This week’s #lockdownload is Dark Eyes: The Great War

Dark Eyes

Yes, it’s the turn of Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor to join the list of great #lockdownload titles from Big Finish. Each way a download is available to users of the Big Finish app, with an accompanying sale. Details below..

Dark Eyes: The Great War

First a reminder, I took several looks at Dark Eyes when it came out, including a post Nick Briggs mentioned in the podcast: Dark Eyes on the Moon.

It’s an important story, for nothing else in marking the cusp between the Byronesque Doctor and the more Indiana Jones look of Night of the Doctor.

Here’s the Big Finish press release:

For the past six weeks, Big Finish has been releasing free full-cast audio adventures from its back catalogue. This week it’s the turn of the Eighth Doctor in Dark Eyes: The Great War.  

Since the beginning of the lockdown imposed by the coronavirus crisis, Big Finish has been releasing FREE downloads of full-cast audio dramas – or #lockdownloads – for a limited time.  

Every Monday, a new story (or episode from a box set collection) can be downloaded exclusively from the Big Finish web site’s Weekly Deals page at  

These stories can be unlocked by anyone who has registered for a Big Finish account (which is free to create) and played on the Big Finish listening app (which is free to install).  

Each story will be available for one week only, and comes accompanied by a special discount offer on related titles.  

This week’s free title is:  

Doctor Who – Dark Eyes: The Great War, written by Nicholas Briggs 

Paul McGann fans can download this story FREE from now until 23:59 (UK time) 24 May 2020 at the Big Finish website.  Also starring Peter Egan (After Life, Downton Abbey) as Time Lord Straxus and Toby Jones (Detectorists, The Hunger Games) as the mysterious Kotris, the adventure introduces Ruth Bradley (Primeval, Humans) as the Eighth Doctor’s companion, Molly O’Sullivan. 

Voluntary Aid Detachment nursing assistant Molly O’Sullivan spends her days facing the horrors of the Great War. Little does she know that a man from another world has arrived, looking for her. 

But what are the strange sounds coming from the battlefield at night? Where is the glowing gas coming from? And is everyone who they claim to be? 

For a limited time, Big Finish listeners can get the complete volume one of the Doctor Who: Dark Eyes audio adventures for just £14.99 (that’s better than half price) at the Weekly Deals page. Plus, there is 50% off Dark Eyes volumes 2-4.  

Optionally, the bundle price of the complete Doctor Who: Dark Eyes series will be available at its lowest ever download price of just £50 when all four volumes are bought together: All these download discounts will expire at 23:59 (UK time) 24 May 2020.  

Further free stories will be released over the next three weeks.  

Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, but all purchases of CD releases unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date. 

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