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Postby The Mad Collector » Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:08 am

Quatermass wrote:Aren't those Roger Allam and Benedict Cumberbatch as the two pilots?


They are indeed. They work really well off each other :D

The show is written by John Fennimore, who plays Arthur the useless flight attendant and Stephanie Cole plays the owner of the airline with just one plane.
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Re: Audio Drama/Comedy...

Postby Quatermass » Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:25 am

Speaking of Benedict Cumberbatch, I just got a Doctor Who Big Finish story called Forty-Five. Or rather, it's an anthology of four one-part stories, two of which actually star Benedict Cumberbatch. He played none other than Howard Carter in the first story, False Gods. I'm looking forward to the final story in the anthology, The Word Lord...
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Re: Audio Drama/Comedy...

Postby Jack Remillard » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:36 pm

Tonyblack wrote:Arrrggghh! The BBC has stopped Radio Downloader from allowing access to their programmes. :evil:

Noooooooo!!!!
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Re: Audio Drama/Comedy...

Postby Jack Remillard » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:47 pm

Cabin Pressure is absolutely fantastic. :) I really hope there's a Z.
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Re: Audio Drama/Comedy...

Postby Jack Remillard » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:47 pm

Quatermass wrote:Speaking of Benedict Cumberbatch, I just got a Doctor Who Big Finish story called Forty-Five. Or rather, it's an anthology of four one-part stories, two of which actually star Benedict Cumberbatch. He played none other than Howard Carter in the first story, False Gods. I'm looking forward to the final story in the anthology, The Word Lord...

I remember enjoying that one quite a lot. The Word Lord is fun. :)
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Re: Audio Drama/Comedy...

Postby Quatermass » Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:43 am

So, if I had to choose one Big Finish audio story for a newcomer to the series, one for each Doctor, which would it be?

Fourth Doctor: The Justice of Jalxar

A fun story involving the Fourth Doctor, Romana, Jago and Litefoot (from The Talons of Weng-Chiang), and a Victorian 'superhero'...

Fifth Doctor: Spare Parts

The tragic origins of the Cybermen, done wonderfully...

Sixth Doctor: Jubilee

The inspiration for the new series episode Dalek, it is a much more indepth work, discussing how alike the Daleks and humanity really are...

Seventh Doctor: Night Thoughts

Doctor Who does a cerebral slasher flick, and does it well...

Eighth Doctor: The Chimes of Midnight

A black comedy set in an Edwardian manor, with true tragedy mingled with time travel shenanigans...
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Postby Quatermass » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:25 am

Big Finish also does a series of enhanced audiobooks called the Companion Chronicles, which concentrate on the companions of Doctors who are sadly deceased. I just listened to one called The Scorchies, which is insane, weird, barmy, hilarious, and entertaining. Think Doctor Who versus evil Muppets.
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Postby Jack Remillard » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:53 pm

I haven't yet listened to any of the Companion Chronicles, but they do sound good. :)

Or any of the 4th Doctor Big Finish stuff! I did enjoy The Talons Of Weng Chiang a lot, so that one you describe does sound tempting...

Night Thoughts is one of my favourite 7th Doctor audios (though I am a bit behind at this time...)

That would have made an interesting TV serial! :lol:

The only 4th Doctor audios I have listened to were the Hornet's Nest series (which were BBC Audiobooks not Big Finish!). They were a kind of mixture of a normal audiobooks and Big Finish style plays (with some scenes described and some performed by actors.

I remember some people in Doctor Who fandom didn't like that very much as they were used to Big Finish, but I quite liked it. :) It's the usual type of slightly surreal stuff that Paul Magrs writes.

At that time, Tom Baker was still refusing to join Big Finish...
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Re: Audio Drama/Comedy...

Postby Quatermass » Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:08 pm

Jack Remillard wrote:I haven't yet listened to any of the Companion Chronicles, but they do sound good. :)


Well, The Scorchies is a very good example, though it's also a very bizarre one. It was certainly better than the Hornets' Nest and Demon Quest stories. The latter felt more like audiobooks written to satisfy Tom Baker's ego, and while moderately enjoyable, didn't quite reach the level of Big Finish. Whereas The Scorchies...well, it's bizarre, yes, but far more enjoyable.

