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The latest audios from Big Finish include a new adventure for the Fourth Doctor and Leela, from the mind of Philip Hinchcliffe…




■ Philip Hinchcliffe Presents: The Helm of Awe (featuring the Fourth Doctor and Leela) RRP £20 (CD), £15 (download)

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

■ Alien Heart / Dalek Soul (featuring the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa) RRP £14.99 (CD), £12.99 (download)

■ The Jago & Litefoot Revival Acts One and Two (featuring Jago, Litefoot and the Tenth & Eleventh Doctors) RRP £2.99 each (download)

Not many producers earn an above-the-title credit; it’s an honour usually reserved for actors, and an elite club of distinguished directors. But if the title of Big Finish’s Philip Hinchcliffe Presents range is a deliberate nod to Alfred Hitchcock, then the allusion is well chosen. For what other Doctor Who producer in the pre-‘showrunner’ era more definitively stamped his vision onto every aspect of the series – from script to set design to the setting on the studio dimmer switch? And which other producer brings more of his own distinctive, Hitchcock-style tropes to the party? With Philip Hinchcliffe, you know exactly what you’re going to get, to whit: Gothic horror, obscene vegetable matter and a good dollop of Mary Whitehouse-scandalising teatime brutality for tots.

He didn’t do it alone, of course. Even now, while dreaming up these new stories, Hinchcliffe admits he always asks, “What would Bob do?” – a touching tribute to the late Robert Holmes, the other half of Doctor Who’s great hive-mind during perhaps the most honeyed of its many golden eras. But even with the show’s most celebrated script editor at the controls, it was a period that prized atmosphere over plot, Hinchcliffe cannily intuiting that convincing world-building was the measure by which his productions stood or fell. (For an example, look no further than 1975’s Terror of the Zygons, an evocative mood piece that stands barnacled head and shoulders above scores of stories with more robust, less preposterous plots.)

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Contents include: • Exclusive previews of the next four episodes of the 2017 series of Doctor Who – The Lie of the Land, Empress of Mars, The Eaters of Light, and World Enough and Time. Plus, interviews writers Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Toby Whithouse and Rona Munro. • Showrunner Steven Moffat answers reader's questions. • A look into how one of the original Ice Warrior helmets from the1960s has survived to the present day. • An in-depth interview with Jamie Mathieson, who reveals the secrets behind the writing of episode 5, Oxygen. • Part Two of the new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill: The Soul Garden, by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty. • Reviews of the latest episodes, Knock Knock, Oxygen, Extremis and The Pyramid at the End of the World. • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 1967 story The Macra Terror. • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!