Posts by: Ian McArdell

Doctor Who Short Trips 8.03 review – The Turn Of The Screw

After a quick schedule shuffle, the latest Doctor Who Short Trip release is an Eddie Robson penned tale featuring Warrant Officer Charlie Sato, a member of the UNIT team who guard ‘The Vault’. First created for the Companion Chronicles range, Charlie Sato is voiced by Jee Yee Tso who may be more familiar to fans...

Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 4 review

This month’s volume of The Third Doctor Adventures is a real fan pleaser, finally providing the dynamic Third Doctor his own clash with the Cybermen, as well as serving up a bout with another old adversary too. Rise Of The New Humans After the Doctor and Jo are called in investigate an apparent suicide, they...

Torchwood 19 – The Death Of Captain Jack review

After a six month break, which saw the launch of the Torchwood: Aliens Among Us series, a new run of monthly Torchwood releases from Big Finish began with the return of an old adversary. Before Captain Jack Harkness became Torchwood’s brooding immortal hero, we saw him as Doctor Who’s reformed temporal con man. Earlier than that,...

Torchwood: The Office Of Never Was review

From the roster of the Torchwood central cast, doubtless many would agree that Ianto Jones had the most to gain from the show’s audio revival. Presented as the ever-reliable background boy, albeit with a tortured past and a cyber-girlfriend stashed in the basement, his opportunities to shine on screen were limited at best. The audio...

Doctor Who Gallifrey: Time War review

Running in various formats since 2004, Gallifrey has chronicled eight series worth of political machinations at the heart of Time Lord society. Following the stories of the Doctor’s former companions Romana and Leela. Latterly, the series has added Ace to its roster, picking up on the notion that the Doctor was preparing her for life...

Torchwood: Aliens Among Us part 3 review

Big Finish’s Torchwood Series 5, Aliens Among Us, draws to a close across a third box set of four stories. Set in a Cardiff radically altered since the heyday of the television show, the resurgent Torchwood work from the remnants of their hub, dealing with alien threats in a city riven with immigration issues and...

Doctor Who: Ghost Walk review

February’s Fifth Doctor release from Big Finish, the second in the current trilogy after Kingdom of Lies, brings his Season 18 line-up of Adric, Tegan and Nyssa into a complex temporal puzzle of a story which has some very modern sensibilities. In a lengthy and highly amusing pre-credits setup, we are introduced to one of...

Doctor Who: A Heart On Both Sides review

‘A Heart on Both Sides’ is the first foray of the Short Trips range into Doctor Who’s Time War, that was timed to coincide with the launch of a new strand of Eighth Doctor adventures set in that era. The focus of this particular adventure though is Nyssa, late of Traken and the TARDIS, who...

Doctor Who: The Silurian Candidate review

Rounding out a trilogy for the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Mel, ‘The Silurian Candidate’ acts serves as a sequel to 1983’s futuristic sea base-under-siege story ‘Warriors of the Deep’. It also grants the returned Mel an opportunity to see the Doctor’s more manipulative nature, a tendency he developed after her departure in ‘Dragonfire’. Set in...

Doctor Who: The Diary Of River Song series 3 review

Having always felt more like the lead of her own show, rather than the guest star, it is no surprise that River Song has thrived on audio, courtesy of Big Finish. After dealing with an ancient threat to the universe in the first volume of her adventures, alongside the Eighth Doctor, and becoming entangled with...