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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…)

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Still on hiatus…

…but breaking cover to vent at the antics of people who think they have an automatic right to be able to own something without paying for it. Yes, I’m talking about pirates.

Now, I won’t embarrass the persons concerned by naming them here, but you can probably find the latter half of the conversation if you look hard enough on Facebook. (The first half of the conversation was deleted from the group in question along with the user who made the initial request).

As a moderator of this particular BF group, I figured I was right to remind folks of the rules the group owner had set up. No piracy. No links to piracy. No requests for piracy. Respect the copyright.

If you believe piracy is a good thing, or excusable in any form, then you need to remember that Big Finish are a business – it costs money to make these plays, and all the people involved need to be paid. Nobody gets paid with good intentions or goodwill. And you have no right to have something *now* just because you *want* it. Toddlers have that attitude.
Grow up, get a job, save up, and pay for the goods yourself, or ask your families to buy them as gifts for you. Don’t expect to get everything in life for free.
Don’t expect to win me over with pro-piracy arguments either – I’m an artist and creator myself, and I don’t do it “for the love of it”. I expect to be paid for the efforts and time I put into my work.
Last point: if you come across anybody requesting or offering copyrighted material they have no rights to in this group, please report the posts to the moderators, and we will deal with them from there.

Well, there’s always one dissenting voice, and here he is:

The question of copyright and the business of charging for intellectual property is WAY more complicated than this post makes out. I happen to disagree with a number of points in it. But that doesn’t matter, because the question of having a code of conduct for a group is extremely simple.

If the group prohibits discussion about where/how/whether to obtain copies without payment, those are the rules, and people are free to have those discussions elsewhere.

Now, hold on. You have absolutely no problem following the code of conduct of a Facebook BF fan group, yet you protest the actual rule of law – copyright law, contract law, and criminal law? I may be inferring a fair amount from a few sentences of careful hedging, but this chap seems to have a problem with paying people for their work. Which is ironic, given this status update on his profile page….

Wanted: Designer to collaborate on a book kickstarter. Yes, this is a paying gig.

Hmm. Looks like he wants people to pay for his finished work. Funny, that…

Hiatus report

You may have noticed that this project seems to have stalled over the last few months. There are a couple of good reasons for this:

First, I did say right at the start that this was going to be a very quixotic affair, and would only get more difficult as I went further through the Main Range chronology. I’ve been proved right in that – having reached what I thought was the (current) end of the Sixth Doctor’s tenure in audio, I was starting on the McCoy/Mel partnership, only to find that Big Finish were adding to that part of the range at the same time as giving Ol’ Sixey a proper box-set regeneration send-off. I’m not complaining, but that’s created a bit of a pile-up – I don’t want to have to keep shifting back and forth between Doctors, so I’m stockpiling reviews so that I can release them in the correct chronological order.

Second, this isn’t my only leisure pursuit. Outside the blue box, I write epic fantasy, and my novel Heir to the North is due for release in October 2015. You can buy it here. Naturally, that’s a priority for me.

I’ll be back. But in the meantime, happy listening!

Nothing To Declare

Big Finish Folly, Part 128 – Spaceport Fear, by William Gallagher

Spaceport FearWelcome to Tantane Spaceport. You’ll love the facilities. The moving walls, designed to segregate all potentially dangerous arrivals from the populace at large. The grav-rail train – it may work again, one day. The ambient darkness, which disguises the centuries of neglect. The tribes of the descendants of stranded passengers, reduced to eking out pathetic existences in the remains of the lounges and tunnels. The Wailers. God help you if you ever come across the Wailers. So… Economy or Business? Be careful, the wrong answer might mean more than just an uncomfortable seat… (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? đŸ˜‰