As it turns out, the best Doctor Who stories aren’t even on TV!
Or so says Paul Verhoeven in his blog regarding Doctor Who for social website, The Vine. He is of course, referring to the fantastic output from the good people at Big Finish Productions who, month in and month out, create amazing adventures on audio for Doctors 1-8.
For those who have just started watching Doctor Who, the Big Finish adventures are a fantastic way to find out more about the Doctor’s previous lives. They tie in to the classic run of Doctor Who from 1963-1996 and embellish his world in a way that can be difficult with the budgetary constraints on television. The company employs the original actors in the roles (the surviving ones, that is) to take these particular Doctors further then they managed to go during their original tenures.
There’s also spin-off stories that focus on some of the Doctor’s old friends, UNIT, and even his long gone homeworld, Gallifrey. They never encroach on the new series (mainly due to BBC policy) but sometimes, if you listen very, very carefully, you can hear the odd linking reference or two (The Kingmaker and Gallifrey spin off series, we’re looking in your direction).
Verhoeven offers a pleasant introduction to these stories and links them into the new series as well, all in good taste and with affection for both eras.
His introduction serves as a brilliant way to acquaint yourself with the Big Finish world before you decide to remove your credit card from its sheath and start spending untold amounts on Doctor Who stories that will blow your mind with their inventiveness.