Legend of the Cybermen
Audio / September 23, 2016

Released June 2010 ‘Legend of the Cybermen’ brings to a close the adventures of the Sixth Doctor and Jamie, somehow satisfactorily answering the lingering questions from the previous two stories while also reintroducing The Land of Fiction, showcasing the Cybermen in an intriguing new light, and even bringing back Wendy Padbury’s Zoe Heriot in a very meaningful role. The Land of Fiction, first introduced in the Second Doctor serial ‘The Mind Robber,’ is, of course, a reaml fueled by imagination, and Mike Maddox’s script certainly does the fantastic premise justice. Putting the completely logical Cybermen in the realm is a masterstroke in contrasting philosophies, and having them transform the likes of giants into enormous Cybermen and Moby Dick into a living submarine is simultaneously frightening and hugely entertaining. Even an exceptionally meaningful and deep appearance by the ephemeral Count Dracula adds to the overall spectacle of this unique spin on the typical story about the ravages of war, and the visuals created here are easily some of the most powerful and robust that a Big Finish release has ever created. With the surprising and sometimes heartbreaking treatment of other famous literary characters such as Oliver Twist, Alice, and Artful Dodger,…

Son of the Dragon
Audio / June 13, 2016

Released September 2007 Doctor Who historical tales are at their best when they portray the setting and era in a realistic sense without trying to modernize or clean up details. That’s exactly the case with ‘Son of the Dragon’ as the Fifth Doctor, Peri, and Erimem land in 1642 Wallachia directly following a brutal massacre in which a village and villagers were burned and livestock slaughtered. The story focuses on two royal figures, the invading Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II as well as Wallachia’s Prince Vlad, the latter of whom actually orchestrated the massacre because of the villagers supposedly sympathizing and allying with the Ottoman forces. The Doctor and Peri recognize Prince Vlad instantly, knowing him by his more famous title Count Dracula. Steve Lyons is no stranger to penning historicals for Big Finish, and ‘Son of the Dragon’ is possibly his finest yet. He manages to input a tremendous amount of detail about the Ottoman invasion of Wallachia in response to Prince Vlad killing several Ottoman citizen without ever boring or overwhelming someone not familiar with the era. This is a pure historical with no added science fiction or technological twist, and Lyons does well in giving fair time to…

The Labyrinth of Buda Castle
Audio / February 21, 2016

Released February 2016 While the previous The Fourth Doctor Adventures tale ‘Wave of Destruction’ fit firmly into the mould of a classic series 17 story, ‘The Labyrinth of Buda Castle’ goes down a slightly more intriguing route, expertly melding together the flippancy and humour of Tom Baker’s latter years with the pervading horror homages and atmosphere so prevalent in his earlier years. The Doctor and Romana land in Budapest for a holiday and quickly find themselves investigating a man’s death, one seemingly caused by a vampire. They soon find that this is just one in a larger string of recent attacks and, aided by vampire hunter Celia Soames seeking the legendary Count Dracula, they embark to find out the secret of the nearby Buda caves and the soldiers within them. Quite ingeniously, Kate Bracken’s Celia acts as the traditional companion of this tale as Romana does some detective work of her own. Although she is a vampire hunter, she’s not the single-minded and insensitive could they are stereotypically portrayed as; rather, she has a strong humanity and morality about her and is visibly shaken up when she has to accept that humans have built a history upon suffering and misery.…