibitions ever staged. Featuring props and costumes from throughout the shows history encompassing both the classic and modern era of Who; including screen used items from the BBC’s archives as well as exhibits from private collections and many reproduced and refurbished items. Continue reading

Review – The First Men in the Moon

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands podcast)


Coming off the success of their wonderful production of The Invisible Man’ featuring one of the last performances from one of the great actors of our time Sir John Hurt, Big Finish had a lot to live up to in the second release from their H.G Wells adaptions range. Continue reading

Review: The War Doctor. Vol 4 – Casualties of War

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


It was so bitter sweet listening to this one. Knowing with each world we were hearing the last performance of the War Doctor and what I think is the last of John Hurt at Big Finish.

dwtwd04_casualtiesofwar_1688x1500“The Daleks are coming and when they get here, they will dive on this city. They will fill the air with death & screams, with white hot weapons, fire that burns so brightly it incinerates the tears off you cheeks. Minutes, that’s all it’ll take. Minutes to see everything you ever loved turn to blacked meat and cracked bones.” Continue reading

Review: The Invisible Man

In Memory of Sir John Hurt

1940 – 2017


Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)

Well of course Big Finish are doing H.G Wells. As some of the best story tellers of the day, why wouldn’t they produce the works of one of the greatest imaginations of all time?! Continue reading

Review: Doctor Who Experience 2016

Written by Lewis Mainwaring & Ben Gummery


The Doctor Who Experience (located in Cardiff Bay, South Wales) is one of the largest and most ambitious Doctor Who exhibitions ever staged. Featuring props and costumes from throughout the shows history encompassing both the classic and modern era of Who.

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