Dark Eyes 3
Audio / February 20, 2016

Released November 2014 The Master is back for the four-episode Dark Eyes 3 and is again seeking universal supremacy, this time by manipulating the Eminence’s Infinite Warriors. Molly O’Sullivan is vital to his plans and, aided by Sally Armstrong, he is perilously close to succeeding. Paranoid from his recent events and not wanting to change history, the Doctor is hesitant to join the conflict; when Narvin, a Time Lord CIA agent, provides the incentive and motivation needed, though, the Doctor and Liv Chenka go up against the Master to stop his scheme and to save their friend. Big Finish makes a bold choice with the beginning of Dark Eyes 3 as the first story, ‘The Death of Hope,’ primarily features the villainous Master. It’s an approach that’s not used very often in any medium, and Alex MacQueen completely controls every scene he is in, relishing the opportunity to be the de facto lead as the events of this box set are set in motion. The Master here is self-absorbed as always, but he’s also incredibly cunning and charismatic and a dominant manipulator, proving again how evil he can be and how fantastic a foe he can be when handled properly.…

Dark Eyes 2
Audio / February 18, 2016

Released February 2014 Continuing on from the ending of Dark Eyes, Big Finish continues the Eight Doctor’s adventures with another four-story box set aptly titled Dark Eyes 2. Comprised of ‘The Traitor,’ ‘The White Room,’ ‘Time’s Horizon,’ and ‘The Eyes of the Master,’ this time the Doctor finds himself and acquaintances pitted against the Daleks and a resurrected Master. Dark Eyes was an astronomical success for Big Finish, and fortunately the high quality continues in the sequel while even managing to eliminate many of the pacing issues that hampered the first set. That improvement is primarily due to the individual stories having stronger individual plots, allowing for events at hand to be managed while the overarching plot can be gradually revealed without relying on superfluous padding to fill the running time. Dark Eyes saw the Eighth Doctor at his lowest point before finally finding a renewed sense of hope that allowed him to continue with his life; this sequel set sees him as still a very fragile being, but one being unwittingly drawn into the temporal affairs of both the Time Lords and the Daleks. Clearly Big Finish is building towards something grander down the line- quite possibly the start…

Dark Eyes
Audio / February 18, 2016

Released November 2012 Following the traumatic conclusion to The Eighth Doctor Adventures in ‘To the Death,’ the Doctor is a lonely and broken man in turmoil who has lost any sense of hope. Hitting a reset switch of sorts for the character to allow new listeners to enjoy as well, Big Finish has released the four-story Dark Eyes boxset in which the now downtrodden and often fatalistic Eighth Doctor tries to carry on with his life. At the beginning of ‘The Great War,’ the Doctor has sent his TARDIS racing towards the end of the universe. Quite quickly, however, Straxus, a Time Lord with secretive motivations, finds him and coerces him into undertaking a rescue mission for the Time Lords involving the Daleks; driven by emotion and his previous encounters with the Daleks, the Doctor soon finds himself in the middle of World War I, almost instantly coming under attack by mustard gas. Fairly quick on the recovery, he soon finds his intended rescue target, an Irish medical volunteer named Molly O’Sullivan, but is greeted only with an overwhelming sense of distrust and dislike towards him. And, of course, the Daleks are seemingly around every corner, ever present and seemingly…