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Doctor Who: Eccleston, Big Finish Audio Dramas Head "Back to Earth"

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Christopher Eccleston & Big Finish have teamed up for a new set of audio adventures: Doctor Who- The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Back to Earth.

Billie Piper and Camille Coduri reunited for Big Finish

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Big Finish has revealed story details and cover artwork for Rose Tyler’s latest adventures across parallel universes in The Dimension Cannon –Other Worlds, due for release in October 2022.

 

Billie Piper returns in three full-cast audio dramas, set in the aftermath of the 2006 Doctor WhoTV story Doomsday, as Rose continues her search for the Doctor alongside her mum Jackie Tyler (Camille Coduri) and the conspiracist Clive Finch (Mark Benton).

 

Rose Tyler:The Dimension Cannon —Other Worlds is now available to pre-order as collector’s edition box sets (on CD + download for just £19.99) or digital download only (for just £16.99),  from bigfinish.com.<\/a>

 

Rose Tyler continues her mission to find the one person who can stop the stars going out and save the multiverse.

Each jump takes Rose to an Earth under threat -parallel worlds, which means other versions of friends and family too. Time is running out, but Rose won’t stop until she finds the Doctor...

 

The three multidimensional adventures in this box set are as follows:

 

  • Saltwater by Alison Winter
    Rose finds an Earth under threat, as something steals the salt from the oceans. As global tensions escalate, Rose wants to make those in charge listen, and finds an ally in the shape of another Clive...
  • Now is the New Dark by AK Benedict
    On an Earth where science never advanced from the Dark Ages, Rose and Clive find themselves under suspicion.Someone is killing the Melancholics, but apparently there’s a Doctor here who can help...
  • The Rogue Planet by Emily Cook
    Rose finds herself closer to home than ever –but she’s in for a shock. Meanwhile, Jackie is a hit on daytime TV and Clive is a professor, but nobody seems to realise how much danger the world is in

 

Camille Coduri said:Camille Coduri / Billie Piper (Credit: Big Finish)<\/a>

I’m so hugely excited to be back recording with Billie Piper. It’s just always such a joy. I love her beyond life itself. To getto play our old roles again together in another adventure is brilliant fun. I think fans better get their seatbelts on. The stories are rip-roaring and a lot of unexpected things will happen. There’s joy, comedy, pathos, sadness, and huge drama. Get ready for the ride

Mark Benton added:

I was so pleased when Big Finish got in touch to say they were doing more of The Dimension Cannon. Every time I get to play Clive again is a real surprise. Coming back is like coming home. It’s such great fun to record. This new series is exciting, it’s funny, and it’s very different. We had a blast doing it from start to finish.

Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon Volume 2 —Other Worlds is now available to pre-order for just £19.99 (as a 3-disc collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £16.99 (download only), exclusively from the Big Finish website.

 

Big Finish listeners can save money by buying volumes two and three of Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon together in a bundle for £38 (as a CD + download) or £33 (download only)

 

Doctor Who "Mind of the Hodiac": Lost Russell T. Davies Story Out Now

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Russell T. Davies' long-lost first Doctor Who script "Mind of the Hodiac" is available as a Big Finish audio drama with Colin Baker & others.

Michael Troughton as Second Doctor Keeps Things in Doctor Who Family

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Big Finish is keeping things in the Doctor Who family, with Michael Troughton cast as the Second Doctor (the role his father Patrick played).

Big Finish Licence Extended to 2030

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Big Finish Productions, in association with BBC Studios, has confirmed that its licence to make original Doctor Who and spin-off audio adventures has been extended until 31 March 2030.  

For more than two decades, Big Finish has been producing high-quality, full-cast audio drama featuring characters from the worlds of Doctor Who. The first, The Sirens of Time, was released in July 1999 and, since then, over a thousand new adventures have been released on collector’s edition CD, digital download or vinyl LP.   

This year, the company was awarded a Guinness World Record for the longest-running science fiction audio play series, in recognition of the achievements of its Doctor Who range. 2022 will see the release of a raft of new ‘classic era’ box sets (starring original series actors Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann) plus new adventures for the Ninth and Tenth Doctors (played by Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant respectively).  

Big Finish also produces the spin-off audio drama series Torchwood, Class, The Diary of River Song, Jenny – The Doctor’s Daughter, The War Doctor Begins, The War Master, UNIT, The Year of Martha Jones, Peladon, The Lone Centurion, The Robots, and The Lost Stories, plus a range of audio novels

Jan Paterson, Director of Books and Audio at BBC Studios, said:.  

