The Girl Who Died

Episode ‐ March 03, 2016

Aired 17 October 2015

‘The Girl Who Died’ finally brings Maisie Williams’s heavily publicized guest role to fruition, and although the story offered in the first thirty-five minutes featuring a Viking village battling against the robotic Mire is a solid one, it’s the last ten minutes or so that will surely be remembered in the long run.

From the start, it’s clear that the Doctor knows something about Ashildr, and …

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Before the Flood

Episode ‐ March 02, 2016

Aired 10 October 2015

‘Before the Flood’ has the momentous task of providing a satisfactory resolution to last week’s ‘Under the Lake;’ not satisfied to rest on his laurels and simply offer more of the same, though, writer Toby Whithouse splits up the Doctor and Clara and offers something wholly unique. The opening half ended with the Doctor seemingly turned into a ghost and floating towards the underwater base, …

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Under the Lake

Episode ‐ March 02, 2016

Aired 3 October 2015

Toby Whithouse returns to the worlds of Doctor Who for the first time since ‘A Town Called Mercy,’ penning a very good opener in ‘Under the Lake’ that makes use of many of the most trusted stylings of many classic Doctor Who tales that have come before it. In 2119 Scotland, an underwater mining corporation has salvaged a mysterious ship; the commander is quickly torched …

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Minuet in Hell

Audio ‐ March 01, 2016

Released April 2001

‘Minuet in Hell,’ the finale to Paul McGann’s maiden ‘season’ with Big Finish, is a tale full of potential that, unfortunately, never fails to deliver everything that it is setting up and promising. The setting and plot is filled with horror, a genre that has served Doctor Who well in the past. However, whether McGann is describing the Gallifreyan legends of hell or, the plot is …

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The Stones of Venice

Audio ‐ February 29, 2016

Released March 2000

‘The Stones of Venice’ is the first Big Finish script penned by Paul Magrs, and his typical imbuement of more magical and fantastical elements into the world of Doctor Who transitions easily to the audio medium.

Set in a futuristic Venice that is facing destruction by sinking, the plot takes a very genuine possibility but tinkers with the underlying reason by having it be due to a …

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Sword of Orion

Audio ‐ February 29, 2016

Released February 2001

Paul McGann’s second Big Finish outing brings his Eighth Doctor and new companion Charley face to face with the Cybermen, themselves making their audio debut. Following the successful transition of the Daleks and Ice Warriors to the audio medium, expectations were high even before release; however, whereas the Cybermen on television frequently lurked in the shadows until a surprise revelation partway through a story (in the …

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The War Doctor – Infernal Devices

Audio ‐ February 29, 2016

Released February 2016

Infernal Devices, the second of Big Finish’s box sets to explore the shrouded and darker incarnation of the titular Time Lord, picks up his tale at an undetermined time following the conclusion of Only the Monstrous with the Time War at or near its height and with Time Lords and Daleks alike willing to do whatever it takes to win outright.

Infernal Devices features a slightly different …

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Storm Warning

Audio ‐ February 27, 2016

Released January 2001

‘Storm Warning’ marks Paul McGann’s debut for Big Finish, reprising his role of the Eighth Doctor after his all-too-brief stint in the TV Movie. As the ‘current’ Doctor at the time of release, McGann is able to offer a sense of uncharted territory with his Doctor, and it’s apparent from the start that he relishes the opportunity to further explore his character while addressing some of …

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The Mutant Phase

Audio ‐ February 25, 2016

Released December 2000

‘The Mutant Phase’ is the third story to pit the Daleks against the Doctor. Whereas ‘The Genocide Machine’ had the novelty of being the first and ‘The Apocalypse Element’ had the novelty of being set on Gallifrey, ‘The Mutant Phase’ has no such device to bolster excitement and so the story has to stand solely on its own merit as the Daleks this time face the …

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The Holy Terror

Audio ‐ February 25, 2016

Released November 2000

No discussion about ‘The Holy Terror’ can occur without first mentioning the Sixth Doctor’s companion for this tale, Frobisher. A bit ridiculous in concept and originally created for comics, Frobisher is a shape-shifting alien who prefers spending his time in the guise of a penguin and, when not with the Doctor, acts as a private detective in New York City. Saying that, though, he is the …

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