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THE DWM REVIEW

The latest Doctor Who episodes and products reviewed by our team!
BIG FINISH AVAILABLE FROM bigfinish.com
ILLUSTRATION BY JAMIE LENMAN

In the latest audio stories from Big Finish, we find out what Leela got up to during the Time War…

REVIEWED THIS MONTH

▀ The War Doctor Volume 4: Casualties of War RRP £20 (CD/download)

▀ The Eternal Battle (featuring the Fourth Doctor) RRP £10.99 (CD), £8.99 (download)

▀ The Contingency Club (featuring the Fifth Doctor) RRP £14.99 (CD), £12.99 (download)

▀ Gardeners’ Worlds (featuring the Third Doctor) RRP £2.99 (download only)

▀ The World Beyond the Trees (featuring the Eighth Doctor and Liv Chenka) RRP £2.99 (download only)

Hsays he’s a man of peace, but he walks in war.” Oh, Bill Potts – if only you knew.

When John Hurt appeared in Doctor Who in 2013, it was supposed to be a one-shot deal – a creative workaround to cover the absence of Christopher Eccleston. But once this show gets its claws into you, it’s reluctant to let go, and the War Doctor has gone on to enjoy a prolific afterlife in books, comics and – most unexpectedly perhaps – with Hurt himself gifting us another 12 hours of adventures for Big Finish. With final trilogy Casualties of War landing within weeks of the great man’s passing, we surely have more reason than ever to be grateful that Eccleston – ruddy legend though he is – was washing his hair. For anyone still not familiar with this Doctor’s modus operandi, he sets out his stall fairly early in the opening chapter, Pretty Lies. “I’m the stuff of nightmares,” he growls in that famous sandpaper rasp. “I’m a murderer, a warrior, a demon let loose in the time stream. A man who’s lost his conscience, his friends, even his name.”

At least, that’s what he wants us to think. Unluckily for him, he’s accompanied on his latest skirmish by an overexcitable war reporter who re-edits this self-flagellating testament into a call to arms, insisting that, “People need heroes, not bleeding hearts.” Whether by accident or design, Guy Adams’ script could scarcely be more topical as it taps into that hottest of hot button topics: #FakeNews.

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New series preview issue! Contents include: an exclusive interview with Pearl Mackie who plays new companion Bill Potts; previews of the first three episodes of the 2017 season – The Pilot, Smile and Thin Ice, with exclusive interviews with writers Steven Moffat, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Sarah Dollard; Doctor Who's producers Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the making of the show; 1983's Terminus is put under the spotlight in The Fact of Fiction; The Time Team watch 2011's The Curse of the Black Spot; showrunner Steven Moffat introducers the writers of the 2017 series in his latest column; brand new comic strip action as the Doctor and Jess have a showdown with the Master in Doorway to Hell; plus previews, reviews, official news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!
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