The Black Hole
Audio / February 11, 2016

Released November 2015 The third entry in the second series of The Early Adventures jumps ahead in the Second Doctor’s timeline to the era of Victoria and Jamie, seeing the TARDIS land aboard a space station orbiting a black hole with no associated star or supernova to explain its existence. The normal rules of time are bending for the 20,000 inhabitants, and an old foe is lurking in the shadows. As with any well-written story, ‘The Black Hole’ can be enjoyed both by newcomers as an isolated adventure and by fans more well-versed in the programme’s long-standing mythology. Excitingly for fans, this is the story that finally reveals- from the Second Doctor’s perspective- the events leading up to and following on from Jamie’s and his presence with the Stattenheim remote control in the Sixth Doctor tale ‘The Two Doctors.’ Simon Guerrier also cleverly inserts the appearance of a species that Jamie should have no knowledge of at this point, mischievously toying with listeners’ knowledge and anticipation. Guerrier perfectly recaptures the feel of the Second Doctor era, even having rows of computer banks shooting out ticker tapes; at the same time, though, he introduces concepts and bits of knowledge that are…

Deep Breath
Episode / February 11, 2016

Aired 23 August 2014 In the allotted amount of time that Peter Capaldi graces the screen in ‘Deep Breath,’ it’s apparent that he is a very different Doctor than his immediate predecessors, still just as willing to take charge and confront danger (now aided by attack eyebrows) but in a seemingly more deliberate and terse manner. As it is, though, ‘Deep Breath’ is a story about Clara rediscovering the Doctor just as much as the Doctor rediscovering himself, and both Capaldi and Jenna Coleman wonderfully deliver a sense of vulnerability and apprehension at the start. But as the Doctor is off confronting the mystery at hand, ‘Deep Breath’ becomes much more of a contemplative character piece for Clara as she tries to reconcile the transformation with the help of Madame Vastra. It is in these conversations that the heart of the episode resides, adding previously unexplored and resonating depth to the characters of Vastra and Jenny. Despite the astuteness and reason present throughout these talks, it takes a surprise cameo from Matt Smith’s pre-regeneration Eleventh Doctor to set her mind at ease in a lovingly delivered scene. Capaldi, in particular superbly sells the sense of heartache and loneliness he feels…