Scratchman Review

Book Review: Scratchman by Tom Baker

It sometimes feels that, after 56 years, there’s little left to surprise you about Doctor Who. Thanks to the efforts of your Keith Barnfathers, Andrew Pixleys and Toby Hadokes, there…

Mark Donaldson
February 14th, 2019

Big Finish Review: The False Guardian

After being distracted by Drashigs and disappearing mathematicians, the Doctor, Ann and K-9 are back on the trail of the Sinestrans’ mysterious benefactors as The Syndicate Masterplan Volume 1 comes…

Mark Donaldson
January 30th, 2019

Big Finish Review: The Enchantress of Numbers

So far in The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Syndicate Masterplan, Ann Kelso has battled aliens on her home turf and has visited an alien planet. She’s also met one of…

Mark Donaldson
January 30th, 2019

Big Finish Review: Planet of the Drashigs

Big Finish’s latest Fourth Doctor boxed set The Syndicate Masterplan continues with new companion Ann Kelso’s first visit to an alien world and a return for one of Robert Holmes’…

Mark Donaldson
January 23rd, 2019

Big Finish Review: The Sinestran Kill

Big Finish’s latest series of adventures for the Fourth Doctor adopts the same boxed set format as last year, containing eight stories split across two months and two sets. This…

Mark Donaldson
January 20th, 2019

Doctor Who: Hartnell’s Last Hurrah

When the Doctor stepped into I.M Foreman’s scrap yard on a cold, wet night in November 55 years ago, it represented both the start of a television institution and the…

Mark Donaldson
November 27th, 2018

Big Finish Review: Ravenous 2: Seizure (3/3)

Mark Donaldson concludes his three part review of Ravenous 2 with Guy Adams’ Seizure, an atmospheric and creepy tale that introduces us to the Time Lords’ most primal fear.  Answering a distress call…

Mark Donaldson
October 18th, 2018

COMICS REVIEW: The Thirteenth Doctor #0

On-screen, the multi-Doctor story tends to appear every ten years to celebrate anniversaries. In the panels of the comic book page, however, the multi-Doctor story is becoming something of an…

Mark Donaldson
October 9th, 2018

Big Finish Review: The Diary of River Song Series 4

Back in 2010, Steven Moffat chose to focus his free-time (presumably already at a premium) on revamping Sherlock Holmes for a modern mainstream audience and inadvertently found himself in charge…

Mark Donaldson
September 11th, 2018

Big Finish Review: The First Doctor Adventures Vol. 2

Mark Donaldson finds Sydney Newman’s vision of Doctor Who harnessed to great effect in the latest volume of Big Finish’s The First Doctor Adventures. Once David Bradley was canonised, Hurndall-like,…

Mark Donaldson
August 14th, 2018

Waiting for Jodie

There was a lot to take away from the World Cup trailer; dippy egg for Ryan, pizza for Yaz and a chippy tea for Graham. We saw little of Jodie…

Mark Donaldson
July 25th, 2018

The Time War 2 – Big Finish Review

For something that was designed to restore a bit of mystery to the character of the Doctor ahead of the show’s regeneration in 2005, the Time War is at risk…

Mark Donaldson
July 17th, 2018

I’m Afraid of Americans: Doctor Who at Comic-Con

With Comic-Con only a week away, and some anxiety over gasp Americans seeing Series 11 footage first, Mark Donaldson looks at Doctor Who’s American connections and conventions to analyse why the US market is key to…

Mark Donaldson
July 10th, 2018

Big Finish at 20: A long time ago in a...

As Big Finish celebrates their 20th anniversary this week, Mark Donaldson looks at their approach to “shared universe” storytelling and ponders what the billion-dollar Disney owned Star Wars franchise can learn from an audio…

Mark Donaldson
July 4th, 2018