Posts by: Tony Jones

Doctor Who: The Year Of The Drex Olympics review

The April 2019 Doctor Who: Short Trips story from Big Finish is The Year Of The Drex Olympics by Paul Ebbs (who wrote some Bernice Summerfield stories for Big Finish back at the start of the century). The title is more than a nod to the classic Nigel Kneale play The Year Of The Sex...

The Fourth Doctor Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 1 review

Fans of Tom Baker’s fourth Doctor are enjoying a bevy of releases from Big Finish, and the latest five-disc boxset maintains the standard of quality. It’s two stories adapted from comic strips and transferring two popular stories to audio. Adapted by Alan Barnes, this is a fourth Doctor able to turn up the dial on...

Doctor Who: The Kamelion Empire review

A trio of fifth Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Kamelion comes to an end with the Jonathan Morris penned The Kamelion Empire. As the title makes abundantly clear, the central focus is on the shape changing android Kamelion, but not so as to minimise the role of the others. The setting is the world of the...

Doctor Who Short Trips: The Astrea Conspiracy review

With the February 2019 Doctor Who Short Trips: The Astrea Conspiracy, Big Finish takes its licence into the Peter Capaldi twelfth Doctor era for the first time. There’s no Peter Capaldi, but we do have Neve McIntosh (known for playing Madame Vastra on-screen). Unusually for the Short Trips range, Neve McIntosh isn’t performing as an...

Missy Series 1 review

Exclusively available from the Big Finish website until the end of April, Missy Series 1 delivers exactly what it says on the cover: Michelle Gomez as that most diabolical of Time Lords, Missy, in what must surely be the first set of many. Across four CD-length stories, Missy is able to do her worst, unchallenged...

Doctor Who: Black Thursday/Power Game review

February’s Doctor Who main range release from Big Finish is a brace of single disc fifth Doctor stories rather than the more common double-disc story. Peter Davison is joined by Tegan (Janet Fielding), Turlough (Mark Strickson) and newly re-voiced shape-shifting android Kamelion (Jon Culshaw). The first story is Black Thursday, the tale of a 1902...

The First Doctor Adventures Volume 03 review

The latest four-disc boxset for the recast Big Finish first Doctor team provides two stories for our enjoyment: one a pure historical, the other a rather different beast altogether. The first story is Marc Platt’s The Phoenicians, a sumptuous tale of royalty, history, legend and desperate measures. David Bradley’s Doctor has all the style, charm...

Doctor Who Short Trips: The Revisionists review

The Big Finish Doctor Who Short Trips range starts 2019 with a new producer (Alfie Shaw taking over from Ian Atkins) and brings Brigadier Alastair Lethbridge-Stewart to the fore. The Short Trips stories are short (30-40 minutes generally) tales focusing on a few characters in Doctor Who history read by an actor who played one...

Doctor Who: Devil In The Mist review

The fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, kicks off the 2019 Big Finish main range with Devil In The Mist and it’s the first appearance on audio for Kamelion (voiced by Jon Culshaw). For those who don’t know, Kamelion was a shape-shifting robot who appeared in a small number of Doctor Who episodes in the 1980s originally...

Doctor Who Early Adventures: The Crash Of The UK-201

Big Finish ended their 2018 run of excellent stories in the Doctor Who Early Adventures range with another strong story, Jonathan Morris’s The Crash Of The UK-201. It’s another First Doctor story, with Peter Purves acting as narrator, Steven Taylor and the Doctor. The main focus, though, is Maureen O’Brien as Vicki, who suddenly wakes...