The Fifth Traveller reviewed

The latest series of Early Adventures continues with another outing for Jemma Powell as Barbara Wright. Philip Lawrence brings us The Fifth Traveller and we welcome Jospa (James Joyce) to the TARDIS. Just what is going on and what adventures will befall the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara, Vicki and Jospa? Let’s find out…

Early Adventures: Age of Endurance review

I reviewed the Early Adventures: The Age of Endurance on Cultbox as part of the September round-up with Ian McArdell. I liked it but as the story introducing Jemma Powell as a recast Barbara alongside Ian, Susan and the First Doctor it was light for me in terms of things for her to do. I am hopeful…

Isos Network reviewed on Cultbox

I reviewed the Nick Briggs Second Doctor story The Isos Network  as part of the monthly round-up I produce with Ian McArdell. I had some reservations about the prose style, but that aside this is a great story and both Jamie and Zoe are spot-on. The review is here: ‘Doctor Who’ audio play reviews round-up: Out in January…

Notes from Big Finish Day 8 #bfd8

Another fascinating day in Slough among Big Finish fans at Big Finish Day 8, writers, actors, musicians and everyone in between. A densely packed stream of talks in the main room, lots of things to buy (focussed on recent boxsets) and plenty of people to catch up with. I made notes of various talks and…

2015: Top 10 Who releases on CultBox

I gave some thought to Ian McArdell as part of his Top 10 Big Finish Doctor Who releases of 2015. The list is over on Cultbox: Top 10 ‘Doctor Who’ audio releases from Big Finish in 2015. Do have a look and let me know if you agree or disagree! <-+ Message Ends +->

The Black Hole reviewed on CultBox

I reviewed Simon Guerrier’s excellent Second Doctor story, The Black Hole on CultBox. It is part of the October round-up of Doctor Who releases I help Ian McArdell produce. The reviews are: ‘Doctor Who’ audio play reviews round-up: Out in November 2015 from Big Finish. [[- Message Ends -]]

The Forsaken reviewed on CultBox

I reviewed the Early Adventure: The Forsaken as part of the CultBox monthly Doctor Who round-up with Ian McArdell. A great Justin Richards Second Doctor story, this has Frazer Hines (Jamie), Anneke Wills (Polly) and Elliot Chapman (Ban Jackson). The review is: ‘Doctor Who’ audio play reviews round-up: Out in October 2015 from Big Finish. (** Message Ends **)

Elliot Chapman: Playing Ben Jackson Part II

In Playing Ben Jackson Part I, Elliot Chapman (shown dressed as Sixie at Big Finish Day 7) talked in great depth about approaching the role of Ben Jackson and gave a unique actor’s insight into how Michael Craze originally performed with the First Doctor. In this second part Elliot talks about Ben’s time with the Second Doctor, and Jamie….

Elliot Chapman: Playing Ben Jackson – Part I

Actor Elliot Chapman has attracted some attention among Big Finish fans for his casting as Ben Jackson in the Early Adventures range. If you’ve heard The Yes Men, you will know how good a job Elliot made of the role; he was sensitive to Michael Craze’s performance without being a slavish copy.

Yes Men reviewed on Starburst

My review of the Simon Guerrier Early Adventures story The Yes Men, is on Starburst (The Yes Men (Doctor Who)). This has much to recommend it and enjoy, but I focussed on Eliot Chapman in his first appearance as Ben Jackson. Do feel free to give feedback! [=] Message Ends [=]

Simon Guerrier’s handy guide to Ben and Polly

Simon Guerrier has produced a handy blog post about Ben and Polly – Ben and Polly in Doctor Who. It covers everything they did on TV with the First and Second Doctors, and is a useful primer ahead of reading Simon’s The Yes Men. Simon’s new Early Adventures brings us the first outing for Elliot Chapman as Ben Jackson (and…

Big Finish – licence extended to 2020

Great news from Big Finish – their licence for Doctor Who has been extended to 2020! Although expected (due to the recent UNIT Extinction announcement) this is still good news. The full story is here: DOCTOR WHO: LICENCED EXTENDED TO 2020!