The Hollow King

Audio ‐ January 15, 2019
The Hollow King

Released January 2019

SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW

Released over a year following the second series of The New Counter-Measures and with no immediate plans for any further stories featuring this furtive organisation barring a guest appearance in the upcoming celebratory release The Legacy of Time, Ian Potter’s ‘The Hollow King’ represents the de facto finale of this fascinating range that has so brilliantly brought aits complicated charter to life amidst political and otherworldly pressures.

With reports of lights and flying saucers over Swammcombe and a recent rise in psychiatric cases among members of the Open Band, Counter-Measures has begun investigating this strange group …

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Cuddlesome

Audio ‐ January 12, 2019
Cuddlesome

Released March 2008

Originally released in Doctor
Who Magazine issue 393 to mark the Fifth Doctor’s return to television in ‘Time
Crash’ and to date serving as the last physical CD the publication has released
from Big Finish due to the cost effectiveness of online downloads, Nigel Fairs’s
‘Cuddlesome’ sees the Doctor confronting a most unexpected reminder of popular
culture’s past that now threatens an entire generation.

Much like the 2001 included story ‘The Last of the Titans,’ ‘Cuddlesome’ traces its origins back to a story from Audio Visuals which worked so hard without a license to keep Doctor Who alive in the 1980s and early …

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The Veiled Leopard

Audio ‐ January 11, 2019
The Veiled Leopard

Released March 2006

Originally released with Doctor
Who Magazine issue 367, four time travelers descend upon a costume ball
with two contradictory but complementary missions stemming from two distinct
versions of the Doctor in ‘The Veiled Leopard’ by Iain McLaughlin and Claire
Bartlett.

The titular diamond itself has an immensely interesting history far more grandiose than a typical jewel ever could, and the revelation that a dying alien race encoded the data necessary to rebuild their civilisation into it adds a certain sense of urgency and gravitas to what overall is a typical heist tale with a lighter tone. Other aliens destroyed the ship taking the …

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Living Legend

Audio ‐ January 10, 2019
Living Legend

Released November 2003

Originally released in Doctor
Who Magazine issue 337 on a disc also including a behind-the-scenes look at
the making of Big Finish’s fortieth anniversary release ‘Zagreus,’ Scott Gray’s
‘Living Legend’ sees the Eighth Doctor an Charley trying to save the world from
the dreaded Threllip Empire as Italy basks in its 1982 World Cup glory.

Doctor Who and sporting events rarely cross paths, but the delirium of the local populace following the monumental victory is used to perfection to set the scene for this light-hearted romp. This isn’t a tale that will delve into any politics or world issues of the early 1980s, …

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No Place Like Home

Audio ‐ January 09, 2019
No Place Like Home
  • Release Date: 1/2003

Released January 2003

Originally included as part of Doctor Who Magazine issue 326 and still available as a free
download on the Big Finish website, Iain McLaughlin’s ‘No Place Like Home’
features Erimem still adjusting to life aboard the TARDIS alongside the Fifth
Doctor as the ship appears to be acting as unhelpfully as possible.

At the time of this short story’s release, the uncrowned pharaoh Erimem had only featured in two stories, and as such ‘No Place Like Home’ acts just as much as a further introduction to the character for the audience as it does for the character to the Doctor and her …

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The Maltese Penguin

Audio ‐ January 08, 2019
The Maltese Penguin

Released November 2002

Originally released as a free bonus to Big Finish subscribers whose subscription included ‘Neverland,’ Robert Shearman’s ‘The Maltese Penguin’ thrusts Frobisher, the shape-shifting comic strip companion of the Sixth Doctor, into the spotlight as a private eye in what could easily be seen in retrospect as a precursor to The Companion Chronicles. Channeling the classic noir dramas of old, a beautiful woman offers Frobisher a case he simply can’t refuse, one that will lead him into a dangerous web of murder and deceit.

Frobisher is the absolute epitome of what the comics medium can offer given his preferred penguin …

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The Ratings War

Audio ‐ January 08, 2019
The Ratings War

Released January 2002

Originally included with Doctor Who Magazine issue 313 and still available as a free download from the Big Finish website, Steve Lyons’s ‘The Ratings War’ delves into the expanded continuity of the comic strip adventures as the Sixth Doctor confronts the galactic criminal Beep the Meep who has escaped his entrapment in a film and has now turned to television to build up his army and let loose his aggression.

First introduced in the comic Doctor Who and the Star Beast, Beep made an instant impact when his unassumingly cute appearance belied the sadistic and hostile tendencies he held …

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Last of the Titans

Audio ‐ January 07, 2019
Last of the Titans

Released January 2001

Originally released in the 300th issue of Doctor Who Magazine when anticipation
for Paul McGann’s audio debut as the Eighth Doctor in ‘Storm Warning’ was at
its highest and still available as a free download from Big Finish’s website,
Nicholas Briggs’s ‘Last of the Titans’ finds the Seventh Doctor lost on a
gigantic spaceship with a cosmic catastrophe unknowingly approaching.

With the Doctor traveling alone and quickly becoming separated from the TARDIS as his ship falls into a fiery furnace, this narration-driven sequence is an opportunity for Sylvester McCoy to shine that he takes full advantage of while he both slowly reveals the …

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In Time

Audio ‐ January 05, 2019
In Time
  • Release Date: 12/2018

Released December 2018

SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW

As one final celebration for Professor Bernice Surprise
Summerfield’s monumental twentieth anniversary at Big Finish, In Time presents eight short stories
from throughout her incredible life that has spanned worlds, time, and even
universes.

This long-standing series in its many formats has been anything but predictable, and Dave Stone’s ‘Oh No, Not Again’ certainly sets the bar high for this set with a surprisingly meta piece that details the profession of chronicling Bernice’s ongoing adventures that somehow enmeshes cat burglars, secret police, and State-sponsored concerts to magnificent effect. By giving just a taste of Bernice’s many adventures and even mentioning …

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Resolution

Episode ‐ January 02, 2019
Resolution

Aired 01 January 2019

SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW

Following a confident first series of ten adventures that
boldly introduced Chris Chibnall’s vision fronted by an immensely charismatic
Thirteenth Doctor and her trio of friends, Doctor
Who returns for a New Year spectacle in the aptly titled ‘Resolution,’
marking the first appearance of a classic foe in a series that deliberately
avoided any familiar threats.

The Torchwood episode ‘Cyberwoman’ aside, ‘Resolution’ marks Chibnall’s first proper use of any known foe from throughout the Doctor’s long history, but it’s perhaps unsurprising that he takes a fairly unique angle with his lone Dalek that has finally revived after being buried in three …

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