We continue the Locum Doctors trilogy, celebrating Big Finish’s 200th Main Range story, with a tale that matches Ol’ Sixey with the classic Troughton-era companions Zoe and Jamie – and with an auld enemy who made several appearances over the course of that era…
Big Finish Folly, Part ℑ – Last of the Cybermen, by Alan Barnes
It’s a gigantic monument – a massive cyber-head, located out in the fringes of known space. Ten years after the end of the great Cyber Wars, Zennox and her team have come to excavate and explore the place. The Doctor has come too, drawn by a message that doesn’t make sense. When he realises the danger he is in, he flees back to the Tardis – but the Doctor Jamie and Zoe are expecting has been replaced by a fiery chap in multi-coloured clothing… (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 111 – Legend of the Cybermen, by Mike Maddox
The Doctor and Jamie have returned to the Land of Fiction – only to find that the Land itself is under siege from a race of beings that detests imagination and individuality: the Cybermen. Somehow, the Doctor must defeat the Cybermen, and find and save the new Queen of the Land of Fiction, before every character in the Hundred Realms is converted or destroyed… (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 110 – The Wreck of the Titan, by Barnaby Edwards
After our brief diversion into other ranges, the Doctor and Jamie return to the Main Range, Tardis in tow. Enthusiastic to show Jamie the wealth of the universe again, the Doctor arrives instead on an ocean liner in the middle of the night. The liner’s crew and passengers seem to be elusive ghosts, aside from the First Officer and his girlfriend, and the books in the ship’s library are all variations on a single nautical theme. Nothing is quite real – except, possibly, the massive iceberg sat square in the path of the RMS Titanic….
Big Finish Folly, Part 109 – Night’s Black Agents, by Marty Ross
Having escaped from Grangemouth, and in search of the Tardis, which has disappeared, the Doctor and Jamie encounter the sinister Reverend Merodach of Lammermoor. Merodach has the Tardis, and he wants the secrets held within it. He will torture the Doctor to gain these secrets, and he will bring all the pain of hell below to bear to get his own way. For Merodach is night’s own black agent… (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 108 – City of Spires, by Simon Bovey
The Doctor arrives in the Highlands, where the Redcoats are still fighting a brutal war against Black Donald’s clansmen. But there’s something odd going on in this variant Scotland, where the rivers run black, the evil Red Caps tear men to shreds, and the coastal towns have become terrifyingly advanced slave-cities filled with bizarre and dark technology. Wrong-footed, the Doctor needs a friend. And there’s one Highlander in particular he is very happy to see. But Black Donald doesn’t know who this dandified Frenchman is – and a Tardis? What’s one of them, then? Hoots, mon, it’s all kicking off… (more…)
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…)