Real Time
Audio / May 15, 2017

Original Webcast 2 August – 6 September 2002 Audio CD Released December 2002 Before the BBC relaunch of Doctor Who in 2005, it was primarily on the shoulders of Big Finish to keep up any sort of official adventures while the BBC tried to figure out just what exactly it wanted to do with the franchise following the failed backdoor pilot featuring Paul McGann. Following the first official BBCi webcast ‘Death Comes to Time’ featuring Sylvester McCoy, the BBC teamed with Big Finish to offer the much-maligned Sixth Doctor a more official chance at redemption by bringing Colin Baker back into the public consciousness. Fortunately, ‘Real Time’ succeeds admirably in that regard, removing Colin Baker from the behind-the-scenes turmoil that plagued his tenure on television and portraying the arrogance and sense of grandeur that so defined his character in an overall softer and more amenable light. The script wisely does not eliminate the more contentious aspects of this Doctor here, but it admirably explains why such divisive mannerisms and actions that would seem out of place for any other incarnation are perfectly logical and perhaps for the greater good in their own right. This is perhaps best explored when the…

The Movie
Episode / February 6, 2016

Aired 14 May 1996 Seven years after the final episode of ‘Survival’ aired, Doctor Who returned to screens in 1996 with an American co-production in what was hoped to serve as a backdoor pilot for an ongoing series. With a tumultuous scripting and production cycle, the results were mixed, ultimately offering fans only a glimpse of what could have been. Possibly the biggest issue that plagued The Movie when airing is that it contained too many nods to the past. While long-term Doctor Who fans unquestionably appreciated even the seemingly innocuous references like the presence of gold dust in the TARDIS, the entire plot was based heavily around mythology that must have seemed overwhelming to potential newcomers to the franchise. This applies even to the titular hero as audiences are treated to two incarnations of the Time Lord. Sylvester McCoy is spectacular in the expository scene, reprising his Seventh Doctor in a more subdued, nuanced role. However, room must be made for the hopeful new lead in Paul McGann and so, after being unceremoniously gunned down in the streets of San Francisco with the millennium looming, McCoy’s Doctor meets his end as the surgeon Grace Holloway makes a fatal operating…