River Song 5.2 Animal Instinct review

River Song’s fifth boxset continues with the second story, Roy Gill’s  Animal Instinct. This time River must deal with the Geoffrey Beevers incarnation of the Master, the earliest version encountered in this set. It’s implied this may well be the first incarnation to meet River, but as we all know, memories can be deceptive, so who…

River Song 5.1 The Bekdel Test review

With boxset number five, Alex Kingston’s River Song takes a rest from wandering back through the Doctor’s timeline in four new stories where she meets some of the incarnations of the Master. The first encounter (and they aren’t in Master timeline order – why would the be!) is the Jonathan Morris story The Bekdel Test. River…

The Thief Who Stole Time review

So, it’s the end of another run of Fourth Doctor Adventures and we have the listening pleasure of Marc Platt’s The Thief Who Stole Time, the second part of the story he began in The Skin of the Sleek, If you’ve heard the previous instalment, you’ve more than likely a subscription to all nine episodes of this sixth…

The Skin of the Sleek review

As the latest run of Fourth Doctor Adventures comes towards its conclusion, Marc Platt brings us part one of the finale in the form of Skin of the Sleek. It gives us a strange new world, and an academy friend of Romana’s — Sartia (Joannah Tincey) and the sleeks, the giant eels of the title. It’s a…

Philip Hinchcliffe The Genesis Chamber review

With a full title of Philip Hinchcliffe Presents Volume 02: The Genesis Chamber, this is another three-disc outing for the Fourth Doctor and Leela. Adapted by Marc Platt, it’s a mix of drama, romance and the odd moment of horror. If you haven’t heard it, I recommend it. Why? Let’s find out…

UNIT Shutdown reviewed

The second boxset in the new UNIT range, UNIT — Shutdown, is a high-octane set of stories covering several locations while packing conspiracies, aliens and technological mysteries into a gripping whole. Kate Stewart and Osgood are centre-stage as the team investigates the latest threat to humanity. This time UNIT has to counter both alien and local challenges as…

The Churchill Years Volume 1 reviewed

An interesting beast, this collection of stories returns Ian McNeice to the role of Winston Churchill and covers all the newly licensed incarnations of the Doctor (ie ninth – eleventh). It has no TV companions, instead relying on a range of other characters to act as ersatz companions. For me this was an interesting set…

UNIT-Extinction reviewed

So, here it is, the first post-2005 release for Big Finish in the modern world of Doctor Who. Written by Matt Fitton and Andrew Smith, UNIT-Extinction brings Kate Stewart and Petronella Osgood face to face with the Autons. This time there’s no Doctor to save the day, but don’t worry, UNIT has some resources of its own.…

Doom Coalition 1 review

Another new starting point for the Eighth Doctor, and not a Dalek in sight! This is the time of the Doom Coalition Volume 1, a series of four boxsets, each of four discs, giving a total of 16 stories. There’s a new companion, Helen Sinclair, a continuing companion, Liv Chenka, and a new villain— the Eleven. Add…

Damaged Goods reviewed

I’ve already done a brief review of Damaged Goods for CultBox; this is a more in-depth look at this milestone Seventh Doctor story by Russell T Davies, as adapted by Jonathan Morris. As many of you will know, Damaged Goods (1996) was a Virgin Publishing New Adventures story and one of RTD’s few published full-length pieces of fiction.