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    So, a question, if anybody knows enough to weigh in...

    How do the Seventh Doctor/Bernice stories fit into all this? I know a bunch of them are labeled/identified as "side steps" into the VNA novel timeline, which to my mind doesn't jive well with the flow of the BF stories.

    I mean, for instance, the audio introduction to Bernice (Love and War) features both Ace and Bernice, and subsequent stories seem to feature only Bernice, suggesting that Ace leaves. Only, we sort of know from the BF stories that Ace doesn't leave until (apparently) Afterlife. So the Bernice stuff doesn't seem to fit in earlier, and with Ace being in L&W, it doesn't appear to fit in later either. So how does that work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DigiFluid View Post
    So, a question, if anybody knows enough to weigh in...

    How do the Seventh Doctor/Bernice stories fit into all this? I know a bunch of them are labeled/identified as "side steps" into the VNA novel timeline, which to my mind doesn't jive well with the flow of the BF stories.

    I mean, for instance, the audio introduction to Bernice (Love and War) features both Ace and Bernice, and subsequent stories seem to feature only Bernice, suggesting that Ace leaves. Only, we sort of know from the BF stories that Ace doesn't leave until (apparently) Afterlife. So the Bernice stuff doesn't seem to fit in earlier, and with Ace being in L&W, it doesn't appear to fit in later either. So how does that work?
    I'm not HUGELY familiar with the Bernice Summerfield chronology, but

    Basically...

    Spoiler:

    Ace travels with the Doctor and the two meet Bernice. The majority of the Ace/Bernice/Doctor travels exist solely in the Virgin New Adventures books. Ace later leaves the Doctor and joins the Space Corps to beat up daleks with something more sophisticated than a baseball bat. Ace returns to the Doctor's side. The Bernice Summerfield range takes place *after* her travels with The Doctor.



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    Hmm.... I'm trying to figure out how to factor them in to how I've been going through it. But since I've not gone after prose (and don't really intend to, tbh), it's a bit of a wrench in the works for me. Maybe I'll just skip her entirely
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    She's brilliant! You really shouldn't!

    Side note - listening to 'The Ultimate Adventure' at the moment - pure stageshow cheesey gold! :-D with SINGING! :-D

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    Heh, I just really hate discontinuities and can't figure out how to work her in It doesn't really ever seem like Ace leaves and returns in the BF main line, does it? Show gradually grows up, but I can't say I noticed any dramatic shift from one story to the next.
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    That's because all but two Ace stories in BF are set before she does leave

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    Anyone checked out The Stageplays yet?

    The Ultimate Adventure was surprisingly fun! Lots of good natured singing, even if much of the plot was a bit pantomime and didn't really hold together well. A nice, innocent, and simple hark back to days gone by.

    Seven Keys to Doomsday, however, I hard to force myself to finish. The plot revolved around a very contrived idea and completely failed to engage with one simple issue that could have rendered the entire adventure unnecessary. This is exacerbated by the fact that The Doctor is portrayed by Trevor Martin. Granted, he may have originally played The Doctor in the live version of this show, but the story really suffers for this. He's meant to be an 'alternative fourth' incarnation, but - maybe it's because we haven't seen his idiosyncrasies visually, or maybe it's because he's simply not THE Doctor but there's nothing about his performance that grabbed me. Prove enough that not just any actor can play The Doctor...

    Curse of the Daleks - admittedly I'm half way through this... but my God it's good. It has the addition of an occasional narrator to highlight some of the more subtle plot moments that would be noticable on stage but not on audio - oddly, this actually works in it's favour, and I seem to be able to engage with this audio drama more than the other Stageplays. It's certainly more 'visual' in my mind... Interestingly, this ISN'T a Doctor Who stage play, but is distinctly a Dalek play. It might as well be part of the Dalek Empire Saga. I'd *definitely* recommend.

    Otherwise, recently, I've listened to a few monthly ranges, and Brotherhood of the Daleks really IS good.

    Spoiler:
    Charlotte Pollard's exploits with the Sixth Doctor make her a vastly more likeable character than her latter days with Eight....


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    Officially amazing!

    Enemy of the Daleks delivers yet ANOTHER strong audio dalek story. Stronger, WAY stronger, than many televised episodes. Good lord they need to get these writers onto the televised stuff!


