Doctor Who: Seasons of Fear [Big Finish]

Seasons of Fear is an interesting audio drama from Big Finish, a relatively early entry featuring the 8th Doctor as played by Paul McGann.  It comes third in a run of six dramas about the 8th Doctor, which all set up a massive confrontation with a new menace known as Zagreus.  This story is not actually about Zagreus but plants some of the big seeds that take us there.

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Doctor Who: The Chimes of Midnight [Big Finish]

The Chimes of Midnight is the second audio drama from Big Finish Productions which formed part of a “season” of six stories featuring the 8th Doctor.  It stars Paul McGann as the Doctor and India Fisher as Charley, and is a huge step up from the previous installment, Invaders from MarsSpoilers ahead.

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Doctor Who: Invaders from Mars [Big Finish]

Invaders from Mars was the first of a new “season” of Big Finish audio adventures featuring Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor and India Fisher as his companion Charley, produced back in the early days of the company (2002).  It features guest appearances by Simon Pegg (famous for lots of things, including being Scotty in the recent Star Trek movies, and the Editor in the 9th Doctor story The Long Game) and Jessica Stevenson (aka Jessica Hynes, who played Joan Redfern in the 10th Doctor stories Human Nature and The Family of Blood).  It was also written and directed by Mart Gatiss, who is well known for writing a bunch of modern Doctor Who episodes, as well as co-creating Sherlock.

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Doctor Who: The One Doctor [Big Finish]

Back in December 2001, Big Finish Productions released The One Doctor, their first ever “Christmas episode”.  This isn’t a trend they continued for very long, but it’s interesting to note that this precedes Doctor Who‘s first modern “Christmas episode” by a good four years.  In any case, this story features Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor, and Bonnie Langford as his companion Melanie Bush.  But it also features Christopher Biggins as the Doctor, and Clare Buckfield as his companion, Sally-Anne Stubbins.

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Doctor Who: Trail of the White Worm / The Oseidon Adventure [Big Finish – Fourth Doctor]

And so the first “season” of Fourth Doctor adventures from Big Finish comes to a close with this “two part” adventure.  In reality, each of these “parts” is made up of two episodes, and so this story is the only one from this run of stories which is actually the same length as most of the Fourth Doctor’s actual TV adventures.

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Doctor Who: The Sandman [Big Finish]

There’s this bit that went undeveloped back in the Colin Baker Doctor Who serial, The Trial of a Time-Lord.  In that adventure, the Doctor appears to turn evil for a period of time.  This is never really explored, though it’s assumed to simply be the result of evidence-tampering at his corrupt trial.  But the sequence hints at a fascinating idea, with the Doctor behaving in a way that seems to his companions to be utterly wicked and contrary to his normal standards. What was largely breezed over on TV in 1986 received fuller treatment in the 2002 Big Finish audio, The Sandman.

The Sandman

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Doctor Who: The Beginning [Big Finish – The Companion Chronicles]

Back in 2013, lots of people connected with Doctor Who was finding ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the adventures of everybody’s favorite Time Lord…unless you’re a really big fan of Morbius or something.  Anyway, the folks at Big Finish, who have been producing original licensed audio dramas based on Doctor Who since 1999.  They did the big multi-Doctor drama The Light at the End, which was my gateway into the wares of Big Finish (read about it here), but they also produced this release in their Companion Chronicles series, The Beginning, starring Carole Ann Ford.

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Weekly Geeky Question #5 – Doctor Who Companions vs. the X-Files

Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #5, and Rod brought up a question which blends my favorite TV show, Doctor Who (both of them) with another long-running but very different science fantasy series, The X-Files.

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Doctor Who: Who is a Companion?

So each week, I’m writing up an article in response to some geeky question from my friend Rod.  This week, the question has to do with companions on the TV show, Doctor Who.

Now, similar to a question Rod recently asked me regarding the Legion of Super-Heroes comic books series, I find that my answer requires a lot of back-knowledge to understand.  In that case, instead of including all that background info in the main post, I wrote up a separate article that was more of a reference it.

I’m doing the same thing here, because I find that to answer the main question, I have to come to a clear understanding in my head of which Doctor Who characters qualify as companions, and which do not.

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Reflecting on Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time

A month or more ago, I wrote a wishlist for the Doctor Who Christmas special.  Twice Upon a Time aired just a few days ago, and featured the last Doctor Who story for Peter Capaldi as the lead character and Steven Moffat as lead writer and showrunner.  It was a real mixed bag of a project, with some elements that worked beautifully, and others that left me a bit disappointed. Continue reading Reflecting on Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time