Doom Coalition 4
Audio / March 10, 2017

Released March 2017 SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW Doom Coalition burst onto the scene in October 2015, instantly setting an incredible precedent with the introduction of the mesmerising Time Lord villain the Eleven and never looking back as subsequent stories introduced new companion Helen Sinclair and new villains the Sonomancer and the Clocksmith, re-introduced the ever-beguiling River Song, and slowly built up one of the greatest threats the universe has ever faced. With the Doctor betrayed by a man he once called friend and seemingly doomed along with his companions as the universe’s end approaches, Doom Coalition 4 arrives amidst exceedingly high expectations to finally conclude this sixteen-part epic. John Dorney’s ‘Ship in a Bottle’ opens this concluding set, taking a cue from the third set’s opening tale, ‘Absent Friends’ and offering a much more intimate and introspective story than is usual, albeit one with the impending inevitability of death and resultant destruction of the universe as its backdrop. With no villain or, indeed, any characters other than the three leads present, the focus is squarely on exploring the mindset of the Doctor, Liv, and Helen as they find themselves facing the very real prospect of having to live out the rest…

The Almost People
Episode / March 21, 2016

Aired 28 May 2011 ‘The Almost People’ picks up events immediately where ‘The Rebel Flesh’ ended, and in continuing its story completes easily the most traditional of Doctor Who tales in a very long time. This is no strike against the episode, though, as it remains thoroughly entertaining up to and through its shocking epilogue. The sense of confusion due to the doubles that pervaded the atmosphere last time returns and, if anything, is actually increased, helping to steer events to their logical conclusion and demanding the characters’ and the audience’s attention. Matt Smith quickly becomes even more of a presence than he normally is thanks to the addition of his Ganger. The time it takes for the duplicate to become adjusted and stable allows for some fun callbacks to previous Doctors, but it’s apparent throughout that Smith is thoroughly enjoying himself as events progress, convincingly playing off of himself and even holding conversations with himself. Again, this is no easy task, but each of the duplicated humans manages to portray their two versions exceptionally well, Sarah Smart again doing yeoman’s work as Jennifer becomes more integral. Mark Bonnar and Raquel Cassidy offer very strong and convincing performances as well,…

Doom Coalition 2
Audio / March 10, 2016

Released February 2016 Doom Coalition 2, the second set of four stories in this sixteen-story epic to be released over four box sets, continues the adventures of the Eighth Doctor, Helen, and Liv, as they hunt for and battle the renegade Time Lord villain the Eleven. Nicholas Briggs’s ‘Beachhead’ starts the set off with the Doctor looking to take a bit of holiday following the events of Doom Coalition 1, taking Helen and Liv to the quiet English village of Stegmoor in 2017. As is increasingly the case in Doctor Who, though, water works against the TARDIS team, a sudden flood knocking the Doctor out and leaving Helen and Liv to piece the puzzle of a mysterious energy source together. This provides a good premise for listeners to get re-acquainted with these companions and shows that they are both sensible and reasonable as they discuss what actions to take once they discover an uncovered black rock on the beach that might just be a spaceship. Helen, in particular, comes off as being much more confident here than she did in her initial adventures, but Liv is portrayed quite strongly as well as she eventually heads to the village to see…

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.…