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AUDIO FREQUENCIES

We have a listen to the recent audio output of Big Finish. This month: evoking the spirit of the ‘70s, and big changes in the life of the Sixth Doctor…

BIG FINISH AVAILABLE FROM bigfinish.com

REVIEWED THIS MONTH

n The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 2 RRP £20 (download) £25 (CD)

n Jago and Litefoot Series 12 RRP £30 (download) £35 (CD)

n The Order of the Daleks, Absolute Power, Quicksilver (featuring the Sixth Doctor) RRP £12.99 (download each) £14.99 (CD each)

It’s a measure of the distinctive flavour of the Virgin Publishing’s New Adventures novels of the 1990s that Big Finish’s adaptations of them come with their own, bespoke version of the Doctor Who theme – a sweeping, symphonic arrangement far removed from the tinny synth stylings of Sylvester McCoy’s TV tenure. It’s a small but significant detail that says: Toto, we’re not on BBC1 before Bergerac any more.

In Original Sin, the Seventh Doctor isn’t even with Dorothy any more. Andy Lane’s book was published in 1995, when the Time Lord had swapped Ace for space archaeologist Bernice ‘Benny’ Summerfield – a role now so indelibly linked with actor Lisa Bowerman, it’s almost a surprise it’s not her face on the original book covers.

ILLUSTRATION BY JAMIE LENMAN

The story opens in medias res with the Doctor and Benny arriving on thirtieth-century Earth to follow up a warning from a dying alien. At the height of the Earth Empire, our little blue planet is now a 2000 AD-ish landscape of spaceports, cities in the sky and robo-valets. But not everyone is sharing in the good times: the undercities are vast slums, and civil unrest is so rife that the death of 50,000 people in an explosion barely registers as a blip in the rolling news cycle.

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Contents include: An interview with actor and Doctor Who fan Rufus Hound; Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ burning questions; a feature by Steve Lyons investigates the weird world of the supernatural in the Doctor Who universe; the feature 'Crack of Doom' finds out more about Big Finish’s audio box set Doom Coalition 4; Toby Hadoke pays tribute to Rodney Bennett, the director who oversaw three very different productions during the early years of Tom Baker’s tenure as the Doctor; the original Master returns for new comic strip adventure 'Doorway to Hell' part two, by Mark Wright, with art by Staz Johnson; 'The Fact of Fiction' examines 1972's 'The Mutants'; The Time Team rewatch the 2011 series opener 'The Impossible Astronaut'; plus Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, the annual season survey poll, prize-winning competitions and much more!
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