Short Trips Vol 1.: The Death-Dealer

short trips 1Writer: Damien Sawyer

Directors: Nicholas Briggs & Ken Bentley

Producers: Nicholas Briggs & Martin Montague

Doctor: Fourth

Companion: Leela

Narrator: Louise Jameson

Running Time: 15 minutes

Summary: Leela and the Doctor arrive on alien planet and find a strange merchant: a merchant who literally sells death and life.

Review: I didn’t care for this one. While the concept of actually selling life and death as a commodity was an interesting one, it was far too short. In fact, this is the shortest story in the entire collection.

Overall: 3/10

 

 

 

Short Trips Vol 1: A True Gentleman

short trips 1Writer: Jamie Hailstone

Directors: Nicholas Briggs and Ken Bentley

Producers: Nicholas Briggs and Martin Montague

Running Time: 25 minutes

Doctor: Third

Narrator: Katy Manning (note: Even though Katy narrates, Jo Grant does not make an appearance. This is the only story so far that does not feature one of the Doctor’s usual companions.)

Summary: The Third Doctor’s landlord recounts a chance encounter with the Doctor when he fixed his bicycle tire, and he met an interplanetary ambassador.

Review: This was a story made for the Third Doctor. I can actually see this happening to him. I can certainly see him as a heavy tipper. And I love it when the title is actually said during a story.

Overall Review: 8/10

 

Short Trips: A Stain of Red in The Sand (2nd Doctor)

short trips 1Writer: David A. McEwan

Directors: Nicholas Briggs & Ken Bentley

Producers: Nicholas Briggs & Martin Montague

Companion: Zoe Heriot

Narrator: David Troughton

Summary: This story is told from the point of view of Indigo, a woman whose apartment is actually a doorway into a world populated by insectoid-like creatures called the Caretakers. The Doctor and Zoe are fighting them and trying to prevent them from crossing over into her world.

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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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Counter-Measures: Threshold

threshold

Writer: Paul Finch

Director: Ken Bentley

Producer: David Richardson

Summary: After the events of “Remembrance of the Daleks”, Captain Ian Gilmore has founded the Intrusion Countermeasure Group (ICMG): Professor Rachel Jensen, her student Allison William, and several other military and scientific personnel. Their first assignment is former Nazi scientist Heinrich Schumann, who is working on a matter-transfer device.

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