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  • Styre on The First Doctor Vol. 2THE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE PLAGUE OF DREAMS Finally, in Guy Adams’ “The Plague of Dreams,” we get a story that...
  • Styre on The First Doctor Vol. 2THE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE BONFIRES OF THE VANITIES The third Companion Chronicle in the set is “The Bonfires of the...
  • Styre on The First Doctor Vol. 2THE COMPANION CHRONICLES: ACROSS THE DARKENED CITY One of the best elements of the Companion Chronicles was their willingness to...
  • Styre on The First Doctor Vol. 2THE COMPANION CHRONICLES: FIELDS OF TERROR The Companion Chronicles are back, with another four-story box set focusing on the Hartnell...
  • Styre on 226 – Shadow Planet / World ApartSHADOW PLANET The final two-story release in the monthly range features the seventh Doctor, Ace, and the return of Hex,...
  • Styre on 6.06 – SubterraneaSUBTERRANEA There’s a lot of Big Finish product that feels like it was generated on autopilot, but the Fourth Doctor...
  • Styre on 16 – Torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.torTORCHWOOD: torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor “Cascade,” or more properly “torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor,” by Scott Handcock is a Torchwood story designed around the audio medium that...
  • Styre on The Lives of Captain JackTHE LIVES OF CAPTAIN JACK: MONTH 25 The final story in The Lives of Captain Jack, “Month 25” by Guy...
  • Styre on The Lives of Captain JackTHE LIVES OF CAPTAIN JACK: ONE ENCHANTED EVENING At the end of “The End of Time,” David Tennant’s final Doctor...
  • Styre on The Lives of Captain JackTHE LIVES OF CAPTAIN JACK: WEDNESDAYS FOR BEGINNERS Pairing up Jack Harkness and Jackie Tyler seems so natural, so obvious,...
  • Styre on The Lives of Captain JackTHE LIVES OF CAPTAIN JACK: THE YEAR AFTER I DIED   Here’s an interesting idea for a spinoff set: stories...
  • Styre on 3.4 ChronoclasmJAGO & LITEFOOT: CHRONOCLASM The third series of Jago & Litefoot closes just like the first two: with an Andy...
  • Styre on 6.05 – The Haunting of Malkin PlaceTHE HAUNTING OF MALKIN PLACE       The sixth series of Fourth Doctor Adventures rolls on with “The Haunting of Malkin...
  • Styre on U.N.I.T. – AssembledUNIT: ASSEMBLED I’ve criticized the new UNIT range for being rather empty: everything has been solidly written and produced to...
  • Styre on 225 – Vortex Ice / Cortex FireVORTEX ICE “Vortex Ice,” from Jonathan Morris, is the first of the two stories in the second split release, this...
  • Styre on 15 – Corpse DayTORCHWOOD: CORPSE DAY The fifteenth Torchwood release (to say nothing of the box sets) marks a big moment for Big...
  • Styre on The 9th Doctor ChroniclesTHE NINTH DOCTOR CHRONICLES: RETAIL THERAPY The final story in the set is “Retail Therapy” from James Goss, a story...
  • Styre on The 9th Doctor ChroniclesTHE NINTH DOCTOR CHRONICLES: THE OTHER SIDE Scott Handcock provides the third story, “The Other Side,” which features the long-awaited...
  • Styre on The 9th Doctor ChroniclesTHE NINTH DOCTOR CHRONICLES: THE WINDOW ON THE MOOR The second story, Una McCormack’s “The Window on the Moor,” is...
  • Styre on The 9th Doctor ChroniclesTHE NINTH DOCTOR CHRONICLES: THE BLEEDING HEART       The biggest problem with Big Finish’s new series license has been actor...
  • Styre on 6.04 – DethrasDETHRAS The fourth release in the sixth series of Fourth Doctor Adventures, “Dethras,” comes from range newcomer Adrian Poynton. While...
  • Styre on 3.3 Swan SongJAGO & LITEFOOT: SWAN SONG The third story in the set, John Dorney’s “Swan Song,” is a bit of a...
  • Styre on 224 – Alien Heart / Dalek SoulALIEN HEART Big Finish has settled into an annual format for the monthly range: one trilogy for each of the...
  • Styre on 14 – The DollhouseTORCHWOOD: THE DOLLHOUSE       I’ve been quite impressed with Big Finish’s Torchwood audios. The standard releases have cleared a high...
  • Styre on 1.4 The Similarity EngineJAGO & LITEFOOT: THE SIMILARITY ENGINE       The first Jago & Litefoot set comes to a close with Andy Lane’s...
  • Styre on 3.2 The Man at the End of the GardenJAGO & LITEFOOT: THE MAN AT THE END OF THE GARDEN       The tenth Jago & Litefoot story, “The Man...
  • Styre on 2.1 Litefoot and SandersJAGO & LITEFOOT: LITEFOOT AND SANDERS       The second Jago & Litefoot set kicks off with Justin Richards’ “Litefoot and...
  • Styre on 2.2 The Necropolis ExpressJAGO & LITEFOOT: THE NECROPOLIS EXPRESS       Series Two of Jago & Litefoot started with a vampire story and now...
  • Styre on 2.3 The Theatre of DreamsJAGO & LITEFOOT: THE THEATRE OF DREAMS       One of the best elements of “The Mahogany Murderers” was the way...
  • Styre on 2.4 The Ruthven InheritanceJAGO & LITEFOOT: THE RUTHVEN INHERITANCE       The second series of Jago & Litefoot winds up with “The Ruthven Inheritance”...
  • Styre on 3.1 Dead Men’s TalesJAGO & LITEFOOT: DEAD MEN’S TALES       The third series of Jago & Litefoot begins with Justin Richards’ “Dead Men’s...
  • Styre on 1.3 The Spirit Trap JAGO & LITEFOOT: THE SPIRIT TRAP       There’s little more Victorian than a mysterious séance, and Jonathan Morris’s “The Spirit...
  • Styre on 1.2 The Bellova DevilJAGO & LITEFOOT: THE BELLOVA DEVIL       “The Bellova Devil” might be the best thing Alan Barnes has ever written...
  • Styre on 1.1 The Bloodless SoldierJAGO & LITEFOOT: THE BLOODLESS SOLDIER       Henry Gordon Jago and Professor George Litefoot have always been among the most...
  • Styre on Philip Hinchcliffe Presents – The Helm of AwePHILIP HINCHCLIFFE PRESENTS: THE HELM OF AWE       “The Helm of Awe” is the fourth story that Philip Hinchcliffe has...
  • David Marshall on 7.0 – Intervention EarthGallifrey: Intervention Earth Written by Scott Handcock & David Llewellyn Intervention Earth is a fake political drama that's more Star...
  • Styre on 6.03 – The Silent ScreamTHE SILENT SCREAM It’s time for another Fourth Doctor Adventure, this one called “The Silent Scream” from James Goss. And...
  • Styre on 223 – ZaltysZALTYS I don’t often judge stories by their titles; nevertheless, a title can tell you a great deal about the...
  • Styre on 13 – Visiting HoursTORCHWOOD: VISITING HOURS It’s interesting to watch the evolution of Torchwood characters. When the series started, Gwen was the audience...
  • Styre on Doom Coalition 4DOOM COALITION: STOP THE CLOCK And so we arrive at the final Doom Coalition story, John Dorney’s “Stop the Clock,”...
  • David Marshall on 028 – Invaders from MarsInvaders from Mars The horrible American accents drove me away in 8 minutes (December 2016) and 11 minutes (March 2017)....
  • David Marshall on 040 – JubileeJubilee The Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe get pulled in alternative timeline of London 2003. The English Empire became a...
  • Styre on Doom Coalition 4DOOM COALITION: THE SIDE OF THE ANGELS The penultimate installment of Doom Coalition and the final installment from Matt Fitton...
  • Styre on Doom Coalition 4DOOM COALITION: SONGS OF LOVE “Songs of Love” from Matt Fitton is the second story in the fourth Doom Coalition...
  • Styre on Doom Coalition 4DOOM COALITION: SHIP IN A BOTTLE The fourth and final Doom Coalition starts off with a surprisingly quiet story: “Ship...
  • Styre on Volume 4 – Casualties of WarTHE WAR DOCTOR: THE ENIGMA DIMENSION Right off the bat, I have to say I’m surprised. It’s the final War...
  • Styre on Volume 4 – Casualties of WarTHE WAR DOCTOR: THE LADY OF OBSIDIAN Okay, let’s start here: “The Lady of Obsidian” is an awkward title and...
  • Styre on Volume 4 – Casualties of WarTHE WAR DOCTOR: PRETTY LIES It’s the final War Doctor set – and with the unfortunate passing of John Hurt,...
  • Bobby Torres on 07 – MaenadSomething else to take note of is that aspects and plot elements of this story seem to have been inspired...
  • Styre on 6.02 – The Eternal BattleTHE ETERNAL BATTLE I spent most of my review of “The Beast of Kravenos” lamenting how Big Finish’s institutional nostalgia...
  • Styre on 222 – The Contingency ClubTHE CONTINGENCY CLUB The second entry in the 2017-opening Peter Davison trilogy is “The Contingency Club” by Phil Mulryne, another...
  • Styre on Torchwood One – Before the FallTORCHWOOD ONE: BEFORE THE FALL After the success of “One Rule,” the monthly Torchwood release that featured the return of...
  • Styre on 6.01 – The Beast of KravenosTHE BEAST OF KRAVENOS Another new year is upon us, and with it has arrived a new series of Fourth...
  • Styre on 221 – The Star MenTHE STAR MEN The 2017 monthly range kicks off with “The Star Men” from Andrew Smith, a story that marks...
  • Styre on The Diary of River Song Vol. 2THE DIARY OF RIVER SONG: THE EYE OF THE STORM This second Diary of River Song set has attempted to...
  • Styre on The Diary of River Song Vol. 2THE DIARY OF RIVER SONG: WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME I have no idea if this is true, but “World Enough...
  • David Marshall on A Tribute to the Third DoctorDid the Time Lords base the third Doctor’s face on Rory Williams (http://tardis-regenerated.com/?p=109)?
  • David Marshall on 180 – 1963: The Assassination GamesDude, your Light at the End review -- which I completely agree with -- is rendering on your Assassination Games...
  • David Marshall on 4.01 – The ExxilonsI love your reviews, and cite them often. I finally started listening to Big Finish last year...already bought about 70...
  • Styre on The Diary of River Song Vol. 2THE DIARY OF RIVER SONG: FIVE TWENTY-NINE So what happened to all life on Earth? After “Five Twenty-Nine,” a concept...
  • Styre on The Diary of River Song Vol. 2THE DIARY OF RIVER SONG: THE UNKNOWN       The second River Song box set from Big Finish wastes no time:...
  • Styre on 11 – Cold FusionCOLD FUSION Unfortunately, Big Finish’s superlative Doctor Who Novel Adaptations range is ending, ostensibly due to poor sales. While some...
  • Styre on 10 – Original SinORIGINAL SIN The tenth Big Finish novel adaptation is once again taken from the ranks of the New Adventures: Andy...
  • Styre on 3.4 – The SontaransTHE LOST STORIES: THE SONTARANS For the final release in the third series of Early Adventures, Big Finish turned to...
  • Styre on 220 – QuicksilverQUICKSILVER       After two decidedly subpar entries, the final installment in this Colin Baker trilogy is Matt Fitton’s “Quicksilver,” a...
  • Styre on 219 – Absolute PowerABSOLUTE POWER I haven’t made a secret of my opinion of the “main” Doctor Who audio range – it’s quite...
  • Styre on U.N.I.T. – SilencedUNIT: SILENCED I’ve been critical of Big Finish’s new UNIT series largely because of wasted opportunities: the first two sets...
  • Styre on Torchwood – OutbreakTORCHWOOD: OUTBREAK Following on from “The Torchwood Archive,” Big Finish presents another Torchwood special release in box set format. But...
  • Styre on 3.3 – The Ravelli ConspiracyTHE EARLY ADVENTURES: THE RAVELLI CONSPIRACY When we think of great Doctor Who historicals, we generally think of the serious...
  • Styre on 218 – Order of the DaleksORDER OF THE DALEKS I’m starting to think we’re simply running out of Doctor Who stories to tell. The latest...
  • Styre on The 3rd Doctor Adventures Vol. 2THE HIDDEN REALM By contrast to “The Transcendence of Ephros,” “The Hidden Realm,” from David Llewellyn, is a traditional Pertwee-on-Earth...
  • Styre on The 3rd Doctor Adventures Vol. 2THE TRANSCENDENCE OF EPHROS After the success of The Third Doctor Adventures, and Tim Treloar’s impression of Jon Pertwee, it...
  • Styre on The Torchwood ArchiveTHE TORCHWOOD ARCHIVE To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Torchwood, Big Finish commissioned a special two-hour release: “The Torchwood Archive,”...
  • Styre on 3.2 – The Fifth TravellerTHE EARLY ADVENTURES: THE FIFTH TRAVELLER The second Early Adventure in the third series is “The Fifth Traveller” from Philip...
  • Styre on 217 – The Memory Bank and Other StoriesTHE MEMORY BANK AND OTHER STORIES THE MEMORY BANK 2016’s anthology release is “The Memory Bank and Other Stories,” and...
  • Styre on Volume 3 – Agents of ChaosTHE WAR DOCTOR: EYE OF HARMONY I keep coming back to this question: what is the point of these War...
  • Styre on Volume 3 – Agents of ChaosTHE WAR DOCTOR: THE ETERNITY CAGE You can tell when Big Finish is in need of ideas: when they start...
  • Styre on Volume 3 – Agents of ChaosTHE WAR DOCTOR: THE SHADOW VORTEX       I was encouraged when the second War Doctor set concluded with “The Neverwhen,”...
  • Styre on Doom Coalition 3DOOM COALITION: THE CRUCIBLE OF SOULS       I’m struggling a bit with this Doom Coalition set. On the one hand,...
  • Phill on 2.1 – OutsidersI agree with you that when a choice is presented that is not really a choice at all then it...
  • Dee Activated on 2.1 – OutsidersBut then you could say that about almost anything, and it therefore becomes meaningless. You may only be able to...
  • Styre on Doom Coalition 3DOOM COALITION: THE EIGHTH PIECE / THE DOOMSDAY CHRONOMETER After the brilliant, mostly standalone “Absent Friends,” the third Doom Coalition...
  • Phill on 2.1 – OutsidersNo. It's still only one choice as it's one or the other, because you can't choose both and you can't...
  • Dee Activated on 2.1 – Outsiders"Only one choice remains – resist or surrender" So, two choices then?
  • Styre on Doom Coalition 3DOOM COALITION: ABSENT FRIENDS I’ve criticized the direction of the Doom Coalition series over the first two sets. Specifically, it’s...
  • Styre on 3.1 – The Age of EnduranceTHE EARLY ADVENTURES: THE AGE OF ENDURANCE The third series of Early Adventures kicks off with Nick Wallace’s “The Age...
  • Styre on 216 – Maker of DemonsMAKER OF DEMONS The 2016 Sylvester McCoy trilogy closes with “Maker of Demons” from Matthew J. Elliott, a story that...
  • Styre on Philip Hinchcliffe Presents – The Genesis ChamberPHILIP HINCHCLIFFE PRESENTS: THE GENESIS CHAMBER Evidently, the Philip Hinchcliffe Presents box set was successful enough, despite its comically high...
  • Styre on The Second Doctor Vol. 1THE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE EDGE The fourth and final story in the Second Doctor Companion Chronicles box set, as well...
  • Styre on The Second Doctor Vol. 1THE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE INTEGRAL       The third story in the Second Doctor Companion Chronicles box set is “The Integral”...
  • Styre on The Second Doctor Vol. 1THE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE STORY OF EXTINCTION The second story in the Second Doctor Companion Chronicles box is “The Story...
  • Styre on The Second Doctor Vol. 1THE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE MOUTHLESS DEAD A year after the impressive William Hartnell box set, the Companion Chronicles returned for...
  • Styre on The First Doctor Vol. 1THE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE LOCKED ROOM And so, with the final story in the First Doctor Volume 1 box of...
  • Styre on The First Doctor Vol. 1THE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE FOUNDING FATHERS “The War to End All Wars” from the final series of Companion Chronicles had...
  • Styre on The First Doctor Vol. 1THE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE UNWINDING WORLD The second story in the box set, Ian Potter’s “The Unwinding World,” does some...
  • Styre on The First Doctor Vol. 1THE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE SLEEPING BLOOD With the end of the Companion Chronicles as a monthly series in 2014, the...
  • Styre on 5.08 – Casualties of TimeCASUALTIES OF TIME The odds that I would actually enjoy “Casualties of Time,” the final story in the fifth series...
  • Styre on 215 – Fiesta of the DamnedFIESTA OF THE DAMNED It’s August, it’s the second installment of this year’s Sylvester McCoy main range trilogy, it’s “Fiesta...
  • Styre on Classic Doctors New Monsters Vol. 1CLASSIC DOCTORS, NEW MONSTERS: THE SONTARAN ORDEAL For the final entry in the Classic Doctors, New Monsters set, Big Finish...
  • Styre on Classic Doctors New Monsters Vol. 1CLASSIC DOCTORS, NEW MONSTERS: HARVEST OF THE SYCORAX The third entry in the Classic Doctors, New Monsters set is “Harvest...
  • Styre on Classic Doctors New Monsters Vol. 1CLASSIC DOCTORS, NEW MONSTERS: JUDOON IN CHAINS The second entry in the Classic Doctors, New Monsters set, “Judoon in Chains”...
  • Styre on Classic Doctors New Monsters Vol. 1CLASSIC DOCTORS, NEW MONSTERS: FALLEN ANGELS       It’s no secret that Big Finish relies heavily on nostalgia: many of their...
