The Dark Husband

Big Finish Folly, Part 156 – The Dark Husband, by David Quantick

The Dark Husband“This whole wedding is like making a nuclear bomb with half the instructions missing!”

A week-long respite from a prolonged and bloody war, the Festival of the Twin Moons of Tuin makes Glastonbury look like a church fete… or so the brochure says. The Doctor and Ace are looking for rest and recreation. Hex is looking for the beer tent. But eternal enemies the ginger-haired Ri and the coot-bald Ir are plotting to turn their Festival truce to their own advantage. Only the Dark Husband might stop the celebrations turning to horror… but who is the Dark Husband? And what terror awaits him on his wedding night?

If anyone knows any just cause or impediment… speak now. The lives of billions depend on it. (more…)

Sounds Familiar…

Big Finish Folly, Part 155 – Nocturne, by Dan Abnett

NocturneOn the human colony planet Nocturne, there is suffering and blight, tragic symptoms of an ages-old war. Never the less, Nocturne is also one of the Doctor’s favourite places in all of time and space, because it is here that a late, great flowering of human art – the High Renaissance – is taking place.

He has been back here many times. It is a place of music and art which he finds inspirational and uplifting. It is a place he wants to share with Ace and Hex. It’s always been a safe haven for him, a world of friends and laughter.

But with strict Martial Law imposed on the front-line city, and the brutal scourge of interstellar warfare vicing the system, how safe can anyone really be?

There is a note of death in the wild, midnight wind… (more…)

Trenchfoot

Big Finish Folly, Part 154 – No Man’s Land, by Martin Day

No Man's LandIt is 1917 and the Doctor, Hex and Ace find themselves in a military hospital in northern France. But the terrifying, relentless brutality of the Great War that wages only a few miles away is the least of their concerns.
The travellers become metaphysical detectives when the Doctor receives orders to investigate a murder. A murder that has yet to be committed…
Who will be the victim? Who will be the murderer? What is the real purpose of the Hate Room? Can the Doctor solve the mystery before the simmering hate and anger at Charnage hospital erupts into a frenzy of violence?

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Oliver’s Army

Big Finish Folly, Part 153 – The Settling, by Simon Guerrier

The SettlingNote to Sir Arthur Aston, governor of the town of Drogheda, 10 September 1649.

“Sir, Having brought the army belonging to the Parliament of England before this place, to reduce it to obedience, to the end effusion of blood may be prevented, I thought fit to summon you to deliver the same into my hands to their use.

If this be refused, you will have no cause to blame me.

I expect your answer and rest your servant.

O. Cromwell.” (more…)

Thoughts on Night Thoughts

Big Finish Folly, Part 152 – Night Thoughts, by Edward Young

Night Thoughts‘I warn you, things could get very nasty here before they get better.’

A remote Scottish mansion. Five bickering academics are haunted by ghosts from their past. Reluctantly they offer shelter to the Doctor and his companions Ace and Hex.

Hex, already troubled by a vivid nightmare, is further disturbed by the nighttime appearance of a whistling, hooded apparition.

Ace tries to befriend the young housemaid, Sue. Sue knows secrets. She knows why the academics have assembled here, and she knows why they are all so afraid. But Sue’s lips are sealed, preferring to communicate through her disturbing toy, Happy the Rabbit.

And then the killing begins. Gruesome deaths that lead the Doctor and his friends to discover the grisly truth behind the academics’ plans, and ­ as the ghosts of the past become ghosts of the present ­ to recognise that sometimes death can be preferable to life. (more…)

Radio Free Europa

Big Finish Folly, Part 151 – Live 34, by James Parsons and Andrew Stirling-Brown

Live 34“LIVE 34 | News on the hour every hour  | LIVE 34 | Broadcasting to Colony 34 all day every day |­ LIVE 34 |­ Constantly updated every minute of every hour | LIVE 34| Sport, weather, business, local news, interplanetary affairs | LIVE 34 | Live, independent, accurate, comprehensive | LIVE 34 ­ all news, all day, every day | LIVE 34…”

“Reports are coming in of an explosion…”

“On the line now is the leader of the FDP…”

“The President is about to begin his address…”

“We can see bodies in the wreckage…” (more…)

Galactic Walkabout

Big Finish Folly, Part 150 – Dreamtime, by Simon A Forward

DreamtimeThe Dreamtime is living Time. The Dreaming is living myth.

A city travels the stars, inhabited by stone ghosts. At its heart, an ancient remembrance of Earth. Mythical creatures stalk the streets and alien visitors have come in search of trade. But there is nothing to trade. There is only fear. And death. And the stone ghosts.

For Hex’s first trip in the TARDIS, it’s about the strangest place he could have imagined. Weird and very far from wonderful. Adjustment to his new life could prove tough. But he will have to adjust and do more, just to stay alive, and Ace will have to be his guide through this lost city of shadows and predatory dreams. And the Doctor is the first to go missing.

The Doctor has crossed into the Dreamtime. (more…)

Harvest For The World

Big Finish Folly, Part 149 – The Harvest, by Dan Abnett

The HarvestLondon, 2021. St Gart’s Hospital is a technological wonder, administrated by the all-seeing System. Thomas Hector Schofield, one of the hospital’s A&E nurses, is about to begin celebrating his birthday when one of his best friends is wheeled in after an RTA. When that friend is declared dead and his body disappears, and the young temp from HR, McShane, asks Schofield to help her access the hospital’s restricted floors, it’s just the beginning of a bad week for “Hex”. Because there’s something sinister happening up on the 30th floor of St Gart’s, and the men behind it will do anything to protect the Euro Combine Health Administration’s investment in Program C. And as the hospital’s mild-mannered janitor knows full well, resistance is futile… (more…)

Flying High Now

Big Finish Folly, Part 148 – The Rapture, by Joseph Lidster

The RaptureColditz ended with a bit of a flounce from Ace – sorry, Dorothy, as she now wants to be called. A bit of an odd note to end on, but obviously Big Finish were already trying to stretch the character and give Ace some development beyond the TV series. The New Adventures line of books saw her disagree with the Doctor and leave the Tardis completely, but at this point in the Main Range I doubt Big Finish were actively eyeing up that line for adaptation yet. So, the easiest way to give a character some depth, some anguish and ability to reflect… is to introduce some family, right? (more…)

The Tennant of Colditz Castle

Big Finish Folly, Part 147 – Colditz, by Steve Lyons

ColditzOctober 1944: As World War II draws towards its conclusion, a Nazi defeat begins to seem almost inevitable. But that might be about to change…

Two intruders are captured in the grounds of Colditz Castle, the most secure POW camp in Germany. At first, the guards think they’re dealing with British spies. But the strangers arrived in an advanced travelling machine, the like of which they’ve never seen before.

With this TARDIS in their hands, the Third Reich might triumph after all. (more…)