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    LOL! yet another story to add to my birthday list.

    Big Finigh have an offer on this weekend.

    Doctor Who Superstar Weekend Offer!

    http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/doct...-weekend-offer

    Over the years, we've been delighted to invite a host of amazing actors to work with us on Doctor Who audios. And this weekend we're offering 10 stories featuring those superstars for £5 each, from James Purefoy and Honor Blackman to Hayley Atwell and Benedict Cumberbatch! Head over to Big Finish Bargains to take your pick...

    We've picked 10 classic double-disc Doctor Who stories, and each features a very well known guest alongside our ever-magnificent regulars. You can buy any of them on CD or download for £5, or the whole (Cumber)batch is available for £45!

    The stories in the offer (and their guest stars) are:

    Forty-Five – Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch

    Son of the Dragon – The Following's dastardly James Purefoy

    The Whispering Forest – Harry Melling from Harry Potter and Hayley Atwell from Captain America

    Industrial Evolution – Skyfall's Rory Kinnear and Warren Brown from Luther

    Medicinal Purposes – a familiar-seeming chap called David Tennant

    The Bride of Peladon – Call the Midwife's Jenny Agutter

    Assassin in the Limelight – Leslie Phillips, from radio classic The Navy Lark and countless comedy roles

    The Children of Seth – Spy-fi, sci-fi and fantasy legends Honor Blackman and David Warner

    Valhalla – Superman's Susannah York

    Frozen Time – The Living Daylights Bond girl Maryam d'Abo

    You can find all these titles in the Big Finish Bargains section of the website, where you can also find the bundle option.

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    Big Finish have another weekend offer.

    http://www.bigfinish.com/ranges/released/special-offers

    We're getting excited about our upcoming Charlotte Pollard box set, so this weekend we're offering the chance to catch up with Ms Pollard's recent adventures - with the Sixth Doctor! Colin Baker and India Fisher star in seven stories as Charley tries to adjust to a life with a man she once knew... in the future! Each story is £5, or you can get all seven for £30.

    Follow Charley's adventures in the Sixth Doctor's life in seven fantastic Doctor Who tales starring Colin Baker and India Fisher. The stories are:

    The Condemned
    The Doomwood Curse
    Brotherhood of the Daleks
    The Raincloud Man
    Patient Zero
    Paper Cuts
    Blue Forgotten Planet

    Each story is £5 on CD or download, or you can buy all seven for £30. And don't forget, you can still pre-order Charlotte Pollard - Series One at a special reduced price!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blencathra View Post
    Big Finish have another weekend offer.

    http://www.bigfinish.com/ranges/released/special-offers

    We're getting excited about our upcoming Charlotte Pollard box set, so this weekend we're offering the chance to catch up with Ms Pollard's recent adventures - with the Sixth Doctor! Colin Baker and India Fisher star in seven stories as Charley tries to adjust to a life with a man she once knew... in the future! Each story is £5, or you can get all seven for £30.

    Follow Charley's adventures in the Sixth Doctor's life in seven fantastic Doctor Who tales starring Colin Baker and India Fisher. The stories are:

    The Condemned
    The Doomwood Curse
    Brotherhood of the Daleks
    The Raincloud Man
    Patient Zero
    Paper Cuts
    Blue Forgotten Planet

    Each story is £5 on CD or download, or you can buy all seven for £30. And don't forget, you can still pre-order Charlotte Pollard - Series One at a special reduced price!
    I actually found Charley's exploits with Six to be a lot more palatable than her post Zagreus adventures with Eight... she was less... annoying. I've just preordered the Pollard boxset, so let's hope it lives up to the press!

    Going back out to the desert shortly, so just stocked up on a shed load of audio dramas. Really looking forward to sinking into them.

    At some point, probably when I get back, I *really* need to make headway into the Bernice Summerfield range. I love the stuff I've heard of her so far when she's with the Doctor (especially Eight's 'The Company of Friends'!). There's a new Bernice & Seventh Doctor boxset out soon... but being the stickler for chronology that I am... I really cannot go anywhere near it until I've ploughed through the existing Bernice stuff...


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    The Worlds of Doctor Who



    "This year, Big Finish will have been making Doctor Who audio adventures for 15 years. To celebrate this landmark we are releasing a special story in November, The Worlds of Doctor Who, which tells one epic four-hour adventure that weaves through many of our ranges.

