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

Another busy month in the worlds of Doctor Who audio sees the release of UNIT: Shutdown, the second set of adventures following Kate Stewart, Osgood and friends, saving the world without Time Lord assistance. Meanwhile, Torchwood presents an early tale, with Game of Thrones actress Indira Varma reprising her role as wayward agent Suzie Costello in ‘Moving...

Big Finish’s ‘Survivors’ box set review: Season 4 is dark and powerful

Big Finish’s latest set of post-apocalyptic tales based on Terry Nation’s 1970s TV series Survivors takes the action forward two years after the plague, and finds yet more moral and ethical challenges for Greg Preston (Ian McCulloch) and Jenny Richards (Lucy Fleming). As before this is aimed at an adult audience, and is as dark...

‘Doctor Who’ audio spin-off review: ‘Cyberman’ is proper grown-up science fiction

Re-released in a collected volume, celebrating their own 50th Anniversary, Big Finish’s Cyberman series presents humanity the gravest danger; locked in a bitter interstellar conflict with its own android creations. With the incumbent Earth president refusing the more unpalatable options, an insidious conspiracy manoeuvres military hero Admiral Karen Brett (Sarah Mowat) into position, eyeing her as...

‘Torchwood’ audio review: Suzie Costello returns in ‘Moving Target’

Big Finish’s range of brand new Torchwood stories continues this month with ‘Moving Target’. Guy Adams’ story gives us the return of bad-girl Suzie Costello (Game of Thrones actress Indira Varma) who was killed in the first ever TV episode of the show (which didn’t preclude her coming back in a later story). This means the...

‘Doctor Who’ audio spin-off review: Big Finish’s ‘Gallifrey: Enemy Lines’

Bringing together a trio of former companions, the latest tale from the Doctor’s home planet deals with the thorny topic of changing history. While the previous Gallifrey release, ‘Intervention Earth’, took us into the distant future with a later incarnation of Romana, ‘Enemy Lines’ returns to more familiar ground with Lalla Ward’s Romana II. Picking...

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

Another busy month for the Doctor Who universe saw the long-awaited launch of a new era as the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble arrived at Big Finish for their first volume of three adventures – which CultBox declared a triumph! Meanwhile in Cardiff, Sgt Andy Davidson finally got his shot at being part of the...

‘Dracula’ review: Mark Gatiss stars in Big Finish’s new audio adaptation

Adapting an iconic title such as Dracula needs particular care to balance putting a new stamp on the story, whilst respecting the pedigree of a classic tale. In the hands of Big Finish, this audio adaptation is a powerful listen and nothing has been lost in Jonathan Barnes’ take on Bram Stoker’s original. As the...

‘Terrahawks’ audio box set review: Volume 2 of Big Finish’s audio revival

2015’s audio revival of Terrahawks was a pleasant surprise to us. In truth, we had forgotten how funny and subversive the show could be. Freed from the shackles of visual production, and buoyed by the success of Volume One, the follow-up continues to be both warm and deeply irreverent – this time gleefully poking fun...