Spearhead from Space review

The Third Doctor kick-started the 1970s with Spearhead from Space and the BBC archive page linked is well worth a proper read and gives a decent view of just how many firsts this story represents. I don’t think it’s perfect, but it has a lot going for it despite certain scenes aiming too closely to…

An introduction to Liz Shaw

If the Third Doctor is a bit of a mystery, or your impression is lots of UNIT stories, the Master and not much else, you need to look closer. You need to start at the start of Jon Pertwee’s time and his first companion, Dr Liz Shaw, played by Caroline John for one solitary season.

Third Doctor news: Brig and Liz Shaw recast

Big Finish has announced details of the fifth volume of Third Doctor Adventures with not one but two re-castings! Alongside Katy Manning, John Levene and Tim Treloar, Jon Culshaw will be playing the Brigadier and Daisy Ashbrook, daughter of Caroline John, will be playing Liz Shaw! The news item is: BRIGADIER, BENTON AND LIZ RETURN.

Companion Chronicles Series 1

As part of the 12 Days of  BigFinishmas 2017, came the announcement of the availability of the first series of the Companion Chronicles on download! While it’s fair to say the series had yet to find its feet, do consider getting hold of the Nigel Fairs story The Blue Tooth. It’s a chance to hear Caroline John reprise…

The Christmas Dimension review on Cultbox

December 2016 brought us a vast array of Doctor Who goodness, and main range subscribers also got their free Subscriber Short Trips story, The Christmas Dimension. This is a Rob Nisbet story for the Third Doctor, read by Stephen Critchlow and also featuring Liz Shaw. It’s a fun seasonal offering, reviewed over on Cultbox as part of the mega-review: Big Finish’s…

Short Trip: The Blame Game review

Even in the single-narrator Short Trips range, telling a story of Liz Shaw’s time with the Third Doctor is a challenge. Range producer Ian Atkins cracks this in one of his own stories, The Blame Game. The device is cunning — add a third character, but make them someone unexpected yet plausible. Enter Rufus Hound as the Monk!

Subscriber Short Trips 2014 reviewed

More attention for the Subscriber Short Trips releases as I take a listen to the four stories provided to main range subscribers in 2014. Covering four different incarnations of the Doctor, the first three are read by Hugh Ross, the fourth by Stephen Critchlow. Running times are from around twenty minutes and up. This is…