I’m going to upload all of the 8th Doctor’s big finish adventures to mediafire, because I am honestly sick of people saying there isn’t enough of him.
He’s one of my favourite doctors for a reason.
We at Big Finish will be able to afford to produce a lot more of them, though, if you don’t. Not nagging. Just saying. :)
Am I really about to argue with Rob Shearman?
Before you hate me forever, Wanting to Believe is a permanent fixture on my shelf, The Maltese Penguin is underrated and Scherzo is possibly my favourite audio adventure (it’s top 5 anyway). Now I’ve said that, you can hate me foreverr
I have bought legitimate copies of every BFA I own (and multiples of some in different formats, particularly early ones), and have been buying them for a looong time. I rememeber a time when BFA and BBV were all we had. I spent hours in my early teens pouring over back issues of DWM (when the cover used the diamond logo and inside was in black and white..). I’ve supported Doctor Who every which way I could for over ten years. I’m a BFA subscriber.
I could follow this up with “and therefore I have a right to pirate!” - I don’t think it does. I do think I’ve supported Big Finish continually (even buying audio adventures for spin-off series I truly disliked at times), and I am well aware of the amazing work they do. The reason I intended to upload them was because a lot of younger, newer fans don’t seem to understand how high quality and well made the audio adventures are. There’s also a lot of fans who simply don’t know about them or have no way of purchasing them. Perhaps “all” was too many, as I’ve only got Blood of The Daleks (Pt.1) to Human Resources (Pt.2) on this laptop to begin with - but I will contend that uploading those would have brought attention to the BFA from newer fans who wish to continue with the 8th Doctor. A lot of people don’t realise that at one point, what BFA did was better than what RTD was doing on TV.
Also seriously there’s a post going around with a torrent linked that has the first 150 BFA adventures. I’m not sure why you picked on me here, but as a fellow “creative” (what a horrid term) in the same industry, I’m well aware of the problems piracy brings - but I will forever argue that BFA would benefit from those kind of posts, particualry when it comes to younger whovians.
I’m not picking on you - and I’m delighted that you’ve enjoyed my work (that’s really given me a kick!), and thank you for being a BFA subscriber. I only wrote to you because you seem nice on tumblr, and you clearly really love the eighth Doctor adventures - and I was just gently suggesting you might like to reconsider putting them all on mediafire. Because one of these days we’ll stop being able to afford to pay McGann and all the other Doctors, and the cast, and the studio - and that’ll be a shame. :)
Peace to you too.
How do you feel about livestreams?
Sometimes while I work, I play 8th Doctor stuff in the background so people have something to listen to and enjoy since just me drawing for long periods can get boring.
It’s always fun watching mass reaction to the plays, but I never save the streams (delete them so people can’t go back and pirate or anything) and I always encourage everyone to check out the series on Big Finish.
I buy of course, I play them like you’d play a movie at a party, but I’m not giving out the files themselves. Does this seem like an okay idea?
I always love to share 8th Doctor Radio plays with people, but I wouldn’t upload them to a mass downloading website like that.
The impulse to share something you love is a wonderful one, and certainly I think seeing the reactions of other people to it is gorgeous. In the same way that we’d want to show episodes of the TV show to non-fans as well. I’ve no problem with livestreaming personally - I’m not sure what the official Big Finish take would be!
And I understand too that file sharing is born out of enthusiasm and love. And I accept the arguments that on a wider scale it doesn’t hurt sales at all - but that usually only works for a company big enough to support that. Big Finish are small. (In spite of their name!) No one who works there does so for the money. No one ever got rich off making spin-off Doctor Who audios. When I did my first Big Finish play, back in 1999 - in those days they were released on cassette! - it was an entirely different culture - I’d personally only just got the internet, was on dial up, and the idea I would ever have the computer power to download a file the size of an audio drama was pure science fiction. But the truth is that as it gets easier and easier to download, so the likelihood of Big Finish being able to support that gets ever smaller. It isn’t cheap to make even a single story. And one day Big Finish will end - and it won’t be because the BBC took away the licence, or the Doctors decided not to record any more, or because the writers ran out of stories (never that!). It’ll be because the well-meaning enthusiasm of fans who sincerely *love* Big Finish will bankrupt it.
Anyway, no more from me. I don’t sit in judgement. I really don’t. But when people give me stats about torrenting, and links to sites which pontificate that the industry as a whole will benefit from it - I just think, as ever, that it’ll be the smaller companies who’ll get crushed by this brave new future.
I get people not being able to afford all of the Big Finish they want to listen to- there’s so much of it! But Big Finish is SUCH a small company, and they lose so much of their profits from pirating.
I started off listening to Big Finish through torrents and stories uploaded to sites like mediafire. But when I heard Nick Briggs talk about how much BF was hurt by pirating I felt SO fucking guilty at the collection I had amassed without giving anything back to the company. Ever since, I’ve slowly but surely been buying everything. I’ve given way more money to BF than I would like to admit, haha. But it worries me to think about how many people like me are out there who haven’t gone back to pay for the stories they have enjoyed so much.
To everyone who wants to listen to Big Finish: The first 50 stories are THREE DOLLARS EACH. Three dollars. That’s less than the coffee you buy every day. They have other stories on their soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/big-finish). Some are complete 30 minute stories, others are just the first episode in a four part story. Use THESE to see which stories intrigue you. Listen to their podcasts- first episodes are often previewed on there. They have sales ALL THE FUCKING TIME (my bank account does not thank you for that, Big Finish, not even a little).
You can do it, people.
Bolding this bit because THREE DOLLARS each for a download for the first 50. (Canadian)
I do suspect that you’re right, Mr. Shearman, that it’s the small companies that will feel any loss from pirating most acutely. And while I don’t argue with that, I do remember Neil Gaiman describing how the pirating of his books ended up creating more readers of his work, who then went on and purchased his books. So there’s a degree to which pirating can act like advertising, or having your material in a public library.
Speaking for myself, I just could not afford to just try them when I first heard of Big Finish - but that was in part because I assumed they’d all be $20 - we see now that you can get ‘em for THREE DOLLARS. So I found some via torrent, yes. And fell in love. And, like radioactivesoup, felt super guilty.
So now that I have some spare money, I buy. I buy and buy and buy because Big Finish makes goddamned QUALITY stuff. And also because it IS the right thing to do. Small companies and artists NEED our support. (peace to the OP - I also see the value in offering free samples)
But THREE DOLLARS for a download. I mean seriously. AND this group of 50 includes The Holy Terror, which, while having a sassy sarcastic shape shifting penguin, also has a really creepy story to it as well (thanks Rob). I mean, how do you go wrong with a penguin? And horror?
AND this group includes Chimes of Midnight. Eight and Charley and also just creepy and fantastic. (um and also Rob’s - not doing this on purpose, your stories just really stuck out in my head).
ALSO SPARE PARTS. That one’s freaking brilliant.
Just this group of 50 has loads of stories with Eight, and also Seven, Six, and Five, fantastic BF companions like Charley and Marian, funny stories, moving stories, creepy as fuck with penguin stories.
Just.. try it. Just try one. Go on.