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…)
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…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 103a – The Red House (Last Adventure: 2), by Alan Barnes
The Doctor and Charley arrive on an island populated by werewolves. But these are not your normal, garden variety werewolves – oh no, this is an endangered species. And the Doctor’s presence, coupled with the sinister machinations of Doctor Pain in the Red House on top of the hill, just made their life expectancy that much shorter… (more…)
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 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…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 107 – The Trial of the Valeyard, by Alan Barnes and Mike Maddox
And now we return to our regular schedule, ploughing through the last third of the Sixth Doctor’s chronology. This particular “season” of stories is another grab-bag of guest-stars and returning characters like the season that showcased Frobisher, the Meep, and the brilliantly barking Peri and the Piscon Paradox. Over the next few weeks we’ll go to both Venus and Scotland, as well as cross over into another of Big Finish’s ranges to pick up a couple of likely characters as companions. First, though, we look at the return of the Sixth Doctor’s nemesis, and twisted shadow-self – The Valeyard… (more…)