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Big Finish Productions For March, 2012

DOCTOR WHO: THE COMPANION CHRONICLES – 6.09 BINARY

Author: Eddie Robson
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Sound Design: Matthew Cochrane
Music: Matthew Cochrane
Cover Art: Iain Robertson

 

 

Performed by CAROLINE JOHN as Liz Shaw with JOE COEN as Childs and KYLE REDMOND-JONES as James Foster
A new adventure with the Third Doctor, as told by his companion, Liz.
A damaged alien computer is being guarded by UNIT troops, but the soldiers simply vanish Usually the Brigadier would call in the Doctor – but on this occasion the Time Lord is being kept out of the loop. Instead, it’s up to Elizabeth Shaw to oversee the project to repair this alien technology, and recover the missing men. And then Liz vanishes too. Trapped inside the machine, Liz faces a battle for survival against a lethal defence system. And this time, she must save the day without the Doctor at her side…

DARK SHADOWS – 23. THE HOUSE BY THE SEA

Author: James Goss
Director: Joseph Lidster
Sound Design: David Darlington
Music: David Darlington
Cover Art: Lee Binding

 

 

Featuring COLIN BAKER
Gerald Conway has come to Collinsport in pursuit of a dream. For many months, he’s been haunted by visions of The House By The Sea. Now Gerald is staying at the House, he begins to uncover its dark past. Warlocks, dreamers and murderers have all come to the House By The Sea looking for something – and they’ve all died. Is there really a secret of the strange Collins family hidden here? Something terrible is waiting under the House. Waiting for Gerald.

DOCTOR WHO 158. WIRRN ISLE

Author: William Gallagher
Director: Nicholas Briggs
Sound Design: Simon Robinson
Music: Simon Robinson
Cover Art: Simon Holub

 

 

Starring COLIN BAKER and LISA GREENWOOD with TIM BENTINCK and JENNY FUNNELL
A new adventure in time and space for the Sixth Doctor and Flip.
The year is 16127. Four decades have passed since the colonists of Nerva Beacon returned to repopulate the once-devastated planet Earth – and the chosen few are finding the business of survival tough. Far beyond the sterile safety of sanitised Nerva City, transmat scientist Roger Buchman has brought his family to an island surrounded by what they once called Loch Lomond, hoping to re-establish the colony he was forced to abandon many years before. But something else resides in the Loch. A pestilent alien infestation that the Doctor, beaming in from Nerva City, remembers only too well from his time aboard the Beacon…The Wirrn are back. And they’re hungry.

DOCTOR WHO 1.3. THE WRATH OF THE ICENI

Author: John Dorney
Director: Ken Bentley
Sound Design: Richard Fox & Lauren Yason
Music: Richard Fox & Lauren Yason
Cover Art: Amazing15

 

 

Starring TOM BAKER and LOUISE JAMESON with ELLA KENION and NIA ROBERTS
A new adventure in time and space for the Fourth Doctor and Leela.
Britain. The height of the Roman occupation. The Doctor has brought Leela to ancient Norfolk to learn about her ancestors… but has no idea how much of an education she is going to get. Because this is the time of Boudica’s rebellion. When the tribe of the Iceni rises up and attempts to overthrow the Roman masters. As Leela begins to be swayed by the warrior queen’s words, the Doctor has to make a decision: save his friend… or save history itself?

