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We take a look at 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…

AUDIO FREQUENCIES

BIG FINISH

AVAILABLE FROM bigfinish.com

REVIEWED THIS MONTH

■ The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 2

RRP £20 (download) £25 (CD)

■ Jago and Litefoot Series 12

RRP £30 (download) £35 (CD)

■ The Order of the Daleks, Absolute Power, Quicksilver

(featuring the Sixth Doctor)

RRP £12.99 (download each) £14.99 (CD each)

What does 1970s Doctor Who mean to you? If it’s Tom Baker bestriding Saturday nights like a pop-eyed colossus in 13 feet of Begonia Pope’s best yarn, you’re in luck: the Fourth Doctor and Leela are still busily making myths with Big Finish, even roping in Philip Hinchcliffe to add some authentic, post-Basil Brush Gothic chills.

But if your idea of 70s Who is more wrapped up in memories of Venusian aikido, “Greyhound to Trap One” and action by HAVOC, things are clearly more problematic. Because, however many creative workarounds you come up with, there’s no getting away from the fact that, like the 1973/74 title sequence, there’s an awkward, Jon Pertwee-shaped hole at the centre of things.

It’s a measure of the trust Big Finish has earned from fans that the team has been able to think the unthinkable, and recast the first three Doctors. But while William Russell and Frazer Hines, who have lately assumed the mantle of their respective TARDIS captains, can rely on a bank of goodwill from time served in the Who family, Tim Treloar was always going to be a riskier proposition.

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1970s special! Contents include: an extensive interview with writer Terrance Dicks; actor and writer Mark Gatiss and Katy Manning (Jo Grant) remember the 70s; Gary Gillatt takes a nostalgic look at everything that was happening in the world of Doctor Who in November 1977; a feature by Jonathan Morris asks whether the 1970s really were the 'golden years' for Doctor Who; a new comic strip adventure for the Twelfth Doctor and Jess – Doorway to Hell part one, by Mark Wright, with art by Staz Johnson; the Fact of Fiction examines 1976's The Brain of Morbius; previews; TV and audio reviews; news; the Watcher's column; prize-winning competitions; PLUS 20 bonus pages, paying homage to the 1970s comic Countdown, and reprinting the Third Doctor adventure *Sub Zero;
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