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The News

The tumbleweed is already rolling down the road – no news.

Merch Corner

A new collectors edition vinyl of The Daleks’ Master Plan is coming soon and Mags from the Psychic Circus is joining McCoy for an upcoming Big Finish adventure.

“SJA – The Day of the Clown” Review

We’re back on the SJA reviews and we pick up series 2 and a certain series 11 companion stars alongside Liz Sladen in this creepy story inspired by Stephen King’s IT.

Next week our review will be the 4th Doctor story – Genesis of the Daleks.  Until then have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

Happy New Year Who fans. After the New Year’s Day Special ‘Resolution’ we’re now faced with a whole year, at least, of no new Doctor Who. We’ve been here before of course, a few times, so we can get through it but what makes these “dark times” easier? Let’s look at some great ways you can still enjoy Who.

Plan some marathons

Doctor Who marathon
Classic Doctor Who offers a huge library of great content

This is potentially the easiest thing to do and it’s not something that’s unique to a Who drought, we all watch plenty of Who all the time anyway. What’s cool about starting a fresh year is that you can plan your marathon viewing for the whole year. 

For example, you could say each month is assigned to a Doctor and you’re going to watch a bunch of stories every weekend of that month or every Friday evening or every Sunday morning. I’ll leave it up to you to refine the details.

Fans of Classic Who will be pleased to know that (Twitch is doing another stream season up to the end of January) so that’s the first month of the year ticked off 👍

Which ever way you do it, it’s a good feeling knowing that your year is planned and filled up with Who.

Get out to conventions and events

London Film and Comic Con
London Film and Comic Con

Ah, the good old fan convention/event. They come in all shapes and sizes across multiple locations spanning the UK (and many other countries).

The convention scene is typically the busiest with the more famous stars but as a result is usually the most expensive. These are things like London Film & Comic Con, MCM London Comic Con etc along with slightly smaller events these companies run at various times throughout the year. These are good if you want to meet your favourite Doctor or companion and get a signed pic and/or photo. There’s also some half decent merchandise sold at these events if you’re after that Adric suit style t-shirt.

Something to consider are smaller events. In the UK we have smaller conventions from organisations such as Fantom Events which run more low key days at a cheaper cost. They usually cater to a more Classic Who audience but it’s still a great day to be had.

There’s also more unique events to behold such as the very cool cinema showings at the BFI Southbank Cinema in London. They typically show a Classic Who story to coincide with the release of a special edition set (the last showing was Earthshock to celebrate the release of the Season 19 Blur Ray Boxset). These are accompanied by a Q&A with cast and crew of the era and is a ruddy good afternoon.

Whichever type of event you choose to attend the coolest aspect by far is simply meeting and hanging out with other Who fans. It’s awesome chatting Who (at very deep levels at times) with like minded folk who “get” what you’re talking about. People have made friends for life at conventions, dive in.

Start your journey into Big Finish

Big Finish
Fantastic adventures from Big Finish

Where do we start with Big Finish then. They’ve put out so much great quality content over the years, it’s a bit of a beast to behold. How would one describe Big Finish? It’s essentially a canon-friendly collection of stories from (mainly) the Classic Doctors with some modern era stories starting to gain traction.

What did the Eighth Doctor do for the many years before his regeneration? Ever wondered if the Sixth Doctor got a proper regeneration? After some more multi-Doctor stories? Big Finish has it all. Think of it as the world of Doctor Who that you love from the TV era’s but fleshed out with plenty of back stories and extended adventures.

All of the Doctors are here in some shape or form (the Fourth Doctor through to the 10th Doctor all star in their stories with some great voice actors filling in for the others) along with their respective companions along with some new additions you haven’t seen before from TV. 

We could write a whole article on Big Finish stories but jump over to the site and have a browse around and see if there are any stories that take your fancy. There’s also a great website called The Time Scales which offers up lots of reviews and recommendations.

