Posts by: Tony Jones

‘Doctor Who’ audio boxset review: ‘The Sixth Doctor – The Last Adventure’

Big Finish has treated us to something very special in the form of ‘The Sixth Doctor – The Last Adventure’. Brought forward from September, this is a four-disc story telling how the Valeyard (Michael Jayston) schemes across the Sixth Doctor’s (Colin Baker) incarnation. We know in advance that this is the story which will regenerate...

‘Doctor Who’ audio play reviews round-up: Out in August 2015 from Big Finish

Big Finish has treated Doctor Who fans to a feast of new releases this month.   The Fourth Doctor Adventures 4.08: ‘Return to Telos’ Here we have the final release in this year’s Fourth Doctor Adventures. These star Tom Baker (of course) and also Louise Jameson as Leela. For most of the run they have...

‘The Avengers’ audio boxset review: ‘The Lost Episodes – Volume 4′

Back in 1961, the TV series The Avengers focussed on the stories of Dr David Keel (Ian Hendry) and John Steed (the recently deceased Patrick Macnee) was only the assistant. After one series, Hendry left and John Steed took centre stage, along came a string of female assistants and as the 1960s progressed the show...

‘Doctor Who’ audio play reviews round-up: Out in June 2015 from Big Finish

Ian McArdell and Tony Jones review this month’s new Doctor Who plays from Big Finish…   Doctor Who Main Range #200 ‘The Secret History’ As well as the excitement of pairing the 5th Doctor with early companions Stephen and Vicki, this story serves as the culmination of the Locum Doctors trilogy. With Davison’s Doctor promptly...

‘Blake’s 7’ book review: ‘Lucifer: Genesis’ by Paul Darrow

Paul Darrow (he who played Avon in Blake’s 7 in the series) brings to a close a trilogy of books with Lucifer: Genesis, an odd name, perhaps for the concluding title in a series. The trilogy gives a story for what happened to Avon (and Orac) after the events of the TV series where most...

‘Survivors’ audio boxset review: Big Finish’s Season 2

With the award nominated first season of Survivors, Big Finish produced a widely praised but grim masterpiece, blending new characters with those from the original 1970s TV series. June 2015 sees the release of Season 2; does this maintain the high standards, and how will it evolve whilst keeping in touch with the essences of...

‘The Worlds of Big Finish’ audio story review

Big Finish has released The Worlds of Big Finish, because it can. Over the many years since their first ever audio, many ranges have come and gone, and even if some of them come from the universe of Doctor Who, they don’t rely upon it for their vitality. With The Worlds of Big Finish, writer...

‘Blake’s 7’ fan book review: ‘Blake’s Heaven’

Blake’s Heaven, edited by John Davies, is a book written for and by Blake’s 7 fans. It is the latest in a sequence started with You and Who which was the brainchild of JR Southall. Any profits from its release are donated to the BBC’s Children in Need. The idea is simple, have a book...

‘Blake’s 7′ audio boxset review: ‘The Liberator Chronicles Volume 11’

The Liberator Chronicles from Big Finish are a regular set of boxsets, each of three CD releases telling new stories for the Liberator crew. Unlike the full-cast series, these stories each have two main narrative voices though in recent releases these are often supplemented with additional, minor characters. They have always been interesting, entertaining and...