Doctor Who: The Ravencliff Witch Review

Still trying to play catch-up with all the Big Finish releases since I took my break, and with a LOT coming out in June, I thought I’d double up some reviews in their paired boxsets just to “get them out of the way” without going too long without some variety of reviews going up.

While I really enjoyed Blood of the Time Lords sadly The Ravencliff Witch was quite the opposite, it was rather dull and predictable and the debut of future new companion Margaret was not well done (it’s very clear she wasn’t planned to be a recurring character at this point!) Throw in a really hard-on-the-eyes cover and it’s not a great outing for the Fourth Doctor, but let’s take a closer look anyway!

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Doctor Who: Blood of the Time Lords Review

The Fourth Doctor Adventures for this year are set while The Doctor is travelling alone, which is a rare setting for this particular incarnation, and the first story is a really strong outing set entirely in a library on a moon of Gallifrey, which is also a unique and very fun setting but sadly it also features the cancelled-due-to-being-a-twat James Dreyfus incarnation of the Master… Oh well, let’s take a look!

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Doctor Who: Nightmare of Eden Review

Another random period of time, another Doctor Who blu-ray boxset to review a story from! Yes Season 17 has been released just in time for Christmas and once again I went with the story I haven’t watched in the longest and this time its sadly because it’s not very good… like at all really. Still, I’ll review all Who TV stories eventually so I may as well get it done now! And if that isn’t a glowing reason to click to read more, I don’t know what is…

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Doctor Who: Under Pressure Review

The first in three random “left over” stories that appear in “The Age of Chaos” GN is an odd story, it’s an adventure with the Fourth Doctor where he meets up with the Third Doctor, told to Ace by the Seventh Doctor. So it’s a Seventh Doctor story but one that almost exclusively features the Fourth and Third. It was also extremely hard to find pictures for, but I managed it without resorting to breaking the book’s spine and scanning it myself! Hooray! Let’s take a look…

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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: The Dalek Protocol Review

Advertised as “Dalek Universe: The Dalek Protocol”, this story was quite clearly just a regular FDA brought forward and given a special tag because it ends up getting referenced in the Dalek Universe 10th Doctor strand, so I’m just keeping it as its original name. That being said, is it any good? Well… It’s … okay, I guess? It suffers from several of the negative sticking points that a lot of Nicholas Briggs scripts do, made worse by the man voicing so many characters in the play when his voice is already far too recognisable (apart from the Daleks, obviously!) but it’s not all bad… Let’s have a look!

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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 Primeval Design Review

Ending this year’s “Fourth Doctor Adventures” run is The Primeval Design, a story that sadly is neither here nor there. It has some good characters and a few decent ideas, but it’s not exactly a roller coaster of excitement. Want more detail? What’s that? No? I’ve already told you what it’s like so why bother? Oh… Well, I mean, I do go into a bit more detail, but fair enough I guess…

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Doctor Who: The Tribulations of Thaddeus Nook Review

I didn’t know what to expect going into a story called “The Tribulations of Thaddeus Nook”. It sounded like some done-to-death Victorian era story again, but turns out its nothing of the sort and was actually really good fun! Full of good characters and a twisty plot involving time travel and alien empires. Let’s take a look!

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