Review: Doctor Who: Books: Bookwyrm volume 1

By Anthony Wilson and Robert Smith? ATB Press, out now A subjective look back at the New Adventures. It’s sometimes sobering to remember that Doctor Who on TV came to an end nearly 30 years ago – at least in its classic form. The period between Survival and the TV Movie, in fictional terms, was…

Interview: Doctor Who: David J. Howe: The Who Adventures

Telos Publishing has recently announced that they are publishing The Who Adventures, a look back at the fiction ranges run by Virgin Publishing during the 1990s at a time when most fans did not expect Doctor Who to return. Its author, noted Doctor Who historian David J. Howe, explains the book’s genesis…   What made…

Today’s Reviews: Return to Nerva

There’s a chance to hear an alternate version of the encounter between the Fourth Doctor, Sarah and Harry Sullivan and the Cybermen in Big Finish’s latest Lost Story. There’s a great deal that didn’t get fundamentally altered, because it did work, and what we have here works well in its own right. Click here to…

Revisit The Sirens of Time for free

As Doctor Who – The Monthly Adventures (otherwise known as “The Main Range”) marks its 275th and final release this week, Big Finish is celebrating with a special free download edition of the very first audio adventure – and it’s only available till Thursday night. While the UK remains in lockdown due to the coronavirus…

Today’s Reviews: The End of the Beginning

There’s been a Doctor Who monthly release from Big Finish for over 20 years now, but that range comes to a close this month. Robert Valentine has done a grand job, providing us with three quite different stories for the fifth, sixth and eighth Doctors in the opening episodes, before bringing them together – and…

Review: Doctor Who: Books: The TV Movie

By Gary Russell Target/BBC Books, out now It’s December 1999, and strange things are happening as the new millennium nears. A British police box appears in San Francisco’s Chinatown and the mysterious occupant is shot down in the street. Gary Russell’s adaptation of Matthew Jacobs’ script for the 1996 Paul McGann Doctor Who TV movie…

Review: Doctor Who: The Crimson Horror

by Mark Gatiss Target/BBC Books, out now Something ghastly is afoot in Victorian Yorkshire. Something that kills. Bodies are washing up in the canal, their skin a waxy, glowing red… But just what is this crimson horror? Mark Gatiss adapts his 2013 Series 7 story featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Clara, and it’s a wonderful…

Review: Doctor Who: Books: Dalek

by Robert Shearman Target/BBC Books, out now The Ninth Doctor and Rose discover an unexpected survivor of The Time War. Rob Shearman novelises his 2005 re-introduction of the Daleks, not just by top-and-tailing the script, but by adding significant back story to his characters. Starting as 2003 Big Finish audio play Jubilee, show runner Russell…

Review: Doctor Who: Books: The Witchfinders

by Joy Wilkinson Target/BBC Books, out now   When the TARDIS lands in the Lancashire village of Bilehurst Cragg in the 17th century, the Doctor and her ‘fam’ become embroiled in a witch hunt. Joy Wilkinson’s 2018 Series 11 episode of Doctor Who was one of my favourite of the Thirteenth Doctor’s first season -…