Thursday, October 8, 2015


The Yes Men
by Simon Guerrier

Starring: Anneke Wills & Frazer Hines

Review by Andrea McGuire

The Yes Men is Big Finish’s first full-cast outing for the Second Doctor and his companions Polly, Jamie and Ben. Frazer Hines is on double acting duty as Jamie and The Doctor, with Anneke Willis playing Polly and the narrator. But the biggie here is the casting of Elliot Chapman as Ben (originally played on TV by the late Michael Craze).

The story starts with The Doctor and chums landing on the Earth colony of New Houston to visit The Doctor’s old friend, Meg Carvossa, who he once helped to defeat an alien invasion before she became President.

The problem is that the colony, which has 22 million registered voters, appears to be largely inhabited only by worn out robot servants (the eponymous Yes Men, voiced by Stephen Critchlow), with hardly a human in sight. There’s certainly no sign of Meg Carvossa (Jane Slavin) who appears to have died of cancer, a heart attack, a stroke and a blow to the head. Among other things.

In a world viewed from the 1960s, but appearing far more familiar to those of us from the 21st century (flat computers that you operate with your fingers and shops selling an assortment of strange coffees, anyone?), The Doctor and Polly set off to the Central Intelligence Bank to find out what happened to Meg with the help of obsequious civil servant – the brilliantly named Nesca Bandgate (Timothy Speyer).

While The Doctor and Polly are at the CIB, Jamie and Ben encounter the only other human around, Acting President, Harriet Quilp (Lizzie McInnerny) whose casual and callous disregard for Meg’s former robot servant shocks Ben and Jamie into action that leads them to a secret underworld city of broken, rejected robots playing at being human.

So, how does Elliot Chapman do in his first turn as Ben? Well, he’s cheeky and very engaging and we’d like to have heard more from him in this adventure. Everyone at Big Finish can safely let out a rather large puff of relief at a job well done. Frazer Hines is great as both The Doctor and Jamie, but the standout performances are delivered by Anneke Wills as Polly and the Narrator. Effortlessly switching between characters, Wills excels in both roles. After the first five minutes, though, who plays who scarcely matters and Simon Guerrier’s well-constructed tale takes over.

There are some important moral questions raised about the robot servants as they heartbreakingly recreate the human world in the sewers below it. Are they merely copying what they see above ground or have they really become sentient? And if they really are sentient, what does this mean for the human population they’ve so loyally served?

There are also questions about Meg’s morality as we see that her good intentions to save her colony became corrupted along the way until she becomes a woman The Doctor no longer recognises as his old friend.

The moral ambiguity comes to a head rather delightfully as the robots, having learned from Jamie and Ben, fight to be heard in a purposefully destructive manner, complete with a Jamie-esque Scottish war cry! In an art-imitating-life scenario, The Yes Men also shows the fate that can await a politician who has become completely out-of-touch with the feelings of their constituents.

The Yes Men is a fantastically solid bit of Doctor Who storytelling, where mysteries are solved with good old-fashioned observation and brain power, and problems are overcome with bravery, intelligence and heart. And not a single mention of a sonic you-know-what.

Thanks to Big Finish

Doctor Who Series 9: The Woman Who Lived synopsis

Maisie Williams in The Woman Who Lived

The BBC have released the official episode synopsis for Doctor Who Series 9, Episode 6, The Woman Who Lived - check it out below.
England, 1651. The deadly Highwayman 'The Nightmare' and his sidekick stalk the dark streets of London. But when they find loot that's not of this world, they come face to face with The Doctor.

Who is the Nightmare in league with? And can the Doctor avoid the hangman's noose and protect Earth from a devilish betrayal?
The episode stars Maisie Williams (The Girl Who Died) and Rufus Hound (guest on The Next Doctor Live), and will air on Oct 24 on BBC One and BBC America.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection

The latest issues of the magazine, the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, are hitting shops now! Issue 56 comes with a figurine of THE FIRST DOCTOR whilst Issue 57 features DALEK SEC HYBRID. For full details, visit their website HERE. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.


Doctor Who Comic and Doctor Who Adventures out today!

Included below are details and artwork from the latest issues of Doctor Who Comic and Doctor Who Adventures, both out now!

This brand-new issue features strip from the Doctor Who: Four Doctors crossover event series - featuring the first ever meeting of the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors!

This epic, world-first adventure is written by Paul Cornell (Father’s Day, Human Nature and The Family of Blood, and comics Wolverine, Captain Britain, MI: 13), with astounding art by Neil Edwards (Justice League Unlimited, Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man).


It’s October and Something Wicked This Way Comes… in the form of the wickedest magazine in the universe – issue 7 of Doctor Who Adventures. So prepare for a Halloween like no other with a huge celebration of monster mayhem!

BEAUTY SLEEP When the Doctor comes to visit Clara, he finds the whole school fast asleep. Either Clara’s class is the most boring experience in the universe or the planet is under attack from a Somnosian Invasion Force. Comic strip action from Jason Quinn, Russ Leach and John Burns!

CREATING EVIL Get the low-down on Davros, dark lord of Skaro and creator of the Daleks!

