Doctor Who: Shadow of the Daleks 2 [Big Finish]

Thanks to the enjoyable quality of the first volume of this story, I’ve gone ahead and invested in another Big Finish release–Shadow of the Daleks 2, which brings this mysterious collection of stories starring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor to a close.

(Daily Doctor Who #159)

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Doctor Who: Last of the Titans [Big Finish]

Back in 2001, Big Finish released Last of the Titans, which similar to a few other stories was originally a free gift for readers of Doctor Who Magazine. Since then, the short adventure has been made into a free download on their website, which I became aware of as I was scanning for the free stuff they have on offer. There’s quite a bit of to be found there if one is interested. A lot of them are samples of longer stories, but Last of the Titans is a complete, albeit short (a bit more than half an hour), adventure featuring the Seventh Doctor played by Sylvester McCoy, apparently traveling alone. It was originally released with with a preview of the first episode of the Eighth Doctor story Storm Warning.

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Doctor Who: Dalek Empire IV: The Fearless [Big Finish]

A few years after the previous series, Big Finish released their fourth and final (at least so far) set of Dalek Empire audio dramas, this time consisting of four episodes subtitled The Fearless. Never having been a big Dalek fan, I have only acquired all of these dramas via special Humble Bundle deals.

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Doctor Who: Comic Books Adaptations, Dark Eyes, War Doctor, Robophobia–a Big Finish sampler

In the wake of the whole COVID-19 pandemic, Big Finish–most famous for their original. licensed Doctor Who audios–began to release a variety of projects for free on a weekly basis.  Some of these are “proper” Doctor Who adventures, some are licensed from other sources, and others are completely original.  I, of course, have been taking advantage of these.  This time around we’re looking at some portions (generally, the first episode) of straight-up adventures of the Doctor himself.

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Sherlock Holmes, Blake’s 7, Jeremiah Bourne, Cicero–a Big Finish sampler

In the wake of the whole COVID-19 pandemic, Big Finish–most famous for their original and licensed Doctor Who audios–began to release a variety of projects for free on a weekly basis.  Some of these were related to Doctor Who but many others were based on different licensed properties or even completely original series.    tried to snatch up a bunch of the stuff when it was available, and have just recently gotten around to checking a bunch of it out.

Big Finish has been pretty generous with all this free product, but each one also serves as a sampler to tempt me to buy other material.  Do they work?

Sherlock Holmes 1.4 - The Speckled Band

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Doctor Who: The Dalek Contract & The Final Phase [Big Finish – Fourth Doctor]

And with The Dalek Contract and The Final Phase, the second season of Big Finish’s Fourth Doctor adventure comes to a conclusion. Tom Baker, Mary Tamm and John Leeson once again star in the serials as the Doctor, Romana and K9.

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Doctor Who: Short Trips – Volume III [Big Finish]

Thanks to the wild world of inexpensive deals on a website called Humble Bundle, I’ve added all sorts of odd offerings from Big Finish Productions to my collection. These guys have been making original Doctor Who audio material since 1999. Most notably that’s been full-cast audio dramas featuring actors and characters from the TV series, but it has also expanded into all sorts of ancillary material.

One of these lines is Short Trips, which is a collection of short stories set in the Doctor Who universe. One of my purchases included four of these collections.

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Doctor Who: The Sands of Life / War Against the Laan [Big Finish – Fourth Doctor]

For some reason, Big Finish’s Fourth Doctor range seems to generally have stories that are only two episodes long.  This is in spite of the fact that the most popular length for stories in that era (and for much of classic Doctor Who) was four episodes.  Oddly, the first Fourth Doctor series had two two-part adventures that flowed directly from one to the other, thus basically making a four part story.  Now we’re here in the second series of Fourth Doctor Adventures, and we find something similar.

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Stuff I’ve Read, Watched, Done #7 – April 6, 2020

And as we enter into another week of the coronavirus-generated lockdown (or in my case, near-lockdown), and I’d say this is the week that TV and movie viewing has really kicked into a new gear in my family.  We’re doing lots of other things as well–including lots of working with my ministry team in Youth With A Mission Perth and trying to figure out how to move forward in light of all the necessary restrictions.

Bingeing My New Favorite Show
Me binge-watching my new favorite series, “Meeting Remotely With My Team.”

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Doctor Who: Dalek Empire III [Big Finish]

In 2004, Big Finish released a third series of audio adventures in their successful Dalek Empire series.  These stories featured the Doctor’s most popular enemies, but not the Doctor himself, nor any of his allies.  Instead, they chronicled the efforts of various people to avoid, rebel or resist the Dalek Empire’s expansion into the Milky Way galaxy.

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