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     Doctor Who - Forty Five  View Printable Version  
     Author:  cybercolin
     Dated:  Monday, November 24 2008 @ 06:21 PM EST
     Viewed:  1,929 times  
    DW Reviews45 years and still as good as ever. Doctor Who is not a television programme, it’s a hobby, a job, an obsession, whatever you want to call it. It has taken over people’s lives, their childhoods, relationships, marriages and children. Who would have thought that in 1963, a science-fiction educational program, aired on the BBC was going to turn into the huge fandom monster it has created? These fans could be anyone, mainly nutters but there’s always someone who can appreciate the production values of ‘Sliver Nemesis’. Or is it just me?

    Each decade of the programme has had a special anniversary episode(s). Thankfully there is no Dimensions In Time this year, instead Big Finish are celebrating with the release of their special audio, made up of 4 one-part stories, the mind blowingly named - Forty Five!

    This audio sees Sylvester McCoy taking on four separate stories, along with companion's Ace and Hex. Each of the four stories, in this audio, are linked by Forty Five or its numerical version. It becomes apparent, whilst listen to this, that it’s another example of quality planning by Big Finish and thier writers.


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     Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf  View Printable Version  
     Author:  cybercolin
     Dated:  Tuesday, May 20 2008 @ 11:27 AM EDT
     Viewed:  1,852 times  
    DW Reviews

    “I didn’t need drugs to be transported away from the mundanity and frustrations of life – I had the Mind Robber on VHS”

    Being a Doctor Who fan, for many, is a way of life. Like any way of life, some people abandon it, some fall out of love with it and some never leave it. Toby Hadoke never left it.

    ‘Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf’ was (and still is) a part of Toby’s regular stand-up routine. It’s a life story set in the background of the Saturday evening battles against the evil of the universe. It tells of the joy we all feel when our favourite television program flickers into life. How we get away from real life and go, well, anywhere, with our hero – The Doctor.

    We are given a tale of growing up, being bullied, going to university, getting jobs and having kids. All of these connected in some way with his obsession of a television program.


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     Big Finish Audio #65: The Juggernauts  View Printable Version  
     Author:  Dalek X
     Dated:  Sunday, April 27 2008 @ 04:59 PM EDT
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    DW ReviewsWARNING: The following contrains spoilers.

    Released: January 2005
    Doctor: Sixth, Colin Baker
    Companion: Melanie "Mel" Bush

    Brief Synopsis: The Doctor and Mel are seperated in space. Mel ends up on a mining colony on the planet Lethe, and is employed by the mysterious Professor Vasso. The Doctor is being held captive on a Dalek spacecraft. The Doctor soon figures out that Vasso is really Davros in disguise. Davros has been working on something that is even more powerful than the Daleks, machines he calls the Juggernauts. The Doctor knows that he must save Mel from Davros...but is it possible that Mel doesn't want to be saved?

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     MAX WARP: Boys, toys, but no Lucie joys  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Tuesday, March 04 2008 @ 03:29 AM EST
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    DW ReviewsWith the February release of Max Warp, we're now a quarter of the way through the second series of Eighth Doctor/Lucie Miller adventures by Big Finish. I've expressed on the forums my near-revulsion at the opening story, Dead London, and am glad that Warp was indeed a better ride than the season opener. Humor, as you'd expect of Jonathan Morris, was present in abundance. The behind-the-scenes interviews at the end of the disc describe this adventure as Top Gear meets Agatha Christie, and that's certainly what it is. For Doctor Who Magazine comic fans, it also shares some common ground with "The Free-Fall Warriors". And like much of Jonathan Morris' writing, there's also the scent of Douglas Adams lingering over the proceedings, particularly in the way that the commerce of the future seems awfully similar to the worst excesses of capitalism today.

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     Big Finish 097 – The Wishing Beast – The Vanity Box  View Printable Version  
     Author:  BadWolf
     Dated:  Tuesday, September 11 2007 @ 10:00 PM EDT
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    DW ReviewsStarring Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor with Bonnie Langford as Mel

    Are you sitting comfortably...? Then we'll begin.

    The Wishing Beast.

    Once upon a time...

    The Doctor and Mel receive a strange transmission and materialise on an even stranger and very inhospitable asteroid. As they are about to leave another transmission arrives from what appears to be two little old ladies and the asteroid transforms itself into an idyllic forest.

    The two old ladies have summoned our travellers to bestow a reward on a great hero from beyond space and time and it is not the Doctor. Mel's reward is a visit to the "Wishing Beast" which of course will grant the hero's greatest wish.

    What follows is obviously based in the world of fairy tales but surprisingly the play works very well and is entertaining to adult ears. The forest has ghosts instead of fairies; an inter-dimensional entity instead of a big bad wolf and of course in the best tradition of fairy tales; the little old ladies are the equivalent of wicked witches. Obviously the moral of the story is to be careful what you wish for (because you just may get it.)

    If this play had a weakness then it was in the ending which was a little on the weak side but then again what fairy tale doesn't have a weak ending?

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     Big Finish 096 – Valhalla  View Printable Version  
     Author:  BadWolf
     Dated:  Monday, July 23 2007 @ 10:55 PM EDT
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    DW Reviews Starring Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor.

    “For Sale: One Doctor. Excellent condition. Six previous owners. Only 900 years on the clock.”

    “Welcome to Valhalla. Capital of Calypso; Jupiter’s premier Moon.”

