Month: April 2014

Making Plans…

Big Finish Folly, Part 90 – Arrangements For War, by Paul Sutton

Things have changed for Evelyn. She’s seeing the Doctor in a new light. And, at least for the time being, she wants out. A quiet place, no terrible catastrophes or horrible deaths, just a place to think. The Doctor knows just the place. But, as he knows only too well, the act of observing something changed that which is observed. And the wrong word, in the wrong place, at the wrong time… changes a lot more than that. (more…)

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Forging On… (Part One)

Big Finish Folly, Part 89a – Project: Lazarus, by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright

Unfinished business. A frightened girl is stalked in a land of eternal night. A hunter longs for recognition and power. A traveller in time returns to correct the mistakes of the past and faces a danger that could rob him of his future. Unless his future intervenes. And in the shadows stands Nimrod. Waiting…

Welcome to the Forge. (more…)

Avast!

Big Finish Folly, Part 88 – Doctor Who And The Pirates, by Jacqueline Rayner

Break out the rations of rum, me hearties, for we leave on the tide for The Ruby Islands, with Red Jasper on our heels! There’s a pirate queen aboard too, and a multi-coloured chirugeon! And where would we be without a cabin boy named Jem and a captain with a stiff upper lip, eh? Perhaps we’d have to break into songs that sound a lot like they’ve been mercilessly cribbed from the armoury of Gilbert & Sullivan…. oh, wait, that’s exactly what seems to be happening here… (more…)

Cel-e-brate! Cel-e-brate!

Big Finish Folly, Part 87 – Jubilee, by Robert Shearman

JubileeAaaaand we are back. Casting off the hiatus like Lazarus and his crutch, let us dive headlong into the first of a new batch of stories featuring Old Sixey and Evelyn Smythe. Well, I say new, but Jubilee dates back to January 2003 and is actually the seed from which the ’05 Nu-Who TV story Dalek was germinated. So hang on tight chums, as we explode down an alternate timestream – we are off to an almighty celebration! (more…)

Big Finish Folly is Live!

Yes, folks, we’re back. New site, but same rules. Every Big Finish Main Range play (with selected others included as well) reviewed in as close to chronological order as possible. We’ve still got ten miles to go on a nine mile road.

Every previously reviewed audio play is still mirrored back on the other site, but new reviews will only appear here.

Now then. Shall we kick things off with a celebration? 😉

There Is No Dark Side of the Moon…

Big Finish Folly, Part 55a – 1963: The Space Race, by Jonathan Morris

Vostok 7 was an eight day manned flight that was originally planned for the last quarter of 1963. Opposition by the Soviet Ministry of Defence led to it being cancelled, only to be resurrected and scheduled for June 1964. Finally all further Vostok flights were cancelled in favor of the multi-manned Voskhod in February 1964. But there’s more to the story than that – as the Doctor and Peri discover when they arrive in Kazakhstan in November ’63, just in time to witness Vostok 7′s return to the Earth. Get ready for espionage, murder, black holes, and an American base on the dark side of the moon… and a shocking discovery that the Doctor is not going to Laika… (more…)

On the Beach

Big Finish Folly, Part 86 – The Sandman, by Simon A Forward

The Clutch – a travelling, interstellar market. Thousands of starships linked together in an ever-shifting mass, watched over by the nomadic Galyari. But the Galyari have a secret: The Sandman, an ancient, terrible foe who eats their young, takes their skins, and who threatens to destroy them all. And, wouldn’t you know it, here he comes now, laughing, baiting, in his coat of far too many colours… hello, Doctor… (more…)

The Light at the End

This is not a weekend for continuity. This is a weekend for celebrating 50 years of what is almost certainly the best TV show (and not forgetting also: books, feature films, audio productions, comic strips, stage plays – the list goes ever on) ever created. And for those who would rather point out the long hiatus between 1989 and 2005, I say again – books, feature films, audio productions, comic strips, stage plays – Doctor Who may have been off-screen for 16 years, but never once has it been dead.

Because Big Finish Folly is dedicated to the continuing audio adventures of Doctors 5-8, it makes a fair degree of sense for me to focus on Big Finish’s epic multi-Doctor celebration story – The Light At The End. Eight Doctors. The Master. More companions than you can shake a stick at. And a story full of twists, turns and perils. Read on below, but be warned – here be spoilers… (more…)

Theory of Fear

Big Finish Folly, Part 84 – Bloodtide, by Jonathan Morris

The Galapagos Islands: home to some of Earth’s most curious species of wildlife, as well as a more modern penal colony. The Doctor brings Evelyn here to meet a young natural philosopher who is beginning to form some rather unsettling theories about how mankind found its place at the top of the food chain. But something has stirred beneath the inhospitable islands – a colony of Silurians, a race older than humanity itself, has awoken and intends to put the whippersnappers back in their proper place. Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection through modification may only be a small part of the truth. And the survival of the fittest has never been more apt…

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