Doctor Who: The Curse of the Daleks [Big Finish–The Stageplays]

The last of the Big Finish stageplay audio adaptations (until they decide to do Recall Unit: The Great Tea-Bag Mystery) was the one which was originally produced earliest: The Curse of the Daleks, which hit the stage for just a couple of weeks back in 1965. It is the only one in this series to not feature the Doctor as a character, although of course the Daleks are on hand in abundance, portrayed as always by Nichoals Briggs.

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Doctor Who: The Seven Keys to Doomsday [Big Finish–The Stageplays]

Continuing our look at Big Finish’s audio adaptation of a variety of Doctor Who stageplays, we come to the second story in the series, The Seven Keys to Doomsday, which was originally produced on stage for four weeks starting in mid December, 1974.

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Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure [Big Finish–The Stageplays]

The nerds are in power! At least, they are at Big Finish, where people with a love of geeky minutia have got the skill and drive to put together things like these: full cast audios re-creating three nigh-mythical Doctor Who-themed stageplays, all of which were produced during the series’ original run. The stated goal of this project was to bring the stage plays back to life as accurate to their original idiosyncrasies as possible, and the results are…bizarre, to say the least.

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Doctor Who: Death and the Queen [Big Finish – Tenth Doctor Adventures]

Death and the Queen is the third and final Big Finish audio in the first season of the Tenth Doctor Adventures, featuring David Tennant and Catherine Tate reprising their television roles as the Doctor and Donna.

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Doctor Who: Time Reaver [Big Finish – Tenth Doctor Adventures]

Time Reaver is the second story of the first season of Big Finish’s Tenth Doctor adventures, their initial batch of episodes inspired primarily by the revival of the series.  David Tennant co-stars again with Catherine Tate as Donna Noble.  The cast also includes Terry Molloy (Davros in a couple of the old TV episodes) and Dan Starkey (Strax the Sontaran in a whole bunch of the modern series).

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Doctor Who: Technophobia [Big Finish–Tenth Doctor]

For years, Big Finish license to produce original audio material based on Doctor Who excluded them from including elements of the revival series which began in 2005.  But then a few years ago, that all changed, and now we have audio dramas coming out all the time featuring River Song, Missy, Jenny, Strax, and most significantly, the Tenth Doctor as played by David Tennant.  The company debuted his audio adventures a few years ago, with a series of three episodes co-starring Catherine Tate as his television companion, Donna Noble.  The first of these was Technophobia by Matt Fitton.

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Doctor Who: The Renaissance Man [Big Finish – Fourth Doctor]

The Renaissance Man is the second story in Big Finish’s first season of Fourth Doctor Adventures, in which Tom Baker was finally lured out of retirement to reprise his most famous role for the company. The series partners him with Louise Jameson’s Leela (his companion for a year and a half of television stories) and puts them under a loose narrative umbrella of the Doctor attempting to teach Leela about life, the universe, and everything.

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Doctor Who: Destination: Nerva [Big Finish – Fourth Doctor]

Destination: Nerva came out in 2012, and was a big deal because it was the first time that Tom Baker had reprised the role of the Fourth Doctor for Big Finish.  (It turns out that it wasn’t the first time that he’d played the role for a full length audio drama, though, as he’d starred in a five part audio drama for the BBC itself, starting with Hornet’s Nest.  I don’t think I’d ever heard of these stories until I was writing this post.)

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Doctor Who: The Time of the Daleks [Big Finish]

The Time of the Daleks is the fifth out of a season of six Big Finish audios featuring the 8th Doctor, the second such that they released.  This particular story is from 2002, and is the culmination of a little mini-story arc about Shakespeare disappearing from history.

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Weekly Geeky Question #50: Awesome Story Payoffs

It’s time for another Weekly Geeky Question.  Each week my friend Rod asks me some geeky question that I have to answer.  We’re now up to Week #50, so we’ve been at this for a while.  This week’s question follows on from last week, where we talked about disappointing story payoffs.

What are some of the most best story payoff’s that I have ever seen?

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