JAGO & LITEFOOT – SERIES 4 BOX SET

Author: Nigel Fairs, John Dorney, Matthew Sweet, Justin Richards
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Sound Design: Fool Circle Productions
Music: Fool Circle Productions
Cover Art: Alex Mallinson

 

 

Starring CHRISTOPHER BENJAMIN and TREVOR BAXTER With COLIN BAKER, LOUISE JAMESON, CONRAD ASQUITH and LISA BOWERMAN
A fourth series of the spin-off, featuring the Victorian adventurers first seen in classic Doctor Who story “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”
Jago and Litefoot have been busy saving the world, so they haven’t noticed the enigmatic Professor Claudius Dark trailing their every move, and manipulating from the shadows. Until now. A trip to the seaside and a night at the theatre hide a darker purpose, and as deadly foes gather Jago, Litefoot, Leela, Ellie and Sergeant Quick must stand together. Because the sands of time are falling…

EVERYONE’S JUST SO SO SPECIAL (PAPERBACK)

Author: Robert Shearman
Cover Art: Rachel Goodyear

 

 

 

 

The history of the world. All of it. Its wars, its empires. Each and every one of its decline-and-falls. It’s really terribly simple. It’s the story of a bunch of mediocrities who are trying to look special. And it is my duty, it is my pleasure, to expose the lot of them.

A little boy who betrays his father to the mercies of Santa Claus. An assassin whose personality is so insipid he erases people with his very presence. A kitty cat that likes to hunt only endangered species. Camel marriages, killer angels, and conjuring tricks that cause worldwide plague. The history of mankind. As told through twenty-one tales of the comic and the macabre. Frightening and funny. Heartbreaking and wise.

REVIEW: Doctor Who And “The Doctor’s Wife”

HADS (HOSTILE ACTION DISPLACEMENT SYSTEM) WARNING: While great care has been taken to avoid huge plot points and major spoilers there are still story details that are discussed below. If you have not seen this event yet and wish to remain spoiler-free, then this article may not be your cup of tea. You have been warned, proceed at your own risk, tip your waitress, free TARDIS valet parking.

TARDIS SCANNERWhat Happened?
A Time Lord hypercube arrives at the TARDIS with a distress call from an old friend of the Doctor’s, the Corsair. The call is traced back to a small planet in a pocket universe. Upon arrival, the TARDIS loses all power and the crew meets a strange group, Uncle, Auntie, Nephew (an Ood) and Idris, all patchwork people living in a huge junkyard. The planetoid turns out to be sentient and has a long habit of luring Time Lords to its little universe in order to eat their TARDISes and use their body parts to fix the few people living there. House traps the TARDIS’ matrix in Idris’ body, locks out the Doctor and takes off to what it thinks is a universe full of tasty TARDISes.

Rory and Amy, trapped in the possessed TARDIS manage to avoid instant death from House by convincing it that they should be killed slowly instead, as a form of amusement. This results in a lack of dead companions and also buys time for the Doctor and Idiris to mount a rescue. The Time Lord and his TARDIS manage to build another console from the remains of the slain TARDISes and enact a sort of revenge on House before Idris’ body fails and dies, removing the temporary ability to talk directly to the TARDIS. The old girl manages to speak a final line to Rory with a message of the future and does finally get to say hello to the Doctor and tell him she loves him before once again becoming the ghost in the machine.

PERCEPTION FILTERAnalysis
This is Neil Gaiman’s love letter to a nearly fifty year old show and may just possibly be the best written episode of Doctor Who ever. Imagine, if you will, taking the biggest fan of Doctor Who and combining him with the greatest fantasy novelist of our generation and you get Neil Gaiman’s episode. We finally, unequivocally, get to hear the TARDIS’ side of things, not only in the way she is treated, but what happened when she and the Doctor left Gallifrey for the first time. And there are all kinds of fantastic nods to the original series, from the TARDIS/Idris calling herself a Type 40 model to the hypercube.

Then there was the look at more of the TARDIS interior, finally! I dig the new style corridors and it was fun getting to once again see the previous console room, initially created for Christopher Eccleston and later used by David Tennant. I only wish they had recreated one of the console room designs from even further back. Given how spacious the console rooms of the new series have been, it would have been interesting to see Amy and Rory comment on how small, say, the fifth Doctor’s console room was. Still, that would probably be a little too fannish, even for Steven Moffat.

