The Plot: On nineteenth Century Earth artist Edvard Munch hears an infinite scream pass through nature. Centuries later his painting of that Scream hangs in a gallery on the barren dust world Duchamp 331. Why is there a colony of … Continue reading
The Plot: aquaphobia n. An abnormal fear of water, or drowning. blattodephobia n. The morbid fear of cockroaches. catoptrophobia n. Fear of mirrors, or seeing one’s own reflection. There’s a whole ABC of horrors at Bluefire House – as four … Continue reading
The Plot: “When the river is gone, ships shall sail in the sky, monsters bring fire from the heavens. All will fall into a grey and endless sea, and Doomsday has come.” Florence, the sixteenth century. No one thought to … Continue reading
The Plot: Welcome aboard the space vessel Vancouver. Its mission: to guard a vast shipment of grain from Earth to the planet Safenesthome. Its Captain is called Ace. She seems a little unsure of herself. In fact, some might almost think … Continue reading
The Plot: Nothing has ever been officially confirmed, but there is a rumour that on a Sandminer, bound for Kaldor City, the robots somehow turned homicidal and nearly wiped out the entire crew. Can that really be true? The robot transport … Continue reading
The Plot: Margrave University in 2001, and Raine Creevy is enjoying her first trip into the future. For the Doctor, there are mysteries to solve: what are the alien creatures imprisoned in the science labs? And what are the true motives … Continue reading
Plot: The year is 1989. In London, safe cracker Raine Creevy breaks into a house – and finds more than the family jewels. In the Middle East, the kingdom of Sayf Udeen is being terrorised by Soviet invaders and alien monsters. And on the Scottish border, a highly guarded facility contains an advanced alien weapon. These are all part of the Doctor’s masterplan. But masterplans can go awry…
“I haven’t changed at all. That’s why he doesn’t recognise me.”
This is the second in the Lost Stories range from Big Finish featuring adventures initially dreamed up by Andrew Cartmel and his writers for what would have been the 1990 series of Doctor Who featuring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor. Sophie Aldred as his companion Ace was due to leave during this year and her role was, it was thought, to be taken by a safecracker, given the name ‘Raine’ on audio. Continue reading
The Plot: Moscow 1967. The Doctor and Ace have arrived behind the Iron Curtain, and the Soviet Union is seeking a new weapon that will give it mastery in the Cold War. What is the secret of the Martian relics? As the legendary War Lord Sezhyr returns to life, the Doctor is faced with some of his oldest and deadliest enemies. The fate of Earth – and the future of Ace – are now intertwined …
Blimey Ace, you were only meant to blow the bloomin door off!
When Big Finish first started producing its series of ongoing Doctor Who audios, the one thing head honcho Gary Russell said they would not be doing was to produce unmade scripts from the original TV series – which of course was very sensible as the company was having to work very hard to establish its own identity and trying to reach well beyond the core of Who fandom. But after 10 years the company can now take a more flexible approach and can afford to produce both riskier (like the ‘Unbound‘ range) and more traditional fare that will probably appeal to a smaller constituency. Continue reading
Following on from my list of favourite Seventh Doctor Who audios, the fiendish Puzzledoctor pointed out that I had not included A Death in The Family, one of the most recent of Big Finish audios featuring Sylvester McCoy as the Time Lord. The main reason for that was that I had not in fact heard it yet – the avalanche of good reviews had suggested that this was such a worthy release that I should in fact save it for a very rainy day. But in fact the sun is out, life is good and to celebrate I decided to treat myself to a fine bit of drama … Were all the other bloggers and reviewers right – is this one of the finest Big Finish audio productions? Well, yes, and no … Continue reading
Big Finish and other publishers and production companies like it, specialising as they do to a certain extent in continuing traditions established on television years ago, can be seen as trading on fan nostalgia, on remembrances of things past. When they began their range of Doctor Who audios in 1999, their objective was partly to plug a perceived gap in the market – the show had by then been off the air for quite some time and it seemed apparent that Paul McGann’s Eighth incarnation, the current incumbent, was unlikely to return as a regular TV character anytime soon. The McGann audios were therefore seen as directly continuing the series, as if it were moving forwards with the show in ‘the present’ while the releases featuring the earlier actors to play the role were aimed inevitably at recreating on audio a television era that had already come and gone. Thus their adventures would seemingly be stylistically mired in the past while McGann’s would be able to move more easily with the times. Once the show came back to TV in 2005 however this would also stop being the case with Christopher Ecclestone taking over the mantle. But Big Finish thankfully proved to be able to provide more than simple exercises in nostalgia and have consistently delivered content that, to these ears, is considerably superior to its television counterpart without betraying its roots but instead developing and building on the promise of the show and without just being hidebound by its past.
Having said that, Sylvester McCoy was very much my Doctor Continue reading