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Big Finish’s latest ‘Doctor Who’ audio stories reviewed: April 2017 round-up

While the Twelfth Doctor has returned to our television screens with a new season, his predecessors remain busy on audio all year long. April was no exception, bringing outings for his Fourth, Fifth and Tenth incarnations. The Fifth Doctor and Nyssa star in a pair of two-part stories, ‘Alien Heart’ and ‘Dalek Soul’ which form...

Big Finish’s latest ‘Doctor Who’ audio stories reviewed: March 2017 round-up

March brought a host of new Doctor Who releases from audio producers Big Finish, with the headline event being the climatic ending to Paul McGann’s epic ‘Doom Coalition’ storyline, a saga which has played out over four box sets. In the regular monthly ranges, the Fifth Doctor trilogy closed with the curious ‘Zaltys’, while Tom...

Big Finish’s latest ‘Doctor Who’ audio stories reviewed: February 2017 round-up

February brought the Fifth Doctor, travelling with Adric, Nyssa and Tegan, back to Earth for an adventure in the world of Victorian gentlemen’s clubs, or more specifically ‘The Contingency Club’. Meanwhile, the Fourth Doctor, Romana and K-9 became embroiled with the Sontarans in ‘The Eternal Battle’, and the Third, Jo Grant and Mike Yates took...

‘Baker’s End 3’ review: Tom Baker and Katy Manning return in ‘Tatty Bogle’

A grim and gruesome festival provides the focus for the latest tall tale of Tom Baker’s retirement. In fact it is a wonder that Susy Goshawk, Tom’s former co-star, is prepared to risk another visit to Baker’s End; since Tom ‘died’ and was resurrected as the self-styled ‘King of Cats’, he has attracted no end...

‘First Men in the Moon’ review: Big Finish’s HG Wells season continues

The HG Wells season continues at Big Finish with First Men in the Moon, a tale of exploration and adventure. On one level this 1901 story is a then modern take on how science might help man journey into space, and centres on two characters, the scientist Professor Cavor (Nigel Planer) and his associate, the...

‘Lady Midnight’ book review: Cassandra Clare returns to the Shadowhunters world

Returning to her expansive fantasy world which began with ‘The Mortal Instruments’, Cassandra Clare’s latest novel chronicles the Shadowhunters of Los Angeles, rather than the more familiar turf of New York. For those new to the series, the heroes are teenaged Nephilim; half angel warriors who battle demons and keep the peace between creatures such...

Audio review: John Hurt is Big Finish’s ‘The Invisible Man’

Kicking off their HG Wells season, which promises six stories throughout 2017, Big Finish present the incomparable John Hurt as The Invisible Man. Respectfully delayed by a few weeks for the saddest of reasons, fans can now enjoy the first of two bittersweet treats this month – not only does John Hurt voice the titular...

Audio review: Big Finish’s ‘Cicero – Though Scoundrels Are Discovered’

Taking its inspiration from what is recorded of Marcus Tullius Cicero’s speech in his first famous trial, circa 80 BC, Big Finish breaks into new territory presenting a legal whodunit with a pleasing classical twist. Despite its historic origins, no pre-requisite knowledge is called for as writer David Llewellyn breathes a modern sensibility into the...