This was a magical episode all around and I think the only thing I could have wished for would have been for it to be two parts instead of one. And for Idris to have stayed around as a way to talk directly to the TARDIS, a companion to the TARDIS instead of the Doctor for once. But, yes, possibly the best written episode ever and certainly instantly one of my all-time favorites. Now I start wishing for Gaiman to become script editor to Moffat’s producer, which would make them a Doctor Who creative team on par with Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks or Philip Hinchcliffe and Robert Holmes. At the very least, we need another episode from Gaiman for the series fiftieth anniversary in a couple of years.

TARDIS INDEX FILEThings of Significance
We see a graveyard of TARDISes.

The Doctor and his TARDIS get to directly express their feelings about each other.

We learn a little bit more about how the Doctor left Gallifrey all those years ago.

The Doctor has no problem with the TARDIS basically killing House. Granted, House was more or less pure evil, but the look on the Doctor’s face when he encourages the matrix to wipe him out was…scary.

CHAMELEON CIRCUITUnanswered Questions
Could any Time Lords still exist elsewhere in the pocket universe, or is House the only thing that exists there?

Are there any more hypercubes out there?

How old was the TARDIS when she stole the Doctor?

Will the Doctor’s relationship with his TARDIS change after the events of this episode?

What is the significance of “The only water in the forest is a river?”

TRANSLATION CIRCUITAnswered Questions
Time Lords can change genders when regenerating.

Not all Time Lords were wiped out in the Time War, although they didn’t exactly live, either.

The TARDIS stole the Doctor.

The Doctor and his TARDIS left Gallifrey around 700 years ago, along his timeline.

The Doctor and the Master aren’t the only Time Lords to pick flamboyant names (the Rani and Romana are not flamboyant!).

TIME-SPACE VISUALIZER


“THE REBEL FLESH”

A solar tsunami sends the TARDIS hurtling towards a futuristic factory on Earth, where human doppelgangers are used to mine dangerous acid. A second wave hits and the “Gangers” separate. They can remember every second of their “original’s” life and feel every emotion they’ve ever experienced. But are these memories stolen or have they been bequeathed? Are the Gangers merely faulty machinery that must be shut down or are they living, breathing, sentient beings? Can the Doctor convince the terrified humans to accept these “almost people” and prevent an all-out civil war before the factory explodes? “The Rebel Flesh” airs at 6:45 PM BST on BBC One and 9:00 PM EDT/PDT on BBC America.

REVIEW: Doctor Who And The “Day Of The Moon”

HADS (HOSTILE ACTION DISPLACEMENT SYSTEM) WARNING: While great care has been taken to avoid huge plot points and major spoilers there are still story details that are discussed below. If you have not seen this event yet and wish to remain spoiler-free, then this article may not be your cup of tea. You have been warned, proceed at your own risk, tip your waitress, free TARDIS valet parking.

TARDIS SCANNERWhat Happened?
Three months after the previous episode the Doctor is a prisoner at Area 51. Amy, River and Rory are being ruthlessly hunted down by Canton Delaware III, with Amy and Rory being shot in Utah and River leaping off a skyscraper in New York. The Doctor is being imprisoned inside a room constructed of bricks made from zero-balanced dwarf star alloy, a perfect prisoner. Canton brings the bodies of Amy and Rory to the Doctor’s prison and then seals them all inside. Cue the credits and then the fun begins. OK, there is a bit of timely resurrections, a secret alliance and a rescue with a swimming pool, but that all still happens before the theme tune. And yes, it is all that awesome.

What follows is a rousing action/adventure story that veers into the realm of uber-creepy and stays there for most of the episode. There is also perhaps the Doctor’s most brilliant plan ever to drive off an occupying group of aliens and ensure they never ever return to Earth. Really, it is about nine kinds of brilliant all rolled into one. Oh, and there is the final, definitive answer as to who Amy’s true love is and it’s particularly awesome. Then there is the the final scene which is particularly mind-blowing and could imply all sorts of things. Hang on to your brains, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride for the next five weeks.

