The Raincloud Man
Audio / July 29, 2016

Released December 2008 ‘The Raincloud Man’ serves as a pseudo-sequel to ‘The Condemned,’ the Sixth Doctor and Charley once more cross paths with DI Menzies who is now an investigator of alien affairs in London. Freed of the necessary burden of introducing and buildings this character up from scratch, ‘The Raincloud Man’ quickly sends its plot in several different directions involving a unique battle between the virus-like Cylox and the warlike Tabbalac, an interplanetary casino, Charley’s continued insistence on hiding her true identity from the Doctor, and a peculiar coin from the future. After defeating the Krotons in an unpublished adventure, the Doctor and Charley head for breakfast, unwittingly discovering a mystery that takes them into the depths of the Manchester criminal scene. Wisely, the script separates the two leads, allowing each to uncover pieces of information before rejoining to move the plot forward in an attempt to end a centuries-long war. Charley is never far from the Doctor’s mind, however; despite the rather inconsistent information he has gained about Charley, especially regarding her apparent knowledge about the web of time, he refuses to believe she is capable of such heinous acts as murder as Menzies suggests at one point.…

The Condemned
Audio / June 27, 2016

Released February 2008 ‘The Condemned’ represents the beginning of a big risk for Big Finish, albeit one full of potential and intrigue. After her attempt to stop the Cybermen left her marooned in the distant future, Charlotte Pollard never gave up hope that someone would rescue her. Believing that her Eighth Doctor had answer that beckon when the familiar TARDIS arrived, she was surprised to instead find an unfamiliar control room and the Sixth Doctor inside, and he was instantly suspicious that she seemed to be not entirely forthcoming with information. Fortunately, the Charlotte Pollard on display here is an incredibly intelligent one and she knows the danger of revealing her own past and the Doctor’s own future to the Doctor who had never made any mention of traveling with her before meeting her in his eighth incarnation. Accordingly, she acts amazed as she experiences the size of the console room for the first time, though the Doctor is still suspicious at how easily she accepted a police box appearing in front of her. The Sixth Doctor is no fool, though, and he eventually confronts Charley directly when her story changes a bit too much for her liking, leading to…

The Peterloo Massacre
Audio / March 16, 2016

Released March 2016 Something of an increasing anomaly in the Doctor’s travels, a pure historical adventure is on offer in ‘The Peterloo Massacre.’ Quite simply, this is a throwback to the First Doctor’s era. There are no spaceships or invading alien threats to be seen; instead the Doctor and his companions are trapped in a certain time and forced to react to the situation around them, no matter how detestable or deplorable. Paul Magrs, completely veering away from the more fantastical ideas and humour he is known for, pens a very dark and serious script, focusing on a the incredibly important and tragic Peterloo Massacre of Manchester, an event that most people do not know. Perhaps because of his outwardly friendliness and his seeming combination of the everyman as well as aristocracy, the Fifth Doctor is a natural choice as the star of this historical. Both he and Nyssa have an inherent calm and refinement to their characters, and so it’s fascinating to see both of them become so emotional and enraged about the events surrounding them, events that they cannot change due to their importance in history. Following a TARDIS malfunction, the Doctor, Nyssa, and Tegan land in Manchester…