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Ian McArdell

UNIT Series 8: Incursions review

First appearing in 2013’s The Power Of Three, the modern incarnation of UNIT enjoyed a smattering of appearances onscreen with both the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, dealing with Zygons, Missy and her Cyber-minions. On audio they have been rather more prolific, notching up eight boxsets of adventures which have featured a mix of old enemies … >

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Doctor Who Main Range 251: The Moons Of Vulpana review

In the second part of this trilogy featuring Mags, the Seventh Doctor appears to be up to his old manipulative tricks as he brings his new travelling companion home. While Titan Comics’ 2018 Hill Of Beans strip visited one of its moons, this story brings us to Vulpana itself; back in history to an apparent … >

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Doctor Who: The Monsters Of Gokroth review

The latest main range trilogy kicks off with the return of an old friend as the Seventh Doctor catches up with Mags, Jessica Martin’s werewolf character from 1988’s The Greatest Show In The Galaxy. While that story left her with the Psychic Circus, we pick up some time later with Mags in search of a … >

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Gallifrey: Time War Volume 2 review

Having previously teetered on the brink, last year’s Gallifrey box set launched into the “Time War”, the primarily off screen temporal conflict between the Doctor’s own people and the Daleks which indelibly coloured his backstory when the show returned to television screens in 2005. While the previous volume took pieces off the board, seemingly lining … >

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Doctor Who: The Eighth Of March review

From humans to reptilians to Time Lords, the long history of Doctor Who has featured plenty of remarkable women; characters who have won our hearts with their bravery and heroism as they have been caught up in the Doctor’s universal exploits. Luckily, many of those former companions and friends have found an afterlife of adventure … >

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Doctor Who : The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 8 Vol 2 review

With its links to the Hartnell era revealed in a surprisingly left-field cliffhanger, which doubtless sent many a fan scrabbling for Wikipedia or a Loose Cannon reconstruction, ‘The Syndicate Master Plan’ concludes with a second volume of stories. Avoiding substantial spoilers, while at the same time acknowledging some familiar faces appear on the box set … >

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Audio Review: The Diary Of River Song series 5

Since opening her diary for Big Finish, the time-travelling archaeologist Professor River Song (Alex Kingston) has dutifully picked her way back up her husband’s timeline, most recently reaching the Fourth Doctor. For this fifth volume however, River chronicles encounters with another Time Lord – one who is presented in four different, but equally deadly flavours. … >

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Doctor Who – The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 8 Vol. 1 review

After seven years’ worth of stories paired with television companions, the Fourth Doctor and K-9 have a new friend in tow: WPC Ann Kelso, played by Jane Slavin. This eighth season of audio adventures mirrors a idea from the Doctor’s onscreen adventures; just as season sixteen brought us a quest for The Key To Time, … >

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Audio Review: Doctor Who Short Trip 8.12 – The Devil’s Footprints

While December’s Main Range stories brought us Iris Wildthyme in Paris and Icelandic-noir, the Short Trips range finished 2018 with a touch of the Gothic. Set early on in his era, while travelling with Mel, the Doctor arrives in a Devonshire village in February 1855 to catch up with an old friend, the Reverend HT … >

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Audio Review: Doctor Who Short Trip – The Last Day At Work

Since 2017, Big Finish has run an annual competition to encourage fresh writing talent. The Paul Spragg Memorial Script Opportunity, named in honour of one of the company’s much missed former employees, invites new writers to submit a single page synopsis and writing sample for consideration. The winner goes on to develop and complete their … >

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