Doctor Who – Masterful Review

Masterful is basically The Master’s 50th Anniversary story, and in proper Doctor Who fashion Big Finish have gathered as many Masters as they can for one big three-hour story. We have a new, earliest incarnation, the return of Big Finish’s own Master played by Alex Macqueen and no less than five TV Masters reprising their roles (plus more!). Is it a clustered mess, or does it somehow actually work? Let’s find out!

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DW: Plight of the Pimpernel Review

Another year, another final review being a Doctor Who audio drama I hadn’t got around to giving a listen before Christmas! “Plight of the Pimpernel” is sort-of a pseudo-historical, though really the sci-fi far outweighs any historical context to come from the setting, not least the fact that the titular Pimpernel is a fictional character! But how is he then alive here in this story? Let’s find out!

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DW: Time Lord Victorious – Mutually Assured Destruction Review

So here we are, the sort-of last stop for the Time Lord Victorious strand. Admittedly there is another audio story that was delayed due to a certain pandemic that’s still to come, but for the most part this is very much an end point for the story. So how does it all end, at least for the Eighth Doctor? Let’s find out!

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DW: The Grey Man of the Mountain Review

Well, it was a good thing I listened to this before doing the Christmas stories list, because this sort of counts! At least in the same way “Flip-Flop” counts, as it’s set at Christmas with a few mentions of the holiday, but it’s otherwise a standalone story that isn’t itself “festive”. It also features Jon Culshaw’s always crazily accurate Brigadier, though the character’s involvement does raise a few confusing questions…

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DW: Genetics of the Daleks Review

It’s time for another Time Lord Victorious tie-in, but one with the Fourth Doctor, weirdly enough! This was announced late in the game (so much that it wasn’t included in the TLV subscription bundle…) and was made to act as a tie-in to an Escape Room activity that thanks to COVID barely got going. STILL! Funnily enough this story was actually good by itself, so let’s take a look!

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DW: Relative Dimensions Review

After the downbeat Death in Blackpool we reunite The Doctor and Lucie, along with Susan and Alex (The Doctor’s great grandson), to have a much more upbeat Christmas Special. While not devoid of drama by any means, specifically how The Doctor treats Alex, it will still leave you with a smile on your face. So let’s take a look!

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DW: Death in Blackpool Review

You know what I always disliked? Soaps. You know what I really disliked about soaps? The Christmas episode that was almost guaranteed to be depressing as hell. Well, welcome to the Doctor Who equivalent of that! Death in Blackpool is Lucie Miller’s leaving story (though far from her last story) and it’s not exactly full of Christmas cheer, to put it bluntly… Let’s have a look then…

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DW: The Chimes of Midnight Review

The Chimes of Midnight is one of those “holier-than-thou” Big Finish releases along with Spare Parts, and it was also among the first I listened to. While some stories my opinions differ from the majority, as all people find with things like this, but in terms of “The Chimes of Midnight”? No, it’s firmly one of my favourite Doctor Who stories period and I need no excuse to listen to it (though its Christmas setting does lend to a December re-listen…) So let’s finally get a review of The Chimes of Midnight up, shall we?

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DW: Flip-Flop Review

I’ll be honest with you, this time last week Flip-Flop wasn’t part of this marathon. It’d been well over a decade since I listened to it last and the fact it takes place on Christmas Eve/Day had completely slipped my mind. Still, a random look at a forum thread on “Doctor Who stories set at Christmas” and here we are! Flip-Flop isn’t actually very Chirstmassy, beyond a few mentions here and there, but it is very cleverly written! So let’s take a look…

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DW: The One Doctor Review

The One Doctor is a bit of an odd-ball in this Christmas specials look, as it technically doesn’t have anything to do with Christmas. It was released in December 2001, but that’s about it… except it’s clearly a light-hearted comedy affair set up to be Big Finish’s “Christmas Panto”. For that reason I feel it deserves to be here on this list, unlike the next year’s release “Bang Bang-a-Boom”, which while more light-hearted felt more like a Star Trek parody than anything Pantomime-y. ANYWAY, so let’s have a look at the first of five audio Christmas offerings in a row!

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