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Big Finish: Survivors – Series 6

I’ve been waiting for this for some time now, and really looking forward to it. Today it is released, and I’ll almost certainly be buying it today.

In preparation for series 6 I decided to listen to all previous 5 series in order. That’s the Big Finish series of course, not the original television series or the remake. I thought it would be a good wait to get ready and have the timeline and stories straight for series 6. I’d forgotten just how good Big Finish have made survivors. They’ve done an amazing job on it. It’s totally consistent with the original and yet extends it seamlessly.

When I’ve absorbed series 6 I’ll let you know the verdict.

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Oh dear, that was truly awful

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I’m a big fan of Big Finish, and only very rarely do they drop their standards, and even when that does happen it’s only dropping a little bit. In fact, on the whole the standard is so high any drop is really noticeable. However, on this occasion I have to confess I’m almost at a loss for words.

I’ve been enjoying Big Finish’s Torchwood output since they started with season one, and so I bought this episode on good faith. But all I can say about it is that it is so far beneath their normal standard that I almost can’t believe that they made it at all. I also can’t fathom out why they’d want to make this story. It has none of the regular characters in it, it’s set somewhere completely different, and it shows none of the characteristic Torchwood elements to it.

I can’t begin to understand why Big Finish made this. I just hope that it’s a blip. If it isn’t then that’s a real problem.

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Doctor Who, the Helm of Awe

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Since Philip Hinchcliffe came back to do stories with Big Finish I’ve been really impressed with the results. So I was truly looking forward to hearing this latest story. I started it off and was quite interested to begin with although I did find the story a little formulaic. In fact the whole of the first episode was a little disappointing. At this point I was a bit worried about the story and if it would indeed live up to expectations.

But it was around the mid-point of the story that it felt like it had really turned and was just like the rest of the Hinchcliffe stories, which are excellent.

I’m pleased that i was wrong about this story, I’m glad that it turned out ok and wasn’t a dud. That would be terrible.

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The First Men in the Moon

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As you probably know I’m a fan of Big Finish. Sure, not everything that they do is brilliant, but a great deal of it is. I was really impressed with their rendition of The Invisible Man with John Hurt and really looking forward to this. Now it’s out. I haven’t listening to it as yet, but I love the story and I hope that they do it justice.

A verdict will be forthcoming!

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Doctor Who, The Pursuit Of History

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Doctor Who, The Pursuit Of History

I’m really looking forward to listening to this as it brings back a character from one of the previous seasons of the fourth doctor, played by David Warner. His was a really good character, and he appeared in two episodes. I’m glad that he’s back in this story, as not only is it a good character, but played by David Warner makes it a great listen.

I’ll let you know when I’ve heard it.

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Doctor Who, Shadow of the Past

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Shadow of the Past

This was a recommendation from the Big Finish site and I thought I’d really l really wanted to hear it because it was read by Caroline Johns herself and I thought her Liz Shaw was a great companion.

This story was excellent. A bit more cerebral a story and I was glad for it. I have to say that I really enjoyed it and so much so that I think I’ll probably try a few more Liz Shaw stories.