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055 – Terror of the Autons

Doctor Who is fundamentally a show about change and unpredictability. Rare is the season of the classic series that doesn’t include a fundamental shift in character or concept. Companions arrive, leave or die. The Doctor becomes a completely new person. Important, transformative background information is revealed. And then there’s Season 8. The Season of the…


054 – Inferno

Eyepatch. It’s always about the bloody eyepatch, isn’t it? Not a review of this story goes by without recalling the famous convention story Nick Courtney used to tell, in which his eyepatch-wearing turn as villainous Brigade-Leader Lethbridge Stewart is mocked by his co-stars in rehearsal, whereupon Courtney turned around and, to paraphrase “they were all…


Unmissable Big Finish: Last of the Titans

By January 2001, Big Finish had established themselves as the premiere place for new Doctor Who stories. They’d brought back three Doctors, the Brigadier, the Daleks, the Ice Warriors, and introduced a new companion, Evelyn Smythe. But now they could call themselves a continuation: Paul McGann was back as the Eighth Doctor! What better way…

Requiem for the Rocket Men

Reviewed: Requiem for the Rocket Men!

The latest instalment of Big Finish’s Fourth Doctor Adventures sees a return of a villain from the First Doctor Companion Chronicles, the titular Rocket Men. Recalling the jet pack Republic serials of the 1930s featuring the likes of Dr. Vulcan and Commando Cody, the Rocket Men sagas have been a similar mix of daring do, pulp…

Jago and Litefoot series 9 slipcase

Reviewed: Jago & Litefoot Series 9

Those infamous investigators of infernal incidents, Jago & Litefoot, are back for their ninth boxset. Yes ninth! Not bad for a spin-off from a single fourth Doctor story, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, all those decades ago. Trevor Baxter and Christopher Benjamin are in their usual fine form as this time they go on a much…

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