Issue 548 of Doctor Who Magazine is out this week, and includes my reviews of two of the latest Big Finish audio adventure releases – the Seventh Doctor and a present-day Ace reuniting after a lengthy acrimonious split to tackle renegade Time Lord The Eleven (or is it The Eight?) in Dark Universe, and The Fourth Doctor, Adric and Romana having more unwanted adventures in E-Space in Purgatory 12 and Chase The Night. This was a particularly exciting combination as not only does Dark Universe recall Sylvester McCoy’s extra-curricular Children’s BBC viewer-written Choose Your Own Adventure-esque series What’s Your Story? – which at the time was pretty much the closest thing that you got to extra Doctor Who when Doctor Who itself was not actually on the air – but I’ve always felt that the E-Space sojourn was nowhere near long enough and we never got to enjoy the abrasive dynamic between The Doctor, Romana, Adric and K9 for long enough either. Both of these stories really do take advantage both of that and of the story possibilities of the weird pocket universe… but you can find out more about that in the review.
Sadly, this will be my last Audio Frequencies column for now, as I’ve got a few other projects in hand and it’s probably time for a fresh take anyway, but I’ve loved every minute of it and if you’re not a Big Finish listener but have been tempted by any of my reviews, then I really do advise you to take the plunge. I’d like to thank Marcus and Peter for tolerating my more arcane pop culture analogies, Jamie Lenman for the excellent illustrations, and everyone at Big Finish – especially Sue Cowley – for the assistance they’ve provided. Don’t worry, I’m not done with writing about Doctor Who in audio form yet, or about Big Finish for that matter… but more about that soon.
You can get Doctor Who Magazine – which also features news about the new series and a celebration of fifty years of nobody ever quite knowing what to call Doctor Who And The Silurians – in all good newsagents and from the magazine’s official website here.
You can read much more of my thoughts on Doctor Who – and one notorious Seventh Doctor story in particular – in my book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, a collection of columns and features with a personal twist. Can’t Help Thinking About Me is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
You can hear me chatting to Chase The Night writer Jonny Morris on my podcast Looks Unfamiliar here. You can also hear a very unsuccessful attempt at playing Tom Baker’s Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz in a collection of highlights from Looks Unfamiliar here.
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