The Four Doctors
Audio / June 1, 2017

Released December 2010 With Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann all reprising their titular Doctor Who roles for Big Finish since 2001 or earlier, it’s surprising that there has yet to be a multi-Doctor release that encompasses these four eras of the franchise. While Big Finish may be warranted in its unwillingness to highlight multiple incarnations simultaenously, having only dabbled in bringing together various combinations of the lead actors in a select few releases and casting the the earlier three in different roles for the fortieth anniversary special, the audio universe finally gets this monumental inevitability in 2010’s subscription-only Bonus Release ‘The Four Doctors.’ Probably wisely and certainly intriguingly given the setup, writer Peter Anghelides tells four small tales that weave into a cohesive whole, beginning with the Eighth Doctor landing on a Jariden space station where his Fifth incarnation is attempting to stop a dangerous experiment with time. As the Daleks appear with one Colonel Ulrik in tow as they seek a device within a shrouded vault, the story takes an unexpected turn as David Bamber’s Ulrik is thrust into the role of flawed protagonist by becoming the narrative link for each of the four smaller…

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. The concept of Christ’s divinity becomes the focal point, a discussion important enough for the Emperor himself to become involved in at the titular Council and a topic much more meaningful to Erimem who comes from a religiously-centred society. In fact, there is an innate air of dissent about the TARDIS crew throughout the story, starting from the beginning as Erimem expresses interest in events and being relatively close to home whereas Peri can only think about the poor local facilities and conditions sure to meet them. Shockingly, though, it’s Erimem who starts causing much more trouble as events progress, especially once she discovers that Arius will not be given the opportunity to defend his beliefs at the Council while facing persecution. This brings her into a conflicting position with the…

Mummy on the Orient Express
Episode / February 16, 2016

Aired 11 October 2014 It’s an interesting- albeit disappointing- decision not to continue on directly with the broken relationship between Clara and the Doctor that was left at the closing of ‘Kill the Moon.’ Instead, time has passed and the two are chatting merrily together, surprising even if Clara has decided to take Danny’s advice and return for only one final trip. Regardless of that odd gap in time that remains unexplored, ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’ offers a spooky and enjoyable tale, starting tensely with a 66-second countdown on screen. People are dying on the outer space version of the famous train, and they get 66 seconds of life after seeing the titular mummy. Nobody else can see the creature, instead only seeing someone terrified for his or her life for just over a minute before suddenly dropping dead. In terms of setting the scene, ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’ masterfully executes. This mystery forms the crux of the episode as the Doctor and Clara try to determine how the mummy is selecting its victims and why nobody else can see it. New Doctor Who writer Jamie Mathieson proves adept at the murder mystery format by keeping the tension…