Posts by: Ian McArdell

Bernice Summerfield – The Story So Far Vol 2 review

As part of the continuing celebrations for her twentieth anniversary on audio, Big Finish have released two volumes of adventures drawn from the various periods of Bernice Summerfield’s life. While Volume One looked at her youth, her time on Dellah and at the Braxiatel Collection, Volume Two brings us up to date offering encounters with two...

Bernice Summerfield: Treasury audio review

This year, audio producers Big Finish celebrate two decades of stories starring Bernice “Benny” Summerfield, the futuristic archaeologist and sometime companion of the Doctor. As well as releasing The Story So Far, two volumes of full-cast dramas set in Benny’s various eras, Treasury draws together short stories from all over her timeline which have been...

Audio Review: Doctor Who – The Diary Of River Song Series 4

River Song has been busily flowing up her husband’s timestream in her audio adventures. Having encountered the Eighth, the Seventh and Sixth, and most recently the Fifth Doctor, her latest box set grants her a meeting with the Fourth Doctor as well as an original race of villains to cross swords with. Time In A...

Doctor Who: The Early Adventures – The Morton Legacy review

Following a WWII pure historical The Night Witches and the futuristic mining action of The Outliers, season four’s packed TARDIS of Ben, Polly and Jamie arrives in the Victorian era for The Morton Legacy. Not that this is where the Doctor intends to be, as the first episode treats us to a lovely introductory sequence...

Class: The Audio Adventures Volume 1 review

Making its debut via the online BBC Three, and with some shoddy treatment from BBC One schedulers, it is fair to say Class, 2016’s Doctor Who spin-off, struggled to find its audience. Set around the Coal Hill School, a location with enduring links with the parent show, Patrick Ness created a drama series aimed at...

Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Chronicles review

After box sets for both the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, the latest Chronicles release features stories from the Eleventh Doctor’s era. Narrated by Jacob Dudman, with his uncanny take on Matt Smith’s incarnation, the set also includes a couple of other familiar voices; Danny Horn returns to his role as the teenage Kazran Sardick and...

Audio review: Torchwood One – Machines

Back for a second box set based at Torchwood One after the success of Before The Fall, we return for another trio of London based stories with Yvonne Hartman and Ianto Jones, before their world was so rudely interrupted by warring Daleks and Cybermen. With a looser theme than the previous set, these stories begin...

Doctor Who Short Trip 8.08: Flight Into Hull! review

Doctor Who’s favourite mum Jackie Tyler returns in a second slice of adventure from the parallel universe which has now become the home of her reunited family – and the stomping ground of the MetaCrisis Doctor. UNIT’s dinner lady extraordinaire is still recovering from The Siege Of Big Ben and smarting from the actions of...

Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures – The Time War Series 2 review

As Doctor Who fans we are used to enjoying stories in varying eras of the show, but there is a special thrill with the current Eighth Doctor offerings from Big Finish. While the Ravenous stories see a younger Eighth enjoying adventures in the company of companions Liv and Helen, the alternate strand is set much...

Callan Volume One review

Running on ITV for four series between 1967 and 1972, as well as spawning both a movie and an 80’s TV special, Callan was a hard-hitting spy drama which followed its hero, played by Edward Woodward, in his missions for The Section – a covert government department handling enemies of the state by the most...