Energy of the Daleks
Audio / January 15, 2017

Released April 2012 It was an inevitability that arguably the most iconic Doctor would cross paths with the Daleks, his most iconic foes, when The Fourth Doctor Adventures audio range was announced with Nicholas Briggs’s involvement. After all, the Daleks have been a recurring force for evil almost since the very beginning of Doctor Who itself, and the Fourth Doctor was quite literally present at the very beginning of the Dalek menace as he considered destroying their threat before it could even manifest. ‘Energy of the Daleks’ finally gives Leela an opportunity to confront the universe’s ultimate evil, creating a successful- if rather straightforward- Dalek entry in this fledgling range. The Doctor and Leela land in 2025 London where protests against the GloboSphere Corporation are intensifying. The company has successfully set up solar panels on the Moon that are capable of generating all of Earth’s energy needs, but it has since made deals with terrestrial energy companies to delay utilizing them. As the protests are broken up and the Doctor and Leela are separated, Leela soon discovers that the Daleks are behind the technological advancements and that they plan to use the vast power supplies to against an unsuspecting Earth.…

Masters of Earth
Audio / December 14, 2016

Released November 2014 The Doctor and Peri cross paths with the Doctor’s own past as they land on Earth in 2163, ten years after the Daleks have captured Earth and one year before the First Doctor puts an end to their occupation. As the Doctor finds himself amongst a burgeoning rebellion, though, he finds himself a hostage to time as he knows that this rebellion must fail and that the Daleks must be allowed to succeed for another full year. The pairing of Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor and Nicola Bryant’s Peri is a true testament to everything Big Finish has accomplished, taking two somewhat controversial characters and making them utterly enthralling both separately and together. Especially given the harrowing experiences of Peri as portrayed in ‘The Widow’s Assassin,’ the character development and growth both have undergone in the audio medium has made this a must-hear team. With the stakes as high as they are here and the Doctor entangled in his own past which has yet to unfold, ‘Masters of Earth’ showcases the mutual respect and affection the two companions have for each other while furthering their understanding of each other as well. The Doctor is unable to get involved…

The Mutant Phase
Audio / February 25, 2016

Released December 2000 ‘The Mutant Phase’ is the third story to pit the Daleks against the Doctor. Whereas ‘The Genocide Machine’ had the novelty of being the first and ‘The Apocalypse Element’ had the novelty of being set on Gallifrey, ‘The Mutant Phase’ has no such device to bolster excitement and so the story has to stand solely on its own merit as the Daleks this time face the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa. Unfortunately, despite many very positive attributes to the tale that make it quite enjoyable to listen to, there are quite a few noticeable flaws as well, some more debatable than others. The biggest issue with ‘The Mutant Phase’ is that it all comes down to a paradox, albeit not one necessarily consciously created. This is a common science fiction trope, and sometimes it can be effective in retrospect, but it becomes quite obvious early on that the plot is headed in this direction, giving a sense of nonchalant detachedness to the proceedings since they will ultimately be inconsequential. This is most egregious in the second episode when the Doctor and Nyssa arrive on Earth in the forty-third century and find the last stragglers of human civilization being…