Month: May 2016

The Peterloo Massacre

Big Finish Folly, Part 18b – The Peterloo Massacre, by Paul Magrs

The Peterloo Massacre“They say there’ll be thousands pouring into Manchester tomorrow. From all over the county, north and south. It’ll be a piece of history. People will remember this!”

Lost in the smog of the Industrial Revolution, the TARDIS crashes four miles south of Manchester, in the grounds of Hurley Hall – a grand mansion belonging to a local factory owner, a proudly self-made man. But while Hurley dreams of growing richer still on the wealth of secret knowledge locked up in the Doctor’s time and space machine, his servants hope only for a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. His young maid Cathy, for instance, whom Nyssa learns is looking forward to joining the working people’s march to St Peter’s Field, in the heart of the city. There’ll be speeches and banners and music. It’ll be like one big jamboree…

Or so she thinks. For the city’s establishment have called in their own private militia, to control the crowd. One of the darkest days in Manchester’s history is about to unfold – and the Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan are right in the thick of it. (more…)

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Aquitaine

Big Finish Folly, Part 18a – Aquitaine, by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris

AquitaineToday should be much like every other day for Hargreaves, the computer consciousness that co-ordinates daily life aboard the spaceship Aquitaine, stationed on the outer fringes of a black hole. Water the plants, run the diagnostics, cook the Captain’s breakfast; then tidy the plates away, rotate the ship, clean the windows of the observation deck. When at last the day’s work is done, Hargreaves will dim the lights in the sleeping quarters. But no-one will sleep aboard the Aquitaine tonight. Because the Aquitaine’s crew is missing.

But today will be different. Today, a space/time ship called the TARDIS will materialise in the botanical section, bringing the Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan aboard the Aquitaine. Together, they’ll seek to discover the truth of what happened to Hargreaves’ crew…

… if only the ghosts will let them. (more…)

Waters of Amsterdam

We take a quick break from the Seventh Doctor’s continuing chronology to dip back into the adventures of Peter Davison’s Tardis Team. The Waters of Amsterdam is set between Time Flight and Arc of Infinity – so, in that nebulous space where all of Five’s solo adventures with Nyssa so far have been squeezed in – and therefore, in audio terms, just before The Elite. The other two stories in the trilogy can be comfortably placed post-Children of Seth. While it’s a shame not to have the entire crew aboard (no Turlough this time), The Entropy Plague did wrap up that particular storyline fairly definitively. Onwards, then!

Big Finish Folly, Part 16b – The Waters of Amsterdam, by Jonathan Morris

The Waters of AmsterdamReunited with the Doctor and Nyssa, Tegan joins them on a trip to Amsterdam’s Rijkmuseum to see a new exhibition of the work of Rembrandt van Rijn, featuring his drawings of “Vessels of the Stars”. The Doctor is astonished to discover that they are designs for spaceships that would actually work, and decides to pop back to the Dutch Golden Age for a quiet word with Rembrandt – but the world-weary artist is no mood to help.

Meanwhile, strange forces are swirling in the canals, creatures from ancient myth, the watery, goblin-like Nix. What is their connection to the mysterious Countess Mach-Teldak – and to the events of Tegan’s life during her year away from the Doctor? (more…)

Feed The World

Big Finish Folly, Part 143 – Earth Aid, by Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch

Earth AidWelcome aboard the space vessel Vancouver. Its mission: to guard a vast shipment of grain from Earth to the planet Safenesthome.

Its Captain is called Ace. She seems a little unsure of herself. In fact, some might almost think she was new to the job…

Its medical officer is called simply ‘The Doctor’, and he’s perhaps not all he seems either.

When mysterious ships target the Vancouver, Ace and the Doctor are pushed to the limit. Meanwhile, there’s something nasty in the grain containers. And it’s not very happy… (more…)

Tastes Like Chicken

Big Finish Folly, Part 142 – Animal, by Andrew Cartmel

AnimalMargrave University in 2001, and Raine Creevy is enjoying her first trip into the future. For the Doctor, there are mysteries to solve: what are the alien creatures imprisoned in the science labs? And what are the true motives of the student Scobie and his followers?

With enemies on all sides, the Doctor teams up with his old friend Brigadier Bambera and the forces of UNIT in a battle for the future of the whole world. (more…)