Our partnership with Big Finish has been going for over 20 years. Over this time the team there has created the most extensive range of original Doctor Who audio dramas and readings, working with the original casts. This renewal of our long-term licence secures our partnership to allow Big Finish to create fantastic new adventures for the Doctors and their friends for many more years.

 Jason Haigh-Ellery, Big Finish Chairman and Co-Executive Producer, added:

We are very grateful to the BBC for once again placing their faith in Big Finish and extending our license into another decade – this time up to 2030. This allows us to really plan ahead and create long term story lines and character development not just for the Doctors and the companions but also for new series and elements that we can’t talk about yet! We are excited about the next decade and the adventures we are going to create in the TARDIS for us all to enjoy together.

 Nicholas Briggs, Big Finish Creative Director and Co-Executive Producer said:

This rather lovely licence extension from the BBC for us to continue making Doctor Who audio drama until 2030 takes me past my official retirement date — although I have no plans to retire from anything. I look forward to working with Big Finish’s great creative team and our colleagues at BBC Studios for many years to come!

All the above Doctor Who titles and more are available to own from the Big Finish website at www.bigfinish.com<\/a>  

 

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Paul McGann and Colin Baker join Doctor Who: Peladon

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Colin Baker, Alex Kingston, Bonnie Langford, and Paul McGann star in January 2022’s special Doctor Who Audio box set from Big Finish Productions.  

The Sixth and Eighth Doctors, Mel and River Song join multiple time and space travelers visiting the legendary mining planet of Peladon in four brand new full-cast audio adventures.

The release sees the return of David Troughton as King Peladon, returning to the role he first played on television 50 years ago. 

He is joined by familiar friends and foes, plus some new faces, including Alpha Centauri (Jane Goddard), Queen Thalira (Deborah Findlay), Queen Minaris (Sara Powell), Chancellor Barok (Jason Watkins), Helais (Liz White), Arla (Meera Syal) and the Ice Warriors (Nicholas Briggs).  

 

Journey to Peladon, member world of the Galactic Federation and home to intrigue and adventure. With each passing generation, the toll of industrial exploitation and deadly political games is taking its toll on the planet. Can the Doctor and his allies guide the course of history towards a hopeful future? Or is Peladon's fate in the lap of the gods? 

 

Doctor Who – Peladon is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition box set (on CD at £24.99) or a digital download (at £19.99), exclusively from the Big Finish website<\/a>. 

 

 

AUDIO REVIEW: The Diary of River Song Series 1

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The Diary of River Song Series 1Written by Jenny T Colgan, Justin Richards, James Goss & Matt Fitton
Starring Alex Kingston & Paul McGann
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Review by Emrys Matthews
Fresh off the back of a cracking Doctor Who Christmas special, we get the first incarnation of Professor River Song’s own spin-off series, The Diary of River Song. The idea for this new series actually comes from showrunner Steven Moffat, who suggested and authorised the team at Big Finish to use the character and have her interact with earlier Doctors. And what an exciting prospect is that?
The series is broken in to four parts:
The Boundless Sea by Jenny T ColganRiver has immersed herself in early 20th century archaeological academia, but when a mysterious tomb is found in a dry, distant land, excitement comes looking for River. Can Professor Song stop any more members of the expedition from dying?
This feels like the perfect place to start, with an archaeological dig. As our protagonist is an archaeologist after all. Kudos to Jenny T Colgan who is the first writer to get her hands on River Song after Steven Moffat who up until now has penned every story featuring the Doctor’s long time beau. Colgan totally gets the character and does a great job establishing the River in her own world.
I Went to a Marvellous Party by Justin RichardsOur curly-haired archaeologist always enjoys a good party, even when she’s not entirely sure where or when the party is taking place. But the party she ends up at is one where not everything – or indeed everyone – is what it seems.
Wonderfully different to its predecessor this story’s setting is the perfect environ for the character of River Sing to flourish.


