Paul Spragg Memorial Opportunity 2018

On May 8th we reflect on the untimely passing of Paul Spragg, and Big Finish has once again opened the Paul Spragg Memorial Opportunity for aspiring writers. Two changes this year: first no more than two entries per person (I know Ian Atkins has been swamped before now) and also modern Doctor Who (apart from the…

Landbound Extras released

The extras for last years (free) Paul Spragg Memorial Opportunity winner, Landbound are now in accounts. Timely, of course, for anyone thinking of entering this year. My advice? Read the rules, don’t overthink it and look at the two previous winners. *** Message Ends ***

Short Trips: Erasure review

March 201 ended with the release of the Short Trips story Erasure. It’s noteworthy for several reasons. First it’s written and directed by Garry Russell, former Doctor Who producer for Big Finish (1998-2006) and much else besides (actor, writer, DWM editor…). The story is also the first appearance in the range for Narvin, a major player in the Gallifrey range of…

Short Trips: The Turn of the Screw review

The March 2018 Big Finish Doctor Who: Short Trips was The Turn of the Screw by Eddie Robson. It’s read by Yee Jee Tso, reprising UNIT office Charlie Sato. This story brings Charlie into contact with the Eighth Doctor, a nice touch given Yee Jee Tso\s part in Doctor Who: the Movie. Is this story any good? Let’s find out…

Mission Improbable review

It’s a welcome return to the Doctor Who Subscriber Short Trips for Chris Wing (who wrote Bletchington Station). Free with Serpent in the Silver Mask is Mission Improbable, a Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe adventure, read (with his usual style) by Stephen Critchlow.

Short Trips: Mel-evolent review

As you might spot from the title, Mel-evolent is a Mel Short Trips story, and balancing her current tenure in the TARDIS this is a Sixth Doctor story. It’s a lovely piece of prose and Bonnie Langford delivers a great performance (under the watchful ear [!!] of director Helen Goldwyn), writer Simon A Forward delivers a memorable story and the whole…

The Authentic Experience review

As it happens, I was in studio when Dan Starkey’s Short Trips: The Authentic Experience was recorded. My first impressions (and I mean first, this was the opening scene) of this great Sixth Doctor and Peri story were: Wow: I wish I’d thought of that Wow: isn’t Nicola Bryant an amazing voice artist? From memory director Lisa Bowerman and…