Fourth: The Auntie Matter

auntie matter

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 Doctor: The Wrath of Iceni

the wrath of iceniWriter: John Dorney

Director: Ken Bentley

Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)

Running Time: 1 hour, 16 minutes (includes interviews)

Summary: The Doctor takes Leela to ancient Norfolk to learn about her ancestors. Leela meets the tribe of Iceni and is enthralled by its leader, the legendary Boudica. Will she be swayed to join the rebellion against the Roman Empire?

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Seventh Doctor Audio: Dust Breeding

dust breeding

Writer: Mike Tucker

Director: Gary Russell

Companions: Ace (Sophie Aldred), Bev Tarrant (Louise Falkner)

Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

No of episodes: 4, 2 CD’s (download only)

Summary: On 19th century Earth, Edvard Munsch created the macabre painting The Scream, which was supposedly inspired by a scream that ripped through time and space. In the 26th century, Ace and the Doctor have arrived on the colony of Duchamp 331 to “rescue” (actually more like steal) the painting. They discover an alien race called the Krill have contaminated the dust itself,. And an old enemy awaits them.

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Short Trips Volume 1: Rise And Fall

short trips 1

Writer: George Mann

Narrator: William Russell

Director: Nicholas Briggs

Doctor: 1st

Companions: Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, Susan

Note: The “Short Trips” series are collections of stories that are narrated rather than performed. They are shorter than the average Big Finish drama, which usually run between an hour and 2 1/2 hours. They are sold as anthologies, however, I’m reviewing each story individually.

Summary: After a trip to the French Revolution, the TARDIS lands on an unnamed planet, encountering what could be described as centaurs. The planet’s timeframe moves faster than Ian’s and the Doctors, but they can only stand by and watch as it rises, prospers, and eventually dies out. They are even revered as gods by the centaurs.

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Iris Wildthyme: The Sound of Fear

sound of fearWriter: Mark Michalowski

Director: Gary Russell

Running Time: 1 hr, 20 minutes

Summary: Iris is bummed that Tom left at the end of season 1’s finale. To cheer herself up, she uses her TARDIS’s radio to listen to a program called Radio Yesterday. She decides to convince them to let her be part of the show. She takes the TARDIS to the radio station and discovers that Sam Gold, the DJ of the station, remembers that she was his wife. Panda snoops around and discovers that an alien race called the Naxians are using the show to brainwash its listeners.

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Jago and Litefoot: The Bloodless Soldier

bloodless soldier

Writer: Justin Richards

Director: Lisa Bowerman

Producer: David Richardson

Running Time: approximately 40 minutes

Series: 1, episode 1

Note: Jago and Litefoot episodes are sold in boxed sets by season, but for the sake of convenience, I am reviewing each episode separately.

Summary: Jago and Litefoot are called on to solve a mystery: A group of soldiers are facing trouble from their captain, who has been infected with lycanthropy after returning from India. One of the soldiers contacts Jago, promising him a lucrative sideshow. Jago convinces Litefoot to fund it, despite the soldier saying that he wants the money up front, and will only show the creature in a back alley. They discover a soldier’s corpse that has been completely drained of its blood.

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Dalek Empire: Invasion of the Daleks

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Writer and Director: Nicholas Briggs

Running Time: 1 hour, 12 minutes

Summary: The Milky Way is at peace. After centuries of struggle, the Earth Alliance has been created, and all is well. Then, without warning, the Daleks invade. An invasion which threatens to tear apart the very fabric of our galaxy. Standing in its way is a small rebellion of slaves. But the Doctor is not here to save the day.

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I, Davros: Guilt

guilt

Writer: Scott Alan Woodard

Director: Gary Russell

Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Summary: The Thals attempt to kidnap Davros in a desperate measure to stop his experiments. Lieutenant Nyder leads to squad to rescue Davros. But Davros is now handicapped and deformed. He is now a changed man, fueled by revenge to continue his experiments. Now he wishes to annihilate the Thal race with a new weapon–the Daleks.

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