Colditz
Audio / March 10, 2016

Released October 2001 At its heart, ‘Colditz’ is a story about the relationships that develop between prisoners and and guards within a prison, but that core is surrounded by an astoundingly good historical science fiction tale as well. Having established that the Seventh Doctor and Ace are prisoners within Colditz Castle, writer Steven Lyons then introduces Klein, a woman working for the Gestapo who has intimate knowledge of the Doctor and his TARDIS. Suddenly everything changes as it is revealed that Klein actually arrived in 1944 in the TARDIS itself, coming from an alternate timeline in which the Nazis won World War II and attained control of the TARDIS after the Doctor was shot. Nazis, and even a victorious Third Reich, are nothing new to Doctor Who, but Lyons proves to be adept at playing with assumptions and at keeping the plot twists coming. While it would have been easy to write that the TARDIS gave the Nazis the winning edge, it instead ends up being Ace’s CD Walkman that proved so vital to their war efforts. Likewise, Klein’s journey back in time actually ends up being the result of the machinations of a future Doctor from that alternate timeline…

Flesh and Stone
Episode / March 10, 2016

Aired 1 May 2010 It’s a testament both to Doctor Who and to Steven Moffat that the Weeping Angels continue to evolve rather than to simply rely on more of the same thrills and scares that have worked so effectively in ‘Blink’ and ‘The Time of Angels.’ Of course the tension is amplified throughout as the Angels slowly begin to move, but seeing the brutality of the Angels as they instantly grab a cleric’s head is shocking and adds yet another threatening layer to their intense skill set. Likewise, the addition of a countdown to Amy’s dialogue throughout the episode as a result of the Angel in her eye is a genuinely effective and disturbing touch, worked in subtly enough that it takes some time for the realization of what she is saying to hit. Even the visual effect of her eye is quite striking and distressing, but not nearly as much as the fact that she is forced to sit in isolation with her eyes closed while the Angels prowl so as not to worsen the situation. Yet as great as the drama surrounding Amy is- and this really is drama done superbly well- it’s still Matt Smith’s Doctor…

The Time of Angels
Episode / March 10, 2016

Aired 24 April 2010 Steven Moffat was always going to have a tough task in front of him if he ever wanted to bring back the Weeping Angels, arguably his most successful villainous creation from one of the most beloved Doctor Who tales ever written in ‘Blink.’ Of course he was never going to recapture the unique tension and atmosphere that made ‘Blink’ such a classic, but he manages to offer a very engaging reintroduction in ‘The Time of Angels’ that proves that they have more in them than a one-time appearance. It’s quite abundantly clear to everyone that they cannot blink in the presence of the Weeping Angels, a device that’s again used to great effect throughout, but the highlight moment is easily Amy’s as she trapped in a vehicle watching a recording of the only Angel known to be around the area. The slowly building unease and tension in fantastic and, even knowing that something is going to happen, it’s still a genuinely creepy moment when the Angel comes out of the screen. Karen Gillan continues to shine as Amy Pond and again continues her rapid progression into becoming a fantastic companion. However, it’s not just the Weeping…

Victory of the Daleks
Episode / March 10, 2016

Aired 17 April 2010 Any Doctor’s first battle against his most infamous foes is a monumental moment for the programme; however, rather than re-hashing another variation of the same plot with the Daleks firmly in control, writer Mark Gatiss wisely chooses to place Matt Smith into a rather unique take on the Daleks. The Doctor and Amy arrive in London during the Blitz and, picking up the plot thread from the end of ‘The Beast Below,’ quickly meet up with Winston Churchill who proudly reveals his new secret weapon, an Ironside created by the Scottish scientist Bracewell. Of course, the Ironside is a Dalek, albeit one seemingly devoted to the British cause as it startlingly even offers to serve tea. It’s at this time, when nobody except the Doctor understands the intrinsic threat of the Daleks, that Matt Smith really lets loose and delivers a stirringly raw and angry performance that easily gets to the heart of his ages-old battle. Bracewell quickly becomes vital to the central plot, though, initially defensive about his creations and eventually revealed to actually be a part of the Daleks’ plan for conquest. However, the Doctor becomes even more important to their plan, and it…

Doom Coalition 2
Audio / March 10, 2016

Released February 2016 Doom Coalition 2, the second set of four stories in this sixteen-story epic to be released over four box sets, continues the adventures of the Eighth Doctor, Helen, and Liv, as they hunt for and battle the renegade Time Lord villain the Eleven. Nicholas Briggs’s ‘Beachhead’ starts the set off with the Doctor looking to take a bit of holiday following the events of Doom Coalition 1, taking Helen and Liv to the quiet English village of Stegmoor in 2017. As is increasingly the case in Doctor Who, though, water works against the TARDIS team, a sudden flood knocking the Doctor out and leaving Helen and Liv to piece the puzzle of a mysterious energy source together. This provides a good premise for listeners to get re-acquainted with these companions and shows that they are both sensible and reasonable as they discuss what actions to take once they discover an uncovered black rock on the beach that might just be a spaceship. Helen, in particular, comes off as being much more confident here than she did in her initial adventures, but Liv is portrayed quite strongly as well as she eventually heads to the village to see…