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Welcome to Episode 207…

No news or merch this week.

“Rosa” Review

A proper historical for what seems like ages in Who. Important subject matter and some emotional stuff to behold but does The Chibbers handle this well and with respect? And…

“Arachnids in the UK” Review

After the previous emotional bomb from the last episode, we need a good old “creature feature”. Did this deliver a decent scare show in time for Halloween or is this a case of Arach-miss in the UK?

Thank you so much for joining us for 207. Next week the review train carries on with our review of –The Tsuranga Conundrum. Until then have a brilliant week and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 206…

The News

The Woman Who Fell to Earth tops the viewing figures for a series opener, the William Hartnell plaque is unveiled and there’s a new fan project book awaiting your submissions about Torchwood.

Merch Corner

Lovarzi release their new short version of the Fourth Doctors burgundy scarf, the upcoming TARDIS Type 40 Manual is on the way and Titan announce a new Thirteenth Doctor Kawaii 6.5″ figure along with the new TARDIS 6.5″.

“The Ghost Monument” Review

With the much-hyped Series 11 opener out the way, we’re into our first proper adventure. Does Jodie’s second story carry the momentum or is this one a bit flat, like, talking tissue paper flat?

Thank you so much for joining us for 206. Next week it’s more of the same with the third ep – Rosa. Until then have a brilliant week and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 205…

The News

A quick update on the Hartnell Heritage Plaque and the Series 11 opener overnight viewing figures.

Merch Corner

Volume 3 of the Tenth Doctor Adventures is coming in May 2019 featuring Wilf and there’s an exclusive (and very expensive!) limited edition 13th Doctor Barbie if you can find one.

“The Woman Who Fell to Earth” Review

It’s finally here! It’s great to watch our new Doctor doing her thing as we kick off our Series 11 reviews. Was it all worth the wait and hype or are we in the familiar territory of first episode mania?

Thank you so much for joining us for 205. Next week we’re moving forward into Series 11 with the second ep – The Ghost Monument. Until then have a brilliant week and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 204…

The News

Series 13 gets its Sunday evening time slot confirmed and our friends in Canada also get their broadcast time confirmed.

Merch Corner

A new 4th Doctor audio adventure is on the way from the BBC and the 13th Doctor is making an appearance in the Eaglemoss figurine magazine.

“The Tenth Planet” Review

We thought it would be fitting to do a Hartnell story for two reasons; one, we haven’t done a Hartnell story in ages and two, it seems fitting to go back and look at his farewell story just before we say hello to the 13th Doctor. Lots of snow, bad American accents and those awesome Mondasian Cybermen. All good or is this one a bit cold?

Thank you so much for joining us for 204. Next week we’ll finally reviewing the first episode from series 11 – The Woman Who Fell to Earth! Until then have a brilliant week and until next time – Allons-y!

The amazing soundtrack to The Five Doctors was recently released and thanks to our friends at Silva Screen we have two copies to give away.

The Five Doctors Soundtrack
The Five Doctors Soundtrack

Details of the soundtrack:

The bracing, spine-chilling and atmospheric music soundtrack was composed by Peter Howell at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, with special effects by Dick Mills. The Five Doctors album features both the original score and the BBC Video special edition version which was, in 1995, produced, reworked and extended by Peter Howell.

Peter Howell comments: “Listening again to the score for The Five Doctors, it seems to represent a very particular period in time when the variety of sounds at our disposal was becoming extensive, yet the ability to memorise them was yet to come; when the quality of taped sound was impressive but the equipment was large and the use of it sometimes clumsy and mechanical. In those days, you really did need a studio full of gear and you really did need to play it all.”

The Five Doctors (1983), was a 90 minute TV special made by the BBC to celebrate 20 years of Doctor Who. In this extraordinary story The Doctor and his previous incarnations are brought to the Death Zone on Gallifrey as part of a renegade Time Lord’s scheme. Here, Peter Davison joins previous Doctor Who incarnations – Richard Hurndall (standing in for the deceased William Hartnell), Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. Famously, Baker declined to appear so some footage from “lost” story ‘Shada’ was used instead.

In order to win a copy, either tweet us, comment on Facebook or email us (hello[at]bigblueboxpodcast.co.uk) the answer to the following question:

On what date was the first episode from The Five Doctors broadcast globally?

We will announce the winner on next week’s show (Friday 5th October) and the winners will be contacted on that day via social media or email.

Good luck Who fans!

This competition is available to residents in the UK only. Full terms and conditions here.

Welcome to Episode 203…

The News

We get another, meatier trailer which takes the show in a very different vibe and some news on the Episode 1 press screening in Sheffield.

Merch Corner

New vinyl exclusives from the 4th and 10th Doctor’s are heading to Sainsbury’s and HMV respectively and three new 13th Doctor books (with their audiobook counterparts) are on the way.

“SJA – The Last Sontaran” Review

We’ve loved reviewing SJA so far and Series 1 was awesome. Are we just as happy with this story that kicks off Series 2 or does a Sontaran in SJA turn out to be too much for our Attic Crew to handle?

