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Sixth Time’s a Charm

I watched Doctor Who on TV religiously as a child. As a consequence this means that I’m more familiar with Colin Baker than Tom Baker, but it hasn’t stopped me from venturing backwards and forwards along The Doctor’s timeline over the years. It was a shame that Colin wasn’t willing/able to film his regeneration scene at the time, so I’m glad to hear that Big Finish will be producing an audio adventure in order to fill in the gaps leading up to Sylvester McCoy grasping the reins.

I don’t mind that it’s taken so long for this retrospective bit of story telling to be told. After all, I waited patiently to see Paul McGann become John Hurt so long gaps between points of continuity aren’t exactly new to the world of this time travelling face changer.

The Big Finish stories provide very high quality fan service, creating long story arcs and a focus on minutia that a 45 minute, prime time TV show isn’t really geared up for. Nowadays the personality of the grumpy Peter Capaldi isn’t all that different from the brash, arrogant Sixth Doctor but hopefully the show will keep it’s mainstream appeal. However, when I want to geek-out for a few hours, I can always pop my headphones on.

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Posted by on February 5, 2015 in Sci Fi, TV


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Light In The Darkness

I’ve just finished listening to the Big Finish ‘boxed set’ adventure starring the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann. The previous series saw his assistant Lucie Miller (Sheridan Smith) bow out in dramatic fashion and left our time travelling hero raging at the unjust universe he lives in. Dark Eyes is a four disc set with a fifth disc of interviews covering the making of the series. The production values of Big Finish stories are usually great and this is no different, with a particularly strong soundtrack.

The Doctor takes on a new outfit and haircut, which is a key element of the TV show, him being the character who keeps changing his appearance. For an audio drama, this is less of a factor – but it does mean we get some new photos of McGann for the cover artwork. He also picks up a new assistant from the trenches of the First World War.

The four episode format reminds me of the classic Who series, where almost all the stories were spread over separate parts. This makes the adventure feel properly epic as the adventure never stops over the three and a bit hours it lasts. The climax has some surprise revelations to tie up the few loose threads that unravel across the discs. I like this story a lot and the ‘boxed set’ format suits it well. It gives it a strong sense of continuity between the episodes, which for a transdimensional time travelling series, that has to be a good thing.

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Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Books, Sci Fi, TV


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The Eighth Doctor

Next month sees the return of the eighth incarnation of Doctor Who, as played by Paul McGann. Whilst his screen time has been the shortest, thanks to the excellent series of radio plays he has featured in, he is the longest running of all the Doctors. I really enjoyed the movie length episode from the late 90s that saw McCoy regenerate into McGann. This Doctor was a mixture of his first and fifth selves and took on his long time foe The Master. Since then I have been an avid follower of his particular timeline.

When he returns in the four part Big Finish produced story, Dark Eyes, he has just lost a companion whilst fighting The Daleks. He is sporting a new outfit too that’s a cross between the look of his ninth and sixth personas, though much darker (as the title might suggest).

The most evil pepper pots in the galaxy may also be making a return too, so it might be an opportunity for our face-changing Timelord to get some payback. The final scene of The Eighth Doctor’s previous (chronologically speaking) adventure implied that there was very little he wouldn’t do to try and set right the wrongs of the universe. “To the edge and maybe beyond,” were his last words. “One day I shall go back, yes… one day.”

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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Monsters, TV


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