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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…)

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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…)

Destination Regeneration

That latest trilogy with new companion Constance Clarke leads naturally into the first story in the box set that details the Sixth’s Doctor’s previously unseen regeneration into Sly Seven. I was in two minds about covering this as part of the Folly but, well, in for a penny, in for a pound, so to speak. It’s not like the chronology isn’t already complicated beyond comprehension – the Sixth Doctor is splattered all over the vortex like an n-dimensional Jackson Pollock. What I’ve done is try to locate each piece of this particular box set in appropriate parts of the timeline, with varying degrees of success. You can judge my efforts against those, in a more complete fashion, of Craig Brawley in the (somewhat elitist) Big Finish Listeners group on Facecrack.

But, on with the show!

Big Finish Folly, Part 106d – The End of the Line (Last Adventure:1) by Simon Barnard & Paul Morris

The Sixth Doctor - The Last AdventureThe 8.15 is late. As usual. But in an infinite universe, with infinite possibilities, somewhere there’s an 8.15 that made it on time. But that means there’s also an 8.15 lost in deep fog, onboard which the passengers are busy killing each other… Guess which 8.15 the Doctor has just found… (more…)

Balancing Act

Big Finish Folly, Part 29e – Equilibrium, by Matt Fitton

EquilibriumFollowing the trail of the missing Tardis component, the Doctor and his companions crash through an energy barrier and arrive on the bell-jar mini-world of Isenfell, which is locked into a perpetual winter. While the Doctor struggles to make sense of Isenfell’s obsession with balance, Tegan and Nyssa explore the castle’s icy cellars, and Turlough fends off the advances of a bloodthirsty princess, the end of the world is coming… (more…)

The Adventure Biggins!

And so we start the run of Six/Mel adventures proper, by racing back, way back, to December 2001 for what could – to judge by the cast list – go one of two ways…

Big Finish Folly, Part 123 – The One Doctor, by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman

The One DoctorAn SOS call brings the Doctor and his glamorous assistant to the Generios system, to “do battle” with the terrifying Skelloids. Putting down the faked alien invasion is a piece of cake, and they’re just arranging for the bank transfer of reward funds, when a massive cylinder appears over the planet and demands tribute. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the real Doctor and Mel turn up at the same time. Normally there’s only room for one doctor, but this time, two heads are going to have to be better than one…. (more…)

Schrodinger’s Peri

Hard on the heels of his adventures with Flip (as played by Lisa Greenwood)¹, The Doctor sets off to scratch an itch that has been bugging him, more or less, ever since the TV story Mindwarp. Just what did happen to Peri? Did she really marry Brian Blessed? Did they live happily ever after? Do their children also shout like a mountain with toothache? Is Gordon alive?

Ahem. It’s time to find out. Come with us, on the most ambitious and spectacular adventure ever committed to my ipod.

Big Finish Folly, Part 120 – The Widow’s Assassin, by Nev Fountain

The Widow's AssassinIt’s no secret that Nev Fountain writes brilliant adventures for the Sixth Doctor and Peri. Hell, he even wrote The Kingmaker, which put Shakespeare and Richard III firmly in their places. If you’ve heard Peri and the Piscon Paradox, then you might already know what to expect. But, obviously, you’d be wrong. (more…)

Ad(ric) Astra!

The Fifth Doctor Box SetWay back at the start of this slightly bonkers endeavour, I had a numbering system. I based that numbering system on the earliest (chronologically speaking) Fifth Doctor play in the Big Finish monthly range – featuring Nyssa only, just after Tegan’s departure in Time-Flight – I did so secure in the knowledge that BF would never get Matthew Waterhouse on board to reprise his role as Adric. More fool me, obviously, as now my numbering system has collapsed beyond repair. Perhaps Adric the maths geek would sympathise. Anyhow, it’s happened: it’s a Fifth Doctor box set featuring Adric, Nyssa and Tegan, it’s dark as hell, nobody’s having any fun, and it’s brilliant – it’s like 1981 all over again! (more…)

Doomy Tomby

Big Finish Folly, Part 15c – Tomb Ship, by Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby

Tomb ShipHard on the heels of their visit to Nathaniel Whitlock’s safari, the Doctor and Nyssa arrive in the dark interior of one of the fabled ark-tombs of the Arrit God-Kings, which drift through deep interstellar space waiting for revival and resurrection. Spooky enough, but Team Tardis is not alone – matriarchal tomb raider Virna has brought some of her sons to break in and claim the prize she has sought for years. But the road to that treasure is fraught with traps, tests and trials, and it will take all of the Doctor’s ingenuity to get through to the central chamber alive. And, waiting in the wings, is an explorer whose bravery rivals that of Indiana Jones…

Spoilers… (more…)

Fab (number) Five!

Big Finish Folly, Part 3a – Fanfare For The Common Men, by Eddie Robson

1963: Fanfare for the Common MenThe Doctor remembers the Sixties. That’s why he’s taking Nyssa on a trip back to November 1963. Back to where it all began. Back to the birth of the biggest band in the history of British music. Back to see those cheeky lads from Liverpool…

Mark, James and Korky. The Common Men. The boys who made the Sixties swing with songs like Oh, Won’t You Please Love Me?Just Count To Three and Who Is That Man.

The Doctor remembers the Sixties. And there’s something very wrong with the Sixties, if the Beatles no longer exist… (more…)

40 Kinds of Delight

Big Finish Folly, Part 51 – The Destroyer of Delights, by Jonathan Clements

destroyer of delightsWith two pieces of the Key to Time still to find, the Doctor and Amy are forced to team up with the Black Guardian to continue their desperate search, and so it’s off to 9th century Sudan for our intrepid time travellers – where Amy is mistaken for a slave, the Doctor is mistaken for a teller of unlikely stories, and the Sultan Cassim Ali Baba is something altogether darker… And there’s still no sign of that elusive fifth segment…. (more…)