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 Gates of Hell Review

Out of the three “Out of Time” releases (which drives me crazy as the first story was just called “Out of Time” with no subtitle, so don’t try and retroactively add that as a series title!) this is the one I was least interested in only due to the fact that this pairing of “classic and new” Doctors had already been done, and in live action no less. Still, they do have the odd relationship of actually getting on, which most Doctor pairings don’t, so this story felt quite unique in that sense. Let’s take a look!

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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 – The Blazing Hour Review

Here we go then, not only the last stand-alone Fifth Doctor story in the classic “Main Range”, but also the last single Doctor, four-part story in the Main Range. While I’m sure the boxsets that replace it will be perfectly fine, it is a shame to say goodbye to what has always been the backbone of Big Finish Doctor Who. So before we get to the final multi-Doctor release next month let’s look at “The Blazing Hour”, a Fifth Doctor and Turlough story, which in itself is quite rare. Was it a good send off to the regular range’s standard format? Let’s find out!

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Doctor Who: Shadow of the Daleks 2 Review

It’s time for the second half of this makeshift “eight one-parters forming a sort-of whole” story and see how it comes to a close. The first part was a mixed bag of good and average, with the whole “meeting the same people in different roles” thing wearing a bit thin by the end. Is three more episodes worth it before getting to the big finale? Well…

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Doctor Who: The Children of Seth Review

Another Fifth Doctor Lost Story, another case of Nyssa getting her mind messed with! Also, another Big Finish story featuring David Warner doing his same voice… Ah well. What else does The Children of Seth offer? Why more politics and androids, obviously! Yes, this story does feel like a lot of existing Fifth Doctor stories mashed together, but is it any good? That’s the main question!

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Doctor Who: Hexagora Review

The Fifth Doctor lost stories rocket on then, as we get a very of-era story set on an alien world that has coincidentally copied Tudor London for their city, which would’ve been handy at the time for existing sets and costumes! Involving an old friend of Tegans and some body snatching, it’s got a lot going on, but is it good, or should it have stayed on the cutting room floor? … Wait, cutting room floor doesn’t make any sense, it was just never commissioned, erm… never mind.

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Doctor Who: Shadow of the Daleks 1 Review

The first half of Shadow of the Daleks is here! … What is it? It’s… well, it’s something that has come into being thanks to the Pandemic. It’s a series of eight half hour stories where the Fifth Doctor has accidentally found himself feeling the effects of the Time War his future selves are fighting, and as a result is meeting the same few faces in very different locations. Basically, two Main Range audio slots had to be removed and so they came up with a way to make new ones by re-using the same few actors/actresses who have good enough at-home recording set-ups. Does it work though? Hmmm… it’s a mixed bag…

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