The War Doctor – Agents of Chaos
Audio / October 13, 2016

Released October 2016 John Hurt’s shadowy War Doctor returns for a third Big Finish box set, Agents of Chaos, a series of three stories that manages to keep the sense of ambitious epic of the first two sets while simultaneously offering a more personal take on the desolation and devastation of war. As the harrowing conflict between the Time Lords and the Daleks ravages on, the Doctor is once more drawn into Cardinal Ollistra’s machinations, soon discovering that she has not foreseen all potential outcomes. David Llewellyn’s ‘The Shadow Vortex’ opens the set by intriguingly taking the Time War to Earth in 1961 East Berlin during the height of the Cold War. Picking up on the now-common thread of fixed and non-fixed points in time, 1961 Earth is a point in flux, a quantum shield in place to protect the timeline’s sanctity. However, Dalek Agent Lara Zannis has managed to break through the shield, meaning to use the Shadow Vortex to allow the Daleks through after her. With the Time Lord operation Brightstar compromised, Cardinal Ollistra once more enlists the Doctor’s help. As both Lara and the Doctor are captured by the East German secret police, all of the elements…

The Day of the Doctor
Episode / April 6, 2016

Aired 23 November 2013 It’s not often that a franchise gets to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with such pomp and circumstance, especially one that is still actively churning out fresh and exciting stories in multiple media and is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before, and so understandably ‘The Day of the Doctor’ carries a heavy burden as it needs to deliver homage to its past while telling a strong story that can launch it into a new era. Right from the beginning, it’s clear that everyone involved managed to achieve that balance perfectly as the original title sequence and opening merges seamlessly into the present. Steven Moffat makes the wise decision to tell his lively tale more in the style of classic Doctor Who, sure to appease fans both old and new. At the core of the story is a rather straightforward invasion of Earth by the shape-shifting Zygons, making their first appearance since 1975’s ‘Terror of the Zygons,’ as they emerge from paintings in London’s National Gallery. The Zygons are triumphantly realised here with some superb costuming and practical effects, and their slow invasion through Time Lord art works wonders as an underlying air of uncertainty regarding…

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 format and tone than the preceding release in that the stories, although connected, are much more standalone, each focusing on a unique and powerful weapon as well as the consequences- both intended and not- that such power can have. The Tenth Doctor briefly but emotionally recalled some of the travesties of the Time War in his final episode, but it is during this set of three stories that listeners are afforded a glimpse of just what types of schemes and powers are truly involved. The Time Lords have forsaken their stance on non-intervention and are actively spearheading counterattacks and pre-emptive attacks against the Daleks, seemingly unconcerned about any repercussions the universe at large may feel and in a very real sense mirroring the Daleks themselves. John Dorney’s ‘Legion of the…

The War Doctor – Only the Monstrous
Audio / February 3, 2016

Big Finish has had a fair share of important release over the years- recent notables including ‘The Light at the End’ to commemorate Doctor Who‘s fiftieth anniversary and ‘The Last Adventure’ to finally give Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor a proper farewell- but perhaps none have carried such a weight of anticipation as the first box set of the War Doctor saga, Only the Monstrous. With a truly mesmerizing performance in 2013’s ‘The Day of the Doctor,’ Sir John Hurt masterfully played the shrouded version of our Time Lord hero, in so doing almost demanding that he be brought back to further explore this character, the version that had gone to such lengths and done such deeds that his future incarnations chose to renounce him as if he never existed. Thanks to Big Finish, we are afforded that opportunity as the once untouchable Time War is entered as well. In a risky and bold move given the anticipation of the project, writer Nicholas Briggs decides initially to avoid the core of the Time War conflict itself and instead to focus on a different war. There is a slow burn to the opening story, and several parts are essentially a two-handed act…