The Yes Men
Audio / February 9, 2016

Released September 2015 The Early Adventures returns with a new run of stories, this time with Patrick Troughton’s Doctor the focus, as Big Finish continues to successfully balance the spirit of the classic series while offering fresh and new perspectives. The Doctor and his companions land on the Earth colony New Houston and find a civilization very reliant on its obedient and subservient robotic underclass. In a sense, this tale holds many similarities to the classic Fourth Doctor story ‘Robots of Death’ and ‘The Yes Men’ toys with the concept while asking the question of what would happen without an outsider’s programming to spur them into rebellion. Would they continue to mindlessly obey or would something altogether more intriguing occur? Of course, in Doctor Who nothing is as simple as it seems. Simon Guerrier has crafted an engaging and political tale full of increasing paranoia set early in the Second Doctor’s personal timeline. Frazer Hines again pulls double duty as both Jamie and the Doctor, and it never ceases to amaze how convincingly he can channel Troughton. Anneke Wills aptly reprises her role as Polly, recapturing the finesse and spark that make her character so enjoyable, and also serves as…

The Eleventh Hour
Episode / February 9, 2016

Aired 03 April 2010 ‘The Eleventh Hour’ picks up directly where ‘The End of Time Part Two’ leaves off, with the newly regenerated Time Lord desperately trying to land a careening TARDIS on Earth, and immediately sets about the task of introducing us to the new lead Matt Smith and the style of the new showrunner Steven Moffat. Moffat, of course, is no stranger to modern Doctor Who, having already penned several standout episodes for both Eccleston and Tennant, and ‘The Eleventh’ Hour is brimming with his trademark style right from the start, taking a seemingly innocuous crack in the wall and that sensation of inexplicably seeing something out of the corner of one’s eye and bringing both into the realm of fantastic. This combination helps to make the story of Patient Zero just a little more unnerving. Both the beginning and end offer very well-written scenes for Matt Smith to show off his skills, and he takes full advantage. Whether lightheartedly interacting with a child, wryly and dutifully instilling confidence into others, or brazenly and determinedly warning the alien threat to leave and survive, the Eleventh Doctor is put through a range of situations that allows viewers to get…