Signs by James GossRiver Song is on the trail of the mysterious, planet-killing SporeShips. Nobody knows anything about them aside from wherever these ships appear, whole civilisations are reduced to mulch. But River has the help of a handsome time-travelling stranger.
The clear jewel in the Diary of River Song’s crown. This largely two-hander is fantastic. Samuel West  (who older readers may remember made a star turn in the classic multi-Doctor outing, Dimensions In Time) turns in a top rate performance as Mr. Song and the chemistry between these two characters is palpable. This story is worth listening to over the rest. From the bonus material included with the release, West confesses to having a deep desire to play the Doctor; something that this reviewer would now really love to see.
The Rulers of the Universe by Matt FittonOut in deep space, a clandestine society faces off with an ancient and powerful alien force. But for River there’s an added complication. The Eighth Doctor has been caught in the middle, and she must make sure her future husband can arrive at his own destiny with all his memories, not to mention his lives intact.
Writer of this part of the story, Matt Fitton, also script-edited the whole piece and his expert hand can be seen all over this excellent adventure. The relationship between River and the Eighth Doctor is beautifully handled. It’s great to listen with the knowledge that the Doctor mustn’t know or see River. The chemistry is there and, as a listener, one can really appreciate that Song knows who this man is and what their future will hold, but the Doctor is totally in the dark. This story perfectly rounds off this fantastic new production.

The chosen diary style format feels like the best possible direction to take this wonderfully fresh new outing from the ever growing Doctor Who audio giant Big Finish. The structure crops up concurrently throughout the release, but never overwhelmingly or to the piece’s detriment.
All in all, The Diary of River Song feels legitimate, and in turn, acts to further legitimise the short-lived televisual Eighth Doctor’s character too. It is evident from Alex Kingston’s performance that she is clearly hugely connected to and invested in her character.
Once again Big Finish’s relationship with the current embodiment of Doctor Who on the television grows and grows. The quality at Big Finish has always been present, but seems to be on a real role currently and is beginning to reach out in wonderful and exciting new directions.
BLOGTOR WHO RATING 9/10Thanks to Big Finish
Review by Emrys Matthews

AUDIO REVIEW: The War Doctor Vol.1 - Only The Monstrous

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The War Doctor - Only The Monstrous Written by Nicholas Briggs
Starring John Hurt
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Review by Emrys Matthews
The Doctor is dead. As the Daleks mass their time fleet for a final assault on Gallifrey, something ancient is waiting for them at Omega One. Meanwhile, on the planet Keska, a parochial war has returned to plague a peaceful civilisation after decades of tranquillity. But how can such a war have any connection with the great Time War, and who is this stranger taking up the Time Lord’s cause?
With the whole Big Finish team behind it, and the blessing of the BBC, The War Doctor, AKA John Hurt, brings his “not the Doctor” Doctor to audio, and boy does this story pack a wallop. It’s a dramatic and epic movie for the ears that sees the as yet untouched “years” of John Hurt’s War Doctor brought to life on audio for the very first time.
Firstly I want to praise this piece’s writer and Director Nicholas Briggs, who’s work for Big Finish has gone from strength to strength over the last few years. This, however is undoubtedly his best work to date. Taking his passion for war movies as an impetus has given this story a great grounding, but adding the War Doctor into that structure breaks the mould from the get-go. The three part movie-like story feels more like the three acts of a film than three individual stories, this works to the story's strength.
Starting at the very beginning, there is a really tremendous new version of the infamous theme music, that feels aptly epic to parallel the feel of the story. The adventure walks that perfect line between plot focused and character developing; it suitably supports the development of these first ever adventures of a new “Doctor.” There are some wonderful touches in the script harking back to previous Dalek adventures and possibly allusions to the War Doctor’s later regeneration.

John Hurt is INcredible. He totally gets that his War Doctor can be everything the other, regular incarnations of the Doctor cannot. He brings a real tempered sadness and resigned quality and clearly has a huge amount of respect for the role. Lucy-Briggs Owen and Carolyn Seymour also turn in first-rate, relatable and emotionally connected performances as the Doctor’s one-off companion for this story, Rejoice. Finally, Jacqueline Pearce as the Time Lord leader Cardinal Ollistra has wonderful chemistry with co-star and friend John Hurt.
One is truly hard-pressed to find any critique of this wonderful adventure, perhaps taking the War Doctor’s moral boundaries, or lack thereof, further in future stories would be the only suggestion.
This is a great jumping on point for new listeners; more than ever and doesn’t rely on having much prior knowledge. It is truly encouraging to see the burgeoning relationship between the BBC and Big Finish, with releases like The War Doctor, UNIT, Jago & Litefoot & Strax and the upcoming David Tennant/Catherine Tate audios, these two worlds of Doctor Who are growing closer and closer together.
The War Doctor Vol. 1 - Only The Monstrous hits the ground running and beautiful lays the ground work to take this totally untouched yet entirely official incarnation of the Doctor to truly fascinating places. The last line gives chills, and if the next part of this new series is handled as carefully and clearly as this, listeners will be on tenterhooks in anticipation.
BLOGTOR RATING 10/10Thanks to Big Finish
Review by Emrys Matthews