  • Styre on 041 – NekromanteiaScriptwriter Austen Atkinson was drafted to write the first Peter Davison release of the fortieth anniversary season, and the reception...
  • Styre on 12 – Made You LookTORCHWOOD: MADE YOU LOOK The Torchwood series has been one of the most consistently impressive Big Finish ranges, and the...
  • Styre on 8.12 – Second ChancesTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: SECOND CHANCES The eightieth and final Companion Chronicle in the monthly range is John Dorney’s “Second Chances,”...
  • Styre on 8.11 – The Elixir of DoomTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE ELIXIR OF DOOM The penultimate Companion Chronicle of the monthly range is Paul Magrs’ “The Elixir...
  • Styre on 8.10 – The War to End All WarsTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE WAR TO END ALL WARS The final William Hartnell-era story in the monthly series of Companion...
  • Styre on 8.09 – StarbornTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: STARBORN Jacqueline Rayner has always been one of my favorite Doctor Who writers, and with “Starborn” she...
  • Styre on 8.08 – The Sleeping CityTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE SLEEPING CITY With only five stories left after the anniversary trilogy, the monthly Companion Chronicles releases...
  • Styre on 8.07 – Luna RomanaTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: LUNA ROMANA Matt Fitton’s “Luna Romana” is a lot of things. It’s the 75th Companion Chronicle. It’s...
  • Styre on 5.07 – The Pursuit of HistoryTHE PURSUIT OF HISTORY Another year, another series-ending Nick Briggs spectacular in the Fourth Doctor Adventures, and another crushing disappointment....
  • Styre on 214 – A Life of CrimeA LIFE OF CRIME Matt Fitton’s “A Life of Crime” kicks off a new trilogy for the seventh Doctor and...
  • Styre on 11 – BrokenTORCHWOOD: BROKEN While I generally enjoyed the first TV season of Torchwood, it had its share of issues, one of...
  • Styre on U.N.I.T. – ShutdownUNIT: SHUTDOWN       I think Big Finish needs to get away from these UNIT box sets. The first UNIT series,...
  • Styre on 8.06 – The Dying LightTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE DYING LIGHT After the disappointment of “The Beginning,” the second Companion Chronicle in the anniversary trilogy,...
  • Styre on 8.05 – The BeginningTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE BEGINNING The advent of Doctor Who’s fiftieth anniversary in 2013 led the entire expanded universe of...
  • Styre on 8.04 – Ghost in the MachineTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: GHOST IN THE MACHINE The fourth release in the eighth series of Companion Chronicles is “Ghost in...
  • Styre on 8.03 – UpstairsTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: UPSTAIRS The third episode of the eighth series of Companion Chronicles is “Upstairs” by Mat Coward, and...
  • Styre on 8.02 – The AlchemistsTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE ALCHEMISTS The seventieth Companion Chronicle, and the second in the eighth series, is Ian Potter’s “The...
  • Styre on 8.01 – MastermindTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: MASTERMIND       The eighth and final series of Companion Chronicles begins with “Mastermind” from Jonathan Morris, a...
  • Styre on 5.06 – The Trouble with DraxTHE TROUBLE WITH DRAX       I’m not sure how much time passed between John Dorney writing “The Two Masters” for...
  • Styre on 213 – The Two MastersTHE TWO MASTERS With all the various incarnations of the Master out there, I’m genuinely surprised it took Big Finish...
  • Styre on The 10th Doctor AdventuresDEATH AND THE QUEEN       The final story in the Tenth Doctor Adventures set – and potentially the final tenth...
  • Styre on 8.0 – Enemy LinesGALLIFREY: ENEMY LINES Evidently the format of “Intervention Earth” was deemed a success, as the latest installation in the Gallifrey...
  • Styre on 10 – Moving TargetTORCHWOOD: MOVING TARGET       The tenth Torchwood release from Big Finish focuses on another minor character: Suzie Costello, the Torchwood...
  • Styre on 7.0 – Intervention EarthGALLIFREY: INTERVENTION EARTH       After six series following the traditional Big Finish spinoff model – four to six one-hour releases...
  • Phill on 15 – Enclave IrrelativeI actually like this play for the sheer insanity of it. It's trippy, it carries you along with it and...
  • Styre on The 10th Doctor AdventuresTIME REAVER       While “Technophobia” hit all the marks of a tenth Doctor story, it sometimes failed to capture the...
  • Styre on The 10th Doctor AdventuresTECHNOPHOBIA After acquiring the rights to tell Doctor Who stories using post-2005 material, Big Finish rolled out a ton of...
  • Styre on 7.12 – The Council of WarTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: COUNCIL OF WAR       Almost every surviving Doctor Who regular from the classic series has appeared in...
  • Styre on 7.11 – The Apocalypse MirrorTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE APOCALYPSE MIRROR For the sixty-seventh regular release in the Companion Chronicles range, Big Finish turned to...
  • Styre on 5.05 – Gallery of GhoulsGALLERY OF GHOULS After the Fourth Doctor Adventures finally hit a home run with the superlative “Paradox Planet” two-parter, we’re...
  • Styre on 212 – Vampire of the MindVAMPIRE OF THE MIND While I don’t think that “And You Will Obey Me” worked particularly well, I admired its...
  • Styre on 7.10 – The Library of AlexandriaTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA A Companion Chronicle starring William Russell and written by Simon Guerrier? Sign me...
  • Styre on 09 – Ghost MissionTORCHWOOD: GHOST MISSION Thus far, the Torchwood audio series has stayed away from serialization – we’ve had the linking elements...
  • Styre on 7.09 – The ScorchiesTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE SCORCHIES It’s difficult for me to write a proper review of James Goss’ “The Scorchies,” the...
  • Styre on 7.08 – House of CardsTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: HOUSE OF CARDS After bingeing another season of House of Cards, the Netflix adaptation of the original...
  • Styre on 7.07 – The Flames of CadizTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE FLAMES OF CADIZ For the seventh series of Companion Chronicles, the four-episode double-disc release is Marc...
  • Styre on 5.04 – Legacy of DeathLEGACY OF DEATH I said after “The Paradox Planet” that this two-part story would be the best Fourth Doctor Adventure...
  • Styre on 211 – And You Will Obey MeAND YOU WILL OBEY ME Following the example of 2015, Big Finish released another trilogy in 2016 featuring three different...
  • Styre on 7.05 – Return of the Rocket MenTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: RETURN OF THE ROCKET MEN Sequels in the Companion Chronicles have generally been reserved to single authors,...
  • Styre on 7.04 – The Last PostTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE LAST POST The sixtieth release in the regular Companion Chronicles series, James Goss’ “The Last Post,”...
  • Styre on 08 – Zone 10TORCHWOOD: ZONE 10 The second release in the second series of Torchwood audios is “Zone 10” from David Llewellyn, and...
  • Styre on 7.03 – Project: NirvanaTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: PROJECT: NIRVANA On rare occasions, the Companion Chronicles serve as companion pieces to the monthly range. We...
  • Styre on 7.02 – The Uncertainty PrincipleTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE I’ve always appreciated the ability of the Companion Chronicles to tell different types of...
  • Styre on 7.01 – The Time MuseumTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE TIME MUSEUM The seventh series of Companion Chronicles kicks off with “The Time Museum” from James...
  • Styre on 210 – The Peterloo MassacreTHE PETERLOO MASSACRE The final entry in this year’s Peter Davison trilogy is “The Peterloo Massacre” from Paul Magrs, and...
  • Styre on 5.03 – The Paradox PlanetTHE PARADOX PLANET It only took five years but I think the Fourth Doctor Adventures finally found the perfect marriage...
  • Styre on Doom Coalition 2DOOM COALITION: THE SONOMANCER So here we are, eight hours and two box sets into the Doom Coalition series, and...
  • Styre on Doom Coalition 2DOOM COALITION: THE GIFT Marc Platt is quite well-known among Doctor Who authors for his high-concept stories, and “The Gift”...
  • Styre on Doom Coalition 2DOOM COALITION: SCENES FROM HER LIFE John Dorney, one of the most reliable of Big Finish’s newer crop of writers,...
  • Styre on Doom Coalition 2DOOM COALITION: BEACHHEAD The first Doom Coalition set from Big Finish was refreshing: while it attempted to establish another plot...
  • Styre on 07 – The Victorian AgeTORCHWOOD: THE VICTORIAN AGE After a tremendously successful first series of Torchwood audios, Big Finish embarked upon a well-deserved second....
  • Styre on Volume 2 – Infernal DevicesTHE WAR DOCTOR: INFERNAL DEVICES LEGION OF THE LOST My biggest complaint about the first War Doctor set was its...
  • Styre on 5.02 – The Labyrinth of Buda CastleTHE LABYRINTH OF BUDA CASTLE Does anyone else remember season 17 of Doctor Who on television? I do – I...
  • Styre on 209 – AquitaineAQUITAINE The second of three Peter Davison releases to start the 2016 monthly range, “Aquitaine,” from Simon Barnard and Paul...
  • Styre on 06 – More Than ThisTORCHWOOD: MORE THAN THIS The first series of Torchwood audios from Big Finish comes to a close with Guy Adams’...
  • Styre on 05 – Uncanny ValleyTORCHWOOD: UNCANNY VALLEY Maybe it’s because it doesn’t say “Doctor Who” on the cover, but the best use of Big...
  • Styre on The Churchill YearsTHE CHURCHILL YEARS THE CHURCHILL YEARS: THE ONCOMING STORM Big Finish certainly hasn’t been shy about exploiting their new series...
  • Styre on 7.06 – The ChildTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE CHILD Louise Jameson, despite her apparent ubiquity at Big Finish, only appeared in four Companion Chronicles:...
  • Styre on 09 – NightshadeNIGHTSHADE When “Nightshade” was released as part of the New Adventures back in 1992, it was acclaimed for two reasons:...
  • Phill on 028 – Invaders from MarsInvaders from Mars What is it? It has the feel of an old radio serial with a brilliant soundscape to...
  • Styre on 2.4 – The Isos NetworkTHE EARLY ADVENTURES: THE ISOS NETWORK The second series of Early Adventures wraps up with “The Isos Network” from Nicholas...
  • Styre on 5.01 – Wave of DestructionWAVE OF DESTRUCTION The fourth series of Fourth Doctor Adventures was a bit better than its predecessors, but for the...
  • Styre on 208 – The Waters of AmsterdamTHE WATERS OF AMSTERDAM With a new year comes a new trilogy, and with the protracted “older Nyssa” arc finally...
  • Styre on The Diary of River Song Vol. 1THE DIARY OF RIVER SONG THE BOUNDLESS SEA Big Finish, never known for half measures, is jumping into the New...
  • Styre on 207 – You Are the Doctor and Other StoriesYOU ARE THE DOCTOR AND OTHER STORIES YOU ARE THE DOCTOR It’s not particularly well known, but Doctor Who has...
  • Styre on 08 – All-Consuming FireALL-CONSUMING FIRE One of the more celebrated New Adventures was Andy Lane’s “All-Consuming Fire,” largely because it was well-written and...
  • Styre on Volume 1 – Only the MonstrousTHE WAR DOCTOR: ONLY THE MONSTROUS Despite shaping the entire revived Doctor Who series around the aftermath of an eternity-spanning...
  • Styre on 07 – Theatre of WarTHEATRE OF WAR The seventh Virgin novel adaptation from Big Finish is “Theatre of War,” originally written and adapted here...
  • Styre on 04 – One RuleTORCHWOOD: ONE RULE Joe Lidster takes on quite a challenge in “One Rule,” the fourth release in the first series...
  • Styre on 2.3 – The Black HoleTHE EARLY ADVENTURES: THE BLACK HOLE The most disappointing element of the Early Adventures to this point has been their...
  • Styre on 206 – Shield of the JötunnSHIELD OF THE JÖTUNN The penultimate release in the 2015 monthly range comes from a new author! Yes, it’s comics...
  • Styre on UNIT: ExtinctionUNIT: EXTINCTION After years of being restricted to only the Doctors and characters from the “classic” series of Doctor Who,...
  • Styre on 03 – Forgotten LivesTORCHWOOD: FORGOTTEN LIVES It’s looking increasingly like this first series of Torchwood audios is something special, as the third release,...
  • Styre on 6.3 – AscensionGALLIFREY: ASCENSION Wait a minute – so the entire previous episode was a Matrix simulation? I understand it’s all part...
  • Styre on 6.2 – RenaissanceGALLIFREY: RENAISSANCE So after the Daleks gave the Gallifrey series a much needed and long awaited shot in the arm...
  • Styre on 6.1 – ExterminationGALLIFREY: EXTERMINATION After two interminable box sets in which our beloved regular characters wander pointlessly around various alternate universes, Gallifrey...
  • Styre on 02 – Fall to EarthTORCHWOOD: FALL TO EARTH If these Torchwood audios continue on this early run of quality, this will be a special...
  • Styre on 2.2 – The ForsakenTHE EARLY ADVENTURES: THE FORSAKEN You know what you’re going to get from Justin Richards when it comes to Doctor...
  • Styre on 205 – Planet of the RaniPLANET OF THE RANI The second release in the late 2015 Colin Baker trilogy, Marc Platt’s “Planet of the Rani”...
  • Styre on Doom Coalition 1DOOM COALITION THE ELEVEN I was never a big fan of “Dark Eyes,” the series of box sets starring Paul...
  • Styre on DWM 448 – The RevenantsTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE REVENANTS After several full-cast releases, Doctor Who Magazine turned to the Companion Chronicles for its periodic...
  • Styre on 6.12 – The Rings of IkiriaTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE RINGS OF IKIRIA The second release in three slots for author Richard Dinnick is also the...
  • Styre on 6.11 – The Jigsaw WarTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE JIGSAW WAR The penultimate story in the sixth series of Companion Chronicles is the second Eddie...
  • Styre on 6.10 – The WandererTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE WANDERER The tenth installment in the sixth series of Companion Chronicles, Richard Dinnick’s “The Wanderer,” takes...
  • Styre on 6.09 – BinaryTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: BINARY From Eddie Robson comes “Binary,” the ninth release in the sixth series of Companion Chronicles, and...
  • Styre on 6.08 – The Selachian GambitTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE SELACHIAN GAMBIT The eighth release in the sixth series of Companion Chronicles is “The Selachian Gambit”...
  • Styre on 01 – The ConspiracyTORCHWOOD: THE CONSPIRACY Finally, after years of waiting, Big Finish has secured a license to produce material related to the...
  • Styre on 2.1 – The Yes MenTHE EARLY ADVENTURES: THE YES MEN With the progression into fall 2015 came the second series of Early Adventures from...
  • Styre on 204 – Criss-CrossCRISS-CROSS Another year, another double monthly range release from Big Finish, and another new companion for Colin Baker. As the...
  • Styre on 203 – Terror of the SontaransTERROR OF THE SONTARANS It’s the final entry in this trilogy of season 24 Seventh Doctor adventures: “Terror of the...
  • Styre on The 3rd Doctor AdventuresTHE THIRD DOCTOR ADVENTURES PRISONERS OF THE LAKE For many years, the Jon Pertwee era was largely underrepresented in the...
  • Styre on 6.07 – The AnachronautsTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE ANACHRONAUTS After the disaster that was “Beyond the Ultimate Adventure,” almost anything would have been an...
  • Styre on 6.06 – Beyond the Ultimate AdventureTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: BEYOND THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE The Companion Chronicles is arguably Big Finish’s best Doctor Who range. Some of...
  • Styre on 6.05 – The First WaveTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE FIRST WAVE As the Companion Chronicles have proceeded, several of them have started to take on...
  • Styre on The 6th Doctor – The Last AdventureTHE SIXTH DOCTOR – THE LAST ADVENTURE THE END OF THE LINE Excluding the incumbent, Colin Baker is unique among...
  • Styre on 202 – The WarehouseTHE WAREHOUSE “The Warehouse?” I understand that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but “The Warehouse” is one...
  • Styre on 4.08 – Return to TelosRETURN TO TELOS After “The Fate of Krelos,” a slow-paced tone piece that actually tried to feel different, it was...
  • Styre on 6.04 – The Many Deaths of Jo GrantTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE MANY DEATHS OF JO GRANT I enjoyed “The Many Deaths of Jo Grant,” the fourth release...
  • Styre on 6.03 – The Memory CheatsTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE MEMORY CHEATS “The Memory Cheats,” from Simon Guerrier, the third release in the sixth series of...
  • Styre on 6.02 – The Rocket MenTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE ROCKET MEN William Russell appeared in his first Companion Chronicle in the third series; it took...
  • Styre on 6.01 – Tales from the VaultTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: TALES FROM THE VAULT The sixth series of Companion Chronicles from Big Finish opens with a new...
  • Styre on 5.3 – ArbitrationGALLIFREY: ARBITRATION The title of the final installment of the fifth Gallifrey series, David Llewellyn’s “Arbitration,” is a rather large...
  • Styre on 5.2 – EvolutionGALLIFREY: EVOLUTION Can we please be done with this alternate universe already? I know, I know, I didn’t really like...
  • Styre on 5.1 – EmancipationGALLIFREY: EMANCIPATION Two more years passed between the release of Gallifrey IV and Gallifrey V, and the fifth series opens...
  • Styre on 201 – We Are the DaleksWE ARE THE DALEKS After the “Locum Doctors” trilogy to mark their 200th monthly Doctor Who release, Big Finish made...
  • Styre on 4.07 – The Fate of KrelosTHE FATE OF KRELOS Much to my surprise, the fourth series of Fourth Doctor Adventures from Big Finish hasn’t been...
  • Styre on 5.12 – The Cold EquationsTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE COLD EQUATIONS If you’re going to give your story the same title as one of the...
  • Styre on 5.11 – Ferril’s FollyTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: FERRIL’S FOLLY I can’t say I know anything about what happened behind the scenes of “Ferril’s Folly,”...
