Subject: Big Finish

Posted on: February 20 2008 @ 10:36 AM
By: Highlander

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Hello group,



I have always found Big Finish CDs too pricy for me to justify, but with the new more reasonably priced downloads, (especially the earlier $8.00 ones) I want to give them a listen.



Primarily I would be interested in Doctor's 6 and 8. What would be a good starting story so I don't jump into the middle of a story arc.



BTW, I did search for posts that already answered this, but the authors listed their stories by showing a picture of the story, which shows up as a red X on my computer. Great post, but I am unsure of the story titles. Thanks.



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Big Finish

Posted on: February 20 2008 @ 04:31 PM
By: tardispod

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Hi, I've listened to Big Finish for quite a while but haven't listened to that many, unfortunately I cannot give a good recommendation for Colin Baker but I can give a good idea of Paul McGann recommendation.


I'd either suggest the story Storm Warning as it begins right at the beginning of the Charlie story arc and is an excellent story.
I might also suggest Blood of the Daleks (I think) the first story with Sheridan Smith as Lucie as that begins the Lucie arc and also has Daleks in it. A definite plus!


Hope my recommendations help!
Any other ideas?


Big Finish

Posted on: February 20 2008 @ 05:17 PM
By: MikeD

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Sixth Doctor...Holy Terror, Jubilee, The One Doctor, Davros.

Eight Doctor...Chimes of Midnight, Seasons of Fear, Time of the Daleks, Natural History of Fear, Sherzo.

Mike


Big Finish

Posted on: February 20 2008 @ 05:34 PM
By: Dalzo

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Welcome aboard the Big Finish train! For Colin Baker I would make sure you listen to "The Marian Conspiracy", it is a purely historical story and is the first story to feature Evelyn Smythe who is a great companion for Doctor number six.

Definately start with "Storm Warning" for the Paul McGann stories and ideally listen to them all in order because of the Charlie story arc. That said "Sword Of Orion" is a little slow and "Minuet In Hell" isn't too great either. His second season really should be listened to in order (DEFINATELY make sure you listen to "The Chimes Of Midnight" which is pure gold!!!) as it builds to "Neverland" which is great and leads into "Zagreus" which I think is overlong and a bit of a mess but seems to be popular with Americans (and, of course it is a multi-Doctor story... sort of). I am not too keen on his third and fourth seasons which takes on a different format to the norm (I don't want to spoil it by telling you in what way) but there are still some classics such as "Scherzo", "A Brief History Of Fear" and "Caerdroia". Although I own them I have yet to listen to his BBC7 series featuring Lucie Miller but the place to start with that is "Blood Of The Daleks Part One" and from all accounts the series is very good and Lucie Miller a great companion! Hope that helps... Enjoy!!!


Big Finish

Posted on: February 20 2008 @ 09:24 PM
By: Linquel

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I just listened to the first story in the Gallifrey line, Weapon of Choice, and I wasn't super impressed. I thought it was ok, but I don't know if I want to listen to the others right away. Can anyone tell me if the rest of the Gallifrey line is any good?

-L


Big Finish

Posted on: February 20 2008 @ 10:18 PM
By: Fairport

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If you're really interested in the 6th Doctor Stories, I highly suggest starting up with the 6th Doctor and Evelyn stories. Most of them are fantastic.

Here are the 6th Doctor/Evelyn titles I recommend and the suggested listening order:

06. The Marian Conspiracy
09. The Spectre of Lanyon Moor
22. Bloodtide
23. Project: Twilight
37. The Sandman
40. Jubilee
43. Doctor Who and The Pirates
45. Project: Lazarus
57. Arrangements for War
60. Medicinal Purposes
84. The Nowhere Place
100. 100 (I would suggest holding off on listening to the final story - "100 Days of the Doctor" - until you become more acquainted with the Davison, McCoy, and McGann audio stories).
73. Thicker Than Water (not to spoil anything, but this probably meant to be the "final" Evelyn story, so I suggest listening to it last)


Big Finish

Posted on: February 22 2008 @ 09:10 AM
By: mad4plaid

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Personally, I'm only up to #44 on Big Finish, and I have to say that Evelyn is not a companion that I enjoy listening to at all. Each time a story begins and she is in it, I heave a big sigh and muddle through. (Though Lanyon Moor was AWESOME! but the Brig. was in that one!)


Big Finish

Posted on: February 22 2008 @ 09:37 AM
By: Doctor Whoovie

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[QUOTE BY= tardispod] Hi, I've listened to Big Finish for quite a while but haven't listened to that many, unfortunately I cannot give a good recommendation for Colin Baker but I can give a good idea of Paul McGann recommendation.


I'd either suggest the story Storm Warning as it begins right at the beginning of the Charlie story arc and is an excellent story.
I might also suggest Blood of the Daleks (I think) the first story with Sheridan Smith as Lucie as that begins the Lucie arc and also has Daleks in it. A definite plus!