AUDIO REVIEW: Torchwood, One Rule

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Torchwood : One Rule
by Joseph Lidster

Starring Tracy-Ann Oberman, Dan Starkey and Catrin Stewart 

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Review by Andrea McGuire

After the last, slightly disappointing episode of the Big Finish Torchwood series, One Rule returns to the high standard we saw in the first two instalments. This one is a proper treat and the tale is a real hoot, except when it isn’t.

Set pre-Torchwood the TV series, One Rule sees the head of Torchwood 1, Yvonne Hartman, taking a trip to Cardiff to find an invaluable alien device, while mostly keeping clear of the local branch of Torchwood, who she clearly has no time for.
Writer Joe Lidster puts Yvonne through what is possibly her worst nightmare – a night out in Cardiff. Following the death of the Mayor three weeks earlier at the hands of shop dummies, Yvonne becomes embroiled in events as all of the candidates for the role of Mayor are, one by one, brutally relieved of their heads by a rampaging alien monster. With only two candidates left alive, who can Yvonne trust? And is it possible to get good Scotch in Cardiff?
Yvonne’s night goes from bad - everything she owns being destroyed in a fire - to worse – downing a pint of Diamond White in the White Lion while wearing a cheap dress. She’s even mistaken for a drag queen at one point as she attempts to stay alive while her companions, Mayoral candidates Barry Jackson (Gareth Armstrong) and Helen Evans (Rebecca Lacey), seem less concerned about their own fates as they bicker with each other and pretty much everyone else.
The alien monster is less of a menace and more a means of moving the story along, but there are a couple of decent, screaming deaths to behold at its hands. But the main reason for the monster rampaging through Cardiff is the sinister machinations of The Committee, which Yvonne (if not Torchwood) knows all about.
If I had one small gripe, it’s that One Rule is so packed with references to the Torchwood TV series and to Doctor Who that it can almost be a distraction at times. I like a good nod to the mother shows, but in this case it was slightly dizzying.

There are blink-and-you’ll-miss-them cameos from two of Cardiff’s finest, PCs Cooper and Davidson, and a very brief but particularly amusing appearance by Dan Starkey as Mayoral candidate (there’s a fair few of them) Ross.
While the plot is highly entertaining, with plenty of LOL-inducing one liners, the best thing among the many good things is the magnificent Tracy-Ann Oberman’s revival of the role she last played on TV back in 2006 (I know!). At the very best, Yvonne could be said to be an ambiguous character. Is she good? Bad? What is certain is that she is certainly driven by her desire to see Britain Great again. Such is her superior demeanour that you’d wonder who curtseys to who during her regular meetings with The Queen.
Here we see Yvonne’s Londoner-in-the-provinces not particularly caring which Mayoral candidate lives or dies, as long as the survivor is useful to her. Maintaining the ambiguity of the character, Yvonne shows that she is equally capable of showing genuine humanity as well as brutal ruthlessness, especially at the tale’s conclusion where the plot takes a darker turn.
While Yvonne has no concern for local politics apart from when it can further her own driven course, it appears that what she really wants is for someone she can (sort of) trust to keep an eye out for one particular alien. Who (geddit?) or what can this alien be?
This episode is the first in this series to feel less stand-alone and more part of a larger story involving The Committee. Will more be revealed when Jack returns in the next episode? We can’t wait to find out.
BLOGTOR RATING 9/10
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AUDIO REVIEW: UNIT - Extinction

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UNIT - Extinction
by Andrew Smith and Matt Fitton

Starring Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver

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Review by Nick Fraser

Emphasising that these days there really is no separation between the audio and televisual iterations of Doctor Who, and a jolly good thing too, Big Finish releases another bold and punchy addition to the universe occupied by our favourite Time Lord. OK, so I’m trying to avoid the use of the word “Whoniverse”…
Anyway, making the fullest use of the medium available, this adventure spans four episodes, with Matt Fitton and Andrew Smith sharing writing duties. Setting off at a cracking pace, the plot developments come thick and fast, revealing a truly global threat. Humanity versus the Nestene Consiousness; and this time there’s no northern-speaking TARDIS lad hoving into view to wave around a handy tube of antiplastic.


