The Forsasken
Audio / February 10, 2016

Released October 2015 Following ‘The Yes Men,’ ‘The Forsaken’ continues exploring the truly early era of the Second Doctor, again bringing to life the full three-companion team of Ben, Polly, and Jamie. The prime achievement of The Early Adventures compared to the previous Companion Chronicles range is that these tales are allowed more time to breathe and offer a richer experience since every character is allowed a direct share of the action alongside a bigger supporting cast. Since Ben has finally been given a voice again thanks to Elliot Chapman’s impressive impersonation of Michael Craze, this scope is particularly meaningful as some deeper insight into Ben and Polly still trying to understand this new Doctor can be provided, something not really touched on since ‘The Power of the Daleks.’ In fact, this sentiment of uncertainty and new friendships is laced throughout the story, an apt complement to the overbearing feelings of fear and mistrust that pervade the plot. Set on an island off Singapore and featuring a group of stranded World War II soldiers clinging to hope for evacuation, ‘The Forsaken’ fittingly maintains a menacing and oppressive atmosphere as an unknown entity meticulously kills the island locals and soldiers one…

The Yes Men
Audio / February 9, 2016

Released September 2015 The Early Adventures returns with a new run of stories, this time with Patrick Troughton’s Doctor the focus, as Big Finish continues to successfully balance the spirit of the classic series while offering fresh and new perspectives. The Doctor and his companions land on the Earth colony New Houston and find a civilization very reliant on its obedient and subservient robotic underclass. In a sense, this tale holds many similarities to the classic Fourth Doctor story ‘Robots of Death’ and ‘The Yes Men’ toys with the concept while asking the question of what would happen without an outsider’s programming to spur them into rebellion. Would they continue to mindlessly obey or would something altogether more intriguing occur? Of course, in Doctor Who nothing is as simple as it seems. Simon Guerrier has crafted an engaging and political tale full of increasing paranoia set early in the Second Doctor’s personal timeline. Frazer Hines again pulls double duty as both Jamie and the Doctor, and it never ceases to amaze how convincingly he can channel Troughton. Anneke Wills aptly reprises her role as Polly, recapturing the finesse and spark that make her character so enjoyable, and also serves as…