The War Master- The Master of Callous

Audio ‐ December 08, 2018
The War Master- The Master of Callous

Released December 2018

SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW

Following a mesmerizing audio performance in Only the Good as the War Master who was only so tantalizingly teased in ‘Utopia’ on screen, Derek Jacobi has rightfully become one of Big Finish’s most prolific lead actors, having since appeared in both the Gallifrey and UNIT ranges as well. Now resuming to his own series, the Master returns to his manipulative and secretive roots as he works from the shadows to spread devastating truths on the isolated and failing mining colony of Callous so far away from the Time War.

James Goss opens The Master of Callous with …

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The Satanic Mill

Audio ‐ December 06, 2018
The Satanic Mill

Released October 2015

 Following the Eleven to a Victorian factory floating in space near the Sun, the Doctor, Liv and Helen prepare for a final confrontation with unimaginable consequences as the finale to Doom Coalition 1 unfolds in Edward Collier’s ‘The Satanic Mill.’

Crafting a satisfying finale to any box set is a difficult task, let alone for a set that began so dynamically with the thrilling introduction of the Eleven and then Helen Sinclair in consecutive stories, and almost inevitably ‘The Satanic Mill’ can’t manage to live up to those lofty standards while it ultimately forms just another stepping point in …

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The Galileo Trap

Audio ‐ December 05, 2018
The Galileo Trap

Released October 2015

Following an ancient recording from Galileo Galilei uncovered in 1960s London, the Doctor, Liv, and Helen travel to Renaissance Florence to discover the truth behind the mysterious summoning. As a new plague and a ferocious beast ravage the city with Galileo imprisoned in his villa for heresy, one final secret may be the Earth’s most important in ‘The Galileo Trap’ by Marc Platt.

Though the story is steeped in history, these elements are very much used to enrich the plot rather than to serve as the sole focus. Thus, while Galileo is here presented in exile from both the …

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The Red Lady

Audio ‐ December 04, 2018
The Red Lady

Released October 2015

Following a superb introduction to the nefarious Eleven that set the overall plot of Doom Coalition into motion, ‘The Red Lady’ by John Dorney is tasked with continuing the momentum as the Doctor and Liv trace an anomaly in time to 1960s London where the deadly secret at the heart of a recently deceased antequarian’s collection soon threatens everyone who sets eyes upon it.

Perhaps most importantly, this story represents the introduction of Helen Sinclair, a woman trying to make her way and deserving of better in a sexist time period in which she is overlooked for a promotion …

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The Eleven

Audio ‐ December 03, 2018
The Eleven

Released October 2015

Following the successful experiment of converting the four-story Dark Eyes saga into a sixteen-story epic, Big Finish looks to continue the broader scope of interlinked adventures for the Eighth Doctor in Doom Coalition as nefarious forces mount and the Doctor and universe are threatened like never before.

Beginning Doom Coalition 1 is Matt Fitton’s ‘The Eleven’ which marvelously introduces one of the most exciting villains the franchise has ever seen in the eponymous The Eleven, a Time Lord whose ten previous personalities persist within his mind and continue to plot and argue for supremacy. Following a fantastic prologue in …

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It Takes You Away

Episode ‐ December 03, 2018
It Takes You Away

Aired 02 December 2018
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In a debut series both for the core cast and showrunner that has often put more of a priority on character than sprawling science fiction, it’s perhaps no surprise that the penultimate episode, ‘It Takes You Away’ by Ed Hime, attempts to fuse both with unquestionably the most ambitious plot of the Thirteenth Doctor era yet.

Doctor Who and the science fiction genre in general are the perfect vehicles through which to explore the nuances and inner workings of the horror genre, and with the relatively recent rise in popularity of the unique cinematography and stylings …

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Entanglement

Audio ‐ December 01, 2018
Entanglement

Released November 2018
SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW

With the TARDIS perched amidst the ancient spires of Sedgwick College in 1930s Cambridge, the Doctor, Steven, and Vicki soon find themselves in the middle of a leadership crisis as an election for the replacement of the disappeared Master of Sedgwick, Sir Isaiah Hardy, is underway. With the Proctors and students behaving strangely, however, it’s clear that something far more nefarious is afoot in this ancient educational establishment in ‘Entanglement’ by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky.

Recalling a time when the Doctor did not instantly assume that every dark circumstance around him was related to some more …

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UNIT: Revisitations

Audio ‐ November 28, 2018
UNIT: Revisitations

Once more stepping aside from a four-story arc structure to tell more standalone tales, UNIT looks to the past and the secrets within the Black Archive as three new threats emerge in the aptly-titled Revisitations.

Chris Chapman opens this seventh series with a two-part serial entitled ‘Hosts of the Wirrn,’ continuing this series’s strong effort to blend the classic and modern stylings of Doctor Who to great effect. Since their introduction in ‘The Ark in Space,’ the insectoid Wirrn with larvae that eat the host from the inside out and that contain all of the race memories have been one of …

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The Witchfinders

Episode ‐ November 26, 2018
The Witchfinders

Aired 25 November 2018
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Doctor Who’s renewed focus on historical adventures has provided two lasting classics with ‘Rosa’ and ‘Demons of the Punjab,’ offering intimate and deliberate character pieces that explored true tragedy, weakness, and strength in equal measure. As the TARDIS lands in Lancashire during the seventeenth century and its notorious witch trials, however, the purposeful restrain the Doctor has shown while begrudgingly letting history run its course is abandoned, putting the focus more on fun and adventure within this dark and dangerous time in Joy Wilkinson’s ‘The Witchfinders.’

King James I, going by the English title, is a …

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Eye of Darkness

Audio ‐ November 25, 2018
Eye of Darkness
  • Release Date: 3/2015

Released March 2015

For a series initially intended to be a one-off four-hour narrative detailing the machinations of the Time Lords and the Daleks that centred upon the seemingly ordinary World War I VAD Molly O’Sullivan while a desolate Eighth Doctor searched for any remnant of hope, Dark Eyes has proven to be remarkably adept at twisting and expanding its narrative to sixteen stories without ever losing any of its intended punch. Adding in the Master, the Eminence, the Sontarans, and even a new companion for the Doctor in Nicola Walker’s Liv Chenka as the focus by necessity shifted slowly away …

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