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…

Maker of Demons reviewed

Matthew J Elliott brings the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Mel trilogy to an end with Maker of Demons. It offers a less explored angle on the Doctor and a good mix of dark story with lighter, though grim, dialogue. In some ways it’s Doctor Who and The Tempest, but in a good way. Unlike Forbidden Planet there are no…

Jago & Litefoot series 11 review

I’ve already discussed Jago & Litefoot Series 11 over on Starburst, now I’d like to go deeper into the stories. As the cliff-hanger from series 10 revealed the presence of the Geoffrey Beevers Master, and the cast list includes Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, I had concerns this might be more Doctor Who than Jago & Litefoot. How did…

The Peterloo Massacre reviewed

Once in a while, Big Finish releases something potent, something absorbing and something attracting the label of future classic. The current Fifth Doctor trilogy has been good (Waters of Amsterdam and Aquitaine), but The Peterloo Massacre by Paul Magrs is magnificent. It’s a pure historical and gives clear roles for both Nyssa and Tegan, and tells…

The Toy reviewed

Originally meant as a Monthly Short Trips, this Fifth Doctor Nigel Fairs story The Toy was, in fact, given away as the free gift with the third subscription package of Doctor Who: The Complete History. Big Finish has included a ‘this is Big Finish’ advert / documentary as the extras, but in essence this is a standard half-hour story…

Last of the Cybermen reviewed

I had a lot to say about this story over on Kasterborous, but as promised here are some more thoughts on the middle episode of the locum doctors trilogy. Alan Barnes took on the challenge of placing the Sixth Doctor into a Second Doctor Cybermen tale, re-uniting him with Jamie and Zoe. They met before in the Legend of the Cybermen trilogy, though circumstances…

Cultbox review of Short Trips: Time Tunnel

I reviewed the Nigel Fairs story Time Tunnel for CultBox. This, if you don’t know, is a monthly Short Trips release, read by Katy Manning as Jo Grant. An enjoyable listen but I wasn’t struck by the story – read my thoughts here: ‘Doctor Who’ audio story review: ‘Time Tunnel’ (Big Finish Short Trips). -+- Message Ends -+-

Jago & Litefoot – series 4 reviewed

March 2012 brought the return of Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter in Jago & Litefoot Series 4. Once again aided by Ellie Higson (Lisa Bowerman) and Sgt Quick this time they are faced with the malevolent machinations of Kempston and Hardwick. As if that wasn’t enough they also encounter the mysterious Professor Claudius Dark (Colin Baker)! Fortunately…

The Glorious Revolution reviewed

August 2009 brought us The Glorious Revolution a Second Doctor Companion Chronicle written by Jonathan Morris. Directed by Nigel Fairs this is a Jamie led story performed by Frazer Hines with Andrew Fettes who at the time of writing has been in a dozen Big Finish releases from several ranges. Frazer performs some of my favourite Second Doctor stories such…

Magician’s Oath Reviewed

The tenth Companion Chronicle of Series 3 was The Magician’s Oath by Scott Handcock. This Third Doctor story was directed by Nigel Fairs and the narration led by Richard Franklin as Mike Yates. The second part, that of the titular magician Diamond Jack, was played by Michael Chance. Given Nigel’s involvement I assumed that this might well be…