Posts by: Ian McArdell

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...

Doctor Who: The Authentic Experience review, with Colin Baker

While Dan Starkey is doubtless most familiar to Doctor Who fans for his role onscreen as most of the modern Sontarans, notably the nurse, Victorian butler and comic stooge Strax, he has also worked extensively for Big Finish in various roles. Kicking off a new year of Short Trips, ‘The Authentic Experience’ is his first...

Doctor Who: The High Price Of Parking review

This Big Finish Doctor Who tale kicks off a second trilogy of stories for Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor in the company of both his onscreen companions; Mel having re-joined the TARDIS crew post ‘Dragonfire’ and after her (mis)adventures with Sabalom Glitz. Written by John Dorney, the story takes place within an isolated futuristic community, with...

Doctor Who: Kingdom Of Lies review

To kick of a new trilogy of stories for the Fifth Doctor, Robert Kahn and Tom Salinsky, the writers of last year’s entertaining Hartnell pure-historical ‘The Ravelli Conspiracy’ bring their comic touch to the busy Season 18 line-up of Adric, Nyssa and Tegan. An entertaining pre-credits sequence snaps us right back to character dynamics of...

Doctor Who: Landbound review

In 2016, to honour the memory of a much missed colleague, Big Finish launched the first ‘Paul Spragg Short Trip Memorial Opportunity’. Offering writers new to the company the chance to submit a short story idea, with the prize of a commission and its subsequent release, it yielded the entertaining Seventh Doctor tale ‘Forever Fallen’...

Doctor Who: O Tannenbaum review

So that was Christmas and what have Big Finish done? They’ve created a story, as festive as they come. Of course, Doctor Who‘s first (and only until the modern era) Christmas Special featured the First Doctor, and with his final tale set at the South Pole, we are used to picturing him trudging through a...