Review: Phillip Hinchcliffe Presents – The God Of Phantoms

Review by Jacob Licklider


Philip Hinchcliffe Presents is a Big Finish range that is tangentially related to The Lost Stories in that it is a range from the mind of a previous writer doing stories that fit in line with that era of the television show, but not actual ideas which were ever proposed. Philip Hinchcliffe, enjoying the work done adapting his lost story The Valley of Death, began to work with Marc Platt to produce his ideas, alternating a six and four part story. Four stories were released across three releases between 2014 and 2017, so imagine the surprise when a fourth release was announced for August 2021. As described in the behind the scenes interviews, The God of Phantoms is a story that just came to Hinchcliffe and has been in development at Big Finish for a while as Platt worked and reworked the outline into a usable form. Recording actually happened in February of this year, not too long before it was officially announced, and like any Philip Hinchcliffe Presents release is one focused squarely on mixing gothic horror and science fiction. While the range itself has been incredibly varied with stories like The Ghosts of Gralstead and The Devil’s Armada being classic horror and The Genesis Chamber being more straight science fiction, The God of Phantoms actually most feels like a story produced by Hinchcliffe’s successor Graham Williams in The Stones of Blood.

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Review: Dalek Universe – The Dalek Protocol

Review by Jacob Licklider


Hype is an interesting phenomenon. When Big Finish Productions announced Dalek Universe, of course there was going to be hype: it’s three whole box sets starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, the return of Anya Kingdom, and a two-hour Fourth Doctor prologue with Leela and K9 to boot. This is the type of release that is designed to build hype, yet now that it is April and the first release is out, The Dalek Protocol starring Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, and John Leeson, and some of the trouble with extreme hype is that is can actually put off listeners. For The Dalek Protocol it is imperative that before you purchase or listen, you understand that it was never actually intended to be part of a bigger series. Recorded in 2018, the behind the scenes on the release are enlightening as Nicholas Briggs was simply commissioned to do what he loves and tribute Death to the Daleks while bringing back Anya Kingdom. This means that the ending of the story feels final, the Doctor and Anya don’t get to reunite which is important as the Doctor hasn’t even met her yet, and that there really aren’t apparent threads which will be carrying over to Dalek Universe proper. As a part of the series, it seems the most disconnected which is fine as it was never written to be a part of a greater whole, so listeners should be wary of those expectations before going in as you will not enjoy it nearly as much when that is in play.

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Review: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 10 (Vol 2)

Review by Michael Goleniewski

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Review: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 10 (Vol 1)

Review by Michael Goleniewski

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Review: Doctor Who – Wicked Sisters

Review by Michael Goleniewski


The Doctor is recruited by Leela for a vital mission on behalf of the Time Lords. Together, they must track down and destroy two god-like beings whose extraordinary powers now threaten all of space and time. Their names are Abby and Zara…

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Review: Gallifrey – Time War (Vol 3)

Review by Michael Goleniewski


“Romana and Narvin are exiles, driven from Gallifrey by Rassilon’s regime and cut adrift amid the horrors of the Time War. Their one remaining hope is that they can find their friend: Leela was also lost in the maelstrom of battle, but she is fighting to survive…”

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Review: Jago & Litefoot Forever

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


I have both been eagerly anticipating this release and also wanting the day never to come that I would know I’d be listening to the last new audio release from Messers Jago (Christopher Benjamin) & Litefoot (Trevor Baxter). Continue reading

Review: Fourth Doctor Adventures – Season 7 (Vol. 2)

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


The 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) & Leela (Louise Jameson) are back to polish off the 7th Big Finish Doctor Who series, with our favourite long scarf wearer. Continue reading

Review: Gallifrey – Time War

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


Big Finish, already being all over the Time War, now brings the Gallifrey gang into the fray. Continue reading

Review: Doctor Who – Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 7 (Vol. 1)

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


The Forth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Leela (Louise Jameson) return once again to the Big Finish world for another original set of stories.

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