Doctor Who: The First Sontarans Review

We reach the end of the long stretch of the Sixth Doctor Lost Stories (since I already covered “The Ultimate Evil”) with The First Sontarans, a story originally planned for Season 22 that then ended up being scrapped (though the idea of using Sontarans was kept for the story that eventually replaced it, “The Two Doctors”) It shows us a good bit of Sontaran lore, actually features the Sontarans and the Rutans fighting each other, and generally tells a really fun story, so I have no idea why it was dropped! Oh well, let’s have a closer look!

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Doctor Who: Power Play Review

Power Play is an odd story, and would’ve been odd had it been made during the Sixth Doctor’s “Lost” Season 22 as it heavily features a returning companion from the Second Doctor era in Victoria Waterfield, something never really done on TV (not unless the companion is with their version of the Doctor for a multi-Doctor story, anyway). Sadly instead of the mid-80s this audio drama version was recorded in the early 2010s, meaning Deborah Watling wasn’t quite up to the task of anything other than the role of “slightly eccentric old woman”… Still, does it work? Is it a good listen? Let’s find out!

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Doctor Who: The Guardians of Prophecy Review

Although it was only a few days ago when I reviewed The Macros, this Sixth Doctor Lost Story was released several years after that, so it does feel weird going straight to it for this marathon! Anyway, Guardians of Prophecy is a sequel to The Keeper of Traken by its original writer Johnny Byrne, set on the last remaining planet of the Traken Union and features Melkurs, so if you liked that story you’ll love this, but what if you didn’t like Keepers of Traken? Well… let’s find out!

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Doctor Who: The Macros Review

The original run of Sixth Doctor Lost Stories comes to a close, and while we now have four more Lost Stories from this era after it, it’s still a shame to see this original series go out on such a crushingly dull end. The Macros isn’t a bad story, but it’s not a very exciting one either, managing to fall into that deadly area known as “forgettable”. Want to read more? Well, I’m not sure why after that opening paragraph, but sure! Let’s go!

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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 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: 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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Doctor Who: Leviathan Review

During the first series of Lost Stories I remember there being two unexpected hits, this and “Point of Entry”, and while the latter often splits opinion, Leviathan is often pointed out as the major hit of the run. Why? Well, it blends medieval folklore with a fun sci-fi plot, and does it very well. Want more specifics? Well, let’s take a closer look then!

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