Doctor Who: Excelis Dawns Review

I’ve always been interested in the Excelis stories, a trilogy of audio dramas across the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors (plus one Bernice Summerfield story) all set on the same world with the same immortal but many years apart created to appease classic fans who may not take to the debuting Eighth Doctor, but I’ve always been put off by the Seventh Doctor entry being CD only. Well a couple of weeks ago it finally appeared for Download and the whole four story set was bundled in an offer, so off we finally go! Excelis Dawns also features the audio debut of Iris Wildthyme, which is sometimes fun, often overbearing. Is that still true here?! Let’s find out!

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Doctor Who: The Perils of Nellie Bly / Nightmare of the Daleks Review

It’s time to unofficially end the Doctor Who Monthly Main Range as this duo was supposed to be the release after The Lost Resort (under the title of “Perils and Nightmares”) before they were both understandably plucked from the schedule. It’s also the end of the Marc stories, which feels like they’ve only just begun. Does it end well? Is he still playing second fiddle to Adric, despite still being alive and in The Doctor’s face? Let’s find out!

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Doctor Who: The Lost Resort Review

So although we’re technically already done with the monthly Main Range, this and the next story are actually the last of the Main Range, it’s just this story was delayed due to a significant part of the plot being rather similar to a certain global pandemic and so as a knock on effect the following release was also delayed (due to referencing this one, I assume). So what’s The Lost Resort like? Does it follow on the whole “Marc is Cyberman-ized and The Doctor ran for it before coming back” storyline? Well… oddly it mostly focuses on a much older storyline…

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Doctor Who: The Eleven Review

This boxset screams “recorded during lockdown” as it features The Sixth Doctor and Constance, the only pairing from that era that has been able to record at home, facing off with The Eleven and a new companion played by Eleven actor Mark Bonnar’s wife recorded in their home. Is this a bad thing? No, not really, I do enjoy The Eleven, though I feel he is becoming over-exposed, especially after his great death scene at the end of Ravenous 4. Still… this is a bit of a rambling intro, shall I just take a spoilery look at the story? Why not!

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Doctor Who: The God of Phantoms Review

The “Phillip Hinchcliffe Presents” range has been hit or miss with me. Some are classic moody sci-fi horror that the man is known for, others have been plain and not very interesting. Sadly “The God of Phantoms” falls into the latter category for me, which was especially bad given the story was over three hours long! Let’s take a closer look…

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Doctor Who: Respond to All Calls – Girl Deconstructed & Fright Motif Review

After a rough and “out-of-period” three-part story we get some Ninth Doctor audio stories that are not only more tightly written and edited but feel far more like they belong alongside the 2005 series this Doctor originated from. Thankfully Christopher Eccleston is still on fine enthusiastic form behind the microphone so it makes for a fun time to listen. Want to know more? Of course you do!

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Doctor Who: The War Master – Killing Time Review

The War Master is back and on fine form for those who wish to hear Derek Jacobi be a completely evil git. Frankly, who doesn’t wish that? However it does have to be said that the first two episodes in this box do have mild pacing issues, so it’s not quite on the level of some of the earlier War Masters sets, especially if you don’t like political scheming. Want more detailed / spoilery thoughts? Read on!

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