Richard Franklin

The latest newsletter from Big Finish offers a free download of episode one of The Third Doctor Adventures, volume 5. For some time, Big Finish have been producing Third Doctor adventures with the late Jon Pertwee replaced by the vocal talents of Tim Treloar. This Third Doctor has been joined […]

5.1A. Doctor Who: Primord Part 1

The Screaming Skull, by Jonathan Morris, continues with Mike Yates and his close friend, Lt Jane Lucas (Rachel Atkins) under the influence and control of Mr Rees.  Captain Matheson is able to break the control using the device Professor Jensen developed back in the 60s. Sato falls into the clutches […]

The Screaming Skull, cont’d

The Screaming Skull is the third of four parts that makes up The Worlds of Doctor Who from Big Finish Productions.  Whilst the first part gave us Jago & Litefoot in Mind Games, and the second involved Counter-Measures in The Reesinger Process, The Screaming Skull involves UNIT Captain Ruth Matheson […]

The Screaming Skull

The final 75 minutes of The Third Doctor Adventures, volume 1 consists of behind-the-scenes interviews for both stories.  The most interesting of the two is listening to discussons of how it came to be that Tim Treloar was chosen to play the third Doctor, and how Treloar prepares his voice. The […]

Behind the Scenes of The Third Doctor Adventures volume 1

In the final episode, the cliff-hanger from The Havoc of Empires, part 3 is resolved when it turns out that the dangerous carnivorous deadly alien eels can be thwarted by hiding behind a cargo box. Jo rescues the Doctor from his guards and they each take a gun to shepherd the […]

The Havoc of Empires, part 4

The third part of Big Finish‘s The Havoc of Empires, by Andy Lane, continues with the Doctor being arrested as the guilty saboteur.  Jo and Mike try to assuage the accusation that they’re involved as well. The Chalnoth see the sabotage as a direct attack against their Regent and want […]

The Havoc of Empires, part 3

Following on from The Havoc of Empires, part 1, by Andy Lane, part 2 sees our heroes cut off from the TARDIS once again (not that they’d leave a situation unresolved anyway, even though they keep saying that getting to the TARDIS is their goal). Jo, as Alex, begins investigating […]

The Havoc of Empires, part 2

The Havoc of Empires, by Andy Lane, is the second story in Big Finish’s The Third Doctor Adventures, volume 1 box-set from Big Finish.  Featuring, as before, Tim Treloar as the voice of the Third Doctor and narrator, together with Katy Manning as Jo Grant and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates. […]

The Havoc of Empires, part 1

The final episode of Prisoners of the Lake, by Justin Richards, sees the adventure end in a suitably explosive climax.  The savage alien race are emerging from their suspended animation, and they’re ready to conquer Earth and enslave humanity! From the airlock, Mike Yates is able to warn Jo and […]

Prisoners of the Lake, finale

Prisoners of the Lake, by Justin Richards, continues as with a gradually unfolding storyline that makes use of its four episodes well.  The cliff-hangers are traditional “scary monster growls at/traps heroes”, but that’s almost to be expected. In the second episode, the Doctor is delayed in his rescue of Jo and Freda […]

Prisoners of the Lake, parts 2 & 3

When Big Finish offered the first in their The Third Doctors Adventures range at a special price (£15 download, instead of £25 download / £30 CD), I was in two minds as to whether to buy it.  I’ve previously listened to a couple of their “recast” Third Doctor efforts – […]

Prisoners of the Lake, part 1