The Haunting of Villa Diodati review on the DWC

I was guest reviewer for The Doctor Who Companion this week and had plenty to say about The Haunting of Villa Diodati. Warning: my review is very positive: REVIEWED: DOCTOR WHO – THE HAUNTING OF VILLA DIODATI. *** Message Ends ***

The Haunting of the Villa Diodati Gallery

The BBC has already updated the gallery for The Haunting of the Villa Diodati. They normally wait until a day or so after transmission, so this is nice to have. I wonder what they aren’t showing?! ((( Message Ends )))

Thoughts ahead of the Haunting of the Villa Diodati

Series 12 takes the Thirteenth Doctor and companions back in time to the Villa Diodati and a meeting with Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley. As a Big Finish fan, my main concern is how it fits (or not) with the superb Jonathan Morris Mary’s Story.

The Eighth Doctor’s Mary Shelley Muddle

It’s been reported in several places we will see Cybermen against Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor in series 12. It’s also been reported (and all traces back to an unsubstantiated article in a UK tabloid) Mary Shelley will feature and this will inspire the writing of Frankenstein. All very good, but this makes a bit of…

Listening to the Eighth Doctor: Where to begin

Over on The Doctor Who Companion they’re having an Eighth Doctor week, and as part of that I was asked to contribute a guide for new listeners on audio, suggesting which Big Finish Paul McGann titles they might start with.

7 Recommendations for the Big Finish Main Range 101 – 150

So, the back-catalogue sales of the Big Finish Main Range continue with a reduction on releases 101 – 150. The news item (DOCTOR WHO MAIN RANGE OFFERS) has some very good recommendations, and I do agree with Liv Chenka’s Seventh Doctor debit Robophobia, the Sixth Doctor and Jamie trilogy starting at City of Spires, the Klein trilogy (for Klein’s Story and Architects of…

Listen to The Company of Friends

Every month, Big Finish reduces a title substantially, and this month it’s the superb 2009 main range title Company of Friends. Reduced to £2.99 (UK price) it’s a bargain and highly recommended. It consists of four Eighth Doctor stories, each with a different companion. Each is interesting, and (in my humble &c &c) one is a must have purchase,…

Mary’s Story free until 26 Feb 2017

Thanks to The Doctor Who Companion there’s a code for a free download of the excellent Mary’s Story. It’s an Eighth Doctor  and Mary Shelley story written by Jonathan Morris. The details are here: EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Get Mary’s Story from Big Finish Completely Free. *** Message Ends ***

Big Finish 15 – 2009

As I guessed yesterday (Big Finish 15 – 2008) gives us the Key2Time trilogy and a chance to get Simon Guerrier’s Graceless. All of these feature the Tracer Twins and the main range trilogy also has the Fifth Doctor.

Cyberman sale: May 10 – 12 2013

So another sale is the ‘something for the weekend?‘ from Big Finish to coincide with Nightmare in Silver. Plenty of good titles here amongst the 20 releases covering Main Range, Companion Chronicles, Eighth Doctor Adventures and others. The range of titles is such that it gives a chance to dip into something new or, if you are…

The Great Big Finish Train Mystery

What have The Nowhere Place, Grand Theft Cosmos, The Emerald Tiger and Project Nirvana got in common? Well, apart from all being great stories featuring different Doctors, they all heavily feature trains! Having noticed that I wondered briefly if that matters – is a train just a spaceship running on metal rails, or is it more than that?…

Turks, Witches and the Dead

So, the Eighth Doctor hits the main range with a new companion (Mary Shelley discussed here and played by Julie Cox pictured from the Big Finish website) and a new theme tune (somewhat controversial on the forums but I like it) and three adventures which I discuss below. In terms of continuity these occur early in…