  • Styre on 5.10 – The Sentinels of the New DawnTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE SENTINELS OF THE NEW DAWN With the fifth series of Companion Chronicles winding down, Big Finish...
  • Styre on 200 – The Secret HistoryTHE SECRET HISTORY Multiple ranges of Doctor Who and related spinoffs have come and gone throughout Big Finish’s history, but...
  • Styre on 06 – Damaged GoodsDAMAGED GOODS Given what we know now, it’s amazing, in retrospect, that Russell T. Davies actually wrote a New Adventure....
  • Styre on 05 – The Well-Mannered WarTHE WELL-MANNERED WAR Of the three Gareth Roberts season 17 Missing Adventures, “The Well-Mannered War” has always been my favorite...
  • Styre on 4.06 – The Cloisters of TerrorTHE CLOISTERS OF TERROR The sixth entry in the fourth series of Fourth Doctor Adventures, Jonathan Morris’ “The Cloisters of...
  • Styre on 4.05 – Suburban HellSUBURBAN HELL To kick off the second half of the fourth series of Fourth Doctor Adventures, Big Finish turned to...
  • Styre on 199 – Last of the CybermenLAST OF THE CYBERMEN We’re almost at Big Finish’s landmark 200th release – which means they’re way beyond the number...
  • Styre on 4.04 – Death MatchDEATH MATCH After the surprising quality of “Requiem for the Rocket Men” comes the quasi-sequel, Matt Fitton’s “Death Match,” the...
  • Styre on 4.03 – Requiem for the Rocket MenREQUIEM FOR THE ROCKET MEN For the third story in the fourth series of Fourth Doctor Adventures, Big Finish turned...
  • Styre on 4.02 – The Darkness of GlassTHE DARKNESS OF GLASS I’ve almost always enjoyed Justin Richards’ Doctor Who work. He’s rarely been the most innovative or...
  • Styre on 4.01 – The ExxilonsTHE EXXILONS For many years, Big Finish produced Doctor Who audio stories without the services of Tom Baker, and his...
  • Styre on Dark Eyes 4DARK EYES 4 After the conclusion of the Eighth Doctor Adventures and the shift to box sets in the Dark...
  • Styre on 198 – The DefectorsTHE DEFECTORS It’s the run-up to Big Finish’s 200th monthly Doctor Who release, and that means it’s time for a...
  • Styre on 04 – The English Way of DeathTHE ENGLISH WAY OF DEATH If you’re going to adapt old Gareth Roberts novels, and you’ve already done “The Romance...
  • Styre on 03 – The Romance of CrimeTHE ROMANCE OF CRIME I questioned the decision to go with “The Highest Science” as the second novel adaptation from...
  • Styre on 02 – The Highest ScienceTHE HIGHEST SCIENCE When Big Finish produced an audio adaptation of “Love and War” for the anniversary of their Bernice...
  • Styre on Dark Eyes 3DARK EYES 3 I’m not sure what Big Finish is trying to accomplish with these “Dark Eyes” stories anymore. The...
  • Styre on 197 – The Entropy PlagueTHE ENTROPY PLAGUE As the end credits rolled on Jonathan Morris’ “The Entropy Plague,” the final story in the latest...
  • Styre on 196 – EquilibriumEQUILIBRIUM After a lackluster start to the “return to E-Space” trilogy, Big Finish turned to Matt Fitton for the second...
  • Styre on 195 – MistfallMISTFALL Season 18 of Doctor Who certainly divides opinion among fans, but like it or not, it is an indisputable...
  • Styre on 1.4 – An Ordinary LifeTHE EARLY ADVENTURES: AN ORDINARY LIFE Doctor Who has always embraced the fantastic – even the stories that take place...
  • Styre on 1.3 – The Bounty of CeresTHE EARLY ADVENTURES: THE BOUNTY OF CERES The Early Adventures, Big Finish’s follow-up to the Lost Stories range, appears to...
  • Styre on 194 – The Rani EliteTHE RANI ELITE After fifteen years of producing Doctor Who audio stories, it’s no surprise that Big Finish has brought...
  • Styre on 193 – Masters of EarthMASTERS OF EARTH The second story in 2014’s final trilogy, “Masters of Earth” from Mark Wright and Cavan Scott, sees...
  • Styre on 192 – The Widow’s AssassinTHE WIDOW’S ASSASSIN The end of 2014 and another trilogy begins for Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor, following on from the...
  • Styre on 1.2 – The Doctor’s TaleTHE EARLY ADVENTURES: THE DOCTOR’S TALE While the second Early Adventure remains in the Hartnell era – as indeed will...
  • Styre on Philip Hinchcliffe PresentsPHILIP HINCHCLIFFE PRESENTS THE GHOSTS OF GRALSTEAD In addition to the Fourth Doctor Adventures, and the Lost Stories box set,...
  • Styre on 191 – Signs and WondersSIGNS AND WONDERS It wasn’t too long ago that the Sylvester McCoy stories had supplanted the Colin Baker entries as...
  • Styre on 190 – Mask of TragedyMASK OF TRAGEDY I’m not even sure what to call the current seventh Doctor arc – the Hector arc, I...
  • Styre on 1.1 – Domain of the VoordTHE EARLY ADVENTURES: DOMAIN OF THE VOORD When Big Finish’s Lost Stories range began, they tackled famous lost stories like...
  • Styre on The 5th Doctor Box SetTHE FIFTH DOCTOR BOX SET PSYCHODROME Over their fifteen years of producing Doctor Who, Big Finish has slowly expanded its...
  • Styre on 189 – Revenge of the SwarmREVENGE OF THE SWARM August 2014, and the annual Sylvester McCoy trilogy is upon us, this time picking up from...
  • Rollo on 3.8 – Zygon HuntI enjoy reading Styre’s reviews of the 4th Doctor Adventures I thought I’d have a go. I’ll start by saying...
  • Styre on 3.8 – Zygon HuntZYGON HUNT “Zygon Hunt” is the final story of the third series of Fourth Doctor Adventures, and that’s about the...
  • Styre on 5.09 – The Forbidden TimeTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE FORBIDDEN TIME The fifth series of Companion Chronicles rolls on with the ninth entry, David Lock’s...
  • Styre on 5.08 – The Perpetual BondTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE PERPETUAL BOND After wrapping up the largely brilliant Sara Kingdom trilogy, author Simon Guerrier starts into...
  • Styre on 3.7 – The AbandonedTHE ABANDONED Finally. Finally, after almost three full years and twenty different releases in Big Finish’s range of Fourth Doctor...
  • Styre on 188 – Breaking Bubbles and Other StoriesBREAKING BUBBLES AND OTHER STORIES For the 2014 anthology release, Big Finish reunited Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant, who hadn’t...
  • Styre on 5.07 – Peri and the Piscon ParadoxTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: PERI AND THE PISCON PARADOX “Peri and the Piscon Paradox,” the seventh entry in the fifth season...
  • Styre on 5.06 – QuinnisTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: QUINNIS The fifth season of Companion Chronicles rolls on with Marc Platt’s “Quinnis,” a rare story in...
  • Styre on 3.6 – Destroy the InfiniteDESTROY THE INFINITE When Nicholas Briggs wrote “Destroy the Infinite” a few years ago as a vehicle to introduce new...
  • Styre on 187 – MasqueradeMASQUERADE For the final release in Big Finish’s 2014 Peter Davison trilogy, they turned to Doctor Who veteran Stephen Cole...
  • Styre on 5.05 – A Town Called FortuneTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: A TOWN CALLED FORTUNE I was excited for Paul Sutton’s “A Town Called Fortune,” the fifth release...
  • Styre on 5.04 – The Invasion of E-SpaceTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE INVASION OF E-SPACE For some reason, Season 18 is by far the least-explored era of all...
  • Styre on 5.03 – Find and ReplaceTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: FIND AND REPLACE The third Companion Chronicle of the fifth series, Paul Magrs’ “Find and Replace” introduces...
  • Styre on 5.02 – Echoes of GreyTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: ECHOES OF GREY John Dorney’s “Echoes of Grey,” the second story in the fifth series of Companion...
  • Styre on 5.01 – The Guardian of the Solar SystemTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE GUARDIAN OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM The fifth series of Companion Chronicles from Big Finish opens with...
  • Styre on 3.5 – Last of the ColophonLAST OF THE COLOPHON The fifth release in the third series of Fourth Doctor Adventures, Jonathan Morris’s “Last of the...
  • Styre on 186 – Tomb ShipTOMB SHIP I’ll be honest – there was a small part of me hoping that “Tomb Ship,” the latest monthly...
  • Styre on 4.4 – ForeverGALLIFREY: FOREVER And so we come to “Forever,” by David Wise, the final episode of the fourth Gallifrey series. We’ve...
  • Styre on 4.3 – AnnihilationGALLIFREY: ANNIHILATION Right off the bat, in an interminably long, ponderous sequence involving the regular characters, Romana muses about whether...
  • Styre on 4.2 – DisassembledGALLIFREY: DISASSEMBLED It seems obvious that this series is going to amount to little more than our heroes wandering around...
  • Styre on 4.1 – RebornGALLIFREY: REBORN I was not a fan of Big Finish’s Gallifrey series: while it provided some further adventures for characters...
  • Styre on 2.4 – ExtinctionCYBERMAN 2: EXTINCTION Hey, that wasn’t so bad! I was afraid that James Swallow was going to go for the...
  • Styre on 2.3 – MachinesCYBERMAN 2: MACHINES Let’s get this out of the way first: an embedded spy for the Cybermen, a pawn in...
  • Styre on 2.2 – TerrorCYBERMAN 2: TERROR “Terror,” the second part of Big Finish miniseries “Cyberman 2,” ratchets up the paranoia and oppressive atmosphere...
  • Styre on 2.1 – OutsidersCYBERMAN 2: OUTSIDERS Four years after the release of “Cyberman,” Nicholas Briggs’ Dalek Empire-like opus about the Doctor’s second most...
  • Styre on 3.4 – The Evil OneTHE EVIL ONE For the fourth story in the third series of Fourth Doctor Adventures, Big Finish turned once again...
  • Styre on 185 – MoonfleshMOONFLESH After a disappointing trilogy featuring Colin Baker to start 2014, Big Finish’s monthly range turned to the reliable Peter...
  • Styre on 4.12 – SolitaireTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: SOLITAIRE For the final release in the fourth series of Companion Chronicles, John Dorney’s “Solitaire,” Big Finish...
  • Styre on 4.11 – Night’s Black AgentsTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: NIGHT’S BLACK AGENTS The penultimate Companion Chronicle of the fourth series, Marty Ross’s “Night’s Black Agents” is...
  • Styre on 4.10 – The Time VampireTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE TIME VAMPIRE The thirtieth Companion Chronicle, Nigel Fairs’ “The Time Vampire,” brings the trilogy of Leela...
  • Styre on 3.3 – The Crooked ManTHE CROOKED MAN For the third story in the third series of Fourth Doctor adventures, Big Finish turned to the...
  • Styre on 184 – ScavengerSCAVENGER The first trilogy of Big Finish Doctor Who adventures in the monthly range for 2014 comes to a conclusion...
  • Styre on 4.09 – Shadow of the PastTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: SHADOW OF THE PAST The ninth release in the fourth series of Companion Chronicles, and the second...
  • Styre on 4.08 – The Emperor of EternityTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE EMPEROR OF ETERNITY “The Suffering” was something of a landmark Companion Chronicle: it was the first...
  • Styre on 3.2 – White GhostsWHITE GHOSTS After the successful and interesting “The King of Sontar,” the third series of Fourth Doctor Adventures from Big...
  • Styre on 183 – The Brood of ErysTHE BROOD OF ERYS After kicking off the 2014 monthly range with another disappointing Philip Martin script, Big Finish turned...
  • Styre on Dark Eyes 2DARK EYES 2 When “Dark Eyes” was released, Big Finish’s Eighth Doctor Adventures had just reached a roaring climax in...
  • Styre on DWM 419 – FreakshowTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: FREAKSHOW The second Companion Chronicle released to the readers of Doctor Who Magazine, Mark Morris’s “Freakshow,” came...
  • Styre on 4.07 – The SufferingTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE SUFFERING After breaking the mold in “The Criminal Code” with a companion never seen on television,...
  • Styre on 4.06 – Bernice Summerfield and the Criminal CodeTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: BERNICE SUMMERFIELD AND THE CRIMINAL CODE As the fourth series of Companion Chronicles progresses, the range grows...
  • Styre on 4.05 – RingpullworldTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: RINGPULLWORLD While the Companion Chronicles have all technically been fully performed stories rather than audiobooks, they still...
  • Styre on 4.04 – The Pyralis EffectTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE PYRALIS EFFECT The fourth series of Companion Chronicles continues with a story from steampunk (and Time...
  • Styre on 4.03 – The Prisoner of PeladonTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE PRISONER OF PELADON With the success of “The Mahogany Murderers” in series 3, it was little...
  • Styre on DWM 411 – The Mists of TimeTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE MISTS OF TIME For a number of years, Big Finish offered free full-cast audio stories to...
  • Styre on 3.1 – The King of SontarTHE KING OF SONTAR The third series of Fourth Doctor Adventures from Big Finish debuted in 2014, returning to the...
  • Styre on 182 – Antidote to OblivionANTIDOTE TO OBLIVION With the 50th anniversary year in the past, Big Finish entered 2014 with a main range trilogy...
  • Styre on Special – The Three CompanionsTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE THREE COMPANIONS From 2009 to 2010, Big Finish tried an experiment with their main range Doctor...
  • Styre on 4.02 – The Glorious RevolutionTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE GLORIOUS REVOLUTION While “Helicon Prime” certainly wasn’t a successful story, it did feature the debut of...
  • Styre on 4.01 – The Drowned WorldTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE DROWNED WORLD “Home Truths,” Simon Guerrier’s Companion Chronicle that resurrected Sara Kingdom and brought Jean Marsh...
  • Styre on 4.4 – The MegaTHE LOST STORIES: THE MEGA Over the course of four series and several box sets, Big Finish’s Lost Stories range...
  • Styre on XII – Trial of the ValeyardTRIAL OF THE VALEYARD The annual subscriber releases from Big Finish have largely been fan-oriented: we’ve had “The Four Doctors,”...
  • Styre on 181 – AfterlifeAFTERLIFE The final monthly release of 2013, Matt Fitton’s “Afterlife” returns to the story of the Doctor, Ace, and Hex,...
  • Styre on 3.12 – The Stealers from SaiphTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE STEALERS FROM SAIPH For the final Companion Chronicle in the third series, Big Finish turned to...
  • Styre on 3.11 – The Mahogany MurderersTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE MAHOGANY MURDERERS The early course of the Companion Chronicles saw them expand their horizons from stories...
  • Styre on 3.10 – The Magician’s OathTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE MAGICIAN’S OATH For the tenth Companion Chronicle of the third series, Scott Handcock’s “The Magician’s Oath”...
  • Styre on 3.09 – ResistanceTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: RESISTANCE Anneke Wills has been a familiar name in Doctor Who fandom for quite some time, from...
  • Styre on 4.3 – Lords of the Red PlanetTHE LOST STORIES: LORDS OF THE RED PLANET The penultimate Lost Story – and the last from the Patrick Troughton...
  • Styre on 180 – 1963: The Assassination GamesTHE LIGHT AT THE END 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and an unprecedented amount of Doctor Who-related...
  • Styre on The Light at the EndTHE LIGHT AT THE END 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and an unprecedented amount of Doctor Who-related...
  • Styre on 3.08 – The Prisoner’s DilemmaTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE PRISONER’S DILEMMA For the sixteenth Companion Chronicle, and the eighth of the third series, Big Finish...
  • Styre on 3.07 – The Transit of VenusTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE TRANSIT OF VENUS After a brief sidestep into the Peter Davison era, the fifteenth Companion Chronicle...
  • Styre on 3.06 – The Darkening EyeTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE DARKENING EYE With the Companion Chronicles started in part to provide Big Finish with a means...
  • Styre on 3.05 – Home TruthsTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: HOME TRUTHS For the thirteenth Companion Chronicle, author Simon Guerrier returns to the Hartnell era and briefly...
  • Styre on 4.2 – The Queen of TimeTHE LOST STORIES: THE QUEEN OF TIME For the second story of the fourth series of Lost Stories, Big Finish...
  • Styre on 179 – 1963: The Space Race1963: THE SPACE RACE The second of three 1963-themed plays commemorating Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, Jonathan Morris’s “The Space Race”...
  • Styre on 11 – The Time MachineTHE TIME MACHINE Throughout the anniversary year of 2013, Big Finish and AudioGO joined forces to produce “Destiny of the...
  • Styre on 3.04 – Empathy GamesTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: EMPATHY GAMES The twelfth Companion Chronicle and the fourth of the third series, Nigel Fairs’ “Empathy Games,”...
  • Styre on 3.03 – The Doll of DeathTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE DOLL OF DEATH The eleventh Companion Chronicle, and the third in the third series, is Marc...
  • Styre on 3.02 – The Great Space ElevatorTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE GREAT SPACE ELEVATOR The second story in the third series of Companion Chronicles, Jonathan Morris’ “The...
  • Styre on 3.01 – Here There Be MonstersTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: HERE THERE BE MONSTERS The first two series of Companion Chronicles from Big Finish contained four stories...
  • Styre on 10 – Death’s DealDEATH’S DEAL The penultimate release in the cooperative “Destiny of the Doctor” series from Big Finish and AudioGO, Darren Jones’...
  • Styre on 2.4 – The CatalystTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE CATALYST The second season of Companion Chronicles draws to a close with Nigel Fairs’ “The Catalyst,”...
  • Styre on 4.1 – The Dark PlanetTHE LOST STORIES: THE DARK PLANET In addition to the multiple anniversary-themed releases from Big Finish, 2013 also saw the...