Vanguard
Fresh from tidying up after an attack by an outer space crocodile, it’s straight back to work for Kate Stewart and her team. Kate investigates some intriguing developments at an official event hosted by the slighty-too-smooth MD of Devlin Futuretech, Simon Devlin. Osgood, Colonel Shindi and Captain Josh Carter chase after a mysterious meteorite which appears to be changing course on its way to landfall.
Devlin proudly unveils his company’s revolutionary new product, an enhanced 3D printer, with seemingly limitless potential. Meanwhile undercover reporter Jacqui McGee and her cameraman are also investigating what lies behind the Devlin façade. Jacqui decides to tail Kate Stewart, who’s called away by Osgood. Leaving her cameraman colleague behind, he becomes the first victim of Autons, secreted away in the Futuretech’s factory.
UNIT and Osgood arrive in time to discover, and destroy, an apparently rogue Nestene sphere. Unfortunately Geneva HQ is soon in contact: Nestene spheres are approaching Earth from every direction. The invasion is under way.

Earthfall
Packed off to the Gobi Desert to track down an errant Nestene “swarm leader”, Osgood meets up there with Lieutenant Sam Bishop, hoping to capture the sphere and retrieve the valuable information it contains. They arrive to discover a small, but suitably deadly team of Autons led by Devlin’s henchwoman, the equally deadly Jenna Gold.
Help is at hand for Osgood and Bishop: although the Autons are in situ, the sphere isn’t, having already been nabbed by a local Mongolian tribe.
Convinced that there’s more to Futuretech than a decent line in plastic medical components and … things, Kate Stewart decides it’s time to meet the suave Mr D at his office, providing a cooler but no less dramatic counterpoint to the desert firefight between the UNIT contingent and the Auton squad on the other side of the world.
Being a billionaire businessman has its benefits though, allowing Devlin some quality gloating about the protection afforded by his high-powered contacts list. Kate realises that she’s going to provide the braided suits at Geneva with solid proof before they can act against Futuretech.
But time is fast running out, as the SECOND wave of Nestene energy unit starts arriving all around the globe.

Bridgehead
Struggling to track the worldwide arrival of the Nestene spheres, the race is on between UNIT and Devlin’s Autons to track and secure them. Against the relentless efficiency of the inexhaustible plastic men, it’s a losing battle.
With Simon Devlin seemingly untouchable, UNIT takes a two-pronged approach: Captain Carter goes undercover while Colonel Shindi co-ordinates efforts to gather enough evidence to present to the ever-sceptical Geneva bigwigs that Futuretech intentions go further than printing up…guns and geegaws.
With Osgood struggling to crack open one of the control spheres, Kate decides to have another crack at Devlin in his lair. Devlin’s extra-terrestrial employer has grand designs for her of the plastic fantastic kind, which she narrowly escapes. Not so Josh Carter though, who discovers the extent to which the Nestenes intend to exert direct control.
And then the pressure ratchets up another notch, as the 3D printers all around the world start printing… AUTONS!

Armageddon
At this stage, it’s looking pretty grim. UNIT HQ has fallen. Captain Carter is under Nestene control and giving a direct link to UNIT’s secrets. Armies of Autons are in control all over the world. Devlin Futuretech is secure beneath an impenetrable plastic dome.
Each episode of Extinction raises the stakes, thrillingly building towards a seemingly unwinnable end against an unstoppable foe. Just when it seems things can’t get worse, the Nestenes truly grisly intentions for humanity are unveiled. Humanity’s long term survival is not part of the Plastic Plan.
Thankfully the Doctor’s resourcefulness and improvisational skills have been absorbed by his sometime employers. This is an adventure which is testament not only to all involved in its making, but also to those who introduced UNIT, when the Brigadier and his team defended – well, the Home Counties mainly - back in the nineteen *mumbles decade incoherently*.
The cast is uniformly excellent, the writing is top notch, the incidental music lends a sense of scale and drama to the unfolding events.
With the seeds apparently sown for further adventures to follow, there’s much to look forward to. 
BLOGTOR RATING 10/10
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