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AUDIO FREQUENCIES

The classic UNIT line-up, thrills for the Fourth Doctor, a double-bill for the Seventh, and more adventures for the First. Here’s our review of the latest audios…

THE DWM REVIEW

BIG FINISH AVAILABLE FROM bigfinish.com

ILLUSTRATION BY JAMIE LENMAN

REVIEWED THIS MONTH

■ UNIT – Assembled (featuring Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, Osgood, Jo Jones, Mike Yates and John Benton) RRP £20 (CD/download)

■ Subterranea (featuring the Fourth Doctor and Romana II) RRP £10.99 (CD), £8.99 (download)

■ Shadow Planet/World Apart (featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex) RRP £14.99 (CD), £12.99 (download)

■ The Companions Chronicles: The First Doctor Volume 2 (featuring the First Doctor, Vicki, Steven, Polly and Ben) RRP £20 (CD), £15 (download)

To the modern Doctor Who viewer, UNIT must look like the sleekest, sexiest, most finely tuned military machine. It’s got a flying aircraft carrier, an Area 51-style ‘Black Archive’ beneath the Tower of London, the President of the World on speed dial and an actual flipping Moonbase.

But it wasn’t always like that. Back in the 70s – or was it the 80s? – UNIT was an endearingly makeshift outfit that appeared to run to around half-a-dozen men, many of whom seemed less like crack commandos than the cast of ‘Dad’s Army: The Early Years’. It was the only top-secret military organisation in the world with its name splashed across a big sign outside its HQ, and a commanding officer who flip-flopped between dashing action hero and pompous buffoon, depending on the needs of the script. It was, quite honestly, the second-silliest black ops foo-fighting outfit in Doctor Who history (decide for yourselves what was the silliest). But oh, how we did love it.

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Contents include: • An in-depth interview with STEVEN MOFFAT, head writer and executive, who reflects on his years working on the series • STEVEN MOFFAT writes his last-ever PRODUCTION NOTES • A look back at 20 amazing things about the STEVEN MOFFAT era of DOCTOR WHO, plus tributes from RUSSELL T DAVIES, CHRIS CHIBNALL, MARK GATISS and many more • Part 2 of the DWM interview with DOCTOR WHO writer, actor and fan, MARK GATISS • A brand-new adventure for the Doctor and Bill in Part 1 of the latest comic strip story, THE PARLIAMENT OF FEAR by Scott Gray, with art by Staz Johnson • Reviews of the 2017 series finale WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME and THE DOCTOR FALLS • THE FACT OF FICTION looks at the Eleventh Doctor’s debut episode, 2010’s THE ELEVENTH HOUR • The latest DVDs and audios are reviewed • Previews of forthcoming releases • Prize-winning competitions, the 2017 SEASON SURVEY official news, the WOTCHA! column
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