Doctor Who: Medicinal Purposes [Big Finish]

As is well-known, Doctor Who started off with a desire to be at least somewhat educational–bringing up both scientific and historical concepts in a way that allowed children to learn about them. This was most obvious in the “pure historical” adventures of the 1960’s, where the Doctor and company would interact with the likes of Marco Polo and Richard the Lionhearted. Though this focus fell by the wayside in most of the show’s history, recently you can see Chris Chibnall doing his level best to teach his audience about less celebrated points in history. And every once in a while, a Big Finish audio comes along that has the side benefit of informing its listeners about real-world people and events. Medicinal Purposes is one such audio–at least it was for me.

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Doctor Who: Arrangements for War [Big Finish]

Arrangements for War is the 57th release on Big Finish’s Doctor Who Main Range. It was written by Paul Sutton and came out in May 2004–less than a year before the show relaunched on TV. Even though these audios were released monthly, this one starring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor follows immediately not from the previous release (see here), but rather from Project: Lazarus, which was release #45 and which came out nearly a year earlier.

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Doctor Who – 1986 – All the Years

Doctor Who – All The Years is a quick examination of what was happening in the world of Doctor Who over all its years of existence. I’m not attempting to create a thorough history–just brief look back at the real-life timeline of my favorite TV show. Go back to the beginning and read about 1963 here.

(Daily Doctor Who #336)

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Doctor Who – 1985 – All the Years

Doctor Who – All The Years is a quick examination of what was happening in the world of Doctor Who over all its years of existence. I’m not attempting to create a thorough history–just brief look back at the real-life timeline of my favorite TV show. Go back to the beginning and read about 1963 here.

(Daily Doctor Who #317)

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Doctor Who: Project: Lazarus [Big Finish]

Creatures of Beauty was the 45th entry in Big Finish’s “Main Range” or “Monthly Range” of Doctor Who audios (released back in 2003), featuring both Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor. Maggie Stables also featured as Evelyn Smythe, the Sixth Doctor’s audio-only companion.

(Daily Doctor Who #257)

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Doctor Who and the Pirates [Big Finish]

The Dark Flame was the 43rd entry in Big Finish’s “Main Range” or “Monthly Range” of Doctor Who audios (released back in 2003), featuring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, with Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe.

(Daily Doctor Who #251)

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Doctor Who: Jubilee [Big Finish]

Jubilee was the 40th entry in Big Finish’s “Main Range” or “Monthly Range” of Doctor Who audios (released back in 2003), featuring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Maggie Stables as audio-only companion Evelyn Smythe.

(Daily Doctor Who #229)

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The Twin Dilemma [Classic Doctor Who]

Doctor Who has long been my favorite show, but in recent years rewatchings of old episodes have been few and far between.  But lately I decided to spend both some of my birthday and Christmas spending money on some of these adventures, and enjoy them with one or two of my nerdier daughters.

(Daily Doctor Who #228)

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Doctor Who: The Ratings War [Big Finish]

The Ratings War, by Steve Lyons, is one of those stories one can get for free from the Big Finish website. It was originally given away as a gift to readers of Doctor Who Magazine–a special one-off story (just a bit over half an hour long) featuring the Sixth Doctor as played by Colin Baker.

(Daily Doctor Who #189)

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Doctor Who: Blood on Santa’s Claw–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 have been taking advantage of these, as I’ve written about here and elsewhere. This time around we’re looking at the first episode of a collection of single-episode Sixth Doctor Christmas-related stories.

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