The Mark of the Rani

Episode ‐ April 10, 2017

Aired 2 – 9 February 1985

‘The Mark of the Rani’ is something of an underrated Doctor Who story, light on plot and eventually falling into pantomime territory but also making for an excellent debut for the villainous Time Lady the Rani while also portraying the bombastic and argumentative Sixth Doctor in his most heroic and compassionate light yet. With the inclusion of the Master in a more subservient …

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Vengeance on Varos

Website ‐ April 07, 2017

Aired 19 – 26 January 1985

‘Vengeance on Varos’ is an unreserved highlight of Colin Baker’s first full year as the Sixth Doctor, employing the usual decree for violence and power struggles but managing to explore these issues with a degree of finesse rarely obtained in this era. Indeed, as a satirical indictment against the violent trends of civilization as well as of reality television that has become so …

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Attack of the Cybermen

Episode ‐ April 07, 2017

Aired 5 – 12 January 1985

Doctor Who has always been at its best when it maintains an air of accessibility that allows long-time fans and newcomers alike to enjoy the programme in equal measure. However, with John Nathan –Turner as producer, the 1980s serials frequently relied on continuity to varying extent and success to drive their narratives forward. This had been increasingly clear as Peter Davison’s time as …

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Planet of Fire

Episode ‐ April 04, 2017

Aired 23 February – 2 March 1984

Writer Peter Grimwade was given an immense task when writing ‘Planet of Fire,’ effectively ushering in a definitive closure of sorts for the Peter Davison era following Tegan’s rather unexpected departure at the end of the preceding serial. Although the second half does devolve into a fairly generic tale, the fact that the script is able to so effectively introduce new companion …

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Resurrection of the Daleks

Episode ‐ April 04, 2017

Aired 8 – 15 February 1984

Many of Doctor Who’s finest stories have been scripted by its various script editors, perfectly encapsulating the tone and spirit of the specific era while incorporating clever ideas and wonderful characterization. In regards to capturing the spirit and tone of Peter Davison’s final year, Eric Saward’s ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’ is unequivocally a standout success, managing to draw upon the franchise’s long history …

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The Silent Scream

Audio ‐ April 03, 2017

Released March 2017

Season eighteen of Doctor Who is remembered as one thematically full of entropy and decay, a somber precursor to Tom Baker’s regeneration after seven years as the Fourth Doctor. However, while these themes would come to predominate beginning with the Doctor’s accidental arrival in E-space, Big Finish has proven adept at filling in the spaces beforehand, allowing for a more optimistic return to this era. This …

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Frontios

Episode ‐ March 31, 2017

Aired 26 January – 3 February 1984

Although ‘Frontios’ eventually turns into a rather conventional tale whereupon the Doctor must save a planet from an aggressive alien power, it begins as a restrained but powerful reminder about the ever-darkening path that Doctor Who was beginning to explore during the John Nathan-Turner era. The franchise has never been shy visiting the future and exploring human outposts, but the last vestiges …

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Zaltys

Audio ‐ March 29, 2017

Released March 2017
SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW

The Peter Davison era of Doctor Who saw a subtle shift in the types of stories told to ones featuring slightly higher-concept notions and more cerebral plots than in the past as the programme tried to redefine itself while aiming for a more mature audience that had grown up alongside it. Fitting perfectly into that mould, ‘Zaltys’ concludes the 2017 Big Finish Fifth Doctor …

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The Awakening

Episode ‐ March 27, 2017

Aired 19 – 20 January 1984

‘The Awakening’ is the third and final two-part adventure of the Fifth Doctor era, and like ‘Black Orchid’ and ‘The King’s Demons’ it represents a bit of a reprieve from the darker events of the stories surrounding it. With England of both the seventeenth century and 1984 somehow linked through time, ‘The Awakening’ features a great central concept among a bevy of clever …

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Warriors of the Deep

Episode ‐ March 27, 2017

Aired 5 – 13 January 1984

The Fifth Doctor is an extremely intriguing incarnation, one with a gentlemanly and compassionate demeanour and a shrewd wisdom far beyond what his youthful appearance might suggest. However, whereas other incarnations seemingly had a knack for taking control of any situation with the utmost ease, the Fifth often runs into trouble when he tries to get those in positions of authority to listen …

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