The Fourth Wall
Audio / October 25, 2016

Released February 2012 After an ambitious story that made excellent use of the Doctor and Davros- even managing to make the latter a character deserving of empathy- but failed to truly capitalize on the introduction of new companion Flip, writer John Dorney attempts to rectify this oversight while offering a uniquely off-kilter tale that showcases the extremely variable format that Doctor Who affords. Led to the planet Transmission owned by media mogul Augustus Scullop when they notice strange goings-on on the time and space visualizer, the Doctor and Flip find themselves present as the new Reel Life holographic technology used for the television programme Laser is unveiled. Through a technical malfunction, Flip is somehow transported out of the TARDIS and into the programme where she quickly begins interaction with the heroic Jack Laser, his assistant Jancey, and the malevolent Lord Krarn. These scenes in a way serve as a parody of Doctor Who itself, and even as Flip thinks she is in some sort of role-playing game, the Doctor realizes that she is in deadly peril, one that ultimately results in her death after she talks back to Krarn. The Doctor, meanwhile, spends his time gathering information by sneaking into…

You Are the Doctor and Other Stories
Audio / February 8, 2016

Released December 2015 Within the framework of the Seventh Doctor unsuccessfully trying to teach Ace to fly the TARDIS, Big Finish’s December 2015 release is another four-story compilation effort. ‘You Are the Doctor’ is the first story of the set, with Ace having landed the TARDIS on a foul-smelling space ship rather than Australia as intended. In a unique twist, the action that follows is offered in the form of a ‘Choose Your Adventure’ tale. Narrative cues allow the listener to choose which course of action to take as the Porcian plot is slowly revealed. Although most of the tale is played for humour, the reveal at the heart of the story is quite sad and touching, adding a much needed sense of gravitas to really make the story resonate. While it’s hard to imagine this style of audio story being able to sustain itself for a longer period of time, it certainly is enjoyable in a half-hour format. A mystery reminiscent of an Agatha Christie tale forms the backbone of the second story, ‘Come Die with Me,’ as Ace lands the TARDIS in an old, eerie manor. Unwillingly embroiled in a competitive mystery that has claimed 1,868 intellectual souls…