MISSY’S CRAFT STUDIO Missy has kicked Clara out of the craft studio and shows you how to make an all-purpose gadget of evil. You may not be able to stop the planes with it but you’ll have somewhere cool to store your pencils!

UNIT ALIEN ARCHIVES Hack into the UNIT Alien Archives to find out more about the mysterious Shadow Proclamation

STRAX’S GUIDE TO ALIEN RACES This month, Strax gives you a lesson on some of the various alien threats the Doctor has faced over the years, including the Abzorbalovians, the Balhoonians and the Carrionites.

THE HUNT FOR DAVROS A cool game for two, you are racing across Skaro and have to get to Davros before your opponent!

THE PATERNOSTER GANG INVESTIGATES Rik Hoskin brings you the chilling story of the Misery Diary that reduces Strax and Jenny to tears. Can Madame Vastra break its uncanny spell?

Doctor Who Adventures #7 also comes with a massive double-sided poster and your own Psychic Paper, wallet and sonic screwdriver!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Doctor Who Series 9 Part 1 on DVD and bluray

The BBC have released the new final cover for the upcoming Doctor Who Series 9: Part 1 boxset on DVD and Bluray - check them out below. They both hit the streets on Nov 2, pre-order HERE.

Along with the first 6 eps of Doctor Who Series 9, the sets also include 3 exclusive extra mini-documentaries on how each two-parter was created entitled Doctor Who Extra. Order on Amazon HERE.

The BBC Shop edition also comes with 2 exclusive  Doctor Who art cards! Pre-order from BBC Shop HERE and on Amazon HERE. Check out the back cover below.

Doctor Who Series 9: Before The Flood introduction and clip

The BBC have released two videos ahead of this week's Doctor Who ep, Before The Flood - watch them in the players below. In the first one you can see and introduction from Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat and in the second there is a new clip! Check out more info on Before The Flood HERE - it airs this Saturday at 8.25pm on BBC One.

Doctor Who Series 9: Before The Flood teasers

Included below are 10 teasers of this week's episode of Doctor Who, you can find 10 episodes which are in some way referenced or are connected to Before The Flood. The episode airs Oct 10 at 8.25pm on BBC One - check out more info about it HERE.

Blink (twice)
Day of the Moon
Kill The Moon (twice)
The Sound of Drums
The Idiot’s Lantern
The Time of the Doctor
The Lazarus Experiment
Music of the Spheres
Pyramids of Mars
Cold War


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Doctor Who Series 9: Before The Flood image gallery

The Fisher King (C) BBC

The BBC have released promotional pictures from this week's Doctor Who episode, Before The Flood - click on the images here for bigger versions. Featured in the images are The Fisher King (played by Neil Fingleton, voiced by Peter Serafinowicz and Corey Taylor), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Prentis (Paul Kaye), Bennett (Arsher Ali), Cass (Sophie Stone), Clara (Jenna Coleman), O'Donnell (Morven Christie) and Lunn (Zaqi Ismail). Check out more info on Before The Flood HERE, it airs Oct 10 at 8.25pm on BBC One.


LEGO Doctor Who set announced

(C) BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide have today announced details of the first LEGO Doctor Who set which will hit the streets from Dec 1 later this year. Check out the details below and click on the images for bigger versions.

Construct a stunningly detailed LEGO® version of the iconic TARDIS and role-play the Doctor’s time-travel adventures!

(C) BBC Worldwide

Created by fan-designer Andrew Clark and selected by LEGO Ideas members, the set is based on the BBC’s popular and long-running television series about a Time Lord – the Doctor – exploring the universe in a blue police box. Due to trans-dimensional engineering, the TARDIS is bigger on the inside than the outside and this cool multifunctional set includes the console room that houses all the controls.

Featuring an opening TARDIS, detachable interior console room, exclusive graphic details and steps, fans can regenerate the Doctor and defeat the evil Daleks or Weeping Angels with the help of his extraordinary companion Clara. Once the doors of the TARDIS are closed, prepare to launch into dimensions light years away from Gallifrey!

(C) BBC Worldwide

Measuring over 5” (14cm) high, 6” (16cm) wide and 9” (23cm) deep, the model contains 623 pieces to build an authentic replica. At £49.99 RRP, the set (#21304) includes four minifigures: the Eleventh Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald and a Weeping Angel, plus 2 Daleks and assorted accessory elements such as the Doctor’s signature Sonic Screwdriver.

LEGO Doctor Who sets will be available from 1 Dec, 2015

Doctor Who Series 9: 10 quotes from Before The Flood

Included below are 10 quotes from the next Doctor Who episode, Before The Flood. The second of a two-parter, it airs on BBC One at 8.25pm pm, October 10. Check out the synopsis HERE and cast list HERE.
Somehow I doubt that Rose or Martha or Amy lost their breakfast on their first trip.

Why have we gone to Russia?

I used to be in Military Intelligence. I was demoted for dangling a colleague out of a window.

If you love me in any way, you’ll come back.

First proper alien, and he’s an idiot.

This isn’t a potential future, this is the future now. It’s already happened.

This regeneration, it’s a bit of a clerical error anyway.

Doctor, such an honour. I’ve always been a huge admirer. This is really a delight.

You can’t cheat time, I just tried.

Maybe it will mean that the universe will be ruled by cats or something in the future.