Big Finish fandom, tonight we mourn.
RIP Maggie Stables, our Evelyn Smythe.
RIP Maggie Stables, our Evelyn Smythe.
Hm. I don’t think I’d swap any companions. The companions really seem to fit the Doctors they are with. Which makes sense from a textual perspective; that particular Doctor would choose a companion which meshes best with their personality.
I have, however, been listening to the Big Finish audio “The Light At The End,” and it makes me want a few episodes where the Doctors and their companions interact with each other. Donna and Nine would be awesome and a little terrifying (just imagine the sass!). Martha with Five would be fun. I think they both have a very dry brand of snark and sarcasm that would be fun to mix. And I just want to see Three and Twelve face off against each other with Clara and Jo making fun of them both in the background.
And then, to top it all off, Ace would make fun of all of their ridiculous outfits. I kid you not, this is an actual quote from Ace in “The Light At the End,” describing the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Doctors:
“So…are you seriously telling me, all those blokes: Old man white hair, Beatles haircut, frilly shirt, long scarf big eyes, cricket boy, Joseph and his amazing Technicolor dream coat and Lord Byron? All of them, they were you?”
Joseph and his amazing technicolor dream coat.
Four hopefuls attend an audition to be the Time Lord’s next companion. But who compiled the shortlist?
The Doctor Who audio Big Finish episode Situation Vacant is currently on iPlayer. It stars Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor. The episode is one hour long and available for another four days.
Direct from the folks themselves, here are all of the stories currently available for free from Big Finish. Keep in mind that most of these are not complete stories. The story name links to the product page (so you can read the summary and cast list if you want); the second link (the one that notes the length) will take you to where you can stream and/or download it.
Unless otherwise noted, single episodes are all approximately 25-35 minutes long.
» SECOND DOCTOR
» FOURTH DOCTOR
- Destination: Nerva (Fourth Doctor Adventures #1.01, ft. the Fourth Doctor and Leela) - first 10 minutes of an hour-long adventure
» FIFTH DOCTOR
- Cuddlesome (DWM Giveaway, ft. the Fifth Doctor) - complete story (approx. one hour)
- Mission of the Viyrans (Main Range #102b, ft. the Fifth Doctor and Peri) - complete story (approx. 30 minutes)
- The Mutant Phase (Main Range #15, ft. the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa) - complete story [NOTE: This version of The Mutant Phase was edited down to single-disc length for a magazine giveaway and is not the same as the one you can buy on the website.]
- The Butcher of Brisbane (Main Range #161, ft. the Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Turlough, and Nyssa) - episode 1 of 4
- The Burning Prince (Main Range #165, ft. the Fifth Doctor) - episode 1 of 4
- 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men (Main Range #178, ft. the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa) - episode 1 of 4
» SIXTH DOCTOR
- The Wrong Doctors (Main Range #169, ft. the Sixth Doctor and Mel) - episode 1 of 4
- The First Sontarans (Lost Stories #3.06, ft. the Sixth Doctor and Peri) - episode 1 of 4 )
- Urgent Calls (Main Range #94b, ft. the Sixth Doctor) - complete story (approx. 30 minutes)
» SEVENTH DOCTOR
- UNIT: Dominion (special release, ft. the Seventh Doctor, Raine, and Klein) - first half of the first disc (approx. 30 minutes)
» EIGHTH DOCTOR
- The Coup (UNIT #1.0) - complete story (approx. 25 minutes; also available for free on the Big Finish website)
- The Veiled Leopard (DWM Giveaway, ft. Peri, Erimem, Ace, and Hex) - complete story (approx. one hour)
- Silver Lining (DWM Giveaway, ft. Bernice Summerfield) - complete story (approx. 30 minutes)
- The Iris Wildthyme Appreciation Society (Iris Wildthyme #3.1) - complete story (approx. one hour)
- Rise and Fall (Short Trips #1.1, read by William Russell) - complete third-person short story (approx. 25 minutes)
- The Confessions of Dorian Gray (Series 1) - the first 10 minutes of each story in Series 1 (which is about half of each episode — this isn’t directly related to Doctor Who, but it’s still a good listen)
sext: subscribers get more at big finish dot com
If anybody wants them?
Cuddlesome - access code: cuddly
Mission of the Viyrans - access code: social
Urgent Calls - access code: earth1974
The Veiled Leopard - access code: montecarlo
The Sirens of Time - access code: 3doctors
Destination: Nerva - access code: drfoster
Dark Eyes - access code: pennywhistle
The Assassination Games - access code: chunky
Short Trips - Rise and Fall - access code: charlton
These are from Big Finish’s site and were made available via Doctor Who Magazine (read the magazine, get the code).
If you haven’t tried Big Finish yet, HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO TRY SOME FOR FREE WITHOUT STEALING FROM BIG FINISH.
And if you like what you hear, you can get a lot of BF stuff as a download for just a few dollars! Like, three dollars.