  • Styre on 178 – 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men1963: FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MEN With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who approaching, Big Finish commissioned a trilogy to...
  • Styre on 177 – Daleks Among UsDALEKS AMONG US In 1984, during Doctor Who’s 21st season, we were presented with “Resurrection of the Daleks,” a jumbled,...
  • Styre on 2.3 – Old SoldiersTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: OLD SOLDIERS The third release in the second season of Companion Chronicles, James Swallow’s “Old Soldiers” returns...
  • Styre on 2.2 – Helicon PrimeTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: HELICON PRIME The second entry in the second series of Companion Chronicles, Jake Elliott’s “Helicon Prime” takes...
  • Styre on 09 – Night of the WhisperNIGHT OF THE WHISPER Cavan Scott and Mark Wright’s “Night of the Whisper,” the ninth in the joint Big Finish/AudioGO...
  • Styre on 2.1 – Mother RussiaTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: MOTHER RUSSIA For the start of the second series of Companion Chronicles, Big Finish cycled back to...
  • Styre on 1.4 – The Beautiful PeopleTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE The fourth Companion Chronicle, and the last in the range’s first series, is Jonathan...
  • Styre on 1.3 – The Blue ToothTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: THE BLUE TOOTH With the exception of a brief confrontation during “The Five Doctors,” Jon Pertwee’s third...
  • Styre on 1.2 – Fear of the DaleksTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: FEAR OF THE DALEKS After a successful debut for the Companion Chronicles in “Frostfire,” the series moved...
  • Styre on 1.1 – FrostfireTHE COMPANION CHRONICLES: FROSTFIRE After several successful years as the preeminent producers of Doctor Who audio drama, Big Finish faced...
  • Styre on 3.8 – The RosemarinersTHE LOST STORIES: THE ROSEMARINERS The final release of Big Finish’s third series of Lost Stories, Donald Tosh’s “The Rosemariners,”...
  • Styre on 176 – Starlight RobberySTARLIGHT ROBBERY After the disappointing opening story “Persuasion,” the 2013 Sylvester McCoy trilogy rolls on with Matt Fitton’s “Starlight Robbery,”...
  • Styre on 3.7 – The Masters of LuxorTHE LOST STORIES: THE MASTERS OF LUXOR With the third series of Lost Stories winding down, Big Finish turned to...
  • Styre on 3.6 – The First SontaransTHE LOST STORIES: THE FIRST SONTARANS Every classic series Doctor but the third has thus far been represented in the...
  • Styre on 3.5 – Power PlayTHE LOST STORIES: POWER PLAY The longest of the Lost Stories “seasons” enters its second half with “Power Play,” a...
  • Styre on 08 – Enemy AliensENEMY ALIENS The final classic series story in the Destiny of the Doctor range is Alan Barnes’ “Enemy Aliens,” featuring...
  • Styre on 3.4 – The Guardians of ProphecyTHE LOST STORIES: THE GUARDIANS OF PROPHECY With three Peter Davison stories and a Tom Baker box set under their...
  • Styre on 3.3 – The Children of SethTHE LOST STORIES: THE CHILDREN OF SETH After “The Elite” and “Hexagora,” the third and final release featuring the fifth...
  • Styre on 3.2 – HexagoraTHE LOST STORIES: HEXAGORA The second release in Big Finish’s third series of Lost Stories, “Hexagora” from Peter Ling and...
  • Styre on 3.1 – The EliteTHE LOST STORIES: THE ELITE After recreating the original “season 23” and the proposed “season 27,” and bringing back box...
  • Styre on 2.07 – The Final PhaseTHE FINAL PHASE And so, the second season of Fourth Doctor Adventures comes to a close with “The Final Phase,”...
  • Styre on 2.06 – The Dalek ContractTHE DALEK CONTRACT After some improvement over the first series, but nothing even approaching classic status, the second series of...
  • Styre on 175 – PersuasionPERSUASION Halfway through the anniversary year, with the Colin Baker and Peter Davison trilogies wrapped up, Big Finish then turned...
  • Styre on 2.05 – Phantoms of the DeepPHANTOMS OF THE DEEP The second series of Fourth Doctor Adventures from Big Finish rolls on into its second half...
  • Styre on 2.04 – The Justice of JalxarTHE JUSTICE OF JALXAR After the success of the Companion Chronicle “The Mahogany Murderers,” Big Finish retained Christopher Benjamin and...
  • Styre on 07 – ShockwaveSHOCKWAVE The seventh release in the Big Finish/AudioGO coproduction series Destiny of the Doctor, James Swallow’s “Shockwave” continues the traditional...
  • Styre on 2.03 – War Against the LaanWAR AGAINST THE LAAN The third release in the second series of Big Finish’s Fourth Doctor Adventures, Nicholas Briggs’ “War...
  • Styre on 2.02 – The Sands of LifeTHE SANDS OF LIFE After a lighthearted start to the second series of Fourth Doctor Adventures, Big Finish launches it...
  • Styre on 2.01 – The Auntie MatterTHE AUNTIE MATTER The first series of Fourth Doctor Adventures from Big Finish featured the continuing adventures of the Doctor...
  • Styre on XI – Night of the StormcrowI’m on a roll lately: NIGHT OF THE STORMCROW With the second series of Fourth Doctor Adventures scheduled to begin...
  • Phill on 1.06 – The Oseidon AdventureThe funniest bit is in the blurb for this play. "The fearsome Kraals" That had me laughing before I heard...
  • Styre on 1.06 – The Oseidon AdventureTHE OSEIDON ADVENTURE The first series of Big Finish’s Fourth Doctor Adventures comes to a close with Alan Barnes’ “The...
  • Styre on 1.05 – Trail of the White WormTRAIL OF THE WHITE WORM Nostalgia is certainly not in short supply in the first series of Big Finish’s Fourth...
  • Styre on 1.04 – Energy of the DaleksENERGY OF THE DALEKS I’ve written hundreds of reviews of Big Finish productions by now, and even after all this...
  • Styre on 1.03 – The Wrath of the IceniTHE WRATH OF THE ICENI After two releases evoking the traditional feeling of Tom Baker’s early years as the Doctor,...
  • Styre on 1.02 – The Renaissance ManTHE RENAISSANCE MAN After the disappointment that was “Destination: Nerva,” Big Finish needed a rebound success for the second installment...
  • Styre on 1.01 – Destination NervaDESTINATION: NERVA After the “soft” intro of the Fourth Doctor Box Set, Big Finish celebrated Tom Baker joining their Doctor...
  • Styre on 174 – Prisoners of FatePRISONERS OF FATE Despite outward appearances, there has been a plot thread running through the past few years’ Peter Davison...
  • Styre on 06 – Trouble in ParadiseTROUBLE IN PARADISE The sixth release in Big Finish and AudioGO’s anniversary series “Destiny of the Doctor,” Nev Fountain’s “Trouble...
  • Styre on The Fourth Doctor Box SetTHE LOST STORIES: THE FOURTH DOCTOR BOX SET THE FOE FROM THE FUTURE When Big Finish first began releasing Doctor...
  • Styre on UNIT: DominionNote that this review in particular contains MASSIVE, RUINOUS SPOILERS. UNIT: DOMINION Late 2012, and the Big Finish foray into...
  • Styre on 2.6 – Earth AidTHE LOST STORIES: EARTH AID And so, Big Finish’s “season 27” audios – and their second series of Lost Stories...
  • Styre on 2.5 – AnimalTHE LOST STORIES: ANIMAL With a new companion introduced, a new recurring alien debuted, and a changing dynamic between the...
  • Styre on 2.4 – Crime of the CenturyTHE LOST STORIES: CRIME OF THE CENTURY The second of Big Finish’s four “season 27” stories, Andrew Cartmel’s “Crime of...
  • Styre on 2.3 – Thin IceTHE LOST STORIES: THIN ICE With the success of remounting the “lost” season 23 from the Colin Baker era, it...
  • Styre on 173 – The Lady of MerciaTHE LADY OF MERCIA After resurrecting an old foe in “Eldrad Must Die!” the anniversary year Peter Davison trilogy rolls...
  • Styre on 2.2 – The Second Doctor Box SetTHE LOST STORIES: THE SECOND DOCTOR BOX SET PRISON IN SPACE After recapturing much of the lost “season 23” in...
  • Styre on 05 – Smoke and MirrorsSMOKE AND MIRRORS The Peter Howell score blasts through the speakers as “Smoke and Mirrors,” the fifth in the Big...
  • Styre on 2.1 – The First Doctor Box SetTHE LOST STORIES: THE FIRST DOCTOR BOX SET FAREWELL, GREAT MACEDON The second series of Big Finish’s Lost Stories departs...
  • Styre on 1.8 – The MacrosTHE LOST STORIES: THE MACROS The first “season” of Lost Stories from Big Finish, aimed at producing several sixth Doctor...
  • Styre on 172 – Eldrad Must Die!ELDRAD MUST DIE! After opening the anniversary year with the first Bonnie Langford stories in several years, Big Finish moved...
  • Styre on 1.7 – The Song of MegapteraTHE LOST STORIES: THE SONG OF MEGAPTERA The Pat Mills script originally titled “The Song of the Space Whale” has...
  • Styre on 1.6 – Point of EntryTHE LOST STORIES: POINT OF ENTRY For the sixth entry in the “Lost Stories” series, Big Finish turned to a...
  • Styre on 04 – BabblesphereBABBLESPHERE The fourth release in the anniversary “Destiny of the Doctor” series from Big Finish and AudioGO, Jonathan Morris’s “Babblesphere”...
  • Styre on 1.5 – Paradise 5THE LOST STORIES: PARADISE 5 While three of the first four Lost Stories releases came from the “lost” season 23...
  • Styre on 1.4 – The Hollows of TimeTHE LOST STORIES: THE HOLLOWS OF TIME The fourth lost “season 23” story resurrected by Big Finish came from the...
  • Styre on 1.3 – LeviathanTHE LOST STORIES: LEVIATHAN After adapting two of the most famous “lost” season 23 scripts, “The Nightmare Fair” and “Mission...
  • Styre on 01 – Love and WarLOVE AND WAR Not long after Doctor Who went off the air in late 1989, Virgin Publishing picked up the...
  • Styre on Dark EyesDARK EYES For four “seasons,” Big Finish gave the eighth Doctor a series all his own, a sequence of adventures...
  • Styre on 171 – The Seeds of WarTHE SEEDS OF WAR The third main range release of the anniversary year, Matt Fitton and Nicholas Briggs’ “The Seeds...
  • Styre on 170 – Spaceport FearSPACEPORT FEAR With the anniversary release year underway, Big Finish followed up the unconventional “The Wrong Doctors” with the second...
  • Styre on 03 – Vengeance of the StonesVENGEANCE OF THE STONES For the third story (and third Doctor) in their anniversary year “Destiny of the Doctor” series,...
  • Styre on 169 – The Wrong DoctorsTHE WRONG DOCTORS At first glance, the conclusion (and only the conclusion) of “The Trial of a Time Lord” appears...
  • Styre on 168 – 1001 Nights1001 NIGHTS The anthology release has become something of an annual tradition for Big Finish, and, true to form, the...
  • Styre on 167 – The Shadow HeartTHE SHADOW HEART After a strong start and a mistake in the middle segment, the trilogy following the life of...
  • Styre on 166 – The Acheron PulseTHE ACHERON PULSE After a strong, action-oriented opening to the trilogy, the story of the Drashani Empire rolls on with...
  • Styre on 02 – Shadow of DeathSHADOW OF DEATH “Shadow of Death” is the second in the eleven-play anniversary series “Destiny of the Doctor,” produced cooperatively...
  • Styre on 165 – The Burning PrinceTHE BURNING PRINCE A new trilogy from Big Finish features each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh Doctors traveling to...
  • Styre on 164 – Gods and MonstersGODS AND MONSTERS Despite the epic, arc-concluding masterpieces “Project: Destiny” and “A Death in the Family” in 2010, Big Finish...
  • Styre on 163 – Black and WhiteBLACK AND WHITE After a stunning opening story, Big Finish’s 2012 Sylvester McCoy trilogy rolls on with Matt Fitton’s “Black...
  • Styre on 162 – Protect and SurvivePROTECT AND SURVIVE Despite what seemed to be a “finale”-type story across the brilliant “Project: Destiny” and “A Death in...
  • Styre on 161 – The Butcher of BrisbaneTHE BUTCHER OF BRISBANE Big Finish has never been shy about writing “sequels” to classic Doctor Who stories, especially from...
  • Styre on 160 – The Jupiter ConjunctionTHE JUPITER CONJUNCTION After two relatively uninspiring trilogies, the third featuring the fifth Doctor, Tegan, Turlough, and Nyssa continues its...
  • Styre on 159 – The Emerald TigerTHE EMERALD TIGER The 2012 release year continued with the third trilogy featuring the fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan, and Turlough....
  • Styre on 01 – Hunters of EarthHUNTERS OF EARTH As part of the elaborate celebrations for the 2013 anniversary year, Big Finish and AudioGO teamed up...
  • Styre on 158 – Wirrn IsleWIRRN ISLE After a miss with “The Curse of Davros,” and a hit with “The Fourth Wall,” the rubber match...
  • Styre on 157 – The Fourth WallTHE FOURTH WALL The second installment in the trilogy featuring Colin Baker and new companion Flip, “The Fourth Wall” also...
  • Phill on 156 – The Curse of DavrosIt's not just Flip who is flippant. Her boyfriend is just as bad. If I was thrown into a battle...
  • Styre on 156 – The Curse of DavrosTHE CURSE OF DAVROS With the advent of the 2012 release year came a new Big Finish Doctor Who main...
  • Styre on X – The Five CompanionsTHE FIVE COMPANIONS The 2010 Big Finish subscriber bonus release, “The Four Doctors,” took an alternative approach to a multi-Doctor...
  • Styre on 155 – Army of DeathARMY OF DEATH The relaunched eighth Doctor and companion Mary Shelley reached the conclusion of their (first?) trilogy with Jason...
  • Styre on 154 – The Witch from the WellTHE WITCH FROM THE WELL After an auspicious start with “The Silver Turk,” the “relaunched” eighth Doctor and Mary Shelley...
  • Styre on 153 – The Silver TurkTHE SILVER TURK Apart from the four-story release “The Company of Friends,” Paul McGann’s eighth Doctor hasn’t been seen in...
  • Styre on 152 – House of Blue FireHOUSE OF BLUE FIRE After the continuity-heavy Sylvester McCoy trilogy involving “A Death in the Family,” this subsequent trilogy of...
  • Styre on 151 – The Doomsday QuatrainTHE DOOMSDAY QUATRAIN After the brief diversion into “Recorded Time and Other Stories,” the Big Finish main Doctor Who range...
  • Styre on Re:CollectionsSHORT TRIPS: RE:COLLECTIONS And so, Big Finish’s Short Trips series of Doctor Who short fiction comes to a conclusion with...
  • Styre on Indefinable MagicSHORT TRIPS: INDEFINABLE MAGIC In 2009, Big Finish lost its license to print Doctor Who fiction, and this news sounded...
  • Styre on 150 – Recorded Time and Other StoriesRECORDED TIME AND OTHER STORIES The 2011 release year saw a milestone release in Big Finish’s main range: their 150th....
  • Tom Swift on Boxset 02 – Road TripRoad Trip 3 - Paradise Frost Paradise Frost is a bleak, fairly traditional but ultimately satisfying adventure, assuming you can...
  • Tom Swift on Boxset 02 – Road TripRoad Trip 2 - Bad Habits “Sister Bernice, I am a nun, not a horse.” That’s the kind of dialogue...
  • Styre on 149 – RobophobiaROBOPHOBIA Given Big Finish’s willingness to mine Doctor Who’s past for story ideas, it surprises that it took until 2011...
  • Styre on 148 – Rat TrapRAT TRAP As the second trilogy featuring the fifth Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa, and Turlough drew to a close, Big Finish...
  • Styre on 147 – Kiss of DeathKISS OF DEATH Following on the heels of “Heroes of Sontar,” Stephen Cole’s “Kiss of Death” is the fifth of...
  • Styre on 146 – Heroes of SontarHEROES OF SONTAR Big Finish is no stranger to the history of Doctor Who. Name a monster from the classic...
  • Styre on 145 – Industrial EvolutionINDUSTRIAL EVOLUTION The sixth Doctor, Evelyn, and Brewster trilogy comes to a close in the world of 19th century industry,...
  • Styre on 144 – The Feast of AxosTHE FEAST OF AXOS The “return of Thomas Brewster” trilogy continues with its second installment, Mike Maddox’s “The Feast of...
  • Styre on 143 – The Crimes of Thomas BrewsterTHE CRIMES OF THOMAS BREWSTER The 2011 release year kicks off with the start of a new trilogy, reuniting the...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 16 – More than a MessiahThey’re back, and they’re about Briggs! Previously in the AV reviews, I don’t remember because it’s been a long time....
  • Styre on IX – The Four DoctorsTHE FOUR DOCTORS As a coda to the 2010 release year, Big Finish offered its annual subscriber bonus release: Peter...
  • Styre on 142 – The Demons of Red Lodge and Other StoriesTHE DEMONS OF RED LODGE AND OTHER STORIES The 2010 main range release year closed with “The Demons of Red...
  • Styre on 141 – Lurkers at Sunlight’s EdgeLURKERS AT SUNLIGHT’S EDGE I’ve talked extensively in my previous reviews about how the Sylvester McCoy era has undergone a...
  • Styre on 140 – A Death in the FamilyA DEATH IN THE FAMILY And so, after resolving the Forge storylines in “Project: Destiny,” the time came to answer...
  • Styre on 139 – Project: DestinyPROJECT: DESTINY Among my complaints with Big Finish has been a tendency to leave plot threads hanging. This tendency was...
