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 Woman Who Lived
Episode / March 4, 2016

Aired 24 October 2015 ‘The Woman Who Lived’ comes as something as a surprise; even though it is presented as a second part to ‘The Girl Who Died,’ the tone and story it offers is radically different in almost every sense. Maisie Williams returns but has long forsaken her name Ashildr, here playing a highwayman who has little memory of her earlier life. What follows is a relatively sombre affair, a study on just what immortality means to the girl living forever. No moment is more touching than when Maisie explains that, although her body may be immortal, her mind is not, and the vast number of books that she has written in order to keep some semblance of recollection of herself is a haunting visual of just how much- both good and bad- she has been through and lost. Interestingly, Clara is largely absent from the episode until the end, and in the process Ashildr becomes a sort of mirror for the Doctor himself. The Ashildr here is often cruel and harsh with her humanity only showing up at the last possible moment to save her tortured soul, a reflection of this incarnation of the Time Lord, and it’s…

The Black Hole
Audio / February 11, 2016

Released November 2015 The third entry in the second series of The Early Adventures jumps ahead in the Second Doctor’s timeline to the era of Victoria and Jamie, seeing the TARDIS land aboard a space station orbiting a black hole with no associated star or supernova to explain its existence. The normal rules of time are bending for the 20,000 inhabitants, and an old foe is lurking in the shadows. As with any well-written story, ‘The Black Hole’ can be enjoyed both by newcomers as an isolated adventure and by fans more well-versed in the programme’s long-standing mythology. Excitingly for fans, this is the story that finally reveals- from the Second Doctor’s perspective- the events leading up to and following on from Jamie’s and his presence with the Stattenheim remote control in the Sixth Doctor tale ‘The Two Doctors.’ Simon Guerrier also cleverly inserts the appearance of a species that Jamie should have no knowledge of at this point, mischievously toying with listeners’ knowledge and anticipation. Guerrier perfectly recaptures the feel of the Second Doctor era, even having rows of computer banks shooting out ticker tapes; at the same time, though, he introduces concepts and bits of knowledge that are…