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The Eighth Doctor, River Song, the Meddling Monk, the Weeping Angels and a cabal of evil Time Lords. it’s Doom Coalition 4!
Ship in a Bottle.

Last year, an audio Doctor Who episode broke all the rules.

Absent Friends had no villain, no monster. There was a mystery – why are residents of a particular village getting phone calls from the dead? – but its resolution didn’t follow the usual grammar of a Doctor Who story. The ominously named telecoms company that had recently built a mast was just French. Its oft-stated interest in world domination was metaphorical. The free phones it had given the villagers were an honest PR gesture. And its strangely oily executive just liked to moisturise.

The timey-wimey twist which served as the real explanation was almost incidental; Absent Friends was more interested in exploring grief and loss, as Helen Sinclair (one of the Eighth Doctor’s two current companions, a museum linguist played by Hattie Morahan) tracked down her now-elderly brother, and discovered the devastation her sudden flight from 1963 had wrought on those she’d left behind, while Liv Chenka (the other, a Kaldor-born medical technician played by Nicola Walker) got a final chance to speak to her late, beloved father.

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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!