Doctor Who: The Song of Megaptera Review

Song of Megaptera is one of the more interesting Lost Stories in terms of its history. It started off as a Fourth Doctor TV script, then was reworked into a Fifth Doctor script that would’ve seen Turlough debut as a person living inside the giant whale (more on that in a bit…) and then finally reworked as a Sixth Doctor story for Season 22, before being dropped. So this story’s creation was a long time coming, was it worth the wait? In short… No, not really…

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Doctor Who: The Doomsday Contract Review

The second of the new double bill of Fourth Doctor Lost Stories jumps ahead a few seasons and sees us land slap-bang in the middle of the Douglas Adams-y era of The Doctor and Romana II. It was written by John Lloyd of Blackadder, QI and a whole bunch of other things-fame and script edited by Douglas Adams, so as you’d imagine it leans heavily into the humour side, which is fine, great even, if the story was actually fully formed… Let’s take a look…

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Doctor Who: Return of the Cybermen Review

Return of the Cybermen is an interesting Lost Story as it’s the original script for what became “Revenge of the Cybermen” and written by Cybermen co-creator Gerry Davis, but the script was rewritten by Robert Holmes after he wasn’t satisfied with this one. Was he right? Well… quite possibly, but still! Let’s take a look at what “could have been” had the script editor not decided to exorcise large chunks of the script, shall we?

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Doctor Who: The End of the Beginning Review

So here we are, after over 20 years of monthly releases, the final Main Range Doctor Who story. While each Doctor previously in this range will be getting their own box set releases going forward, it still feels like quite the “end of an era”. So what was the release to end it all like? Funnily enough very similar to the one that started it all, but that’s not really a good thing…

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Doctor Who: Stranded 2 – Dead Time & UNIT Dating Review

The Stranded story arc resumes with… well, Stranded 2, and we kick off with the revelation that the TARDIS has healed to the point of time travel, but is still very much rooted to the spot. It’s an interesting twist and one that thankfully doesn’t get in the way of the new “family” of companions The Doctor has found himself with. So let’s take a look at the first half of the set, shall we?

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Doctor Who: Colony in Space Review

A new Doctor Who Blu-Ray set has dropped and that means it’s time for a random review from it! Colony in Space was the story that I hadn’t seen in the longest, but was it because it’s crap? No, not really! It has a bad reputation among fandom for being boring, but I don’t know if it’s just my love for the Third Doctor era, but I really enjoy it. It may be missing the UNIT team but it does at least have some great Doctor / Master scenes! Let’s take a look…

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Doctor Who: Point of Entry Review

I remember when this came out it split opinion, some saying it was great, others saying it was too long winded and boring. I fell more towards the latter back then, so going into this second listen ten odd years later I was hoping to have my old opinion reversed and that maybe I just wasn’t in a mood for a slow burning historical-set adventure when I first listened to it. So which side did I fall on this time?! Let’s find out as we jump back into proposed Season 23 storylines territory with Point of Entry.

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Doctor Who: Paradise 5 Review

Paradise 5 is the odd one out of the original Lost Stories run, as it was originally the third segment of the “Trial of a Time Lord” season, rather than having been planned for the series that was eventually replaced by it. That means it’s in four parts rather than two long ones, and it also means quite a bit had to be rewritten! The original had Mel as a companion (in her first story no less!) and loads of Trial scenes in amongst it, so this Paradise 5 isn’t as much a Lost Story brought back as much as one that’s been adapted. Still, after all that waffling, is it any good?

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Doctor Who: The Hollows of Time Review

The Hollows of Time was written by TV story fan favourite Christopher H Bidmead, but sadly much like his other Audio effort “Renaissance of the Daleks” this leaves a lot to be desired. Full of long exposition and very few thrills… ever, Hollows of Time lives up to the hollow part if nothing else. Throw in the unfortunate fact that Big Finish at the time couldn’t get rights to The Master, leaving “Professor Stream” as figure of mystery that clearly is supposed to be Ainley’s Master in disguise but is never revealed as such, and it’s a pretty poor way to spend two hours…

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