BBC Audio Drama Judges Comment on Dark Eyes – The Great War

On Sunday, Big Finish Productions, the company that produces the audio adventures for the BBC, won the BBC Audio Drama award for Best Online or Non-Broadcast Drama for Doctor Who – Dark Eyes: The Great War.

Dark Eyes is an Eighth Doctor adventure, one where he finds himself on a mission to stop a plot to destroy the whole universe. A plot which seems to revolve around a nurse from the First World War, Molly O’Sullivan. Soon the two find themselves in dangerous and terrifying situations, with Daleks at their heels.

In their excitement, the people at Big Finish wanted to share what the judges of the category thought of The Great War.

People’s history, fantasy and high drama. The winning entry was outstanding in every respect: a complex, gripping narrative made visible through three-dimensional characters in believable relationships, some fine acting, and a superbly orchestrated soundscape which never overdoes the atmospherics or signposting of changes in time and place. Above all, it manages its historical and fantastical elements seamlessly and, for a brief period, time is suspended for the listener.

Dark Eyes 1, starring Paul McGann and Ruth Bradley, is currently available for purchase on either CDs or in a downloadable format. (The Great War is the first episode)

The next series, Dark Eyes 2, is available for pre-order.


Rebecca is new to the Who world, having only recently watched the entire new series in a span of 8 days. She is no stranger to sci-fi though, being a life long Trekkie and has vague memories of seeing the 4th Doctor on US television as a child. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she is a fan of pop culture and loves movies and books so much she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She also likes to make attempts at various forms of art including photography and painting. Rebecca is currently working her way through as many classic serials and as many books related to the show that she can find and wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

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