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Big Finish’s ‘Doctor Who’ audio stories: August 2016 reviews round-up

While we are still recovering from last month’s superb era mash-up of  ‘Classic Doctors, New Monsters’, Big Finish takes another of their ranges into unknown territory as Bernice Summerfield enters ‘The Unbound Universe’; a parallel dimension where David Warner is the Doctor. Meanwhile, Gwen Cooper wraps up Torchwood’s second audio season with ‘Made You Look’ –...

Audio review: Big Finish’s ‘The Sacrifice of Sherlock Holmes’

With this four-disc set, Big Finish brings to a close a sequence of stories beginning with the 2012 release The Adventure of the Perfidious Mariner. Over 13 discs (a single release and three box sets), writer Jonathan Barnes has woven a tale grand in concept yet readily accessible. Newcomers to Big Finish’s Sherlock Holmes range needs only...

‘The Avengers’ audio review: Big Finish’s ‘The Lost Episodes – Volume 6’

The penultimate release in the range, this series of box sets recreates the mostly lost first season of The Avengers. Back in the early 1961, the show was markedly different from its latter incarnations and mainly focussed on the exploits of Dr David Keel (Anthony Howell), whose life as a GP was frequently interrupted by...

Big Finish’s ‘Doctor Who’ audio stories: July 2016 reviews round-up

Another busy month in the worlds of Doctor Who audio sees the release of Classic Doctors: New Monsters Volume 1, pairing Doctors Five, Six, Seven and Eight against new series foes including the Judoon, the Sycorax and the Weeping Angels. Meanwhile, Torchwood’s ‘Broken’ reunites fan favourite Ianto Jones with Captain Jack Harkness for a clever...

‘Doctor Who’ spin-off review: ‘The New Counter-Measures – Who Killed Toby Kinsella?’

July 2015, and after four popular box sets, Big Finish killed off the Counter-Measures team. The only survivor from the 1960s spin-off from ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’ was Sir Toby Kinsella (Hugh Ross). Gone were Group Captain Ian ‘Chunky’ Gilmore (Simon Williams), Rachel Jensen (Pamela Salem) and Allison Williams (Karen Gledhill), and time has rolled...

‘Doctor Who’ spin-off box set review: Big Finish’s ‘UNIT: Shutdown’

In their second box set release for Big Finish, Kate Stewart, Osgood and the team take on fearsome assassins and a hard-nosed businesswoman, set on profiting from salvaged alien technology. As before, this Doctor Who box set comprises a four-part story shared between two writers; Andrew Smith handles the middle two episodes while Matt Fitton...

‘Torchwood’ review: Captain Jack and Ianto reunite in Big Finish’s ‘Broken’

In a series that continues to offer plenty of surprises as it jumps about the Torchwood timeline, this month’s pairing of Ianto Jones and Captain Jack Harkness doubtless tops many a fan’s wish list. Possibly the most underdeveloped character onscreen, yet heavily tied to events from the Doctor Who universe, Ianto appeared first as little...