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     DWM #380: The Bonus CD    
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Tuesday, March 13 2007 @ 06:40 AM EDT
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    DW ReviewsWIth issue #380 of Doctor Who Magazine comes a free CD. In the past, these have mostly been short full-cast adventures. This time around, it's mostly a promotional affair. Each of the recent Radio 7 dramas is previewed, along with the latest adventures from eac of the Doctors' CD line.

    Such blatant advertising would be disappointing, were it not for the fact that the disc also includes four nifty little conversations between the Big Finish Doctors and newly-installed producer, Nick Briggs.

    Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and even the usually interview-shy Paul McGann all took time from Summer 2006 recording sessions at BF to have a chat with Briggs. All told, the disc includes about 40 minutes of fresh interviews with the classic Doctors.

    Now to be sure, I don't think the CD justifies picking up the latest issue of DWM on its own. But as a bonus, this "informally newsy" approach to the bonus CD does directly extend the value of DWM. At the same time that the magazine is giving the latest news about TV's series 3, these interviews remind us that Doctors 5-8 are still currently relevant to Doctor Who.

    (continues below)

    Among the more interesting things to come from the interviews:

      Each actor's thoughts about the kind of audio they've never done before
      Peter Davison's surprisngly unprepared approached to recording "Circular Time"
      Peter's relationship with his kids—and David Tennant
      Colin Baker's reasons why he doesn't foresee a time when he wouldn't do BF audios
      Why Sylvester McCoy finds he gets more out of audio Doctor Who
      Why Paul McGann enjoyed playing up the "angrier" sides of the Eighth Doctor in the recent BBC 7 series
      An enthusiastic description of the mood of the studio during the Radio 7 recording sessions.
      A somewhat surprising answer from Paul to the age-old DW question: "Which monster did you find most terrifying as a kid"?
    Doctor Who Magazine #380 has been available since the first of March 2007.

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    DWM #380: The Bonus CD
    Authored by: DarthSkeptical on Tuesday, March 13 2007 @ 04:33 PM EDT
    Again I seem to have a problem with issue numbers. Louis, could you please
    change the issue number in the last sentence to 380? Thanks :)

    I've literally known savages with better manners.
    DWM #380: The Bonus CD
    Authored by: tarashnat on Wednesday, March 14 2007 @ 01:39 PM EDT

    These goal of all the Big Finish freebie CDs packaged with DWM is advertising! Surprise! The first freebie was actually a documentary about the making of the first Big Finish audio, The Sirens of Time. The fact that these are not available for sale separately makes them sort of a collecters item, where if one can not find a back issue with the CD, then one has to forage through online auctions or classifieds or troll the various Doctor Who forums to find an overpriced copy. Sure, I would love a new free audio adventure as much as the next guy, but you have to remember the in all likelihood, Big Finish is paying to include the CDs in the magazine, and they designed it to promote themselves. This is how advertising works. Blatant is a loaded word here, as this is just par for the course in advertising. Think of it as demo software bundled with your computer magazine. It gives you a feel for what the product will be like, all the while trying to get you to purchase the full version. I prefer there being a disc like the promotional Big Finish disc in issue #380 than there being none at all.


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    DWM #380: The Bonus CD
    Authored by: DarthSkeptical on Wednesday, March 21 2007 @ 05:48 AM EDT
    Oh, to be sure, these bonus CDs are advertising. But this one seemed to have an inordinately high number of simple previews. Haven't the majority of these things had a story? Granted, they didn't offer Big Finish's best efforts, but the bonus CDs have tended to advertise by giving a measure of new, finished product, rather than little snippets that were freely available elsewhere.

    I've literally known savages with better manners.