  • Styre on 138 – The Cradle of the SnakeTHE CRADLE OF THE SNAKE Peter Davison’s three seasons on Doctor Who were marked by recurrent themes and motifs: grim...
  • Styre on 137 – The Whispering ForestTHE WHISPERING FOREST This trilogy of Peter Davison stories from Big Finish, featuring Stephen Cole’s “The Whispering Forest” as the...
  • Styre on 136 – CobwebsCOBWEBS Big Finish has covered almost the entire breadth of the 1980s over its Doctor Who main range with one...
  • Styre on 135 – Legend of the CybermenLEGEND OF THE CYBERMEN After “City of Spires” and “The Wreck of the Titan,” Mike Maddox’s “Legend of the Cybermen”...
  • Styre on 134 – The Wreck of the TitanTHE WRECK OF THE TITAN I commented in my “City of Spires” review how Big Finish seemed to be incorporating...
  • Styre on 133 – City of SpiresCITY OF SPIRES I’ve been a bit suspicious of this portion of the Big Finish range: while the trilogy format...
  • Styre on 132 – The Architects of HistoryTHE ARCHITECTS OF HISTORY Heading into the so-called “Klein trilogy,” I was skeptical: three entire stories dedicated to a minor...
  • Styre on Christmas Around The WorldSHORT TRIPS: CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD With the Short Trips book range winding down, Big Finish published its twenty-seventh volume...
  • Styre on 131 – Survival of the Fittest and Klein’s StoryKLEIN’S STORY Sandwiched in between “A Thousand Tiny Wings” and “Survival of the Fittest,” and coming with very little fanfare,...
  • Styre on 130 – A Thousand Tiny WingsA THOUSAND TINY WINGS Big Finish under Nicholas Briggs has never been afraid to mine its own history, but this...
  • Styre on 4.10 – To the DeathTO THE DEATH For all intents and purposes, this is a series finale. Yes, the eighth Doctor will continue his...
  • Styre on 4.09 – Lucie MillerLUCIE MILLER After four seasons of Big Finish’s Eighth Doctor Adventures, the range begins its epic conclusion here, in writer-director...
  • Styre on 4.08 – Prisoner of the SunPRISONER OF THE SUN With only one story to go before the epic season/series finale, and with Lucie and the...
  • Styre on 4.07 – Relative DimensionsRELATIVE DIMENSIONS Big Finish continues to follow the season structure of the TV series: after an epic, dramatic two-part “season...
  • Styre on 4.06 – The Resurrection of MarsTHE RESURRECTION OF MARS After the thrilling action epic “Deimos,” and the shock reintroduction of Lucie at that story’s climax,...
  • Styre on 4.05 – DeimosDEIMOS The appeal of the Ice Warriors has always fascinated me: here’s a race of aliens that made four appearances...
  • Styre on 4.04 – The Book of KellsTHE BOOK OF KELLS The pseudo-historical is a storytelling tradition unique to Doctor Who: for the vast majority of its...
  • Styre on 4.03 – NevermoreNEVERMORE “Oh no,” I thought, “they’re not seriously going to center a cliffhanger around the sound of a house cat...
  • Styre on 4.02 – Situation VacantSITUATION VACANT While the fourth season of Paul McGann stories from Big Finish technically started with “Death in Blackpool,” things...
  • Styre on VIII – An Earthly ChildAN EARTHLY CHILD At the conclusion of “The Dalek Invasion of Earth,” when the Doctor intentionally left earth without his...
  • Styre on 4.01 – Death in BlackpoolDEATH IN BLACKPOOL In keeping with the theme of “season 3” of the Paul McGann eighth Doctor series serving as...
  • Styre on 1.2 – Mission to MagnusTHE LOST STORIES: MISSION TO MAGNUS After encountering the Celestial Toymaker in the first story of the abandoned season 23,...
  • Styre on How the Doctor Changed my LifeSHORT TRIPS: HOW THE DOCTOR CHANGED MY LIFE Back in 2007, Big Finish held what was, at the time, a...
  • Styre on 1.1 – The Nightmare FairTHE LOST STORIES: THE NIGHTMARE FAIR After the twenty-second season of Doctor Who concluded in 1985, production began as usual...
  • Styre on 129 – Plague of the DaleksPLAGUE OF THE DALEKS I’m usually not one to complain about so-called “Dalek fatigue” – if the stories are good,...
  • Styre on 128 – The Eternal SummerTHE ETERNAL SUMMER Steve Parkhouse’s run of fifth Doctor DWM comic strips was arguably the best of the entire run...
  • Styre on 127 – Castle of FearCASTLE OF FEAR With the story of Charley Pollard drawn to a close, the Big Finish trilogy format switched gears...
  • Styre on 126 – Blue Forgotten PlanetBLUE FORGOTTEN PLANET When Paul McGann joined the Big Finish range of Doctor Who audio productions, a new companion was...
  • Styre on 125 – Paper CutsPAPER CUTS There’s a certain amount of expectation that comes with a story like “Paper Cuts:” it’s Charley’s penultimate episode,...
  • Styre on 124 – Patient ZeroPATIENT ZERO After finally rediscovering the itch to hear some Doctor Who audio drama, I dove back into the range...
  • Tom Swift on 054 – The Natural History of FearThe Natural History of Fear During my run of Big Finish’s Bernice Summerfield in 2010 I said once before that...
  • Tom Swift on 10.4 – Secret OriginsSecret Origins Let’s recap. Bernice Summerfield and her son Peter are on the run, living a difficult life, trying to...
  • Styre on 4.4 – Dalek Empire: The Fearless – Part 4DALEK EMPIRE: THE FEARLESS PART FOUR So what is “The Fearless” at heart? It’s primarily an action epic, for one...
  • Styre on 4.3 – Dalek Empire: The Fearless – Part 3DALEK EMPIRE: THE FEARLESS PART THREE “Wow,” I thought, “what a bold move to start the play with a twist...
  • Styre on 4.2 – Dalek Empire: The Fearless – Part 2DALEK EMPIRE: THE FEARLESS PART TWO Halfway through “The Fearless,” and it’s obvious: unlike the previous three Dalek Empire serials,...
  • Styre on 4.1 – Dalek Empire: The Fearless – Part 1DALEK EMPIRE: THE FEARLESS PART ONE As spinoffs go, Dalek Empire certainly wasn’t bad — Nicholas Briggs created a consistent,...
  • Tom Swift on 18 – The Two JasonsThe Two Jasons The Two Jasons… Is really a companion piece to the ‘End of the World’. A cynical part...
  • Tom Swift on 10.2 – AbsenceAbsence Be warned; if Daniel O’Mahoney’s previous contributions to the range were too macabre for your tastes this might be...
  • Tom Swift on 10.1 – Glory DaysGlory Days Glory Days starts off by correcting some people may have scene as a failing of the last series....
  • Tom Swift on 9.3 – The Adventure of the Diogenes DamselThe Adventures of the Diogenese Damsel Big Finish and Faction Paradox spoilers… Jim Smith’s ‘The Adventures of the Diogenes Damsel’...
  • Tom Swift on 8.6 – The WakeThe Wake The Wake opens with ‘101 things you should know about Irving Braxiatel’, with Lisa Bowerman and Miles Richardson...
  • Tom Swift on 8.5 – The Final AmendmentThe Final Amendment Set concurrently to the ‘End of the World’, we have Bernice Summerfield on her own separate adventure,...
  • Styre on 123 – The Company of FriendsTHE COMPANY OF FRIENDS In 1996, FOX produced a Doctor Who TV movie featuring, in part, the regeneration of the...
  • Styre on 122 – The Angel of ScutariTHE ANGEL OF SCUTARI After the letdown of the Key 2 Time series, I had my doubts about the new...
  • Styre on 121 – Enemy of the DaleksENEMY OF THE DALEKS It’s difficult to bring a serious, action-movie feel to Doctor Who. Serious character pieces have been...
  • Tom Swift on 8.3 – Freedom of InformationFreedom of Information The second part of the Draconian occupation shows clearly how the Bernice Summerfield range can pay dividends...
  • Tom Swift on 8.4 – The End of the WorldThe End of the World Or the last confession of Jason Kane. I don’t know how shocking it was when...
  • Tom Swift on 9.1 – Beyond the SeaBeyond the Sea Bereft of most of the ever present continuity that permeated every aspect of the last series, Beyond...
  • Tom Swift on 9.2 – The Adolescence of TimeThe Adolescence of Time Lawrence Miles, arguably one of the most controversial writers to ever grace Doctor Who spin-off media,...
  • Tom Swift on 8.2 – The Judas GiftThe Judas Gift At the end of the preceding play Bernice and Braxiatel are back on the Collection, albeit via...
  • Tom Swift on 8.1 – The Tub Full of CatsThe Tub Full of Cats The Empire State ended of a very unusual cliffhanger. It threw Bernice and Braxiatel together...
  • Tom Swift on 7.6 – The Empire StateI’ve listened to this story three times over four months… and really, really, really struggled to get this written. The...
  • Tom Swift on 7.5 – The Oracle of DelphiOracle of Delphi After the avant garde Summer of Love, The Oracle of Delphi is an extremely traditional story that’s...
  • Tom Swift on 7.4 – Summer of LoveThe Summer of Love I referred to Simon Guerrier’s previous play ‘The Lost Museum’ as the most adult Bernice Summerfield...
  • Styre on 120 – The Magic MousetrapTHE MAGIC MOUSETRAP Upon listening to “Year of the Pig,” the first offering from Matthew Sweet to the Big Finish...
  • Styre on 3.8 – The Worldwide WebWORLDWIDE WEB It’s pretty obvious what happened here. With Big Finish attempting to fill the Doctor Who TV “gap year”...
  • Styre on 3.7 – The Eight TruthsTHE EIGHT TRUTHS I’ve never tried to hide my admiration for Eddie Robson, one of the most consistently excellent Doctor...
  • Styre on The Quality of LeadershipSHORT TRIPS: THE QUALITY OF LEADERSHIP While I don’t think the earlier anthology “Destination Prague” worked, I liked one thing...
  • Jphalt on 123 – The Company of FriendsThe Company of Friends: Fitz’s Story Big Finish, Main Range #123, Story 2. 1 episode, approx. 30 minutes. Written by:...
  • Jphalt on 123 – The Company of FriendsThe Company of Friends: Izzy’s Story Big Finish, Main Range #123, Story 3. 1 episode, approx. 30 minutes. Written by:...
  • Tom Swift on 7.3 – The Worst Thing in the WorldThe Worst Thing in the World The Worst Thing in the World is an odd one. Fans/detractors of television will...
  • Tom Swift on 7.2 – Timeless PassagesTimeless Passages Compared to some of the earlier stories Timeless Passages is actually quite simple on the surface. The threat,...
  • Tom Swift on 7.1 – The Tartarus GateThe Tartarus Gate Stewart Sheargold impressed with his previous ‘event’ stories for the Big Finish range and the prospect of...
  • Tom Swift on 15 – Genius LociGenius Loci Ben Aaravonitch’s first full novel in how many years? Genius Loci is something of a departure for the...
  • Tom Swift on 6.5 – The Crystal of CantusThe Crystal of Cantus “We’ve all got to survive.” Joseph Lidster kicks things off with one hell of a bang....
  • Tom Swift on 6.4 – The Goddess QuandaryThe Goddess Quandry And here things get complicated. Despite protests from various placing websites, Bernice Summerfield and the Goddess Quandry...
  • Tom Swift on 14 – Something ChangedSomething Changed Innapropriate Laughter So, Wolsey is dead. Who saw that one coming? The thing is, aside from his fantastic...
  • Tom Swift on 13 – Parallel LivesParallel Lives The Serpents Tooth Rebecca Levene edited several Bernice Summerfield books back when the range was handled by Virgin,...
  • Styre on 3.6 – The CannibalistsTHE CANNIBALISTS I’ve seen a number of reviews of Jonathan Morris’s “The Cannibalists,” the sixth story in the third season...
  • Styre on Defining PatternsSHORT TRIPS: DEFINING PATTERNS It’s interesting to take a step back every so often to appreciate the scale of what...
  • Styre on 3.5 – The ScapegoatTHE SCAPEGOAT I wasn’t a huge fan of “Dead London,” Pat Mills’ previous script for the Paul McGann series —...
  • Tom Swift on 6.3 – The Lost MuseumBernice Summerfield and the Lost Museum “Greetings. I would purchase one of your fowl birds.” “Certainly sir. Is the bird...
  • Tom Swift on Silver LiningSILVER LINING Silver Lining begins with a new cliché for the BF range which seems to have replaced the diary...
  • Tom Swift on 6.2 – The Kingdom of the BlindBernice Summerfield and the Kingdom of the Blind Have we been here before? I wasn’t most fond of Jac Raynor’s...
  • Jphalt on II – ShadaShada (2003) Big Finish Productions, Special Release #2. 6 episodes. Written by: Douglas Adams. Directed by: Nicholas Pegg. THE PLOT...
  • Jphalt on 123 – The Company of FriendsThe Company of Friends: Benny’s Story Big Finish Productions, Main Range #123, Story 1. 1 episode. Written by: Lance Parkin....
  • Styre on 3.4 – Wirrn DawnWIRRN DAWN When the third season of Paul McGann/Sheridan Smith audios began with “Orbis,” I was intrigued: the dynamic between...
  • Styre on 3.3 – The Beast of OrlokTHE BEAST OF ORLOK The Hinchcliffe/Holmes era of Doctor Who fascinates me, mostly because it’s so good: there’s an unquestionable...
  • Mr BHT on 067 – DreamtimeMulticultural Dreams Doctor Who: Dreamtime Written by Simon A Forward Starring Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Philip Olivier The TARDIS,...
  • Phill on 3.2 – HothouseI remember being really disappointed with Nigel Planer in this. Known in the UK for playing Neil in The Young...
  • Styre on 3.2 – HothouseHOTHOUSE   The longer Doctor Who runs, and as more stories are created in an increasing variety of media, the...
  • Styre on 3.1 – OrbisORBIS 2009 was the “gap year” for Doctor Who on television: a transition year between production teams in which a...
  • Mr BHT on 123 – The Company of FriendsFriends Forever Doctor Who: The Company of Friends Written by Lance Parkin, Stephen Cole, Alan Barnes and Jonathan Morris Starring...
  • Jphalt on 046 – Flip-FlopFlip-Flop Big Finish Productions, Main Range #46. 4 episodes. Written by: Jonathan Morris. Directed by: Gary Russell. THE PLOT The...
  • Jphalt on 039 – Bang-Bang-A-Boom!Bang-Bang-a-Boom! Big Finish Productions, Main Range #39. 4 episodes. Written by: Gareth Roberts & Clayton Hickman. Directed by: Nicholas Pegg....
  • Tom Swift on 6.1 – The Heart’s DesireThe Heart's Desire I have a small problem with the Hearts Desire. The concept of the story is fine, and...
  • Tom Swift on 12 – The Tree of LifeThe Tree of Life There seems to be a trend emerging in the Bernice text range. The short stories and...
  • Tom Swift on 11 – A Life in PiecesA Life in Pieces Zardox Break Big Finish Productions Limited., it must be noted, has no connection with MegaStel Enterprise...
  • Mr BHT on 1.8 – Human Resources Part 2Another Day in the Office Doctor Who – Human Resources Written by Eddie Robson Starring Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith...
  • Mr BHT on 128 – The Eternal SummerWho Wants to Live Forever? Doctor Who – The Eternal Summer Written by Jonathan Morris Starring Peter Davison and Sarah...
  • Styre on 119 – The Key 2 Time – The Chaos PoolKEY 2 TIME: THE CHAOS POOL It’s dangerous for a reviewer to start ascribing motives: claiming to know why a...
  • Mr BHT on 3.06 – The Darkening EyeGhoulish! Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles – The Darkening Eye Written by Stewart Sheargold Starring Sarah Sutton as Nyssa Thank...
  • Tom Swift on 10 – A Life Worth LivingA Life Worth Living Misplaced Spring Paul Cornell takes a moment here just to reset the status quo. His extremely...
  • Tom Swift on 5.4 – The Masquerade of DeathA debate on Gallifrey Base forum has given me a few more thoughts I’d like to go over on this...
  • Tom Swift on 5.4 – The Masquerade of DeathThe Masquerade of Death In a long running series that kicked off with living pantomime worlds, prostitutes in ancient Babylon,...
  • Tom Swift on 5.3 – The Relics of Jegg-SauRelics of Jegg Sau From a distance this play looks like the worst choice of possible candidates in the ‘Bernice...
  • Tom Swift on 5.2 – The Bone of ContentionThe Bone of Contention Simon Forward seems justly proud of the Galyari, which despite protests from some listeners that they...
  • Tom Swift on 5.1 – The Grel EscapeThe Grel Escape I’ve always been slightly perplexed by the picture of Bernice on the cover of this story, she...
  • Styre on 118 – The Key 2 Time – The Destroyer of DelightsKEY 2 TIME: THE DESTROYER OF DELIGHTS I’ll admit the concept of revisiting the Key to Time season seemed totally...
  • Styre on The Ghosts of ChristmasSHORT TRIPS: THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS After “A Christmas Treasury” and “The History of Christmas,” Big Finish released its third...
  • Tom Swift on 09 – The Big HuntBernice Summerfield and the Big Hunt Bernice Summerfield and the Big Hunt is a short, side step adventure from Lance...
  • Tom Swift on 4.4 – Death and the DaleksDeath and the Daleks The appearance of Daleks in Death and the Daleks (formerly known as the ‘Axis of Evil’...
  • Tom Swift on 4.3 – The Poison SeasBernice Summerfield and the Poison Seas Introducing traditional ‘monsters’ into Series 4 to attract Doctor Who fans over into this...
