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Welcome to Episode 181…

The News

Nothing, nada, zip! No Who news this week.

Merch Corner

More awesome from the folks at Candy Jar Books with the upcoming book – Lethbridge-Stewart – Short Stories Collection.

“The Poison Sky” Review

Bit of a change up in review schedule this week and we’re going straight to the conclusion of this 10th Doctor story. More Sontar-ha, more clone deviousness, more shouty Doctor and more Donna!

Thank you for joining us for 181. Next week we’re kicking off a brand new review schedule and to start things, we’re looking at the first Sarah Jane Adventures story – Invasion of the Bane. Have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 180…

The News

Original audio recordings dating back to the early years are transferred to Mark Ayres at the Restoration Team, we bid farewell to old Doddy and Chris Eccleston has given us more details around the circumstances of his departure.

Merch Corner

New Who Talk commentaries are on the way plus that pesky Series 3 Steelbook artwork was fixed and will be with us on May 7th.

“The Sontaran Stratagem” Review

New Who meets Classic Monster in this conspiracy story oozing with good ol’ UNIT, Sontarans and two companions! Does this first part make us want to stay tuned in or do we frown at the overcooked baked potatoes?

Thank you for joining us for 180. Next week’s review will be the conclusion with The Poison Sky. Have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

2014 saw another light in the Doctor Who universe fade with the untimely passing of Paul Spragg, a man who had a lot to do with the world of Big Finish. Everyone who worked with him remembers him as being the heart and soul of Big Finish and he always dealt with new writers who were looking for a way into the company to tell the stories they wanted to tell.

2016 saw the birth of the Paul Spragg Memorial Opportunity which meant that the casual listener and hardcore Doctor Who fans could submit their own ideas for a new Short Trip story. Joshua Wanisko won with his submission of Forever Fallen.

(I, alongside a few other submitters, received an email from Ian Atkinson when he thought that our submissions were also strong).

2017 saw a number of even stronger submissions sent to the Big Finish offices but this time it was Selim Ulug who won with his entry, Landbound.

Landbound takes place all throughout the Third Doctor’s exile to Earth. But Landbound as the mixture of feelings from both the modern and classic eras of the show. While set in the classic era, its study of the Doctor’s feelings about his abandonment feels like a very modern way of looking at it. His wings have been clipped, he’s alone and bored and he longs to return to the cosmos. It’s the kind of storytelling that the classic era would have had trouble with but giving it a modern spin and viewpoint actually makes his exile all the more melancholy.

Big Finish Short Trips - Landbound
Big Finish Short Trips – Landbound

The story picks up with the Doctor fleeing UNIT, following the conclusion to Doctor Who and the Silurians. He finds himself in Whitby, just in time to stop a mugging. Stepping in to save the victim, Ronald Henderson, he makes a brief friendship and the pair share their stories. Like the Doctor, Ronald is a man who finds himself cast adrift as he has been refused captaincy of another ship following an accident with his previous one.

The Doctor reveals that Ronald actually had an unfortunate encounter with a translucent, ocean-dwelling, alien being who eat metal to survive. The pair, over their discussions, discover they have a lot more in common than they first thought.

The second half of the story picks up after The Three Doctors and with the knowledge of how to operate the TARDIS having been returned to him, The Doctor returns to Ronald’s life, now with the means to help him.

Ulug is clearly someone who knows the Doctor well. This is a glorious look at his character and Ulug takes the best advantage of the 30-40 minute format of the Short Trips range and weaves the tale through different points in the Third Doctor’s life, most notably when big changes occurred.

As per usual with these releases, Landbound is narrated by Nicholas Briggs who gives us a pretty decent impersonation of the Third Doctor, without outdoing the fantastic work Tim Trelor has been doing over in the Third Doctor Adventures range with Katy Manning as Jo Grant. Briggs captures all the different moods and feelings each segment of the story needs, not only from the Doctor but also from Roland, a man who is very haunted by his past. What the story also makes perfectly clear is that none of the Doctors has ever fully thought through the consequences of their actions and Briggs is particularly good at this Doctor coming to terms with some unexpected consequences.

The direction from Neil Gardener, allows the story to have the room to breathe and he brilliantly creates some interesting atmospheres for different moments in the tale.

Everything about this story adds up to make a tale that will stick in the memory long after the runtime is over. Ulug has given us a brilliant character piece for the Third Doctor, who is brought brilliantly to life. Landbound is a brilliant story for anyone, and given that it is a free download, you’ve got no excuse to not pick this one up…

RATING 9/10

Synopsis

He was the captain of a ship once. Since being stripped of his authority, he is lost. Landbound. Then he meets a kindred spirit, a man who has also lost something.

In a small seaside town, both Ronald Henderson and the Doctor want to move forward, but one of them must first come to terms with his past.

Written By: Selim Ulug
Directed By: Neil Gardner

Nicholas Briggs (Narrator)

Producer Ian Atkins
Script Editor Ian Atkins
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Welcome to Episode 179…

The News

The charity focused Bedford Charity Con is now offering 10% off tickets for their 4th event on Sat 7th April (via Doctor Who News) and Matt Smith does Desert Island Discs.

Merch Corner

The upcoming The Enemy of the World Special Edition DVD will be released a week late, the Lethbridge-Stewart range of books from Candy Jar will come to a close with the final book in the series The Man from Yesterday and that Tom Baker Series 12 Collectors Edition Blu Ray IS coming to the UK this June.

“The Happiness Patrol” Review

We dive into the post-Remembrance story of the McCoy era for a quirky three-parter. Often viewed as a silly, campy story it does cover up some very dark undertones. Do we think this one is sweet or sour?

Thank you for joining us for 179. Next week’s review will be The Sontaran Stratagem. Have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 178…

The News

We start with the sad news that Peter Miles, most famous for playing Nyder in Genesis of the Daleks, has passed away aged 89 and Cardiff Council get grumpy with Who regarding the leftover bill from the Doctor Who Experience.

Merch Corner

BBC Worldwide retract the upcoming Series 3 blu ray steelbook to have the artwork corrected due to fan backlash and we finish off by chatting about the upcoming new Target novelisations.

“The Girl Who Waited” Review

Ah, Series 6, the Achilles Heel in Matt Smith’s era (for some) but is this small cast, contained emotional story enough to make us think differently? Follow the Handbots this way…

Thank you for joining us for 178. Next week’s review will be The Happiness Patrol. Have a super week and until next time – Allons-y!