Posts by: Ian McArdell

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...

Doctor Who Short Trips 8.11: The Mistpuddle Murders review

The Short Trips format offers writers a chance to be as ‘out there’ as they desire, stretching Doctor Who’s ever-flexible format into almost any direction and none more so than in Simon A Forward’s latest offering, a rather unusual murder mystery tale for the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan. Set within a curious community of anthropomorphised...

Audio Review: Doctor Who Main Range 234 – Warlock’s Cross

After concluding his recent trilogy with Ace and Mel, the Seventh Doctor returns, travelling solo to round off another trilogy: the tragic tale of former UNIT medic Daniel Hopkins (Blake Harrison). Filling in a tantalising gap in Doctor Who history, April’s The Helliax Rift and July’s Hour Of The Cybermen have charted the Doctor’s brushes...

Audio review: A Guide to the Doctor Who Short Trip Rarities 2018

In addition to the scheduled releases, September brought forth a clutch of Short Trips Rarities from the Big Finish archive. Formerly available as subscriber bonuses, these five narrated stories feature adventures for the Doctor and friends, read by some familiar BF voices, and each has been enlivened with fresh artwork from Tom Saunders. To help...

Doctor Who Short Trips 8.10: I Am The Master review

Thanks to his numerous appearances over the years, against various Doctors, is fair to say that Geoffrey Beevers has become the audio embodiment of that classic Time Lord villain, The Master. While he only played briefly against Tom Baker onscreen in The Keeper Of Traken, a story which reintroduced the character after some years and...