Review: Doctor Who – Shadow of the Daleks 1

Review by Jacob Licklider


Shadow of the Daleks is an interesting idea for a Doctor Who Big Finish release, at least for the Main Range. Instead of a single release, this is a story arc crossing two releases made up of eight individual episodes from different writers, all with the conceit of the Time War breaking into the life of the Fifth Doctor and a collection of people. This review is of only the first release, as it serves as the October Main Range release, Shadow of the Daleks 1, as the second installment has not been released and the story has not been concluded. As a series of four individual stories that have an overarching narrative, I will be foregoing any sort of format and just talking about what strikes me as this is a very different type of story. Listeners going in should expect that the title Shadow of the Daleks is apt as while the Daleks appear, and Nicholas Briggs is always excellent, they are not the focal point, staying in the literal shadows of each of the four episodes. The implication is that they are fighting the Time War, and possibly dragging earlier Doctors into events in a gambit to win, but as it stands there isn’t much to know of what they are. They are even referred to only as the Enemy in one of the stories which brings back images of the Eighth Doctor Adventures and Virgin New Adventures where the Terry Nation estate did not allow their use in the novels.

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Review: Doctor Who – Harry Houdini’s War

Review by Michael Goleniewski


Harry Houdini’s War concludes the most recent trilogy of Sixth Doctor stories begun with Memories of a Tyrant in July and Emissary of the Daleks in August. When the Doctor crashes one of Houdini’s shows in September 1917 asking for help, the pair are brought together in search of a spy ring who have captured Peri and the TARDIS. But this particular group has somehow gained access to advanced technology as well as tears in the fabric of space-time that will go a long way in helping the Central Powers win the Great War. But most shockingly of all, it appears they’ve gotten some extra help….from the Doctor himself!

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Review: Doctor Who – The 10th Doctor Adventures (Vol 3)

Review by Jacob Licklider


Getting David Tennant to reprise his role as the Tenth Doctor is one of the biggest successes in Big Finish’s recent years and after two successful volumes of adventures, they are back with Volume 3. The main draw to this box set is the return of Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott in the first release of the set and as always bringing Tennant and Catherine Tate together will get fans excited. Continue reading

Review: Doctor Who – The Kamelion Empire

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


Jon Culshaw wraps up his first trilogy as robo-companion Kamelion alongside 5th Doctor (Peter Davison), Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough (Mark Strickson).

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Review: Missy – Series 1

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


The Doctors, now female, nemesis hits Big Finish in her own set for the first time in this form in a coup for the company and a treat for it’s listeners. Continue reading

Review – First Doctor Adventures (Vol 3)

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


David Bradley again takes up the reigns of the First Doctor with the new version of the first Tardis crew with Claudia Grant (Susan), Jemma Powell (Barbara Wright) & Jamie Glover (Ian Chesterton) in two even newer stories. Continue reading

Review: Doctor Who – Devil In The Mist

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


The Doctor (Peter Davison), Tegan (Janet Fielding), Turlough (Mark Strickson) & Kamelion (Jon Culshaw) land on a prison ship that is soon crashing. Surviving the crash they find that the prisoner the ship was transporting can turn himself to mist and may have survived the crash. Things get worse when Kamelion runs into some familiar problems. Continue reading

Review: Doctor Who – Ravenous 2

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


The 8th Doctor (Paul McGann) continues his adventures with Liv (Nicola Walker) and Helen (Hattie Morahan); occasionally battling the Ravenous along with other foes in this second series in this run. Continue reading

Review: The Diary Of River Song – Series 4

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


River Song (Alex Kingston) makes a welcome return to Big Finish in her 4th series (doesn’t feel like it’s been that long!) She meets with a brand new foe, the Discordia, a new mission to stop them and a new Doctor to meet, the 4th (Tom Baker).

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Review: The 8th Doctor – The Time War 2

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


Paul McGann’s 8th Doctor takes us deeper into his stint in proceedings in the earlier days of the Time War and we see more hints at how he becomes the disillusioned man we see in Night of the Doctor. Continue reading