  • Tom Swift on 4.2 – The Draconian RageBernice Summerfield and the Draconian Rage There are a few things you might expect from the Draconian Rage. It’s by...
  • Tom Swift on 4.1 – The Bellotron IncidentBernice Summerfield and the Bellotron Incident Bernice Summerfield and the Bellotron Incident is a surprisingly solid play. Mick Tucker’s script...
  • Tom Swift on 3.4 – The Mirror EffectBernice Summerfield and the Mirror Effect If I thought Lisa Bowerman overacted slightly in certain scenes of ‘Dance of the...
  • Tom Swift on 3.3 – Dance of the DeadBernice Summerfield and the Dance of the Dead The fact that Stephen Cole also penned ‘Plague Herds of Excelis’ (not...
  • Tom Swift on 04 – The Plague Herds of ExcelisBernice Summerfield and the Plague Herds of Excelis Listening to Plague Herds if Excelis without having just worked through the...
  • Tom Swift on 3.2 – The Green Eyed MonstersBernice Summerfield and the Green Eyed Monsters The Green Eyed Monsters is an odd play. It has two plot strands,...
  • Tom Swift on 3.1 – The Greatest Shop in the GalaxyBernice Summerfield and the Greatest Shop in the Galaxy Series three of Bernice Summerfield starts bolder than any before it....
  • Tom Swift on 08 – Life During WartimeLife During Wartime The Fall Bernice returns home to the Collection and things aren’t how she expected. In just a...
  • Tom Swift on 07 – A Life of SurprisesI might be being harsh here to Terrance Dicks, but its how I came out of this book feeling. I...
  • Jphalt on 070 – Unregenerate!Unregenerate! Big Finish main range #70. 2 CD’s, 4 episodes. Written by: David McIntee. Directed by: John Ainsworth. THE PLOT...
  • Styre on 117 – The Key 2 Time – The Judgement of IsskarKEY 2 TIME: THE JUDGEMENT OF ISSKAR With the dawn of 2009, Big Finish embarked upon a new Doctor Who...
  • Tom Swift on 2.4 – The Skymines of KarthosBernice Summerfield and The Skymines of Karthos There are lots of things that aren’t wrong about the Skymines of Karthos....
  • Tom Swift on Special – Buried TreasuresSpecials Making Myths Now free to listen to as a podcast on the Big Finish website, this little freebie is...
  • Tom Swift on 2.3 – The Extinction EventBernice Summerfield and the Extinction Event Mixed feelings right off the bat. They dropped the singer from the intro titles,...
  • Tom Swift on 2.2 – The Stones LamentThe Stone’s Lament The Stone’s Lament is a small play. Really small. If you count Bernice and Adrian as regulars,...
  • Tom Swift on 2.1 – The Secret of CassandraThe Secret of Cassandra If there’s one complaint I have about this release it’s the start… Not the strange, actually...
  • Styre on 3.5 – PanaceaGALLIFREY: PANACEA As with all the other Gallifrey plays, I sat down before writing my review of Alan Barnes’ “Panacea”...
  • Styre on 3.4 – MindbombGALLIFREY: MINDBOMB I wasn’t happy with “Appropriation,” so discovering that “Mindbomb,” the 13th and penultimate Gallifrey release, followed even more...
  • Styre on 3.3 – AppropriationGALLIFREY: APPROPRIATION There are very few existing reviews of the third Gallifrey series floating around the internet, but one of...
  • Styre on 3.2 – WarfareGALLIFREY: WARFARE I’m not going to lie — I’ve lost interest, which is why these reviews are getting shorter and...
  • Styre on 3.1 – FracturesGALLIFREY: FRACTURES Finally — ten episodes and over two seasons into the Gallifrey series and we’ve been given an actual...
  • Tom Swift on 1.5 – Just WarBernice Summerfield Just War There are some who say this could be the best production Big Finish have, and will...
  • Phill on 1.3 – Walking To Babylon“I’m scared of letting all these people down. At least if I get blown up as well they can say...
  • Tom Swift on 1.4 – BirthrightBernice Summerfield Birthright Stumbling straight out of the thrilling conclusion to ‘Walking to Babylon’, Bernice and Jason each arrive in...
  • Tom Swift on 06 – The Glass PrisonBernice Summerfield and the Glass Prison Before I start the review can I just say ‘yes’ to the cover. The...
  • Tom Swift on 05 – The Infernal NexusBernice Summerfield and the Infernal Nexus After three novels that are each entertaining in their own way, the Bernice Summerfield...
  • Tom Swift on 04 – The Squire’s CrystalBernice Summerfield and the Squire’s Crystal Having accused ‘The Gods of the Underworld’ of having very few highly original ideas,...
  • Tom Swift on 03 – The Gods of the UnderworldBernice Summerfield and The Gods of the Underworld After Bernice Summerfield and the Doomsday Manuscript took us on an Adventure...
  • Tom Swift on 02 – The Doomsday ManuscriptBernice Summerfield and the Doomsday Manuscript Bernice Summerfield and the Doomsday Manuscript feels like the archetypal template for a new...
  • Styre on 2.5 – ImperiatrixGALLIFREY: IMPERIATRIX A recent thread on Gallifrey Base got me thinking about why I haven’t yet felt satisifed with Big...
  • Styre on 2.4 – InsurgencyGALLIFREY: INSURGENCY Admittedly, I don’t know what to expect in the upcoming second season finale of Gallifrey, but the buildup...
  • Styre on 2.3 – PandoraGALLIFREY: PANDORA Near the end of “Spirit,” the preceding Gallifrey play that served primarily as a character piece, a new...
  • Styre on SnapshotsSHORT TRIPS: SNAPSHOTS After the somewhat esoteric linking theme of Destination Prague, Short Trips: Snapshots gets back to a much...
  • Styre on 2.2 – SpiritGALLIFREY: SPIRIT I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting this from the next chapter of the Gallifrey series. Stephen Cole’s script diverges...
  • Styre on 2.1 – LiesGALLIFREY: LIES The first “season” of Gallifrey audios heavily featured “old hands” as the authors: Justin Richards, Stephen Cole, and...
  • Tom Swift on 01 – The Dead Men DiariesBernice Summerfield and the Dead Men Diaries Reading Paul Cornell’s first anthology of short stories feels slightly strange, and now...
  • Tom Swift on 1.3 – Walking To BabylonBernice Summerfield Walking to Babylon After ‘Beyond the Sun’ introduced Jason Kane and then gave him hardly anything to do,...
  • Tom Swift on 1.2 – Beyond The SunBernice Summerfield Beyond the Sun The second Bernice Summerfield audio play is a distinctly more sombre affair than the bells,...
  • Tom Swift on 10.3 – Venus MantrapBernice Summerfield Venus Mantrap Having not read ‘Beige Planet Mars’ I have no idea who professor Scoblow is, what academic...
  • Tom Swift on 22 – Secret HistoriesBernice Summerfield Secret Histories Mark Clapham has put together a short story collection featuring nine separate and very distinct short...
  • Tom Swift on 21 – The Vampire CurseBernice Summerfield The Vampire Curse Split into three separate novellas. The Badblood Diaries This story is told from the perspective...
  • Tanlee on 014 – The Holy Terror“It doesn’t matter to whom the cruelty is inflicted. The cruelty itself is wrong!” Castrovalva is a heavy inspiration on...
  • Tanlee on 005 – The Fearmonger“The nerve of some people.” In some corners of internet fandom, Jon Blum has made a reputation for himself as...
  • Styre on TransmissionsSHORT TRIPS: TRANSMISSIONS Some time ago, I concluded my review of Short Trips: Time Signature by announcing I would no...
  • Phill on Destination PragueSHORT TRIPS: DESTINATION PRAGUE As Short Trips collections go, Destination Prague is more unusual than most: as a linking theme,...
  • Styre on Dalek EmpireSHORT TRIPS: DALEK EMPIRE Some time ago, I suspended my reviews of Big Finish’s series of short story anthologies because...
  • Styre on Time SignatureSHORT TRIPS: TIME SIGNATURE I admit, I’ve tired of Big Finish’s short story anthologies. While few of them have been...
  • Styre on The CentenarianSHORT TRIPS: THE CENTENARIAN I haven’t thought much of Ian Farrington’s short story anthologies to date, and I’ve grown more...
  • Styre on FarewellsSHORT TRIPS: FAREWELLS The last time Jacqueline Rayner edited a BF short story anthology, it was “The Muses,” 12 books...
  • Styre on The History of ChristmasSHORT TRIPS: THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS The first Big Finish Christmas anthology, A Christmas Treasury, featured a diverse assortment of...
  • Styre on The Solar SystemSHORT TRIPS: THE SOLAR SYSTEM Gary Russell’s first short story anthology featured the strongest linking theme to date: the repercussions...
  • Styre on A Day in the LifeSHORT TRIPS: A DAY IN THE LIFE Apparently the linking theme here is that the “running time” of all the...
  • Styre on 1.4 – A Blind EyeGALLIFREY: A BLIND EYE After three episodes featuring a decidedly uninspiring combination of diplomats arguing with each other on Gallifrey...
  • Styre on 1.3 – The InquiryGALLIFREY: THE INQUIRY “It’s a Justin Richards script” should say a lot, and most of it positive: you’re going to...
  • Tom Swift on 9.4 – The Diet of WormsThe Diet Of Worms “Hell… With cakes and buns… Fancy.” Go on, say it. The blurb for this story doesn’t...
  • Tom Swift on 1.1 – Oh No It Isn’t“Oh No It Isn’t” Paul Cornell’s introductory novel for the original Bernice Summerfield solo adventures is also the first Big...
  • Tom Swift on 1.6 – Dragons WrathDragon’s Wrath The first series of Bernice Summerfield suffers its ups and downs, but even at its blandest it is...
  • Jphalt on 2.3 – Old SoldiersOld Soldiers THE PLOT A plea for help from an old friend brings Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart to Kriegeskind, a centuries-old German...
  • Jphalt on 1.3 – The Blue ToothThe Blue Tooth THE PLOT Liz decides to spend a day off visiting Jean, an old university friend. When Jean...
  • Styre on 049 – MasterMASTER Comparatively speaking, reinventing Omega and the Master were simple jobs. Omega was only seen twice on television, aiming at...
  • sneakyangel on 5.1 – The Grel EscapeFACT: I shall be reviewing The Grel Escape from the Bernice Summerfield range. ADDITIONAL FACT: I shall attempt to speak...
  • sneakyangel on 113 – Time Reef and A Perfect WorldTime Reef is the latest story in the Big Finish audio range staring Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton. Its a...
  • sneakyangel on 086 – The ReapingThis audio completely blew me away. It starts off with Peri and her mum, the day Peri met the Doctor....
  • sneakyangel on 119 – The Key 2 Time – The Chaos PoolSo, the final installment of the Key 2 Time… In short: Wonderful story, wonderful acting, wonderful music, very sad there...
  • sneakyangel on 118 – The Key 2 Time – The Destroyer of DelightsBig Finish seems to be releasing the audios earlier and earlier. Not that I’m complaining! Destroyer of Delights is wonderful!...
  • sneakyangel on 117 – The Key 2 Time – The Judgement of IsskarJudgement of Isskar is an audio that I have been excited about since May-ish time last year. My expectations of...
  • sneakyangel on 3.04 – Empathy GamesEmpthy Games is the latest in the Companion Chronicles series, featuring Leela. It starts with ‘present day’ Leela who is...
  • sneakyangel on 3.08 – The Prisoner’s DilemmaPrisoner’s Dilemma is the Ace companion chronicle but the first part is very much Zara’s story. Ace and Zara meet...
  • Styre on 1.2 – Square OneGALLIFREY: SQUARE ONE I’ll come right out and say it: the reason why this review took so long to write...
  • Styre on 2.1 – Buried SecretsSARAH JANE SMITH: BURIED SECRETS Five years after the first Sarah Jane Smith spinoff “season,” and with the new Doctor...
  • Styre on 1.1 – Weapon of ChoiceGALLIFREY: WEAPON OF CHOICE March of 2004, a year before Russell T. Davies’ relaunch of Doctor Who was to hit...
  • Styre on 116 – The Raincloud ManTHE RAINCLOUD MAN At this stage of Big Finish’s production of Doctor Who stories, the list of “authors to watch”...
  • Styre on 114 – Brotherhood of the DaleksBROTHERHOOD OF THE DALEKS Despite my general dislike of Alan Barnes’s writing, I finally saw some potential in his last...
  • Styre on 115 – Forty-FiveFORTY-FIVE The forty-fifth anniversary of Doctor Who in November 2008 was a rather low-key affair when compared to its predecessors...
  • Styre on 2.4 – DreamlandSARAH JANE SMITH: DREAMLAND And so we come to the final episode of the Sarah Jane Smith series, “Dreamland.” It’s...
  • Styre on 2.3 – Fatal ConsequencesSARAH JANE SMITH: FATAL CONSEQUENCES Wow! I was waiting for the second season of Sarah Jane Smith audios to kick...
  • Styre on 2.2 – Snow BlindSARAH JANE SMITH: SNOW BLIND The problem with “whodunits” is a necessarily-limited group of suspects. If the central conceit of...
  • Tanlee on 114 – Brotherhood of the Daleks“Your overriding urge is to consider the needs of your species. You feel only irritation when a Dalek battlefleet is...
  • Tanlee on 121 – Enemy of the Daleks“I’ve seen and heard more people die today than I have in my whole life and I’ve had enough!” Now...
  • Tanlee on 6 – Exile“Trolleys! I hate trolleys. They’re just Daleks without the interesting bits.” The gimmick is that the Doctor has become a...
  • Tanlee on 5 – Deadline“I was going to be the best playwright since Shakespeare. Hell with it, I’d be better than Shakespeare…. As the...
  • Tanlee on 4 – He Jests at Scars…Arguably this is the worst of the Unbound stories. This is effectively a sequel to Trial of a Time Lord...
  • Tanlee on 1.2 – Blood of the Daleks Part 2“I know the Daleks. I was there at their birth. I fought against them in countless wars. Seen their legacy...
  • Tanlee on 110 – The Boy That Time Forgot“You never even kissed me goodbye!” As with Time of the Daleks, we pause to wonder if perhaps the curse...
  • Tanlee on 106 – The Dark Husband“I’ve had your mum and she was rubbish!” Following on from something as thinly stretched and mediocre as The Condemned...
  • Tanlee on 093 – Renaissance of the Daleks“War is horrible enough but incompetent war is an abomination.” Although it probably comes in for more flack than it...
  • Tanlee on 086 – The Reaping"Perhaps the Cybermen have the right idea. They don’t have to go through this.” The Doctor running from the cops...
  • Tanlee on 065 – The Juggernauts“Juggernauts, Doctor. The name has been copyrighted!” The Juggernauts is essentially Big Finish’s Greatest Hits. It’s a sequel to Davros...
  • Tanlee on 053 – The Creed of the Kromon“The experiment has begun.” And so we venture further into this Divergent Universe and quickly we wonder if it might...
  • Tanlee on 050 – Zagreus“Whatever will the critics say? Melodramatic? Overlong? Derivative too.” The impact of Zagreus is sometimes likened to how Twin Dilemma...
  • Styre on 048 – Davros“I believe you journalists would call it a ‘smoking gun’” It’s Colin’s personal favourite and is often recommended as the...
  • Tanlee on 046 – Flip-Flop“Ghettoes, Curfews? Sounds like they’re having a simply unwonderful Christmas time.” Agendas. Doctor Who has always fallen victim to them....
  • Tanlee on 044 – Creatures of Beauty“Our civilisation isn’t dying, it’s already dead. All that’s left is the rotting corpse” The Tardis has landed in an...
  • Tanlee on 040 – Jubilee“Just one Dalek survivor. All on its own. Quite without purpose…. quite insane” When discussing the failings of the show...
  • Tanlee on 034 – Spare Parts“Poor Adric. We never really stopped to mourn him did we?” A short review is that this is a Season...
  • Tanlee on 015 – The Mutant Phase“History swings on the simplest of pivots” A remake of the 1985 Audio Visual play of the same name. It’s...
  • Tanlee on 011 – The Apocalypse Element“Knowledge like this, can blow your twisted, filthy little minds.” The chief problem with The Apocalypse Element is, of course...
  • Tanlee on 007 – The Genocide Machine“Humans are impatient. Daleks have no such weakness” The Daleks make their (official) audio debut here, and looking back on...
  • Tanlee on 001 – The Sirens of Time“Don’t get your hopes up Sancroft. Nobody is putting you out of my misery” So it’s the pilot episode of...
  • Phill on 1.2 – Beyond The SunBeyond The Sun “Power Beyond The Sun? That’s Bollocks!” The second play starts with Benny actually engaged in some archaeology,...
  • Styre on Seven Deadly SinsSHORT TRIPS: SEVEN DEADLY SINS With the mostly excellent A Christmas Treasury behind them, Big Finish forged onward into 2005...
  • Styre on A Christmas TreasurySHORT TRIPS: A CHRISTMAS TREASURY With ten short story collections released, Big Finish attempted a new variety of anthology: a...
  • Styre on 2040SHORT TRIPS: 2040 After the disappointing Short Trips: Monsters, which followed on the heels of the mediocre Short Trips: Repercussions,...
  • Styre on MonstersSHORT TRIPS: MONSTERS The back cover of Big Finish’s ninth anthology seems to promise a series of stories in the...
  • Styre on RepercussionsSHORT TRIPS: REPERCUSSIONS An actual linking theme, a set of stories tied together by something other than an oblique concept...
  • Styre on Life ScienceSHORT TRIPS: LIFE SCIENCE The theme of Big Finish’s seventh short story anthology is more inspired than most: stories dealing...
  • Styre on Past TenseSHORT TRIPS: PAST TENSE Considering the generally high caliber of Doctor Who historicals, the concept of this Short Trips anthology...
