Posts by: Ian McArdell

Doctor Who: The Eighth Of March review

From humans to reptilians to Time Lords, the long history of Doctor Who has featured plenty of remarkable women; characters who have won our hearts with their bravery and heroism as they have been caught up in the Doctor’s universal exploits. Luckily, many of those former companions and friends have found an afterlife of adventure...

Doctor Who : The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 8 Vol 2 review

With its links to the Hartnell era revealed in a surprisingly left-field cliffhanger, which doubtless sent many a fan scrabbling for Wikipedia or a Loose Cannon reconstruction, ‘The Syndicate Master Plan’ concludes with a second volume of stories. Avoiding substantial spoilers, while at the same time acknowledging some familiar faces appear on the box set...

Audio Review: The Diary Of River Song series 5

Since opening her diary for Big Finish, the time-travelling archaeologist Professor River Song (Alex Kingston) has dutifully picked her way back up her husband’s timeline, most recently reaching the Fourth Doctor. For this fifth volume however, River chronicles encounters with another Time Lord – one who is presented in four different, but equally deadly flavours....

Doctor Who – The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 8 Vol. 1 review

After seven years’ worth of stories paired with television companions, the Fourth Doctor and K-9 have a new friend in tow: WPC Ann Kelso, played by Jane Slavin. This eighth season of audio adventures mirrors a idea from the Doctor’s onscreen adventures; just as season sixteen brought us a quest for The Key To Time,...

Audio Review: Doctor Who Short Trip 8.12 – The Devil’s Footprints

While December’s Main Range stories brought us Iris Wildthyme in Paris and Icelandic-noir, the Short Trips range finished 2018 with a touch of the Gothic. Set early on in his era, while travelling with Mel, the Doctor arrives in a Devonshire village in February 1855 to catch up with an old friend, the Reverend HT...

Audio Review: Doctor Who Short Trip – The Last Day At Work

Since 2017, Big Finish has run an annual competition to encourage fresh writing talent. The Paul Spragg Memorial Script Opportunity, named in honour of one of the company’s much missed former employees, invites new writers to submit a single page synopsis and writing sample for consideration. The winner goes on to develop and complete their...

Doctor Who Main Range 246: The Hunting Ground review

December’s double dose of Doctor Who Main Range action concluded with a chilly outing for Colin Baker, as crime novelist AK Benedict (who has also written for Torchwood) provides a solo adventure for the Sixth Doctor set in Iceland. In a story which begins with a New Year’s Eve tale of trolls, Police Inspector Yrsa...

Audio review: The SofT Annual 2019

Released just before Christmas, The SofT Annual 2019 is the first release from Sounds of Thunder, a new company with a veritable host of Doctor Who connections who have plans to publish a range of science fiction, horror and comedy audios. This release is made up of a series of short tales, mostly festively themed,...

Doctor Who Main Range 245: Muse Of Fire review

The first of two December releases for the Big Finish Doctor Who main monthly range brings the TARDIS to Paris in 1922. Travelling with Ace and Hex, the Seventh Doctor is keen to meet some of the creative greats of the age, but instead finds himself at odds with his old sparring partner and fellow...

Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor New Adventures Volume 1 review

Set in the latter period of the Virgin New Adventures novels, Doctor Who’s prose home in the wilderness years of the early 1990s, the latest boxset of Seventh Doctor Adventures stars companions Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej – futuristic former law enforcement officers who made their audio debut in the adaptations of their prose adventures...