Winter for the Adept
Audio / February 23, 2016

Released July 2000 ‘Winter for the Adept’ finds Nyssa stranded in the Swiss Alps in 1963, an unintended result of the Doctor’s experiment. She is duly rescued by a local policeman Lt Peter Sandoz and taken to a ladies’ finishing school that just so happens to be the only establishment in the area. Mysterious, seemingly supernatural events are occurring in the school snowed in by a blizzard, the perfect place for the Doctor to happen upon during his search for Nyssa. One of the big draws of this story is that is written by Andrew Cartmel, ‘Masterplan’ script editor of the Seventh Doctor era and author of three fantastic New Adventures novels. It seems strange, then, that his first audio outing features the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa but, regardless, the core concept behind the script as well as the atmosphere work quite well as he puts a unique spin on the haunted house genre. While this may seem like a story suited best for the Seventh Doctor, ‘Winter for the Adept’ proves just like ‘The Spectre of Lanyon Moor’ before it that taking a Doctor out of his ‘normal’ story environment can still provide a thoroughly enjoyable adventure. The story…

The Witch’s Familiar
Episode / February 23, 2016

Aired 26 September 2015 Straight away, ‘The Witch’s Familiar’ proves just how beneficial the two-part nature to a Doctor Who story can be. It’s rare that the Doctor actually has a chance to sit and discuss motivations and aims with his foes, but the Master and Davros have occasionally been the exceptions, never more so than here. Davros is dying, the Doctor touchingly at his side because he asked him to come, and the poignant conversation between the two that is interspersed throughout the episode is unequivocally an all-time highlight of the series. The Doctor and Davros have always been written as equals, each standing firmly on one side of morality. And while the Doctor has occasionally had to venture into morally grey territory, it’s only during this conversation that the extent of a possible overlap between the two really becomes apparent. The Doctor has recently been one to search himself in hopes of finding if he is a good man or not and, ultimately, his continued kindness and loyalty to his deadliest foes must surely put him closer to good, even if Davros calls that compassion a cancer and is correct in saying it will kill him. Yet, while…

The Spectre of Lanyon Moor
Audio / February 23, 2016

Released June 2000 Big Finish’s ninth main range offering, ‘The Spectre of Lanyon Moor,’ teams up Colin Baker’s Doctor and Maggie Stable’s Evelyn Smythe, finally fixing a glaring omission in the Doctor Who canon by having the Sixth Doctor officially meet and interact with the Brigadier. The story itself evokes a shifting tonality that encompasses all of the 1970s televised era, with more direct comparisons to ‘The Daemons’ and ‘City of Death.’ However, while the occurrences and ambience will surely appease many long-time fans, this truly is Nicholas Courtney’s time to shine. He effortlessly slips back into his iconic role of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and the camaraderie between the Doctor and him has never been so prevalent as it is here. There’s something familiar and safe about the Brigadier; as Doctors and companions change, the Brigadier is always there carrying on the good fight, offering a sense of stability and forming an anchor for the Doctor’s wild world. The script itself is a very strong one as well. The Doctor and Evelyn happen upon an ancient Cornish fogou that has many strange phenomena associated with it. As the Doctor begins investigating Philip Ludgate’s archaeological discoveries and Evelyn does some local research…