Amy’s Choice
Episode / March 11, 2016

Aired 15 May 2010 It’s refreshing when Doctor Who tries to expand its limits and do something totally new even after all of this time, and that’s exactly the case with ‘Amy’s Choice.’ This is a story that requires the investment of its viewers as well as its leads as the TARDIS crew are simultaneously stranded in two very different but equally dangerous worlds. With the addition of the Toby Jones’s meancing and enigmatic Dream Lord who tasks them with determining which reality is real- on board the TARDIS or five years hence in the village of Upper Leadworth- with true death on the line if they choose incorrectly, ‘Amy’s Choice’ features an incredibly strong central plot. Fortunately, writer Simon Nye and the production team prove adept at managing these two storylines concurrently. In one, the Doctor and company are stranded on the TARDIS, freezing as they slowly plunge toward a Cold Star. In the other, the Doctor stops by the home of Rory and a very pregnant Amy in Upper Leadworth, only to find the village is perhaps a little too quiet for its own good. In the TARDIS, the cast does a superb job of portraying their inevitable…

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…