Dark Eyes 2
Audio / February 18, 2016

Released February 2014 Continuing on from the ending of Dark Eyes, Big Finish continues the Eight Doctor’s adventures with another four-story box set aptly titled Dark Eyes 2. Comprised of ‘The Traitor,’ ‘The White Room,’ ‘Time’s Horizon,’ and ‘The Eyes of the Master,’ this time the Doctor finds himself and acquaintances pitted against the Daleks and a resurrected Master. Dark Eyes was an astronomical success for Big Finish, and fortunately the high quality continues in the sequel while even managing to eliminate many of the pacing issues that hampered the first set. That improvement is primarily due to the individual stories having stronger individual plots, allowing for events at hand to be managed while the overarching plot can be gradually revealed without relying on superfluous padding to fill the running time. Dark Eyes saw the Eighth Doctor at his lowest point before finally finding a renewed sense of hope that allowed him to continue with his life; this sequel set sees him as still a very fragile being, but one being unwittingly drawn into the temporal affairs of both the Time Lords and the Daleks. Clearly Big Finish is building towards something grander down the line- quite possibly the start…

In the Forest of the Night
Episode / February 18, 2016

‘In the Forest of the Night’ bucks the recent trend of Doctor Who episodes and goes in a wholly different direction, offering something a bit slower and subtler. The threat, rather than a tangible monster as is usual, is a solar flare heading for Earth that could cause a mass extinction. With no warning, a dense forest has also grown across the world overnight, carrying with it some ecological undertones, and that is the core conundrum facing the characters throughout the tale. It’s another strong offering for this series, more of a character piece than action piece, but ‘In the Forest of the Night’ does undoubtedly suffer somewhat for not having a core antagonist at the centre and so not being able to offer a continued dramatic sense of tension. Fortunately, the remainder of the episode takes care of its business very effectively and efficiently. Viewers are quickly introduced to Maebh, a Coal Hill pupil played by Abigail Eames, a lonely girl making peculiar gestures. She knows about the Doctor and without understanding why knows that she needs to find him; this is achieved quite quickly since he happens to be in London… in the middle of that newly sprung…

Dark Eyes
Audio / February 18, 2016

Released November 2012 Following the traumatic conclusion to The Eighth Doctor Adventures in ‘To the Death,’ the Doctor is a lonely and broken man in turmoil who has lost any sense of hope. Hitting a reset switch of sorts for the character to allow new listeners to enjoy as well, Big Finish has released the four-story Dark Eyes boxset in which the now downtrodden and often fatalistic Eighth Doctor tries to carry on with his life. At the beginning of ‘The Great War,’ the Doctor has sent his TARDIS racing towards the end of the universe. Quite quickly, however, Straxus, a Time Lord with secretive motivations, finds him and coerces him into undertaking a rescue mission for the Time Lords involving the Daleks; driven by emotion and his previous encounters with the Daleks, the Doctor soon finds himself in the middle of World War I, almost instantly coming under attack by mustard gas. Fairly quick on the recovery, he soon finds his intended rescue target, an Irish medical volunteer named Molly O’Sullivan, but is greeted only with an overwhelming sense of distrust and dislike towards him. And, of course, the Daleks are seemingly around every corner, ever present and seemingly…