Buried Secrets

Audio ‐ April 02, 2018
Buried Secrets

Released November 2005

The first series of Sarah Jane Smith featured five different writers crafting an arc that stayed as much rooted in the past as it did looking to the present and beyond, the resulting path to the return of Hilda Winters and the setup for continued confrontations against her associates being an uneven one with wildly fluctuating tones and paces. Through it all, however, Elisabeth Sladen gave …

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Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre

Audio ‐ April 02, 2018
Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre

Released November 2002

After an uneven journey that peaked with the tense grittiness and immediacy of ‘Test of Neve,’ the first series of Sarah Jane Smith comes to a close with ‘Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre’ by Peter Anghelides. The one aspect that the series has undoubtedly excelled with as it has progressed is lending credibility to the increasing paranoia Sarah has carried with her, and she has now become so …

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Ghost Town

Audio ‐ April 01, 2018
Ghost Town

Released October 2002

It’s unreasonable to expect a series tied together by an overreaching arc to exclusively deal with the components of the arc without exploring more standalone tales to highlight different aspects of the characters amidst distinct circumstances and situations. For an investigative journalist, these stories will undoubtedly entail a mystery of some sort, and ‘Ghost Town’ by Rupert Laight takes Sarah Jane and Josh to a remote …

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Test of Nerve

Audio ‐ April 01, 2018
Test of Nerve

Released September 2002

With the first two releases of Sarah Jane Smith hesitantly taking the beloved character into the modern day with a foot still planted firmly in the familiarity and intimacy of the 1970s, writer David Bishop delivers the first truly powerful instalment as all pretenses are dropped and Sarah Jane finds herself in the middle of a shocking political thriller after receiving a gift and message warning …

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Dalek Empire

Audio ‐ March 30, 2018
Dalek Empire

Released June – December 2001

Plans and dreams for a Dalek-led franchise without the Doctor present had been circulating since the earliest days of Terry Nation’s creations’ televised success and popularity, but after a failed American spin-off attempt- the unproduced pilot script also being adapted for the audio medium in ‘The Destroyers’- it took until 2001 for Big Finish to finally make that adult-oriented space opera dream a reality …

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The Tao Connection

Audio ‐ March 28, 2018
The Tao Connection

Released August 2002

When the Thames River reveals the floating corpse of an old man that DNA and fingerprint identification practices reveal to be one of Josh’s eighteen-year-old friends, Sarah Jane duly heads to West Yorkshire to investigate and soon discovers that there is more to ancient dark sorcery than she believed as a spate of kidnapped boys and the Huang Ti Clinic at billionaire philanthropist Will Butley’s retreat …

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Comeback

Audio ‐ March 28, 2018
Comeback

Released July 2002

Elisabeth Sladen brought so much inherent charm, charisma, and strength to the role of Sarah Jane Smith alongside both the Third and Fourth Doctors that it’s no wonder the character has remained ingrained in the public consciousness since her debut in 1973, leading the aborted spinoff K-9 and Company, returning for anniversary and other special broadcasts, and even returning alongside David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor before starring …

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Cyberman 2

Audio ‐ March 27, 2018
Cyberman 2

Released December 2009

Nicholas Briggs was intimately involved in every facet of the first series of Cyberman, writing and directing all four instalments while also scoring, working on sound design, voicing the eponymous foes, and fleshing out a backdrop introduced in his own earlier story ‘Sword of Orion.’ However, with Briggs’s promotion to producer of Big Finish and the increased responsibilities that ensued, James Swallow stepped in as writer …

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One Life

Audio ‐ March 25, 2018
One Life

Released October 2017
SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW

The full might of the Time War is crashing down around the Doctor and his friends as the Daleks amass in The Time War 1’s conclusion ‘One Life’ by John Dorney, but Ollistra is playing by her own rules as she seeks a weapon that could end the war in a single stroke regardless of the cost incurred and sacrifices needed. But when fate …

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The Conscript

Audio ‐ March 25, 2018
The Conscript

Released October 2017
SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW

‘The Night of the Doctor’ was momentous not only for finally revealing the long-shrouded regeneration of the Eighth Doctor but for also proclaiming that he saw himself as a steadfastly moral individual who simply could not fully engage in the atrocities and horrors of the Time Lords in his current incarnation. However, that brief vignette also revealed that the Time War was in full …

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