Hope my recommendations help!
Any other ideas?[/QUOTE]

For selected Early 8th Doctor Audios, try

Storm Warning
The Chimes of Midnight
Embrace the Darkness


Big Finish

Posted on: February 22 2008 @ 11:50 AM
By: Highlander

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Thank you for all the suggestions. I have a few choices for jumping off points now.

JM


Big Finish

Posted on: February 22 2008 @ 03:39 PM
By: tarashnat

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Of the Colin Baker stories, most are one-offs, but the following two pairs should probably be listened to in the order released, as the latter are the sequels to the prior story:

23. Project: Twilight
45. Project: Lazarus

57. Arrangements for War
73. Thicker Than Water

As for the Paul McGann stories, they seem to be the ones that follow more definite arcs. Though most of the stories can be enjoyed individually, there is an added bit of story/revelation for those who listen to them in order.

You can check out the tread: Home General Doctor Who Chatter My Big Finish rating omnibus for some general guidance on which Big Finish stories I liked, and which I didn't. I try to update that post every couple of months with the most recent stories that I listened to.


Big Finish

Posted on: February 22 2008 @ 05:08 PM
By: daveac

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Some related news:-

David Tennant will read Doctor Who: Pest Control, the latest audio adventure from BBC Audiobooks.

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Cheers, daveac


Big Finish

Posted on: February 22 2008 @ 07:21 PM
By: Joshua Lou

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I've only listened to about half of the existing line... however, for me the strongest seven stories for ALL of the involved Doctors were:

13. The Shadow of the Scourge
14. The Holy Terror
21. Dust Breeding
27. The One Doctor
29. The Chimes of Midnight
34. Spare Parts
40. Jubilee

Well, there ya go. And by the way... this was my first ever posting to the Gallifreyan Embassy. (Yipee!)


Big Finish

Posted on: February 22 2008 @ 10:34 PM
By: Louis

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[QUOTE BY= Joshua Lou]...

Well, there ya go. And by the way... this was my first ever posting to the Gallifreyan Embassy. (Yipee!)
[/QUOTE]

The first of many we hope. Thanks so much for your generosity and hospitality while in LA for Gallifrey 2008. Both Ken and I are eagerly looking forward to returning next year.

Cheers,
Louis


Big Finish

Posted on: April 27 2008 @ 03:25 PM
By: Dalek X

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A starter Big Finish Audio for the 6th Doctor, eh? Well, I would personally suggest The Juggernauts. It's the best of what I've heard of the Colin Baker audios, if not the best Colin Baker story all together.


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Posted on: March 30 2009 @ 10:39 PM
By: Remki

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I personally LOVE Whisper of Terror for the 6th, though to be honest the Doctor kind of takes a back seat to the actual plot. But it's a great story, Peri seems to have grown more bold, and the 6th has more affection for her but still retains his quintessential Six-ness.


Big Finish

Posted on: March 30 2009 @ 11:11 PM
By: kwlinder

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My personal favorite of the ones that I've listened to would be Spare Parts, which is a Fifth Doctor story which goes into the origins of the Cybermen. I can't quite put my finger on why it tops my list, all I know is that I've gone back and listened to that story a number of times.


Big Finish

Posted on: March 31 2009 @ 11:34 AM
By: barnabeee

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[QUOTE BY= Dalek X] A starter Big Finish Audio for the 6th Doctor, eh? Well, I would personally suggest The Juggernauts. It's the best of what I've heard of the Colin Baker audios, if not the best Colin Baker story all together.[/QUOTE]

Oooh? The Juggernauts? Really? Not my choice, I'm afraid. Although it was fun!

The 6th Doctor in the Big Finish world has developed wonderfully. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Teh Holy Terror or Bloodtide as good starters (although both feature companions you will not know, so if that's a problem for you let me know).

If you want to be more ambitous, the recent introduction of another Doctor's Big Finish companion into the 6th Doctor's life has been amazing and led to a real creative leap forward - The Condemned would be the place to start here!

And then, you can also count me in as very excited about the upcoming "Lost Season" series with Sixie and Peri - which will include The Nightmare Fair, and Mission fo Magnus for starters. The rest are due to be announced on April 2, I believe,


Big Finish

Posted on: March 31 2009 @ 11:37 AM
By: barnabeee

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[QUOTE BY= kwlinder] My personal favorite of the ones that I've listened to would be Spare Parts, which is a Fifth Doctor story which goes into the origins of the Cybermen. I can't quite put my finger on why it tops my list, all I know is that I've gone back and listened to that story a number of times.[/QUOTE]

Oh yes - Spare Parts is a fantastic story! Definitely one of the best Big Finish have ever done. The Cybermen have been very well served by Big Finish. More so than the Daleks. For me anyway.

I really enjoyed Sword of Orion and The Girl Who Never Was both with the 8th Doctor, The Harvest and the more recent Kingdom of Silver for the 7th Doctor. There are also good things in the 6th Doctor's The Reaping and the 5th Doctor's The Gathering.


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