Tick-Tock World

Audio ‐ February 01, 2019
Tick-Tock World

Released January 2019

SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW

The First Doctor era of classic Doctor Who is unquestionably the most experimental and brave both stylistically and narratively, exploring the potential ramifications of dimensions and time with surprising and high-concept tales that complemented the historical outings perfectly and still resonate to this day. In this grand tradition, Guy Adams’s ‘Tick-Tock World’ opens with the TARDIS meeting disaster and its occupants stranded on a bizarre and desolate world somewhere between space and time.

The script and sound design perfectly play up the strange and ethereal nature of this world and its eclectic structures that appear so ill-placed, …

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The Phoenicians

Audio ‐ January 30, 2019
The Phoenicians

Released January 2019

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Big Finish’s reimagination of the First Doctor era with
stars David Bradley, Jamie Glover, Jemma Powell, and Claudia Grant  has instantly become one of the company’s
more fascinating offerings, perfectly recapturing the tone and spirit of the
1960s serials while also incorporating a modern element that boldly celebrates
the differences these actors bring to the their respective roles. To begin the
third series, the TARDIS once more travels back into Earth’s history to a time
when the Phoenician civilisation ruled the seas and their advanced alphabet
began to spread. As royal tensions continue to escalate and schemes become ever
more dangerous, the Doctor and …

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Mother Russia

Audio ‐ January 30, 2019
Mother Russia

Released October 2007

Following a string of tales that sequentially explored a
time within each of the Doctor’s first four incarnations during the first
series of The Companion Chronicles,
Big Finish begins afresh with another look at the First Doctor’s era to begin
its second series with Peter Purves reprising his role as Steven Taylor in
‘Mother Russia’ by Marc Platt. Platt, of course, has already delved
successfully into Earth’s history for this range with the premiere ‘Frostfire,’
and here the Doctor, Steven, and Dodo prepare for a Russian winter in 1812 as
more than just the imminent French invasion rears its head.

Steven as a companion is often overshadowed …

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The Beautiful People

Audio ‐ January 29, 2019
The Beautiful People

Released January 2007

Rounding out the first series of The Companion Chronicles, ‘The Beautiful People’ by Jonathan Morris
revisits the Fourth Doctor era as Romana, K9, and he land at the Vita Novus
Health Spa that offers renowned respite from the stresses of life in the
thirty-second century and guaranteed weight loss therapy that leaves visitors
feeling like an entirely new person, for better or for worse.

The first three installments of this series found great success by exploring or at least hinting at what happened to companions after leaving the Doctor’s company, but ‘The Beautiful People’ very much functions like a more traditional audio …

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The Blue Tooth

Audio ‐ January 28, 2019
The Blue Tooth

Released January 2007

Second only to the Daleks, no alien menace had as prolific of an impact on early Doctor Who as the Cybermen, the horrific and emotionless results of the Mondasian peoples’ desperate attempts to survive that then became dedicated to converting others to ensure the spread and legacy of their cybernetic race. Yet after featuring in four full adventures during the Second Doctor era, this metaphor for humanity’s advances was notably absent from the Third Doctor’s adventures aside from a brief visual cameo on the miniscope screen in ‘Carnival of Monsters’ and much later an onlooking scene as a …

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Fear of the Daleks

Audio ‐ January 26, 2019
Fear of the Daleks

Released January 2007

‘Frostfire’ instantly showed what The Companion Chronicles is capable of, hinting at what happened to a beloved companion from the past after departing the Doctor while affording a very intimate look at an era long since passed. The second release, ‘Fear of the Daleks’ by Patrick Chapman, highlights the Second Doctor era as an older Zoe begins to have unsettling nightmares about Daleks and strange memories of adventures she just cannot place.

The concept behind the framing device for this story as Zoe speaks to a counselor to reconcile these images and feelings that her eidetic memory does not …

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Frostfire

Audio ‐ January 25, 2019
Frostfire

Released January 2007

At a time before Tom Baker had joined Big Finish and the only substantial audio output of Doctor Who featured the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Doctors, The Companion Chronicles range opened up innumerable possibilities by allowing further exploration into the characters who originally brought the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Doctor eras to life. Featuring a blend of narration and acting with a much more limited cast, the stories often featured a more compellingly intimate characterisation by delving into psyches and emotions much more than the characters’ original televised adventures allowed. The first release in the range, …

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The Diary of River Song Series Five

Audio ‐ January 23, 2019
The Diary of River Song Series Five

Released January 2019

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The advent of River Song to Big Finish’s ever-expanding lineup has allowed for a continuing and immense exploration into this fascinating character who has been so intimately involved with the Doctor’s many incarnations, including several much earlier than her on-screen introduction would suggest. Naturally, such close association with this renowned Time Lord both through love and reported murder makes her a person of interest for several entities throughout the universe, and the fifth series of The Diary of River Song finds her confronting no fewer than four incarnations of arguably the Doctor’s greatest nemesis, the Master.

‘The …

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The False Guardian

Audio ‐ January 21, 2019
The False Guardian

Released January 2019

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The first volume of The Syndicate Master Plan draws to a close with Guy Adams’s ‘The False Guardian’ as the TARDIS lands on a desolate world that the Doctor finds hauntingly familiar. Inside a strange complex an enigmatic director heads dangerous experiments, and the Doctor and Ann soon find themselves part of a diabolical scheme that forces the Doctor to confront his past and a foe long presumed dead.

Where ‘The False Guardian’ excels is in showing just how comfortable the Doctor and Ann are with each other despite just how fundamentally different their approaches are. Whereas …

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The Enchantress of Numbers

Audio ‐ January 20, 2019
The Enchantress of Numbers

Released January 2019

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At its core, Doctor Who is a programme meant to educate just as much as to entertain, whether through pure historical adventures on Earth or more far-flung adventures that serve as allegories to real-world situations. Over the course of time, those ideas have merged somewhat as science fiction and history have collided more and more frequently with the Doctor integral to ensuring history runs its proper course, but this format has arguably been most effective when the plot revolves around a person or event not widely known as is the case in ‘The Enchantress of Numbers’ …

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