  • Styre on Steel SkiesSHORT TRIPS: STEEL SKIES Yet another unusual theme for a short story collection, Short Trips: Steel Skies concerns stories which...
  • Styre on The MusesSHORT TRIPS: THE MUSES Perhaps “the Muses” is another relatively weak theme to link a group of stories, but the...
  • Styre on A Universe of TerrorsSHORT TRIPS: A UNIVERSE OF TERRORS I hadn’t realized until this volume how broad the linking themes of the Short...
  • Styre on CompanionsSHORT TRIPS: COMPANIONS After a solid start to its range of short story collections, Big Finish opted for a much...
  • Styre on ZodiacSHORT TRIPS: ZODIAC As the first of Big Finish’s short story offerings, Short Trips: Zodiac, edited by Jacqueline Rayner, followed...
  • Styre on 113 – Time Reef and A Perfect WorldTIME REEF I’ve ranted about this before, but it’s true: I’m not the sort of person who relies upon plot...
  • Styre on 112 – Kingdom of Silver and KeepsakeKINGDOM OF SILVER Here we are, over forty years since Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis introduced the Cybermen, the second-most...
  • Styre on 111 – The Doomwood CurseTHE DOOMWOOD CURSE or THINGS STYRE IS SICK OF: A LIST 1. Self-Aware Pastiche I’ve never understood this. It’s one...
  • Styre on 110 – The Boy That Time ForgotTHE BOY THAT TIME FORGOT I admit I didn’t see this one coming. There were few, true “landmark” events in...
  • Styre on 109 – The Death Collectors and Spider’s ShadowTHE DEATH COLLECTORS Stewart Sheargold’s first script for the main Doctor Who range, “Red,” struck me as almost too intellectual....
  • Styre on 108 – Assassin in the LimelightASSASSIN IN THE LIMELIGHT So we had “Medicinal Purposes,” which was decent if unspectacular, and “Pier Pressure,” which retains its...
  • Styre on 107 – The Haunting of Thomas BrewsterTHE HAUNTING OF THOMAS BREWSTER I was vaguely disappointed with Jonathan Morris’s recent Paul McGann release “Max Warp,” but I...
  • Styre on 106 – The Dark HusbandTHE DARK HUSBAND It seems to be happening more and more often: yet again I must plead American ignorance about...
  • Styre on 105 – The CondemnedTHE CONDEMNED At the time, “The Girl Who Never Was” seemed like the perfect time to write Charley Pollard out...
  • Styre on 104 – The Bride of PeladonTHE BRIDE OF PELADON When it comes to Doctor Who, sequels are interesting things. Obviously, the wide range of the...
  • Styre on 103 – The Girl Who Never WasTHE GIRL WHO NEVER LEFT What? Fine, that’s being uncharitable. THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS Those who have followed my...
  • Styre on 102 – The Mind’s Eye and Mission of the ViyransTHE MIND’S EYE I’ll admit my expectations for “The Mind’s Eye” weren’t the highest. I’ve never been a big fan...
  • Styre on 101 – AbsolutionABSOLUTION In its own way, “Absolution” is a landmark Big Finish release for a simple reason: it’s the first time...
  • Styre on 100 – 100100 Whenever it comes to a landmark release, Big Finish drops the ball. From the first release, “The Sirens of...
  • Styre on 099 – Son of the DragonSON OF THE DRAGON Steve Lyons wrote only the second-ever Big Finish historical story, and to say “The Fires of...
  • Styre on 098 – Frozen TimeFROZEN TIME I don’t have a problem with traditional Doctor Who stories, and I often enjoy them, but there’s always...
  • Styre on 097 – The Wishing Beast and The Vanity BoxTHE WISHING BEAST I’ve struggled to review some of the latest Big Finish releases because I’ve found myself with little...
  • Styre on 096 – ValhallaVALHALLA I’m a big fan of Marc Platt’s Doctor Who writing, going all the way back to Ghost Light and...
  • Styre on 095 – Exotron and Urban MythsEXOTRON Paul Sutton’s two previous scripts for the main range, “Arrangements for War” and “Thicker than Water,” were among the...
  • Styre on 094 – I.D. and Urgent CallsI.D. For its first twenty-three seasons, with one exception, Doctor Who completely avoided the three-episode serial format, yet frequently used...
  • Styre on 093 – Renaissance of the DaleksRENAISSANCE OF THE DALEKS (Note: “Renaissance of the Daleks” is credited as being “from a story by” Christopher H. Bidmead;...
  • Styre on 092 – NocturneNOCTURNE I wasn’t a particular fan of Dan Abnett’s first Big Finish Doctor Who play “The Harvest” — it wasn’t...
  • Styre on 091 – Circular TimeCIRCULAR TIME A new year, a new producer, and a new style of Doctor Who story. This is how Big...
  • Styre on 090 – Year of the PigYEAR OF THE PIG The end of 2006 saw the end of Gary Russell’s long run as producer of Big...
  • Styre on 089 – No Man’s LandNO MAN’S LAND I’ve always been a fan of Martin Day — I was one of a very few people...
  • Styre on 088 – Memory LaneMEMORY LANE Tracking Eddie Robson’s Doctor Who short stories reveals an author who quickly progressed from “promising” to “boy, I’d...
  • Styre on 087 – The GatheringTHE GATHERING It’s hard to classify what Joseph Lidster’s “The Gathering” wants to be: is it a companion piece to...
  • Styre on 086 – The ReapingTHE REAPING Back around the time of “Terror Firma” I remarked that Joseph Lidster is not only talented but important...
  • Styre on 085 – RedRED Future dystopian societies have been on frequent display in recent Big Finish releases, from “Time Works” to “Something Inside”...
  • Styre on 084 – The Nowhere PlaceTHE NOWHERE PLACE I realized something in my brief research for this review — I’ve never been a big fan...
  • Styre on 083 – Something InsideSOMETHING INSIDE There’s something to be said for old-fashioned Doctor Who, for a traditional base-under-siege story in a somewhat-futuristic scifi...
  • Styre on 082 – The SettlingTHE SETTLING In my review of the previous month’s historical “The Kingmaker,” I applauded author Nev Fountain’s ability to breathe...
  • Styre on 081 – The KingmakerTHE KINGMAKER After “Omega,” author Nev Fountain’s twist-filled postmodern opus of the so-called “Villains Trilogy,” the idea of Fountain tackling...
  • Styre on 080 – Time WorksTIME WORKS Consumerism (and, by extension, capitalism) is a common satirical target of drama. The speculative nature of science fiction...
  • Styre on 079 – Night ThoughtsNIGHT THOUGHTS Among the many wonderful and varied styles Big Finish has adopted in its Doctor Who audio plays, horror...
  • Styre on 078 – Pier PressurePIER PRESSURE The last Big Finish play from Robert Ross, “Medicinal Purposes,” earned a 7/10 rating largely on the strength...
  • Styre on 077 – Other LivesOTHER LIVES Part of the appeal of Doctor Who has always been its ability to go anywhere and do anything,...
  • Styre on 076 – SingularitySINGULARITY It’s certainly better than Scaredy Cat; that much was apparent from the start. But I can’t decide precisely how...
  • Styre on 075 – Scaredy CatSCAREDY CAT With the 2005 renaissance fully underway, the next production to emerge from the BF production house was Will...
  • Styre on 074 – Live 34LIVE 34 After the poor start to 2005, I would have thought this impossible, but BF did it anyway: consecutive...
  • Styre on 073 – Thicker than WaterTHICKER THAN WATER I’ll admit off the top that I had started to lose faith in Big Finish after the...
  • Styre on 072 – Terror FirmaTERROR FIRMA With the advent of the new series on television, Big Finish’s ongoing eighth Doctor “seasons” were forced to...
  • Styre on 071 – The Council of NicaeaTHE COUNCIL OF NICAEA I admit, I was starting to lose heart. A lackluster start to 2005 just kept getting...
  • Styre on 070 – Unregenerate!UNREGENERATE! Since Arrangements for War left my CD player, I’ve been despairing Big Finish’s apparent inability to recapture — even...
  • Styre on 069 – Three’s a CrowdTHREE’S A CROWD With TV and Doctor Who novel writing experience under his belt, Colin Brake seemed a natural choice...
  • Styre on 068 – Catch-1782CATCH-1782 While “above average” is hardly a condemnation of a production, it hardly implies greatness — and for a company...
  • Styre on 067 – DreamtimeDREAMTIME To call the run of Big Finish audios from 2004 onwards a “rut” would be somewhat unfair, given that...
  • Styre on 066 – The GameTHE GAME In his author’s note, scriptwriter Darin Henry commented that the fifth Doctor had never been given the chance...
  • Styre on 065 – The JuggernautsTHE JUGGERNAUTS So, a Doctor Who play that puts Davros in a corporate/scientific setting, earning the trust of those there,...
  • Styre on 064 – The Next LifeTHE NEXT LIFE With the new series on the immediate horizon, the Big Finish eighth Doctor series had to end,...
  • Styre on 063 – CaerdroiaCAERDROIA With the accelerated end to Big Finish’s eighth Doctor arc on the horizon, it fell to Lloyd Rose, celebrated...
  • Styre on 062 – The LastTHE LAST With the run up to the conclusion of the Divergent universe arc near its end, Big Finish was...
  • Styre on 061 – Faith StealerFAITH STEALER With the announcement that the new Doctor Who television series would commence in March of 2005, Big Finish...
  • Styre on 060 – Medicinal PurposesMEDICINAL PURPOSES Big Finish’s resolution for 2004 was simple: every play would be written by an author new to Doctor...
  • Styre on 059 – The Roof of the WorldTHE ROOF OF THE WORLD The 2004 range of past Doctor releases continued with a script by longtime professional fan...
  • Phill on 1.1 – Oh No It Isn’tOh No It Isn’t “The King’s balls get bigger every year!” I have to agree with Octafish and others when...
  • Octafish on 1.1 – Oh No It Isn’tOh No It Isn’t – Paul Cornell, adapted by Jac Rayner I think that starting the range with Oh No...
  • Styre on 058 – The HarvestTHE HARVEST From Master all the way through to Dreamtime, a gap of *seventeen* releases, Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor featured in...
  • Styre on 057 – Arrangements for WarARRANGEMENTS FOR WAR Despite almost a full year passing since the release of Project: Lazarus, the impact of that play...
  • Styre on 056 – The Axis of InsanityTHE AXIS OF INSANITY Big Finish seemed to have settled into a comfortable pattern: follow a McGann season with a...
  • Styre on 055 – The Twilight KingdomTHE TWILIGHT KINGDOM And so the third season of Big Finish’s eighth Doctor audios comes to a close, a season...
  • Styre on 054 – The Natural History of FearTHE NATURAL HISTORY OF FEAR After the ultratraditional The Creed of the Kromon, it didn’t even matter that Jim Mortimore...
  • Phill on 051 – The WormeryThe Wormery The Doctor: I'd like to propose a small plan of campaign. Iris: Must you? Oh well, when you've...
  • Styre on 053 – The Creed of the KromonTHE CREED OF THE KROMON With Scherzo in the books and the Doctor/Charley relationship somewhat resolved, it was time for...
  • Styre on 052 – ScherzoSCHERZO If 2003 was the high-performance sports car of Big Finish’s output, Zagreus was the crash of that car into...
  • Styre on 051 – The WormeryTHE WORMERY Regardless of its quality, Zagreus was the 800-pound gorilla of the fortieth anniversary year which dominated conversation and...
  • Styre on 050 – ZagreusZAGREUS This was the big one. Every other range of Doctor Who products remained somewhat subdued for the fortieth anniversary:...
  • Styre on 048 – DavrosDAVROS With the somewhat surprising (but ultimately successful) decision to explore Omega with the first release of the villains trilogy...
  • Styre on 047 – OmegaOMEGA For the fortieth anniversary of Doctor Who, Big Finish, in addition to its Unbound series and the upcoming Shada...
  • Styre on 046 – Flip-FlopFLIP-FLOP Written based upon the Black-White listening order. After experimenting with a variety of narrative styles, Big Finish took their...
  • Styre on 045 – Project: LazarusPROJECT: LAZARUS The 2003 experimental year rolled on for Big Finish, and after two strong successes in Doctor Who and...
  • Styre on 044 – Creatures of BeautyCREATURES OF BEAUTY After the experiment in narrative strategy that was Doctor Who and the Pirates, Big Finish offered another...
  • Styre on 043 – Doctor Who and The PiratesDOCTOR WHO AND THE PIRATES, OR: THE LASS THAT LOST A SAILOR For better or worse, 2003 marked an almost...
  • Styre on 042 – The Dark FlameTHE DARK FLAME After the (relative) success of The Shadow of the Scourge led to fans clamoring for additional New...
  • Styre on 041 – NekromanteiaNEKROMANTEIA Scriptwriter Austen Atkinson was drafted to write the first Peter Davison release of the fortieth anniversary season, and the...
  • Styre on 040 – JubileeJUBILEE Returning to Jubilee after seeing Robert Shearman’s TV episode Dalek is a difficult proposition: while Jubilee is able to...
  • Styre on 039 – Bang-Bang-A-Boom!BANG-BANG-A-BOOM! After a December release the previous year with comedic overtones and a positive audience reaction, it’s not particularly surprising...
  • Styre on 038 – The Church and the CrownTHE CHURCH AND THE CROWN After the pseudohistorical delight that was The Eye of the Scorpion, it’s really no surprise...
  • Styre on 037 – The SandmanTHE SANDMAN The third “experimental” release in a row for BF and the first offering from novel scribe Simon A....
  • Styre on 036 – The RaptureTHE RAPTURE In my previous review of …ish, I expressed my happiness that BF started to take storytelling risks, pushing...
  • Styre on 035 – …ish…ISH It is rare nowadays to see something truly original in Doctor Who. This is not a criticism, of course,...
  • Styre on 33.5 – The Maltese PenguinTHE MALTESE PENGUIN By their nature, subscriber (or indeed DWM) freebies are not expected to be particularly deep, dramatic adventures...
  • Styre on 034 – Spare PartsSPARE PARTS There are stories which fans have waited ages to hear, and rarely do they live up to the...
  • Styre on 033 – NeverlandNEVERLAND After the complete waste of time that was the first Paul McGann season from Big Finish, one could be...
  • Styre on 032 – The Time of the DaleksTHE TIME OF THE DALEKS Though I do acknowledge the works of William Shakespeare as some of the greatest dramatic...
  • Styre on 031 – Embrace the DarknessEMBRACE THE DARKNESS Much as when The X-Files would interrupt the season arc with a “monster of the week” episode,...
  • Styre on 030 – Seasons of FearSEASONS OF FEAR I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it was the second Paul McGann season that swayed Russell...
  • Styre on 029 – The Chimes of MidnightTHE CHIMES OF MIDNIGHT After The Holy Terror, a stunningly brilliant Doctor Who debut, it’s hard to imagine Robert Shearman...
  • Styre on 028 – Invaders from MarsINVADERS FROM MARS With the new Doctor Who series just over a week from its premiere at the time of...
  • Styre on 027 – The One DoctorTHE ONE DOCTOR The decision to venture into pure comedy for the 2001 BF Christmas release was risky: such a...
  • Styre on 026 – PrimevalPRIMEVAL It was only in doing the research for this review that I discovered that Primeval was supposed to be...
  • Styre on 025 – ColditzCOLDITZ With popular perception of the stagnation of the seventh Doctor/Ace pairing as growing stagnant, it was important for Big...
  • Styre on 024 – The Eye of the ScorpionTHE EYE OF THE SCORPION After exploring new territory with Project: Twilight, Big Finish turned to Peter Davison’s Doctor with...
  • Styre on 023 – Project: TwilightPROJECT: TWILIGHT This is the sort of experimentation with the format that I love. Welcoming new authors Cavan Scott and...
  • Styre on 022 – BloodtideBLOODTIDE Yet another old monster would return to Big Finish in Bloodtide, the company’s 22nd Doctor Who release. Jonathan Morris,...
  • Styre on 021 – Dust BreedingDUST BREEDING Possibly the best-kept secret in the history of Big Finish came with their twenty-first release, Mike Tucker’s Dust...
  • Styre on 020 – Loups-GarouxLOUPS-GAROUX After a season of Paul McGann audios that could best be described as “uneven” and more appropriately as “garbage,”...
  • Styre on 019 – Minuet in HellMINUET IN HELL It’s impossible to expect excellent production every time out from any Doctor Who medium. The superb Telos...
  • Styre on 018 – The Stones of VeniceTHE STONES OF VENICE It is of course a terrible shame that Tom Baker has thus far refused to appear...
  • Styre on 017 – Sword of OrionSWORD OF ORION After the biggest misfire to that point in the range, Big Finish required a strong rebound in...
  • Styre on 016 – Storm WarningSTORM WARNING After getting their feet wet with fifteen audio plays featuring past Doctors Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester...
  • Styre on 015 – The Mutant PhaseTHE MUTANT PHASE With three Dalek releases in fifteen tries, Big Finish would eventually be forced to try something new...
  • Styre on 014 – The Holy TerrorTHE HOLY TERROR Having tested the waters of the so-called “side step” with The Shadow of the Scourge’s foray into...
  • Styre on 013 – The Shadow of the ScourgeTHE SHADOW OF THE SCOURGE With the success seen by BF in its explorations of different eras of Doctor Who,...
  • Styre on 012 – The Fires of VulcanTHE FIRES OF VULCAN After the success of The Marian Conspiracy, it was unsurprising that Big Finish would return to...
  • Styre on 011 – The Apocalypse ElementTHE APOCALYPSE ELEMENT Despite the traditional nature of most of the first series of BF audios, none, save The Sirens...
  • Styre on 010 – Winter for the AdeptWINTER FOR THE ADEPT After two ultra-trad stories, one more successful than the other, producing an Andrew Cartmel script was...
