The One Doctor
Episode / March 11, 2016

Released December 2001 ‘The One Doctor’ marks Colin Baker’s first audio adventure with Bonnie Langford as Mel and, given the circumstances of their meeting during The Trial of a Time Lord arc, this is likely the earliest chronological adventure of theirs so far. Fortunately, this is an utter masterpiece that not only firmly completes the renaissance of the Sixth Doctor through Big Finish but also toys with the typical Doctor Who format to great success. The Doctor and Mel arrive on the planet Generios in the far future, only to find that someone called the Doctor has already saved them. After the Doctor dismisses the idea that another incarnation may already be here, he takes it upon himself who he believes to be an immitator, uncovering a far greater threat in the process. The adventure that follows is truly a comedy at its core, but the outstanding performances and well-written script elevate it to something truly moving and emotional. In fact, as the impostor Banto Zame is found out, it allows the Doctor and the resulting adventures exploits to poke fun at Doctor Who itself while also parodying the tastes of modern television viewers by sending the Doctor on a…

Amy’s Choice
Episode / March 11, 2016

Aired 15 May 2010 It’s refreshing when Doctor Who tries to expand its limits and do something totally new even after all of this time, and that’s exactly the case with ‘Amy’s Choice.’ This is a story that requires the investment of its viewers as well as its leads as the TARDIS crew are simultaneously stranded in two very different but equally dangerous worlds. With the addition of the Toby Jones’s meancing and enigmatic Dream Lord who tasks them with determining which reality is real- on board the TARDIS or five years hence in the village of Upper Leadworth- with true death on the line if they choose incorrectly, ‘Amy’s Choice’ features an incredibly strong central plot. Fortunately, writer Simon Nye and the production team prove adept at managing these two storylines concurrently. In one, the Doctor and company are stranded on the TARDIS, freezing as they slowly plunge toward a Cold Star. In the other, the Doctor stops by the home of Rory and a very pregnant Amy in Upper Leadworth, only to find the village is perhaps a little too quiet for its own good. In the TARDIS, the cast does a superb job of portraying their inevitable…

Primeval
Audio / March 11, 2016

Released November 2001 Following a couple of somewhat experimental releases featuring the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa in ‘Winter for the Adept’ and ‘The Mutant Phase,’ writer Lance Parkin pens a more traditional Doctor Who tale featuring the duo. The core concept itself of a powerful entity taking control of a powerful artefact is nothing new, but Parkin handles it extremely well and heightens proceedings by writing of events that serve as a prequel to ‘The Keeper of Traken’ and feature The Source of Traken. ‘The Keeper of Traken’ is a beloved story for many reasons, but one of the lingering themes under the surface was always that Traken may not have been the idyllic paradise it proclaimed itself to be. This comes much more the forefront in ‘Primeval’ as the Doctor boldly questions the Consuls about their flippant use of the death penalty; Hyrca and Janneus’s response that the death sentence serves the greater good screams of hypocrisy and moral greyness, and their eventual decision to have Nyssa disintegrated because she serves as a potential source of evil further exemplifies this. As events progress and the stakes raise, the cowering and fawning response of Traken’s Consuls to the invading Kwundaar…

The Vampires of Venice
Episode / March 11, 2016

Aired 8 May 2010 As one of the mortal foes of the Time Lords going back to the times of old, vampires have quite the mythology in Doctor Who. And while ‘The Vampires of Venice’ decides to veer away from the burden of the past with its creatures, writer Toby Whithouse still manages to deliver an enjoyable standalone tale that further develops some of the story arcs that have become so key to this series. Most importantly, though, this episode brings Amy boyfriend Rory Williams to the forefront, his first chance to really make an impression even after his brief appearance back in ‘The Eleventh Hour.’ Fortunately, Arthur Darvill does a fantastic job with the character, instantly showing a shrewd intelligence that recent companions’ family and friends often have not. The introduction to Rory at his stag party as the Doctor obliviously admits to kissing Amy is good for a bit of comedy at the beginning, but that quickly gives way to some uneasy tension and results in the Doctor offering Amy and he a trip to 1580 Venice as a gift for their impending nuptials. Of course, Venice in this time period turns out to be a hotbed for…