I'm hoping that Paul Magrs' Big Finish stories are better overall than Hornets' Nest and Demon Quest were. I want to listen to The Boy that Time Forgot and The Wormery.

Jack Remillard wrote:Or any of the 4th Doctor Big Finish stuff! I did enjoy The Talons Of Weng Chiang a lot, so that one you describe does sound tempting...


The story is rather thin (being a two-parter), but it's still fun, which is what matters. Jago and Litefoot have their own spinoff with Big Finish, as you may know, and actually travelled with the Sixth Doctor. There's a brief reference to this in The Justice of Jalxar.

If you want a story with a bit more meat, I'd recommend The Renaissance Man. Not quite as enjoyable as The Justice of Jalxar, but certainly a good story. Tom Baker versus Ian McNeice, 'nuff said.

They've also done two rather more substantial stories for the Lost Stories Fourth Doctor boxset: The Foe from the Future (6 parts) and The Valley of Death (4 parts). I hope to get this one soon when I get the money.

There's also a similar boxset coming out late next year, given the overall title Philip Hinchcliffe Presents, with stories commissioned by Philip Hinchcliffe himself, with Marc Platt writing.
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Postby Quatermass » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:00 am

Actually, I tell a lie, I actually have listened to a Big Finish story by Paul Magrs. It was a recent one, The Lady of Mercia. It was pretty good, to tell the truth, especially compared to the AudioGo stories.
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Re: Audio Drama/Comedy...

Postby Jack Remillard » Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:53 pm

I actually had a look after that to see what stories I'd listened to, and it was actually only one. :lol: I think I thought Valhalla was one of his...

The Big Finish play I actually listened to of his was The Wishing Beast. I remember it being absolutely barmy, but not much else. Something about a very unusual vacuum cleaner, I think! :lol:
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Postby The Mad Collector » Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:30 pm

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Re: Audio Drama/Comedy...

Postby Quatermass » Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:38 am

The Mad Collector wrote:Oh dear, I saw this and just had to order it :roll: :roll:

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2013/08/light-at-the-end-220813130008.html


I'm hoping to get the five-disc CD version as a Christmas present.

I actually asked Nick Briggs about The Light at the End earlier this year at Lords of Time. I asked him what the title meant. He claimed that listeners would find out within a few minutes of the story's start.

Actually, I don't know whether they're using clips from the old series, or new actors, for the old Doctors (1-3). But they definitely have each classic Doctor from Tom Baker to Paul McGann...
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Re: Audio Drama/Comedy...

Postby The Mad Collector » Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:50 pm

Quatermass wrote:Actually, I don't know whether they're using clips from the old series, or new actors, for the old Doctors (1-3). But they definitely have each classic Doctor from Tom Baker to Paul McGann...


I know, that's why I had to go for it even at £99.99 which is a hell of a lot for 4 vinyl records :roll: :shock:
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Re: Audio Drama/Comedy...

Postby Quatermass » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:56 am

The Mad Collector wrote:
Quatermass wrote:Actually, I don't know whether they're using clips from the old series, or new actors, for the old Doctors (1-3). But they definitely have each classic Doctor from Tom Baker to Paul McGann...


I know, that's why I had to go for it even at £99.99 which is a hell of a lot for 4 vinyl records :roll: :shock:


I'm amazed that they still make new LPs, but I guess to each their own.

Anyway, I've just listened to a two-part (well, five episodes split over two distinctly titled discs) story called The Sands of Life and War Against the Laan. Pretty good, to tell the truth. Simple story and characters, but morally ambiguous and you have David Warner as the villain.

I'm also getting a bunch of Big Finish audios on Saturday. A few Dalek ones, as well as one called Invaders from Mars, featuring Orson Welles. Not the actor, but as a character. And anyone knowing a smidgen of Orson Welles' life will understand why the title of the story is called Invaders from Mars...
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