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Hey Who fans. We hope you’re all well? This week has some Bessie news, plenty of merch and then our review of the 9th Doctor’s story – Bad Wolf.

The News

Bessie is not going into storage after a long stint at the now closed Doctor Who Experience. Instead she’s off to go on display at the Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire.

Merch Corner

Dalek Tat this week brings us; a couple of unofficial books from Steve Cambden and his time on the show working in effects, The Tom Baker Years dvd is now on sale, the long waited The Memoir of Sydney Newman will be with us next month and two new alternate commentaries are released from Fantom Films.

“Bad Wolf” Review

It had to happen one day. Yes, we’ve started that sad walk into our final reviews for Chris Eccleston’s time as The Doctor. We’re looking at the series one finale part one – Bad Wolf. Dated TV references (for some), suspense, deaths, naked Captain Jack, transmats and surprises this episode has it all. Are we gripped to this final story or does the disc get swiftly evicted from our blu ray/dvd players?

Thank you so much for listening as always! Next week we finish off our 9th Doctor reviews with The Parting of the Ways (sniff sniff) so get your reviews ready. Until then have a fantastic week and remember – Allons-y!

Hey Who fans. After a week out we’re back with plenty of news, merch and our review of The Horns of Nimon, let’s go!

The News

Class gets officially canned by the BBC, the 7th Doctor’s hat is going up for auction, Big Finish announce David Bradley will star as William Hartnell in a new volume of 1st Doctor Adventures and we give you the synopsis for the Christmas Special Twice Upon a Time.

Merch Corner

Our grumpy metal friend Dalek Tat throw us an upcoming novel by James Goss and his treatment of Douglas Adams’ story Doctor Who and the Krikketmen, a new “premium” A5 notebook is on the way and you can bag a signed A4 2018 calendar signed by Gordon Archer.

“The Horns of Nimon” Review

Series 17, a troubled time for Tom Baker’s era with flailing budgets and not much love overall, can this story provide a nice surprise? We talk through everything but what about that score?

Thank you so much for listening and for sending in your reviews. Next week we start the conclusion of our 9th Doctor reviews with Bad Wolf so get those dvds/blu rays out for your reviews. Until then have a fantastic week and remember – Allons-y!

UPDATE: We’re on the lookout again for talented writers. The below still applies so have a read and if you feel like joining us and can contribute regularly get in touch. Allons-y!

Over the past couple of years, Adam and I have always strived to try and get content out to you every week without fail. As you know, we’ve often rearranged trips, holidays, jobs etc so we can still record the show and get it live on a Friday. Over the last couple of months I have been thinking, however; “how can we bring you more Doctor Who content?”. We have an awesome looking website built on WordPress yet it’s only function is to serve up our podcast audio file each week. That in itself is not a bad thing but we have a lot of site and bandwidth and we’re not really making the most of it.

How can we get more stuff out between shows and get you guys engaging and building a community around the site more?

The answer, we have come up with, lies with you. Yes, you. Whether you’re a loyal listener who’s been with us since the beginning or you’re a casual listener. Or maybe you’ve never heard of us, you are still potentially a cog in our larger series of wheels turning the TARDIS each week.

What does this mean then? I’m glad you asked. What we’d like is to take on one or two additional members into our team to contribute blog posts every week. Now, before you get too excited and start whipping out the cosplay and Sonic Screwdrivers, we’re not looking for people to appear on the podcast show (although the odd spot here and there is likely). We’re after keen writers with good writing skills that are Doctor Who fans/enthusiasts/lovers like ourselves who could sit in a room (by themselves at times) and talk Who all day. This is what we’re looking for:

  1. Someone who loves Doctor Who and has a decent amount of knowledge about the show.
  2. Someone who loves to write and put their feelings down on paper (really – keyboard).
  3. Someone who has the motivation to submit at least one article every week (it could be a review of some merch, your thoughts on why the Drashigs are terrible, a report from a convention you just attended or you wake up one day and think “why did the TARDIS materialise on a rainbow” and decide to write about TARDIS materialisation/dematerialisations over the years).
  4. Someone who wants to share their thoughts on Who but doesn’t necessarily have the time to set up their own blog.
  5. Someone who encourages a sense of community and happy to discuss their articles within comments and social media.

It’s important to note that this will be unpaid, we don’t even pay ourselves. We do it for the love of Doctor Who which is why we’re looking for people of that mindset.

So how do you “apply”? If you’re interested we’d like you to email us with your name, Twitter name, why you think you’d be a great addition and either a sample article about anything Doctor Who related or a link to any recent articles you may have written (not necessarily Doctor Who). Send it over to hello@bigblueboxpodcast.co.uk. We’ll spend a few days reading through your awesome articles and we’ll be in touch with the people who we feel could be part of the team.

We hope this will be a great addition to The Big Blue Box and really promotes more fan community and discussion.

We look forward to chatting with you and here’s to the next phase of our journey.

Garry and Adam.

Hey Who fans. It’s Ep156 and while news is in tumbleweed mode we do have a few merch items plus our review of Capaldi’s The Caretaker.

The News

No news this week.

Merch Corner

The series 10 complete box set details released, another 2018 calendar and an awesome looking 1st Doctor Funko Pop! is on the way.

“The Caretaker” Review

This is the last Capaldi story pre-series 10 for us to review. It’s funny and emotional but is this often viewed “middle of the road” story enough for us to move up from that 5 score?

Thank you Who fans for listening and your thoughts. Next week it’s the 4th Doctor’s turn with The Horns of Nimon so get that watched. Until then have a brill week and remember – Allons-y!

Hey Who fans. Thank you for jumping aboard the TARDIS for Episode 155. Great bit of news for a certain previous show runner, Adam and I are at polar opposites on this piece of merch and then onto our review for The Enemy of the World.

The News

Previous show runner Russell T Davies is awarded a Life Time Achievement Award and you could grab a signed script by Peter Capaldi (amongst other things) if you’re quick. The DWAS, supported by Capaldi himself, have set up an auction on eBay to support Syrian Refugees in North London but it ends on 4th September so get in there if you can afford it.

Merch Corner

A Mr. Huffle replica. Yep. That is all.

“The Enemy of the World” Review

Yes, one of our favourite Doctor’s playing a dual role in this “James Bond-esque” thriller of a story. Enough to keep us going over the six parts or are the dodgy accents enough to make us pull the plug?

Thank you as always for your support and sending in reviews. Next week it’s our last of the “Capaldi stories we didn’t do at the time so we’re doing them now” reviews with The Caretaker. Have a fantastic week and remember – Allons-y!