Dive into fan made content

Who's He Video Podcast
Fan made content can be awesome

Like Big Finish, there’s an absolute tonne of fan made content to get stuck into in the shape of podcasts, YouTube channels and blogs. The quality can vary from border-line professional down to listen/watch the once. Let’s break it down…

Podcasts. There’s a raft of them littered throughout the iTunes podcast section (and the now many other podcast networks) so do a search for “Doctor Who Podcast” and plenty should appear. Shameful plug alertalong with our own podcast there’s a few that I listen to regularly which are good starting points: “Doctor Who: Who’s He Podcast”, “Progtor Who Podcast”, and “Krynoid Podcast” plus a few more. Pick a few out and listen to a couple of episodes and decide if you want to subscribe.

YouTube. Like podcasts, there’s a large amount of content (more so here) and the quality varies. Here are some more recommendations based on some channels I subscribe to. Another shameless plug alert – my co-host Adam’s channel “The Geeks Handbag”, “The Who Addicts”, “thehostproductions” and “Doctor Who: Who’s He? Video Podcast”. Also like the podcasts category, have a browse around and get stuck in.

Start or expand your library

Doctor Who Target books
Target novelisations

Although the BBC aren’t putting out any new episodes on the telly box there are still official Who stories released regularly from BBC Books along with plenty of unofficial books too.

A few releases, both old and new, to kick-start or expand your library include:

  • Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter – I always recommend this one and have done loads of times on the podcast. It’s a fascinating insight into the making of Russell T Davies’ era of the show.
  • Doctor Who: The English Way of Death – A great 4th Doctor story based on the old Virgin Missing Adventures range. Great characterisation and the story pips along nicely.
  • Doctor Who: Rose (Target Collection) – One of the recent Target novelisations written by Russell T Davies and fleshes out the episode Rose with some extra characterisation and scenes.
  • Doctor Who: Witch Hunters – I’m a sucker for the Salem witch trials era and this story featuring the 1st Doctor is a belter. Dark, creepy, surprisingly historically accurate and author Steve Lyons writes dialogue for the 1st Doctor so well you’ll hear Hartnell’s voice in your head as you read it.
  • Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen – it would be remiss of me to not include a novelisation by Terrance Dicks in the list. He’s written so many he’s border-line superhuman. There are many great examples of his writing that I literally closed my eyes, waved my finger along my bookshelves and stopped after counting to three. The Abominable Snowmen won’t disappoint. Very well written, engaging story and you can see Dicks’ brilliance even in this early stage.

There’s plenty to keep Who fans busy throughout this year and into 2020 before Series 12 makes an appearance. Let us know on the socials if you pick up any Big Finish releases or books and better still, tell us face-to-face when we bump into you at a convention.

Welcome back Who fans, we hope you all had a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all. We’re kicking 2019 off with a coat of new paint on the website and a new intro to the podcast. Without further ado…

The News

We hate starting off a show (and a new year) on sad news but June Whitfield and William Sheppard left us, there’s a new Cosmic Masque from DWAS and a bunch of new high-quality audio recordings from early Who have been found.

Merch Corner

The War Master will battle The Eighth Doctor is the upcoming Rage of the Timelords and the kid’s mag Doctor Who Adventures is back for a one-off special jam-packed with cool Who goodies.

“Resolution” Review

Our final Thirteenth Doctor review until next year, 2018 did go quick! We ended series 11 feeling a bit flat so does this provide a suitable exit and leave us wanting more of Jodie and the team or is this an unfortunate continuation on poor writing etc from The Chibbers?

Thank you for joining us for 214. Next week we’ll be back to our usual schedule and it will be The Day of the Clown from The Sarah Jane Adventures. Until then have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 214…

No news, merch or review this week Who fans. Instead, we’re going to round out 2018 with a year in review where Adam and I give you our best and not so good moments followed by some Q&A.