PERCEPTION FILTERAnalysis
I thought The Impossible Astronaut was a real brain twister, but this one tops that and then some. There are a couple of odd things that happen that are completely unrelated to the central plot and very much serve to keep you invested in what happens for the rest of this series. I love how Steven Moffat can give us a very satisfying ending to an episode and then go on to make your jaw meet the floor. The lady with the eyepatch talking about someone dreaming and the little girl regenerating at the very end have already lit up the Who message boards with speculation that threatens to run rampant. The fun bit is that no matter how elaborate and amazing sounding the theories get, I’m guessing that Moffat’s ultimate solution leaves all of those in the dust.

Two things I want to say right now – First, make Canton Delaware III a full-time companion right the hell now. Mark Sheppard is awesome and his magnificent portrayal of Canton deserves to be on TV each week. Second, please find a way to have River Song show up more often. The chemistry between Alex Kingston and Matt Smith is a joy. I absolutely love the way that River can seemingly infuriate the Doctor, yet also make him seem so happy at the same time. Kingston and Smith have a physical and verbal ballet in this episode that is the stuff television awards wins are made of. I’m already looking forward to River’s return later this year.

So, are the Silents gone? If so, who appropriates their spacesuit exoskeleton to do the bad, bad thing in last weeks episode? And where did the dire graffiti in the orphanage come from? I had thought Dr. Renfrew was responsible, but the more I think about, I’m not so sure. I think perhaps more pieces will start to fall into place depending on the clue and/or continuing theme we get next week. And speaking of next week: Pirates!

TARDIS INDEX FILEThings of Significance
River returns to the Stormcage rather than have the Doctor take her any place else. I find that interesting.

There is a surprise regeneration.

Both the TARDIS and Amy seem to be unsure as to whether or not the latter is pregnant.

There is a reference that someone, a she, is dreaming. There may be other clues.

The Doctor is at least partially responsible for Nixon’s continued use of a tape recorder in the Oval Office, which contributed to his eventual downfall.

CHAMELEON CIRCUITUnanswered Questions
Is Amy pregnant or not?

Where in River Song’s timeline does this occur?

Does Canton get married and are he and his husband still together in 2011?

Is the little girl at the end a Time Lord? Was the end of the regeneration not shown because she gains a familiar face?

Why did the Silents need an automated spacesuit and why did they need a little girl in it?

Who was the woman with the cyborg eye who appeared in the slat in the door that turned out not to really be there?

How does the spacesuit get reactivated and wind up in Utah to kill the Doctor and who is in it?

Can the death of the 1103 year old Doctor be avoided?

How, exactly, did the time engine get from this episode to the non-existent flat above Craig Owens in last year’s The Lodger?

TRANSLATION CIRCUITAnswered Questions
Now we know where the time engine above Craig Owens’ flat came from (but see above).

We now know that Rory “sometimes” remembers being a plastic Roman soldier guarding the Pandorica for 2000 years.

Canton Everett Delaware III is more progressive and much cooler than we initially realized.

We now know why President Nixon had a tape recording system in the Oval Office and why he continued to use it after the events of this episode.

TIME-SPACE VISUALIZER


“THE CURSE OF THE BLACK SPOT”

The TARDIS is marooned on onboard a 17th-century pirate ship whose crew is being attacked by a mysterious and beautiful sea creature. Becalmed and beset by cabin fever, the pirates have numerous superstitious explanations for the Siren’s appearance. The Doctor has other ideas but, as his theories are disproved and every plan of escape is thwarted, he must work to win the trust of the implacable Captain Avery and uncover the truth behind the pirates’ supernatural fears – and he must work quickly, for some of his friends have already fallen under the Siren’s spell…”The Curse of the Black Spot” airs May 7 at 6:15 PM BST on BBC One in the United Kingdom, 8:00 PM E/P on SPACE, 9:00 PM EDT/PDT on BBC America and May 14 at 7:30 PM on ABC1.