  • Styre on 009 – The Spectre of Lanyon MoorTHE SPECTRE OF LANYON MOOR After an ultratraditional outing in Red Dawn, Big Finish’s immediate followup, The Spectre of Lanyon...
  • Styre on 008 – Red DawnRED DAWN Of the pre-McGann releases, none have come under as much assault as Red Dawn, the eighth offering from...
  • Styre on 007 – The Genocide MachineTHE GENOCIDE MACHINE After a stunning debut solo offering for Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor, Big Finish was poised at the cusp...
  • Styre on 006 – The Marian ConspiracyTHE MARIAN CONSPIRACY After the masterpiece that was The Fearmonger, Big Finish marked its next release with a number of...
  • Styre on 005 – The FearmongerTHE FEARMONGER After a pair of flawed plays and a pair of releases that eventually managed the positive side of...
  • Styre on 004 – The Land of the DeadTHE LAND OF THE DEAD Big Finish’s fourth release, according to its liner notes, was written in barely over a...
  • Styre on 003 – Whispers of TerrorWHISPERS OF TERROR The third release from Big Finish, Whispers of Terror continues the trend of improvement started with Phantasmagoria....
  • Styre on 002 – PhantasmagoriaPHANTASMAGORIA After the crushing disappointment that was The Sirens of Time, the Big Finish series picks itself off the ground...
  • Styre on 2.8 – Vengeance of MorbiusVENGEANCE OF MORBIUS After a weak start to the second “season” of McGann audios, Big Finish seemed to hit its...
  • Styre on 2.7 – Sisters of the FlameSISTERS OF THE FLAME “The Brain of Morbius” has always been a compelling television story: it hints at the mysterious...
  • Styre on 2.6 – The Zygon Who Fell to EarthTHE ZYGON WHO FELL TO EARTH I’ve been disappointed of late in the various scripts and novels by Paul Magrs,...
  • Styre on 2.5 – Grand Theft CosmosGRAND THEFT COSMOS Eddie Robson has quietly emerged as one of the best Big Finish writers. Of course, when I...
  • Styre on 2.4 – The Skull of SobekTHE SKULL OF SOBEK It’s interesting to see Marc Platt’s name among the authors of the new McGann season. While...
  • Styre on 2.3 – Brave New TownBRAVE NEW TOWN One of the many lessons one can learn from the long history of Doctor Who is that...
  • Styre on 2.2 – Max WarpMAX WARP I admit, straight off the bat, that I’m not appropriately equipped to review this audio. I’ve never seen...
  • Styre on 2.1 – Dead LondonDEAD LONDON I liked the first series of “Eighth Doctor Adventures” from Big Finish. Sure, there were a couple of...
  • Styre on 1.8 – Human Resources Part 2HUMAN RESOURCES, PART TWO I’ve noticed, over the years, that Big Finish’s approach to “arc” stories has stayed fairly constant:...
  • Styre on 1.7 – Human Resources Part 1HUMAN RESOURCES, PART ONE With the first “season” of Paul McGann plays (produced for BBC7 by Big Finish) coming to...
  • Styre on 1.6 – No More LiesNO MORE LIES With only one story to go before the climactic two-parter of the BBC7 radio series from Big...
  • Styre on 1.5 – PhobosPHOBOS I was looking forward to this one. The quality of the BBC7 range appeared to be on a steady...
  • Styre on 1.4 – Immortal BelovedIMMORTAL BELOVED It’s difficult for me to say that Big Finish has an ideal length for their Doctor Who stories....
  • Styre on 1.3 – Horror of Glam RockHORROR OF GLAM ROCK I was surprised to see Paul Magrs among the list of authors of the Big Finish-produced...
  • Styre on 1.2 – Blood of the Daleks Part 2BLOOD OF THE DALEKS, PART TWO The second part of Steve Lyons’ “Blood of the Daleks” served as more of...
  • Styre on 1.1 – Blood of the Daleks Part 1BLOOD OF THE DALEKS, PART ONE In addition to the relaunch of the main Doctor Who range under new producer...
  • Styre on The Davros MissionTHE DAVROS MISSION It’s no secret that Big Finish have contributed much to the world of Doctor Who: they reinvigorated...
  • Styre on VII – Return of the KrotonsRETURN OF THE KROTONS If there’s a word for Nicholas Briggs’s latest Doctor Who script, “Return of the Krotons,” it’s...
  • Styre on VI – Return to the Web PlanetRETURN TO THE WEB PLANET “The Web Planet” — it’s boring, it’s poorly-made, and it’s always one of the lowest-rated...
  • Styre on V – Return of the DaleksRETURN OF THE DALEKS With the end of 2006 and the departure of long-time Big Finish Doctor Who producer Gary...
  • Styre on IV – CryptobiosisCRYPTOBIOSIS With the end of 2005 came the annual subscriber-only release from Big Finish: Elliot Thorpe’s Cryptobiosis. Unlike its two...
  • Styre on III – Her Final FlightHER FINAL FLIGHT For their 2004 subscriber-only release, Big Finish turned to their open submission pile, selecting Julian Shortman’s Her...
  • Styre on II – ShadaSHADA It seemed as though every Doctor Who outlet attempted a story of some kind for the program’s fortieth anniversary...
  • Styre on I – Real TimeREAL TIME This review covers the Big Finish CD release, not the animated webcast. The success of Death Comes To...
  • Styre on DWM 393 – CuddlesomeCUDDLESOME While I’ve generally enjoyed the free Big Finish releases given waway with Doctor Who Magazine, I find myself wondering...
  • Styre on DWM 367 – The Veiled LeopardTHE VEILED LEOPARD We’re all used to the style of the free Big Finish releases attached to Doctor Who Magazine:...
  • Styre on DWM 337 – Living LegendLIVING LEGEND With thanks to Chad Moore. The fourth and most recent Doctor Who Magazine free release in the Doctor...
  • Styre on DWM 326 – No Place like HomeNO PLACE LIKE HOME With thanks to OG poster Bobod. It’s sort of an odd thing to characterize a 35-minute...
  • Styre on DWM 313 – The Ratings WarTHE RATINGS WAR With thanks to Chad Moore. Big Finish’s second Doctor Who Magazine bonus story, The Ratings War, came...
  • Styre on DWM 300 – Last of the TitansLAST OF THE TITANS With thanks to Chad Moore. As a special benefit to Doctor Who Magazine readers, and with...
  • Styre on 1.4 – The WastingUNIT: THE WASTING I’ve noticed a recurring problem with Big Finish’s arc stories: questions posed in the first story are...
  • Styre on 1.3 – The Longest NightUNIT: THE LONGEST NIGHT I mentioned in my previous review that the otherwise-sublime “Snake Head” seemed out of place in...
  • Styre on 1.2 – Snake HeadUNIT: SNAKE HEAD I’m not entirely sure what the UNIT miniseries is going for. The prequel episode, “The Coup,” set...
  • Styre on DWM 351 – The CoupUNIT: THE COUP I like this strategy: using a free Doctor Who Magazine giveaway CD to produce a 25 minute...
  • Styre on 4 – GuiltI, DAVROS: GUILT In previous reviews, I’ve complained about Big Finish’s regular inability to provide satisfactory resolutions to plot arcs...
  • Styre on 3 – CorruptionI, DAVROS: CORRUPTION “Corruption” is arguably the most important of the I, Davros plays, simply because it depicts the moment...
  • Styre on 2 – PurityI, DAVROS: PURITY I’ve always contended that plot details aren’t necessarily important to the success of a drama, even in...
  • Styre on 1 – InnocenceI, DAVROS: INNOCENCE Right from the start of “Innocence,” the first part of Big Finish’s I, Davros spinoff series, it’s...
  • Styre on 03 – Excelis DecaysEXCELIS DECAYS With Paul McGann’s second season building to an epic climax, Big Finish’s parallel series of releases, the Excelis...
  • Styre on 02 – Excelis RisingEXCELIS RISING After the double-disc start to the Excelis trilogy, Excelis Dawns, Big Finish’s second offering in the series was...
  • Styre on 01 – Excelis DawnsEXCELIS DAWNS Releasing a linked trilogy of past Doctor plays during the second McGann season was a fine idea by...
  • Styre on 1.5 – Mirror, Signal, ManoeuvreSARAH JANE SMITH: MIRROR, SIGNAL, MANOEUVRE It’s been quite a roller coaster ride through this spinoff series, with “Test of...
  • Styre on 1.4 – Ghost TownSARAH JANE SMITH: GHOST TOWN In any series, tension must vary between episodes. Not every story can be of the...
  • Styre on 1.3 – Test of NerveSARAH JANE SMITH: TEST OF NERVE Hang on, is this the same series?! Both the Terrance Dicks and Barry Letts...
  • Styre on 1.2 – The Tao ConnectionSARAH JANE SMITH: THE TAO CONNECTION While Big Finish should be given credit for dreaming up a successful spinoff for...
  • Styre on 1.1 – ComebackSARAH JANE SMITH: COMEBACK With surprisingly-successful Doctor Who spinoff “The Sarah Jane Adventures” about to air its third season, and...
  • Styre on Curse of the DaleksCURSE OF THE DALEKS If “Seven Keys to Doomsday” is a historical document of Doctor Who, the third and final...
  • Styre on The Seven Keys to DoomsdayTHE SEVEN KEYS TO DOOMSDAY I can’t speak for the motives behind the Doctor Who stageplays, but unlike “The Ultimate...
  • Styre on The Ultimate AdventureTHE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE Doctor Who has been produced in almost every type of media, but one of the most unheralded...
  • Styre on 8 – Masters of WarDOCTOR WHO UNBOUND: MASTERS OF WAR Back in 2003, Big Finish released what was by far its most interesting miniseries:...
  • Styre on 7 – A Storm of AngelsA STORM OF ANGELS With the great success of the Doctor Who Unbound range in 2003, it was unsurprising that...
  • Styre on 6 – ExileEXILE It’s impossible to follow up a play as stunning as Deadline, and indeed that was never Big Finish’s intention:...
  • Styre on 5 – DeadlineDEADLINE After two relative disasters, the Unbound series needed a strong offering to rebound — and given the people involved,...
  • Styre on 4 – He Jests at Scars…HE JESTS AT SCARS… I mentioned in my Full Fathom Five review that the story is important because it goes...
  • Styre on 3 – Full Fathom FiveFULL FATHOM FIVE The third Doctor Who Unbound release proved the most controversial due to its central question: what if...
  • Styre on 2 – Sympathy for the DevilSYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL With the first Unbound release concentrating upon the Doctor himself and his behavior while restricted on...
  • Styre on 1 – Auld MortalityAULD MORTALITY In commemoration of the fortieth anniversary year, 2003, Big Finish launched an “alternate” range of Doctor Who plays:...
  • Styre on 1.4 – TelosCYBERMAN: TELOS I don’t know if there are any recurring themes in my Big Finish reviews, but there are certainly...
  • Styre on 1.3 – ConversionCYBERMAN: CONVERSION As long as I’m raising similarities between Cyberman and the Dalek Empire series, let me point out another...
  • Styre on 1.2 – FearCYBERMAN: FEAR I’m already getting the “heard it all before” feeling from Nicholas Briggs’ Cyberman series, mostly because he seems...
  • Styre on 1.1 – ScorpiusCYBERMAN: SCORPIUS With three Dalek Empire series in the book at the time, it was unsurprising that Big Finish would...
  • Styre on 3.6 – Dalek Empire III – The FutureDALEK EMPIRE III CHAPTER SIX: THE FUTURE I appreciated what Nicholas Briggs did with the fourth and final part of...
  • Styre on 3.5 – Dalek Empire III – The WarriorsDALEK EMPIRE III CHAPTER FIVE: THE WARRIORS One episode worth of padding was bad enough, but two? I’m forced to...
  • Styre on 3.4 – Dalek Empire III – The DemonsDALEK EMPIRE III CHAPTER FOUR: THE DEMONS Oh, dear. I was wondering if Briggs would be able to sustain the...
  • Styre on 3.3 – Dalek Empire III – The SurvivorsDALEK EMPIRE III CHAPTER THREE: THE SURVIVORS This is the best installment yet, as Briggs is tightening up his plots...
  • Styre on 3.2 – Dalek Empire III – The HealersDALEK EMPIRE III CHAPTER TWO: THE HEALERS It appears that Nicholas Briggs will spend this third Dalek Empire series with...
  • Styre on 3.1 – Dalek Empire III – The ExterminatorsDALEK EMPIRE III CHAPTER ONE: THE EXTERMINATORS I’ll be honest — right from the beginning, I think the setting of...
  • Styre on 2.4 – Dalek Empire II – Dalek War: Chapter FourDALEK EMPIRE II: DALEK WAR CHAPTER FOUR It often takes a series several episodes to find its feet, and several...
  • Styre on 2.3 – Dalek Empire II – Dalek War: Chapter ThreeDALEK EMPIRE II: DALEK WAR CHAPTER THREE The best way to hold an audience is to keep them guessing, and...
  • Styre on 2.2 – Dalek Empire II – Dalek War: Chapter TwoDALEK EMPIRE II: DALEK WAR CHAPTER TWO After two parts, at least, Dalek Empire II: Dalek War seems to be...
  • Styre on 2.1 – Dalek Empire II – Dalek War: Chapter OneDALEK EMPIRE II: DALEK WAR CHAPTER ONE It’s difficult to put my finger on it, but the focus seems to...
  • Styre on 1.4 – Dalek Empire I – Project InfinityDALEK EMPIRE: PROJECT INFINITY The first three installments in the Dalek Empire series told the story of Susan Mendes, an...
  • Styre on 1.3 – Dalek Empire I – “Death to the Daleks!”DALEK EMPIRE: “DEATH TO THE DALEKS!” After a suitable setup in “Invasion of the Daleks,” and a second part that...
  • Styre on 1.2 – Dalek Empire I – The Human FactorDALEK EMPIRE: THE HUMAN FACTOR After a flawed but promising debut in “Invasion of the Daleks,” one would expect the...
  • Styre on 1.1 – Dalek Empire I – Invasion of the DaleksDALEK EMPIRE: INVASION OF THE DALEKS The idea of a Dalek spinoff from Doctor Who has been around almost as...
  • Tanlee on DWM 393 – Cuddlesome“Give Cuddlesome a Cuddle” A little history lesson. Back in the 80’s, a group of fans with creative aspirations, namely...
  • Tanlee on 4.4 – Dalek Empire: The Fearless – Part 4Review of Series 4 “Fearless my arse!” This is where we must discuss Nick’s ability to push a story’s tone...
  • Tanlee on 3.6 – Dalek Empire III – The FutureReview of Series 3 “Peace is a powerful drug, it enshrines fear in nobility.” This third series was going to...
  • Tanlee on 2.4 – Dalek Empire II – Dalek War: Chapter FourReview of Series 2 “Never trust a man of noble birth. They’ll sell you all down the river for the...
  • Tanlee on 1.4 – Dalek Empire I – Project InfinityReview of Series 1 “Every time she faced this creature, she became more and more certain that it had no...
  • Tanlee on The Seven Keys to Doomsday“Where’s my sonic screwdriver?” The Ultimate Adventure really had me wondering if adapting the Stageplays was a good idea at...
  • Tanlee on The Ultimate Adventure“You know Jason I can cope with most things in the cosmos from Daleks to Dinosaurs but that woman…. terrifies...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 15 – Enclave IrrelativeThe Waters of Mars? HA! I bring you Enclave Irrelative! Blurb A riddle: What would be left if right were...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 14 – The Secret of NematodaIt’s time for THE SECRET OF NEMATODA. Make up your own joke about tea. Blurb “Journeying out into space, forging...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 13 – Second SolutionWe now begin a very long story arc with SECOND SOLUTION. Blurb Receiving a garbled Time-Space distress call, the Doctor...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 12 – Blood CircuitThe finale to season 2 of the Audio Visuals ends in epic fashion with BLOOD CIRCUIT. Blurb RENDEZVOUS WITH DESTINY...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 11 – Minuet in HellMinuet in Hell Blurb Earth, 1762 AD. A crucial period for British Imperial Expansion; and for the influential members of...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 10 – The Trilexia ThreatWhat do you get when you combine myself with a set of reviews which have no set deadline? Very little...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 09a – VilgrethFollowing on the heels of The Destructor Contract is a very short story called VILGRETH. Blurb I’d promised Greg some...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 09 – The Destructor ContractOnward and upward we go with THE DESTRUCTOR CONTRACT! Blurb The TARDIS is penetrated by the jettisoned flight recorder of...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 08 – The Mutant PhaseIn this installment, I make a valiant stab and end up getting very bored with THE MUTANT PHASE. “Due to...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 07 – MaenadGreg’s got sargol poisoning, the Doctor visits a lunatic asylum, and I’ve had so much highly-caffeinated hot chocolate that I...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 06 – Shadow WorldHeading into the final story of the first Audio Visuals season, the stories have really been on a high lately....
  • The Chris of Fenric on 05 – Cloud of FearOn the heels of the very good Conglomerate, we have another very good story. Roll on, CLOUD OF FEAR. Blurb...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 04 – ConglomerateMy brain was in meltdown for the last few days. The only things I can remember are the words Connection...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 03 – Connection 13Before I get into the next story, I just want to say that if I get overly critical here, it’s...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 02 – The Time RavagersIn the last story, we saw the Doctor, Greg and Nadia set out on fun adventure and super times after...
  • The Chris of Fenric on 01 – The Space WailAudio Visuals was a non-profit fan organization which made Doctor Who audios from 1984 until 1991. They included Bill Baggs...
  • Styre on 001 – The Sirens of TimeTHE SIRENS OF TIME - Review by Styre EPISODE ONE Everything starts off with some continuity-ridden nonsense on Gallifrey about...