Zygon Hunt
Audio / February 27, 2017

Released August 2014 The Zygons, with only one televised serial in the entire classic run of Doctor Who, have endured in the public consciousness as one of the greatest and most iconic villains the franchise has ever offered, enough to earn them a starring role in the blockbuster fiftieth anniversary special. With their incredibly organic design and shape-shifting prowess, and their reputation undoubtedly bolstered by not being overused like the Daleks or Cybermen, they unquestionably present one of the most unique threats the Doctor periodically comes across. Now, as the third series of Big Finish’s The Fourth Doctor Adventures draws to a close, Tom Baker fittingly gets the opportunity to confront the famed foes once more. Though the issue of The Fourth Doctor Adventures seemingly being content to revel in nostalgia and to offer rather straightforward tales perfectly encapsulating the essence of the Baker years is a recurrent one, that notion is perhaps more noticeable in a story that serves as a season finale, especially one with such an intriguing atmosphere built up as the Doctor and Leela become entwined in a deadly hunt where there is no clear friend or foe and where tremendous secrets lurk in the shadows…

Terror of the Zygons
Episode / November 30, 2016

Aired 30 August – 20 September 1975 If Tom Baker’s debut story, ‘Robot,’ set out to provide an air of familiarity as the Fourth Doctor tackled a strictly Third Doctor story, ‘Terror of the Zygons’ provides a definite point of departure for the two eras as it plays upon past conventions while injecting the wholly different feel of the Fourth Doctor era that has already become so clear and strong after some experimentation during Baker’s first year. Even with the Third Doctor continually returning to Earth after his exile ended, the Fourth Doctor made it abundantly clear from the outset that he had no interest in doing so, and the tightly-connected stories of Baker’s first year support this new incarnation’s desire to once more travel through space and time. Thus, his frustration at the Brigadier summoning him back to Earth to help with another alien invasion is understandable, and it’s quite interesting to note how the underlying air of friendliness that simmered beneath the Third Doctor’s condescending remarks towards the Brigadier has almost completely vanished. As a new foe, the Zygons make an instant impression, buoyed by superb costuming that captures the organic alien menace perfectly. The last survivors of…

The Day of the Doctor
Episode / April 6, 2016

Aired 23 November 2013 It’s not often that a franchise gets to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with such pomp and circumstance, especially one that is still actively churning out fresh and exciting stories in multiple media and is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before, and so understandably ‘The Day of the Doctor’ carries a heavy burden as it needs to deliver homage to its past while telling a strong story that can launch it into a new era. Right from the beginning, it’s clear that everyone involved managed to achieve that balance perfectly as the original title sequence and opening merges seamlessly into the present. Steven Moffat makes the wise decision to tell his lively tale more in the style of classic Doctor Who, sure to appease fans both old and new. At the core of the story is a rather straightforward invasion of Earth by the shape-shifting Zygons, making their first appearance since 1975’s ‘Terror of the Zygons,’ as they emerge from paintings in London’s National Gallery. The Zygons are triumphantly realised here with some superb costuming and practical effects, and their slow invasion through Time Lord art works wonders as an underlying air of uncertainty regarding…

The Zygon Inversion
Episode / March 7, 2016

Aired 7 November 2015 Writer Peter Harness certainly set himself up a difficult task with all of the differing plot points he set up that needing resolving at the end of ‘The Zygon Invasion,’ but he masterfully proves to be up to the task and offers one of the strongest instalments of Doctor Who in recent memory. That’s saying a lot considering how strong the entire Capaldi era has been so far. Gone is any lingering stereotype of what a family programme should and should not do, for on full display is a lesson on politics, war, and tolerance. Undoubtedly many viewers will disagree with this approach, but it’s a bold path for the programme to take, and one that it can’t shy away from forever considering how often the Doctor comes up against evil in some form. Following a clever resolution to a rather tight cliffhanger, the episode quickly picks up momentum never looks back. Last episode, for the first time this series, Capaldi’s Doctor was not front and centre, but that is certainly not the cases this time. In fact, Capaldi unequivocally gives his best performance in the role yet, highlighted by one enrapturing monologue that grows more…

The Zygon Invasion
Episode / March 6, 2016

Aired 31 October 2015 Right from the start it’s apparent that this is going to be a big story, both in terms of scope and continuity. Picking up some of the lingering plot threads from the fiftieth anniversary adventure ‘The Day of the Doctor,’ there’s quite a long exposition sequence to catch viewers up before the story then goes on to- still before the credits even begin- explain that Ingrid Oliver’s Osgood is back as the latest in an increasing line of hybrids this series has featured. Also returning, though, are the Zygons, and the focus is solely on the shape-shifting creatures for the first time since their debut in ‘Terror of the Zygons.’ As it turns out, quite a lot has happened on Earth in the past couple of years and, with a leap of faith, the Zygons have brokered a peace treaty with humanity that allows 20 million or so of them to live amongst humans in secret. Both sides seem to know just how inherently tenuous and fragile the treaty is, and perhaps it’s fitting that there is a ‘Nightmare Scenario’ codename prepared. The action picks up immediately, offering little time for any character or viewer to…