The Two Masters
Audio / June 17, 2016

Released June 2015 Following ‘And You Will Obey Me’ and ‘Vampire of the Mind,’ Big Finish’s arguably most ambitious trilogy yet comes to a close with the ‘The Two Masters,’ the story that finally brings together two incarnations of the notorious Time Lord to face the Doctor. With the universe and the entirety of both the past and the future in danger of dying, the Doctor must turn to his oldest foe for help to have any chance. As enjoyable as getting to experience Geoffrey Beevers explore deeper aspects of his Master and then to experience Alex Macqueen further refine his manic incarnation in consecutive releases, ‘The Two Masters’ is the one that fans have been clamoring for, bringing both together with immense potential. The two actors have such different takes on the role that having them interact is an absolute joy, and the differences of opinion overlying the mutual respect for each other certainly evokes some of the best interactions between multiple incarnations of the Doctor in other stories. There are some stories where revealing too much about the plot ruins the entire experience, and such is the case with ‘The Two Masters.’ Needless to say, writer John Dorney…

Vampire of the Mind
Audio / May 18, 2016

Released May 2016 ‘Vampire of the Mind’ represents the second act of Big Finish’s Two Masters Trilogy and continues the Master’s forty-fifth anniversary that also recently included an appearance in Jago & Litefoot Series 11. Whereas ‘And You Will Obey Me’ Geoffrey Beevers’s Master determined to survive at any and all costs, ‘Vampire of the Mind’ focuses on Alex Macqueen’s audio Master, offering a completely different but equally engrossing affair as a result. This version of the Master famously made his debut by pretending to be an unseen future incarnation of the Doctor, and his penchant for deception- even more, it seems, that his own former incarnations- returns here wonderfully, giving off a sense that he is immensely enjoying his little charades without going over the top. The fact that he is now crossing paths with the Sixth Doctor after shocking the Seventh Doctor initially, means that an obvious plot device must be used to keep that previous story’s tension intact, and a necessary plot contrivance is duly used without too much issue. Truly apparent throughout this release, though, is Macqueen’s ability to mesh together a more nuanced persuasion akin to Delgado’s take with a more uncompromising determination akin to…

Dark Eyes 4
Audio / February 21, 2016

Released March 2015 In 2012 Big Finish set out on a mission to reinvigorate the Eighth Doctor, pushing him to the very precipice and driving him closer to the Time War. The first Dark Eyes box set was a commercial and critical success, and the storyline was quickly expanded to a sixteen-part epic spanning four box sets. The first three have featured confrontations with the Daleks, the Master, and the Eminence; now, in Dark Eyes 4, the timelines are unstable and the Doctor sets out defiantly to end the conflict. Dark Eyes 4 opens with the Doctor taking Liv Chenka to London at the turn of the century to look for Molly in ‘A Life in the Day.’ While he explores with Beth Chalmers’s Kitty Donaldson, Liv tends to and gets to know Kitty’s wounded brother Martin, played aptly by Barnaby Kay. Liv has from the outset been walking around with an embittered and almost defeatist demeanour, and ‘A Life in the Day’ finally allows her to come out of her shell as she poignantly comes to terms with just where she is in her life and what she hopes for going forward. Martin proves the catalyst Liv needs to…

Dark Eyes 3
Audio / February 20, 2016

Released November 2014 The Master is back for the four-episode Dark Eyes 3 and is again seeking universal supremacy, this time by manipulating the Eminence’s Infinite Warriors. Molly O’Sullivan is vital to his plans and, aided by Sally Armstrong, he is perilously close to succeeding. Paranoid from his recent events and not wanting to change history, the Doctor is hesitant to join the conflict; when Narvin, a Time Lord CIA agent, provides the incentive and motivation needed, though, the Doctor and Liv Chenka go up against the Master to stop his scheme and to save their friend. Big Finish makes a bold choice with the beginning of Dark Eyes 3 as the first story, ‘The Death of Hope,’ primarily features the villainous Master. It’s an approach that’s not used very often in any medium, and Alex MacQueen completely controls every scene he is in, relishing the opportunity to be the de facto lead as the events of this box set are set in motion. The Master here is self-absorbed as always, but he’s also incredibly cunning and charismatic and a dominant manipulator, proving again how evil he can be and how fantastic a foe he can be when handled properly.…