Big Finish has won the BBC Audio Drama award for Best Online or Non-Broadcast Drama for the Eighth Doctor story, Dark Eyes: The Great War!
It really is fantastic news, and is great to see the company finally getting some well-deserved recognition. The company, founded in 1999, was presented with the award at BBC Broadcasting House’s Radio Theatre in London, and hosted by comedian, Lenny Henry, and Director General, Tony Hall. Writer, executive producer and voice of the Daleks, Nicholas Briggs said:
“I’m really delighted. It’s so lovely to receive such recognition. And the congratulations we’ve received from our listeners, people at the BBC and Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat make it doubly rewarding.”
The Great War is the opening part of the Dark Eyes boxset, and introduces Ruth Bradley as Molly O’Sullivan, a Voluntary Aid Detachment nursing assistant in the First World War. Soon, she’s facing Daleks with Paul McGann’s Doctor – who recently appeared in the 50th anniversary minisode, Night of the Doctor. Showrunner, Steven Moffat said:
“I am completely thrilled, I am air-punching. In the wilderness years, when Doctor Who was off the air, Big Finish did so much to keep the legend alive in the hearts and minds of the fans. Now, in this time of Who abundance, it is beyond exciting to see their excellent work recognised. Hopefully this award will bring the Big Finish audios to the attention of an even wider public. Recently, on TV, we saw how the Paul McGann Doctor died – now it’s time to find out he lived.”
And to celebrate the win, Big Finish has lowered the price of Dark Eyes to just £20 – and quite a few Eighth Doctor adventures have been discounted to £5 each too! But get over to the Big Finish site quickly… because the offers end today! In our own review, we were very impressed with the good Doc’s exploits with Ms. O’Sullivan, saying:
“This story really does grab you and carry you along in its wake, and the 220 minute duration seems to pass in half the time. You will be particularly gripped by the origins and fate of the Doctor’s erstwhile companion Molly O’Sullivan, the eponymous “Dark Eyes” of the title. Why is she called that? Why are her eyes so dark? And why did X kidnap her baby self?
Ruth Bradley is particularly impressive as Molly, taking the character convincingly in all of the directions that the story demands from reluctant traveller to an advocate of a possible future race of peaceful Daleks (in scenes evocative of the classic Dalek comics.)”
The sequel, Dark Eyes 2, is released next month, and you can pre-order it now for £20 as well.
And to Big Finish – a huge congratulations from us avid listeners at Kasterborous!