Thank you so much for joining us for 203. Next week for episode 204 we’re travelling to visit the 1st Doctor story  – The Tenth Planet. Until then have a fantastic week, do something Doctor Who related and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 202…

The News

A quick update on the DWAS fundraising for the Hartnell Heritage plaque (check their eBay auction items here), talking of the DWAS they’re holding a cool Series 11 launch party if you can get to South End, Earthshock is being shown (the upcoming remastered high-def version) at the BFI London and we chat through a bunch of Series 11 info released by the Beeb.

Merch Corner

Rubbertoe Props release “Sonic docking ports” for the 11th and 12th Doctor Sonic Screwdrivers, Romana’s Sonic is up for orders also from Rubbertoe, a cool looking 13th Doctor children’s book is out in Nov and Missy is heading to Big Finish in 2019.

“Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” Review

We had to put this one off last month so it’s come back around for our review. Does this one live up to the grand majesty of its title or does it flop, like a belly flop into a widely know pool somewhere in the TARDIS?

Thank you so much for joining us for 202. Next week for episode 203 we’re heading back to The Sarah Jane Adventures as we kick off the Series 2 story – The Last Sontaran. Until then have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 201…

The News

We finally have an airdate for series 11 with a move to Sunday nights, our Australian friends will get the series 11 opener in cinemas, sadly actor Peter Benson (Bor in Terminus) has passed away and we’ve got some info on that K-9 movie that disappeared.

Merch Corner

The 4K UHD release of Twice Upon a Time can now be ordered in the UK, the 13th Doctor is coming to the Mr Men/Little Miss universe with a new story and on the subject of the Hargreaves characters, all 13 Doctors will be released in a collection in early 2019.

Torchwood “Small Worlds” Review

Continuing our plough through series 1, Small Worlds is a “fairy” odd story with some dark tones that we’ve come to expect from Torchwood so far. Likey or stinky?

Thank you so much for joining us for 201. Our review story next week is the Eleventh Doctor story – Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (we were meant to review this last month but we had to cancel that ep). Until then have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 200…

We made it to 200!

Wow, where has the time gone?! Back in 2014, we had no idea that our show would last this long and how it would progress in an already growing area of Who podcasts. I’m thrilled with the community we’ve built and able to share the good times with you all. Over the last 200 hundred shows, we’ve reviewed a ton of Who (and there’s lots of classic Who left to do!), put together an awesome writing team who put out great articles each week, travelled to plenty of conventions and met lots of you plus we’ve interviewed some great people involved in the show.

A huge huge huge thank you to all of you who take the time each week to listen to our crazy waffle and rantings. Whether you’ve been with us since the early days or you jumped onboard last week – we wouldn’t carry on doing it if there was no one to listen to us. Any interaction you’ve had with us, be it as a listener, chatted with us on the socials, sent in a review etc, you make it all worthwhile. For that, again, Adam and I want to send you all a massive thank you and here’s to the next 200 shows! Ready… Aaaaaaaaaaaaaallons-y!

The News

We kick off with the sad news of Production Designer Michael Pickwoad and Jaqueline Pearce have passed away but then some happier news of our friends in South Africa getting a special Who experience at the first Africa Comic Con.

Merch Corner

The BBC continue their retro audio releases with the Dalek Audio Annual, we gush over the upcoming K-9 figure from Robert Harrop, Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith are reuniting for more audio adventures as The Doctor and Lucie Miller at Big Finish and Titan Comics reveal more covers and details for their upcoming 13th Doctor run.

“Earthshock” Review

So we, er, forgot that we did a Davison story recently (Ep197 – Snakedance) but what the hey, more Fifth Doctor action is never a bad thing and so we get stuck into a bit of a milestone for the show with the first (proper) death of a companion. Adric gets bumped off but what about the rest of the story? A decent Cyberman revival or is it “shock”ing?

Thank you so much for joining us for 200. Next week for episode 201 we’re reviewing the Torchwood story – Small Worlds. Until then have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

Welcome to Episode 199…

The News

The DWAS kick-off the fundraising for the Hartnell Heritage Plaque and a bunch of new writers and directors announced for Series 11.

Merch Corner

Moody Dalek Tat this week brings us… Big Finish announce their 20th Anniversary celebrations with upcoming special releases across 2019 and 2010, Series 19 is getting the restoration and blu ray set treatment, last year’s The Sarah Jane Adventures convention The Attic is coming to dvd and blu ray and Character finally put up the Bill Potts figure from a lifetime ago.

“The Lost Boy” Review

We’ve come to the end of Series 1 of the SJA and it’s been amazing so far. Adam and I have loved watching these, most of them for the first time. Does this series closer round off the series nicely or are we left feeling a little, er, lost?

Thank you for joining us for 199. Next week it’s our 200th episode! Our review will be the Fifth Doctor’s story – Earthshock. Have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!