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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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

Seventh Doctor’s Adventures to get Blu-ray Release

Doctor Who: The Collection’ returns with Season 26, featuring Sylvester McCoy as the iconic Time Lord.

 


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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

Review: Doctor Who – The Moons of Vulpana

Review by Jacob Licklider


Before getting her chance to write for the Main Range of Big Finish Productions, Emma Reeves wrote several hour-long plays in the Torchwood and New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Ranges. The Moons of Vulpana is her first audio play to be over an hour in length and perhaps an interesting quirk of that fact is that The Moons of Vulpana does not play out like a traditional four-episode serial. Instead the story almost feels like three smaller stories interweaved to create a story arc spread across one story. This is by no means a slight on Emma Reeves’ ability to write a story, as she breaks up potential monotony of Big Finish’s usual four-episode serial format.

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