    It seems that the Doctor has a change of career in mind but all is not what it seems in more ways than one. This is a return for Big Finish; a return to the four part story and a return to a more traditional story type for the 7th Doctor. This play was commissioned nearly two years ago which is why the new format has been abandoned here and why the storyline for this incarnation of the 7th Doctor is not as dark as has been the norm for the last several plays.

    Written by Marc Platt (Ghost Light, Spare Parts) this companionless play appears to have the Doctor entering a job centre looking for a new line of work but the Doctor has information (gathered in the future) that suggests the population of this moon will soon but put on sale; as slaves or as food and of course he cannot help but try to stop it.

    As usual with Doctor Who plays; it is a story of people interfering in things that they really should have left alone and then finding that those things often come back to bite them in the behind

    With an excellent supporting cast lead by Susannah York and a great soundtrack there is very little wrong with this story. It holds just the right amount of curiosity and suspense to slowly reel the listener in

    On the whole the story held together quite well and on listening there was the old sense of this being the Doctor which we knew so well from the television series.

     Big Finish 095 – Exotron – Urban Myths  View Printable Version  
     Author:  BadWolf
     Dated:  Sunday, June 10 2007 @ 11:41 PM EDT
     Viewed:  1,873 times  
    DW Reviews Starring Peter Davison as the 5th Doctor and Nicola Bryant as Peri

    Big Finish has created some desktop wallpaper for this episode which is available here:

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    Exotron:

    Here is a familiar story: Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Girl is unfaithful to boy. Boy divorces girl and goes off to run a fleet of robots via a telepathic net.

    Actually; despite the plotline for this story being a little clichéd the play itself wasn’t too bad.

    The Doctor and Peri are doing a little botanical research on a distant earth colony when they are apparently attacked by a Farakosh. The Farakosh are part of the indigenous life on the planet and are like giant hyenas. Our heroes are soon rescued by an Exotron dispatched to protect the colonists. The Exotrons are large robots equipped with larger armaments to fight the Farakosh. The Doctor is (surprisingly) then kidnapped by the Exotron. Of course there is more to this story than it at first appears but there is very little that would surprise anyone who has been a slightly more than casual Doctor Who devotee.

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     Big Finish 094 – I.D. & Urgent Calls.  View Printable Version  
     Author:  BadWolf
     Dated:  Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 10:12 AM EDT
     Viewed:  1,913 times  
    DW Reviews Starring Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor.

    So here we are with the new Big Finish format.

    For those of you who missed the story; about six months ago Nicholas Briggs announced that the Big Finish four episode format would be replaced by a more "traditional" punchier three episode format which would cut some of the "bloat." There would also be a separate single episode "viral story" featuring the same Doctor. Unsurprisingly Big Finish chose a 6th Doctor story to launch this new format but in somewhat of a departure he is companionless for both plays.

    I.D.
    ====

    In the 32nd Century the concept of data mining has progressed a little beyond spyware. On a planet where computer hardware is dumped and its data is extracted for any potential value. Both "pirates" and major corporations vie to turn a profit and both exist in a fairly lawless environment.

    The corporation uses a robot called a "Scandroid" to wander the planet scavenging the data and then transferring it to humans directly via a bio data port.

    (continues below)

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     Big Finish 093 – Renaissance of The Daleks  View Printable Version  
     Author:  BadWolf
     Dated:  Thursday, April 19 2007 @ 09:33 AM EDT
     Viewed:  1,770 times  
    DW Reviews Starring Peter Davison as the 5th Doctor and Sarah Sutton as Nyssah

    "Listen to me and listen to me carefully because I am only going to say this 3,048 times!"

    What we have here is not as clear cut as the title would have us believe.

    Nyssah has been hearing voices and the Doctor has left her in Rhodes during the Crusades to try and discover the source while he lands the Tardis elsewhere to resolve mechanical problems

    He materialises the Tardis in London during 2158 and is puzzled by the Daleks failing to invade Earth as he knows they did the previous year. He is quickly buttonholed by General Tillington who reveals that he heads an organisation called Global Warning. Global Warning uses time technology to protect the world which poses some problems for the Doctor because the human race does not discover how to manipulate time for another 200 years and the General knows about the Doctor.

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     Big Finish 092 - Nocturne  View Printable Version  
     Author:  BadWolf
     Dated:  Tuesday, March 13 2007 @ 08:59 PM EDT
     Viewed:  1,646 times  
    DW Reviews Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Philip Olivier as Hex.

    The Doctor takes Ace and Hex to another war zone but this time the war is a backdrop to the story rather than the story itself. As a consequence this play is much lighter in feel than the last several outings featuring this incarnation of the Doctor.

    The planet is Nocturne, the last stop for many humans before being shipped out to a war that has been going on for decades. At first Ace and Hex suspect that the Doctor has brought them to Nocturne to interfere in that war but after some teasing the Doctor reveals that this is one of his favourite places and times in the universe and he wishes to share it with them. He goes on to explain that despite the war; in this time and place the “Far Renaissance” is happening and human art is flourishing in a way that it will do only half a dozen times in human history.

    Obviously with the Doctor present it doesn’t take long for things to start going wrong. Shortly after they arrive an artist is murdered and Hex is placed under suspicion and arrested. As the Doctor delves into the murder he discovers that someone has dabbled into things that they don’t understand and has unleashed a mysterious destructive force which threatens the future of the planet.

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