Torchwood: Adam

adamtorchwoodWriter: Catherine Treganna

Director: Colin Teague

Producer: Richard Stokes

Summary: An alien named Adam Smith joins Torchwood and uses his abilities to make them believe he’s been part of the team from the beginning.

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Seventh: Battlefield

battlefieldWriter: Ben Aaronovitch

Director: Michael Kerrigan

Producer: John Nathan-Turner

Companions: Ace (Sophia Aldred), Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney)

Season: 26 (eps 1-4)

Summary: The Doctor and Ace assist UNIT for one last time (in Classic Who anyway) and discover a nuclear missile convoy has headed into difficulties. Near Lake Vortigan, Morgaine, the evil sorceress from the legends of King Arthur has returned, seeking Excalibur once more.  She’s mistaken the Doctor for Merlin, or is he actually Merlin?

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Editorial: Big Finish Starting Points

Big Finish is a great way to get into the world of Doctor Who. They’ve been around since 2000, and have produced stories featuring nearly every Doctor, even the War Doctor! But it’s easy to go to their website and get overwhelmed by their endless selection of stories. Where can you even start, especially when new titles are released every month? This editorial can give you some titles worth trying.

First of all, I should point out there are several ways to enjoy Big Finish. You can either purchase or download their media from their website (downloads are less expensive) and I’ve heard Amazon also has some titles. Also, Spotify and Hoopla both have lots of Big Finish stories, and both have different selections. The drawback for Spotify is unless you’re a premium subscriber or are using it on your desktop computer, you won’t hear the story the correct way. It’ll shuffle not only the story you’re listening to, but everything else Big Finish has loaded. And what’s Hoopla, you ask? Hoopla is an app that lets you borrow media using a library card–movies, music, books, you name it!

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Fourth: The Auntie Matter

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Writer: Jonathan Morris

Director: Ken Bentley

Producer: David Richardson

Companion: Romana I (Mary Tamm)

Running Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes (includes interviews)

Series: 2.1

Summary: After the events of “The Armageddon Factor”, the Doctor has left K-9 inside the TARDIS and left it on autopilot to distract the Black Guardian. who is still in pursuit of the Key to Time. The Doctor and Romana are in the 1920’s, having set up a cover as upperclass elite. Romana meets a man named Reginald, who is looking for a new girlfriend that his extremely demanding aunt must approve of. What he does not realize is that his “aunt” is actually an alien!

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Fourth: The Face of Evil

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Writer: Chris Boucher

Director: Pennant Roberts

Producer: Phillip Hinchcliffe

Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)

Season: 4, ep. 3 (13-16)

No of Episodes: 4

Summary: The Doctor arrives on a planet of seemingly primitive humans known as the Sevateem, and meets Leela, who has been banished for opposing their god Xoannon. He discovers that the Sevateem are actually descendants of a Survey Team that was colonizing the planet, and their god is in reality a computer programmed with his voice and his image.

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Overview: The Matt Smith Era (2010-2013)

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In 2010, Russell T. Davies stepped down as show-runner, but not before handing the reins to his protégé Steven Moffatt. Moffatt had already proven his worth with stories like “The Empty Child”, “The Girl in The Fireplace”, and “Blink”, all of which were award-winners and fan-favorites. But could Moffatt do just as good as Davies, along with his new Doctor, Matt Smith?

About Matt Smith

Matt Smith is the youngest actor to ever portray the Doctor. He initially wanted to play pro football, but a diagnosis of spondololysis forced him to change his mind. He began his career with several stage plays in 2003. His first TV role was in 2007 on the TV series Party Animals.

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don’t always spoil the good things or make them unimportant. And we definitely added to his pile of good things”–“Vincent and the Doctor”

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Eighth: Blood of the Daleks (pt. 2)

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Writer: Steve Lyons

Director: Nicholas Briggs

Producers: Andy Hardwick & Gareth Jenkins

Companion: Lucie Miller (Sheridan Smith)

Series: 1.2

Summary: Lucie has been kidnapped by the Daleks. The Doctor learns that Professor Martez is creating new Daleks using humans.

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Overview: The David Tennant Era (2005-2009)

tenthWhen I saw Christopher Eccleston regenerate into David Tennant, my first thought was “If they can’t keep a Doctor for more than one season, I don’t have much faith in this revival.” It didn’t take long for Tennant to change my mind, in fact he’s my #2 favorite Doctor!

About David Tennant

David Tennant is the third Doctor to use a stage name (his real name is David John McDonald), naming himself after Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys. He joined the 7:84 Theatre Company upon graduating from drama school. His first major TV role was in the Scottish TV series Takin Over the Asylum. He was part of a Shakespeare troupe and is the first Doctor to play on Big Finish as someone besides the Doctor, playing a villain in their UNIT stories.  Upon getting the role of the Tenth Doctor, he was very enthusiastic, as he was a huge Doctor Who fan.

“You can spend the rest of your life with me, but I can’t spend the rest of mine with you. I have to live on. Alone. That’s the curse of the Time Lords.”–“School Reunion”

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