Monday, June 19, 2023

REVIEW: Daleks! Genesis of Terror

There has been some discussion on the value of releasing a story in this form. But now that I have listened to Dalek! Genesis of Terror I find this story fascinating! 

For those who love the behind the scenes of Doctor Who this is for you. We get to hear what Terry Nation handed over to Robert Holmes and the magic Holmes did. Though to be fair it had a lot more magic in it than I was expecting. 

I bought the LP of Genesis of the Daleks when I was about 12 (many decades ago) and have listened to it hundreds of times. To hear the line changes, the character advancements etc was extraordinary. 

I’m not usually a fan of narration in Big Finish stories but this is the stage directions of Terry Nation. It’s a bit like being at a table read through. And Nick Briggs' clear but straight reading adds to the documentary style. 

The cast are wonderful. Tom Baker’s voice has aged from that LP recording of nearly 50 years ago but his enthusiasm for playing the Doctor is clear. Sadie Miller as always plays her Mums role of Sarah well. This has been my favourite performance so far of Christopher Naylor as Harry Sullivan. He captured how Ian Marter could be brave, protective, a bit misogynist but always loveable. 

Supported by Samuel Clemens who brings the malevolence of Nyder perfectly and Terry Molloy who retrospectively brings Davros back to our ears.  

If you want a typical Big Finish play this isn’t for you. But if you want a behind the scenes examination of one of the best Doctor Who stories ever and how it evolved you couldn’t ask for more.

Philip Edney

Sunday, June 18, 2023

158. Sarah Jane Smith Series Two - A Retrospective featuring JOHN AINSWORTH, DAVID BISHOP, JEZ FIELDER and GARY RUSSELL

Join us on an exhilarating journey into the captivating world of the Sarah Jane Smith Series 2 Big Finish audio series. Prepare to be enthralled as we delve into the depths of this extraordinary production, accompanied by exclusive interviews that will transport you behind the scenes.

Step into the realm of limitless imagination as we unravel the creative genius behind the series, accompanied by the mastermind himself, producer and director extraordinaire, John Ainsworth. Discover the intricate tapestry of storytelling woven by the brilliant mind of David Bishop, the esteemed writer behind all four awe-inspiring stories.

But that's not all! Prepare to be introduced to the enigmatic Josh Townsend, Sarah Jane's ever-loyal companion, portrayed by the charismatic Jez Fielder, also known as Jeremy James. Hear firsthand about the challenges and triumphs of bringing this compelling character to life, and the unforgettable moments shared in studio.

And as if that weren't enough, we've reached back in time to bring you archive material from the acclaimed Big Finish Magazine Volume 7, released in 2006. Immerse yourself in a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes insights, illuminating the creative process and the remarkable talents that brought this series to fruition.

But wait, there's one more treat in store! We'll be joined by none other than Gary Russell, the prodigious producer and director behind the sensational Series 1.

Get ready for a glimpse into the evolution of the series, as we uncover the secrets of its genesis and the incredible journey from its inception to its resounding success.

So buckle up, dear listeners, as we embark on an extraordinary adventure, exploring the Sarah Jane Smith Series 2 Big Finish audio series like never before. Get ready for a whirlwind of captivating stories, compelling interviews, and unforgettable memories that will leave you spellbound.

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Sunday, June 4, 2023

156. The Bride of Peladon | The Lost Stories: Animal | Beth Chalmers | Randomoids XXI

Our Randomoids selections for review this month are Big Finish Monthly Range story The Bride of Peladon featuring the fifth Doctor, Peri and the final story for Erimem, and The Lost Stories: Animal, featuring the seventh Doctor, Ace and Raine.

We also share a snippet from a forthcoming in-depth interview with actress Beth Chalmers.

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Saturday, May 20, 2023

154. HELEN GOLDWYN - Big Finish Director, Actor and Writer

Although Helen Goldwyn has joined us previously on the podcast, we have never before spoken at length with her about her career and her time with Big Finish as a whole in her various roles as actor, director and writer. Now that time has come!

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