time vortex shenanigans

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…)

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I Have Always Been Here Before

Big Finish Folly, Part 134 – Flip-Flop, by Jonathan Morris

Flip FlopThe year is 3090. The place is the colony world of Puxatornee. The alien Slithergees are a minority population, fearful of oppression by the world’s human inhabitants and yet somehow holding the balance of power. A dissident faction of humans is making life difficult for President Bailey, and she must stamp them out to appease the humble and oh-so-oppressed Slithergee. In particular, she must stamp out the Doctor and Mel. Which comes as news to them as they have only just arrived on Puxatornee. Or have they just left? Or is it even more complicated than that? This time there really are two sides to the story – and that’s not good news for anybody…

Beware: spoilers will happen below the cut. (more…)

Having a Bonnie Time

Would you believe we’ve almost reached the end of our extended sojourn with the Sixth Doctor? It’s true – we’re fast running out of companions to team him up with! In fact, at this time of writing (and yes, The Folly is aware that another new companion is lurking in the wings, but all things in good time, eh?), there’s only one person left for him to meet. That would be Mel Bush of Pease Pottage of course. Except that the Doctor has met her already, at the end of his Trial. And he knows it isn’t time to meet her yet. Argh. Timey-wimey. And then some. So, while this could be Part 123, as would be perfectly proper, we’re going to shove this one further back in the timeline. Why? Well, listen up, and find out…

Big Finish Folly, Part 107a – The Wrong Doctors, by Matt Fitton

The Doctor is taking Mel back to Pease Pottage, returning her to her own timeline so that he can pick her up at the correct later date. The Doctor is also travelling to Pease Pottage, to pick up Mel, to take her on as his new Tardis companion. But there’s a problem: Mel already knows when she’s due to arrive in the Tardis, and it isn’t just yet. And there’s another problem, too. More than one, in fact. There’s a second Mel in Pease Pottage. And dinosaurs. And highwaymen. And a team of corporate alien business consultants with an aggressive enfranchisement policy. With this much going on, it’s a good job there are two Doctors on hand to save the day… isn’t it? (more…)

Bubbleicious!

Big Finish Folly, Part 70a – Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories, by LM Myles, Mark Ravenhill, Una McCormack, and Nev Fountain

Breaking Bubbles and Other StoriesIt’s that time again – the now traditional annual anthology release. Four standalone episodes loosely linked by a common theme. An opportunity to let new writers loose in the main range paddock; a chance to experiment and try new things. This time, it’s the turn of ol’ Sixey and Peri to get the anthology treatment – and so simply for ease, I’m sticking this one hard on the heels of Recorded Time and Other Stories. Let’s go see if it’s any good, eh? (more…)

Cel-e-brate! Cel-e-brate!

Big Finish Folly, Part 87 – Jubilee, by Robert Shearman

JubileeAaaaand we are back. Casting off the hiatus like Lazarus and his crutch, let us dive headlong into the first of a new batch of stories featuring Old Sixey and Evelyn Smythe. Well, I say new, but Jubilee dates back to January 2003 and is actually the seed from which the ’05 Nu-Who TV story Dalek was germinated. So hang on tight chums, as we explode down an alternate timestream – we are off to an almighty celebration! (more…)

The Light at the End

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…)

Ad Astra!

Big Finish Folly, Part 52 – The Chaos Pool, by Peter Anghelides

Chaos Pool coverAs the universe barrels rapidly to an undignified end, the Doctor and Amy (no, not that one…) must locate the last segment of the Key to Time – and the Chaos Pool, where everything will be unmade… (more…)

Big Finish Folly, Part 44

Late again this week, due to the neccessities of having to deal with far too many people who still haven’t got the hang of Christmas shopping (c’mon folks, it happens every year after all – is it really so difficult to get organised and communicate with the rest of the family so you don’t all go out and buy THE EXACT SAME BLOODY THING FIVE TIMES OVER for cousin Barry? God ‘elp us if there’s a war.)

Ahem. Anyway, onwards and upwards. (more…)

Big Finish Folly, Part 43 – ROYGBIV!

The Kingmaker, by Nev Fountain

In which the Doctor, under contract to the educational publishing department of what appears to be an Angry Robot, attempts to discover what happened to the princes in the tower. Peri and Erimem meanwhile, stranded in the last years of the War of the Roses, discover that a time traveller is meddling with history, giving Richard of Gloucester glimpses into the future. Is this the Doctor? Or the Master? Or… somebody else? (more…)

Big Finish Folly, Part 39

The Axis of Insanity, by Simon Furman

The Doctor is called to a dead-end dimension that acts as the graveyard of past Timelord mistakes and discovers that something is loose in this particular circle of hell. As locked-away timestreams dissolve into each other and crush the Axis, he and Peri and Erimem must battle an insane shape-shifting jester to prevent the primary timeline being infected with absolute chaos….

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