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Tony Jones

Dorian Gray: Isolation – free audio drama review

Dorian Gray: Isolation is a free 18 minute download from Big Finish. Created in its entirety in four days whilst the team were in quarantine, it’s a reflective take on the impact of Covid 19. We last met Dorian in The Lost Confessions, those were apocryphal, this is a tale for our times. Cue Dorian… … >

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Gallifrey: Time War 3 audio review

Set in a time when Doctor Who fans only had the Time War to worry about, Gallifrey: Time War 3 is now the eleventh set of stories in this range released over a period of sixteen years. Following events in previous boxset, our heroes Romana (Lalla Ward) and Narvin (Sean Carlsen) are now exiled from their home world … >

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The Diary of River Song series 7 audio review

River Song has finished (for now?) working her way through the back catalogue of Doctors, and gets a chance to widen her horizons. In The Diary of River Song Series 7 that means Alex Kingston plays River in a variety of guises; holiday-maker, nun, potential murderer and detective. There’s no big arc, just four great … >

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The Robots Volume One audio drama review

The Robots Volume One is the first in a set of stories starring Nicola Walker as Liv Chenka. Liv is a current companion of the eighth Doctor but has taken time out (during the boxset Ravenous 2) to spend time back home in Kaldor City. Story dynamics revolve around her relationship with sister Tula (Claire Rushbrook) … >

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The Ash Tree (audio drama) review

The Ash Tree is a newly adapted version of the MR James horror story of the same name. There’s always a place for something creepy at Christmas time and with this story Bafflegab Productions has hit the target. The Matthew Holness adaptation brings the setting right up to date, while the cast (Amanda Abbington, Reece … >

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Daughter of the Gods – Doctor Who Early Adventures 6.2 review

Daughter of the Gods is the second Doctor Who Early Adventures story Big Finish released in November 2019, along with The Home Guard. It’s packed with interest; we have the first and second Doctors meeting when they shouldn’t along with companions Zoe (Wendy Padbury), Jamie (Frazer Hines also voicing the second Doctor), Steven (Peter Purves also … >

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The Home Guard – Doctor Who Early Adventures 6.1 audio review

The Home Guard is the first of two Doctor Who Early Adventure stories Big Finish released in November 2019. A specific mix of drama and narration (in the style of BBC soundtrack releases for otherwise missing stories) they can conjure detailed worlds yet provide plenty of entertainment. Enter the second Doctor, Jamie (both voiced by … >

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The Paternoster Gang: Heritage 2 review

Following on from June’s Paternoster Gang: Heritage 1, we now have three more adventures for Mme Vastra, Jenny and Strax in Paternoster Gang: Heritage 2. Food for thought Dan Starkey (Strax himself) wrote first story “Dining with Death”. Strax often (unknown to him) provides the humour in the Paternoster Gang, and here it is almost … >

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Doctor Who – The Companion Chronicles: The First Doctor Volume 03 review

The third volume in Big Finish’s Doctor Who – The Companion Chronicles: The First Doctor brings four new, CD-length stories from the earlier era of the show. It’s been two years since the previous set for the first Doctor in this range and fifteen months since the second Doctor. There’s a theme running through the set: … >

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The Diary of River Song Series 6 review

River Song ends her grand tour of all Doctors past in four new full-cast adventures, intersecting with the first four Doctors. Technically River has already met the Fourth Doctor in this series, but who’s counting? In this sixth (and at least one more is coming) set of stories, the team of writers has excelled themselves … >

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