Live 34

Audio ‐ May 02, 2016

Released September 2005

After some strong releases successively, Big Finish appears to be on track with quality releases. As such, the mantle falls to ‘Live 34’ to continue the trend. Featuring the truly fascinating concept of framing events within a live broadcast which surprisingly hasn’t been used in Doctor Who previously, the pieces were all in place for another great release, but unfortunately the desire to employ new writers …

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Thicker Than Water

Audio ‐ May 02, 2016

Released September 2005

‘Thicker than Water’ serves as a sequel to 2004’s ‘Arrangements for War,’ and though plot itself becomes somewhat incidental, it provides an utterly engrossing and emotionally fueled chronological finale for Evelyn Smythe, wonderfully rewarding listeners who have come to know and enjoy this fantastic companion. This is a monumental release for Big Finish, and the script takes full advantage of the fact that Evelyn’s eventual fate …

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Terror Firma

Episode ‐ May 01, 2016

Released August 2005

Doctor Who returns from its interesting but ultimately flawed Divergent universe story arc with ‘Terror Firma,’ a story that picks up the cliffhanger ending of ‘The Next Life’ as the Doctor, Charley, and C’rizz are confronted by Davros right from the outset. Joseph Lidster is tasked with scripting this unwelcome return to the normal universe, unsurprisingly using a flashback-fueled narrative since meeting Davros would normally be …

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Human Nature

Episode ‐ April 29, 2016

Aired 26 May 2007

Part of the fun of Doctor Who is imagining how different incarnations of the Doctor would react to and resolve a situation. It’s well known that several of David Tennant’s early episodes were written with Christopher Eccleston in mind as the protagonist; even though the two actors and Doctors are radically different in style and tone, it also speaks volumes as to just how similar …

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42

Episode ‐ April 29, 2016

Aired 19 May 2007

The threat of a ticking clock is an excellent means of raising tension in an episode- television’s 24 proving how action-packed and sustaining that premise can be- and Doctor Who takes a stab at that format with the intriguing ’42.’

The scripting falls to Chris Chibnall here as he makes his Doctor Who debut after writing a couple of Torchwood tales that were met with mixed …

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The Council of Nicaea

Audio ‐ April 28, 2016

Released July 2005

Caroline Symcox finally gets the opportunity to write her own story for Big Finish after previously co-authoring ‘Seasons of Fear’ with Paul Cornell. The result is ‘The Council of Nicaea,’ a fascinating tale that explores the history of the church extensively. Theology is used very well throughout, and it is from factions with disparate theological viewpoints that the danger to the Doctor and his companion arises. …

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The Lazarus Experiment

Episode ‐ April 28, 2016

Aired 5 May 2007

Holding onto youth and vitality is one of the key cornerstones of modern society, and that notion forms the backbone for ‘The Lazarus Experiment,’ an enjoyable if straightforward monster tale that gets the series back on stronger footing after the relative misfire of the Dalek two-parter.

The straightforward nature may be slightly offputting to some, but ‘The Lazarus Experiment’ certainly manages to channel and evoke the …

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Unregenerate!

Audio ‐ April 27, 2016

Released June 2005

The loss of one’s sanity is a terrifying concept to consider, and it’s only natural that Doctor Who would at some point find itself in an insane asylum where experiments are being performed upon the patients. ‘Unregenerate!’ has some interesting ideas behind it that play nicely into the overall mythology of the programme, but the end result is a messy, overly complicated script that manages to …

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Three’s A Crowd

Audio ‐ April 26, 2016

Released May 2005

‘Three’s A Crowd’ evokes the Peter Davison era of the classic series immensely well and, even if the plot becomes a bit predictable, it moves along at a quick and steady rate and boasts some clever ideas. The title could, of course, refer to the current TARDIS crew, but it also directly to the Earth Colony Phoenix where each human lives in complete isolation except at …

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Evolution of the Daleks

Episode ‐ April 25, 2016

Aired 28 April 2007

‘Evolution of the Daleks’ carries on the story put forth in ‘Daleks of Manhattan,’ putting a unique spin on the typical Dalek storyline but ultimately falling apart under some questionable choices and plot points.

The part of the story that works surprisingly well is the Dalek-human hybrid Sec and his evolving perspective. Sec is never portrayed as a godlike or even saintlike being, but it’s interesting …

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