Month: February 2016

Deep Space Spoons

Big Finish Folly, Part 133 – Bang-Bang-A-Boom! by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman

Bang-Bang-a-Boom!Lights! Camera! Accordion! It’s time once more for the Intergalactic Song Contest, live from Darkspace Eight, and here’s your friendly station commander, John Bradley, fresh from his near brush with death in a shuttle explosion! Not sure the hat and umbrella combo suits a military man, mind, but there’s no time for quibbly meanderings like that when there’s a whole bucket of shenanigans going on backstage…. Song contests – if the songs don’t kill you, the singers will… (more…)

Red in the Head

Big Finish Folly, Part 132 – Red, by Stewart Sheargold

RedWhen the Tardis arrives in a tower block whose residents are also part of a grand social experiment to control and mute rage and violence, things are bound to go wrong. And indeed, it’s not long before the Doctor and Mel trip over the first bludgeoned corpse. But while Mel escape by virtue of falling out of a sudden window, the Doctor finds himself an involuntary addition to the experiment, chipped and bound to the Whitenoise system that oversees the project. There’s a serial killer on the loose in the Needle – and now it’s  loose inside the Doctor’s head…. (more…)

Talking Regeneration Blues

At last – the last chronological play was way back in April last year! – we move on to the Seventh Doctor’s reign. While Peter Davison plays a straight bat of quiet desperation, and Colin Baker’s Ol’ Sixey has an oeuvre as colourful as his coat, Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor strikes me as an organiser; someone who moves the plot around himself to suit his own agenda. Things are going to get dark in this run; we may be glad of the (more frequent, because there are two Doctors to fit in now) breaks in the schedule to let some light in.

Big Finish Folly, Part 131 – Unregenerate, by David A McIntee

Unregenerate!In a run-down asylum, screams echo in the halls as mysterious creatures roam, terrorizing the staff. Patients complain of betrayal rather than illness, and no-one is quite what they seem. Mel knows that the Doctor is the best person to find the answers – but she is stranded on Earth, and the TARDIS has returned without him…

Why does a medical facility need to be under armed guard? What procedures are the staff carrying out, and to what purpose? What is the price that must be paid for making an agreement with those who run the asylum? As the answers begin to be uncovered, the Doctor finds that the past may yet come back to haunt him… (more…)

Bug in the System

Big Finish Folly, Part 130 – The Brink of Death (Last Adventure: 4), by Nicholas Briggs

And at last the Valeyard’s scheming comes to fruition – rising, with new power, from the dark places where he has been lurking, he has fooled Mel into believing that he is the Doctor, while the Doctor has been stranded in an off-shoot of the Matrix. An off-shoot that is about to be decommissioned and wiped by junior Timelord technician Genesta… (more…)

Corpsing…

Big Finish Folly, Part 116a – Stage Fright (Last Adventure: 3), by Matt Fitton

The Doctor takes Flip to Victorian London, to visit his old friends Jago and Litefoot, and discovers that Henry Gordon Jago is feeling rather flush – his entire theatre is closed for a private hire! But the man treading the boards is no ordinary actor – re-enacting all of the Doctor’s regeneration scenes so far, with the help of local talents, is one Mr Yardvale… With Flip called in as an understudy, it could be time to draw the curtain on this performance, and there’s unlikely to be an encore… (more…)