As 2018 draws to a close both Adam and I would like to thank you all for another awesome year. Our little podcast which started as a one-man-show back in 2014 has grown so much and we really appreciate all the comments, reviews, audio clips and interaction with all our listeners. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas (hope you get that piece of Who merch you’ve been after!) and a Happy New Year!

A reminder that we’re now off for a couple of weeks and we will return on 11th Jan with our review of the New Year’s Day Special – Resolution.

Until then have a brilliant break and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 213…

The News

More viewing figure chat from the last two weeks and last week plus the story of no new Who until 2020.

Merch Corner

A new Reeltime Pictures dvd – The Colin Bakers Years is on the way, The Macra Terror and the Series 11 soundtrack is up for pre-order.

“The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos” Review

Series 11 has flown by, we’re at the end, the final, the finale, the big push, the big… oh hold on. Yeah, strap in Who fans as we dissect episode 10 and does it stand up as a suitable finale?

Thank you as always for joining us for 213. Next week is our final show of the year and not the usual format, we’ll be doing a year in review plus some Q&A fo look out for the social media post for that. Until then have a brilliant week and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 212…

The News

Some chat around viewing figures and the upcoming “Worlds Collide” from Escape Room.

Merch Corner

New “Mini Moment” prop from Rubbertoe and the NYCC Exc Vashta Nerada Pop! is now available in the UK.

“It Takes You Away” Review

We quite liked the synopsis for this one and you know, Chibbers isn’t in the chair still, so it could be a great ep. It could be. Please let it be!

Thank you as always for joining us for 212. Next week will be our review of – The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos. Until then have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 211…

The News

Rose is getting her own story run at Big Finish, viewing figures for the last two weeks and some scarf action in the new New Years Day episode promo.

Merch Corner

New book based on an idea by Tom Baker up for pre-order and the next blu ray box set will be Series 18, out in Feb 2019.

“The Witchfinders” Review

Old English witch trial vibes for this one. Creepy enough to send the nippers behind the sofa or another lack lustre effort from this up and down series?

Thank you as always for joining us for 211. Next week will be our review of – It Takes You Away. Until then have a brill week and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 210…

The News

A short documentary for William Hartnell released on the Doctor Who Appreciation Society YouTube channel, viewing figures for Demons of the Punjab and Kerblam! and the Xmas Special is now the New Year’s Day Special.

Merch Corner

Big Finish continues The Time War with Volume Two out in March next year and a few Who Black Friday deals on Amazon.

“Kerblam!” Review

Series 11 is ticking along quicker than we expected as we’re already at episode 7! Does this one deliver (pun intended) or does it suffer from some of our series 11 woes?

Thank you as always for joining us for 210. Next week will be our review of – The Witchfinders Until then have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 209…

The News

A new exhibition planned for Cardiff next year, more viewing figures for the last couple of weeks and confirmed titles for episodes nine and ten.

Merch Corner

A new dvd about the actors behind monsters of Classic Who, new Crimbo stuff from Lovarzi, Jenny to team up with the Fifth Doctor in next year’s The Legacy of Time Special, Character Options release version 2 of the latest sonic and a new 5.5″ figure.

“Demons of the Punjab” Review

We need a decent ep after a bit of a mid-series dip and, without Chibbers writing, does this emotional historical deliver?

Thank you as always for joining us for 209. Next week will be our review of the awesomely titled – Kerblam! Until then have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 208…

The News

Arachnids in the UK consolidated and The Tsuranga Conundrum overnight figures; episodes 7 and 8 get their official titles and some blurb; lost story The Wheel in Space is getting a 10 minute animated short at the BFI and The Paternoster Gang is coming to Big Finish.

Merch Corner

No merch this week.

“The Tsuranga Conundrum” Review

We weren’t impressed last week so has this week provided some more oomf or is this a mid-series dip for sure?

Thank you as always for joining us for 208. Next week will be our review of – Demons of the Punjab. Until then have a brilliant week and until next time – Allons-y!