    Linking these episodes together is the enigmatic, wholly dangerous Mr Rees, who is played by Jamie Glover. Doctor Who fans may recognize Jamie for playing William Russell in Mark Gatiss’s acclaimed An Adventure in Space and Time.

    1: Mind Games by Justin Richards
    In Victorian England, Henry Gordon Jago and Professor Litefoot investigate worrying events on the streets of London – which seem to be linked to the New Regency Theatre’s resident act, the mesmerist Mr Rees…

    2: The Reesinger Process by Justin Richards
    London, 1964, and the repercussions of Jago and Litefoot’s adventure are dealt with by Sir Toby Kinsella and his crack team of specialists at Counter-Measures. What is the Reesinger Process – and who is behind it?

    3: The Screaming Skull by Jonathan Morris
    Disgraced soldiers Ruth Matheson and Charlie Sato are called back into action by Captain Mike Yates, when the UNIT Vault is mysteriously locked down by a deadly force. Together they must infiltrate the Vault and get those trapped out alive. But what enemy are they facing?

    4: Second Sight by Nick Wallace and Justin Richards
    The actions of Mr Rees have alerted the Time Lords of Gallifrey, and Romana has assigned her best warrior. Independently, the Sixth Doctor has arrived on Earth. A power from the dawn of the Universe is about to be unleashed once more…"

    http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/the-worlds-of-doctor-who---cover-and-details


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    That sounds interesting. It might be a way of trying some of their other ranges.


    Big Finish have a May Day offer. For today only you can purchase any main range Doctor Who release from 51-100 for £7.50 on CD and £6.50 on download.

    http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/may-day-special-offer

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    Sad, sad news from Big Finish. Paul Spragg has passed away.

    http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/paul-spragg

    Having had a few dealings with him over orders, reading his contributions to Vortex magazine and listening to him on the BF podcasts, he seemed such a lovely man, totally dedicated to Big Finish. What a total shock. RIP Paul.

    Tribute by Tom Splisbury

    http://tomspilsbury.moonfruit.com/
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    So - My little update.

    Listened to a fair bit more Big Finish lately.

    Jago and Litefoot S1 and 2 are both fantastic! Easily some of the best DW based drama BF have produced! I would highly recommend it, but make sure you listen to 'The Mahogany Murderers' first!


    Despite the awesomeness of Gallifrey 1-3... Gallifrey IV is a bit dull, so unless you're a die hard fan and want to see it through to the final series, don't bother. Really.

    There's some really good main range stuff going on, a three-episode sequel to 'Colditz' with Dr Elizabeth Klein, the Nazi from an alternate timeline that is no more, is fantastic! I'd thus highly recommend 'Colditz', 'A thousand tiny wings', 'survival of the fittest' and 'architects of history'!

    Lastly, I'm currently listening to 'Heroes of Sontar', a 5th Doctor story, and it's GREAT! The Sontarans aren't quite how they are in New Who, but they're damn funny and lovable in that wonderful Sontaran way! Sontaran marching songs are a blast!


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    Special Offer on Companion Chronicles Series 1-4 This Weekend!

    http://bigfinish.com/news/v/special-...4-this-weekend

    In June, our acclaimed range Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles comes to an end. To honour its success, this weekend we are presenting a massive special offer on the first four series - that's 32 titles!

    The Companion Chronicles comprise stories told by the companions and friends of the Doctor, and their intimate and emotional storytelling has been a huge hit with listeners.

    The first four seasons are on special offer, with individual titles costing just £5 each (£2.99 on download!!!). These seasons include some of the many classics in the range including Home Truths performed by Jean Marsh as Sara Kingdom, The Mahogany Murderers which reintroduced Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter as Jago and Litefoot, The Glorious Revolution performed by Frazer Hines as Jamie, The Suiffering with Peter Purves and Maureen O'Brien as Steven and Vicki, and the much-loved Solitaire which pits Charley (India Fisher) against the Celestial Toymaker (David Bailie).

    Season bundles work out even cheaper!

    The Companions Chronicles - The Specials Box Set, which includes The Three Companions (Anneke Wills, Nicholas Courtney and John Pickard) and The Mists of Time (Katy Manning), is also on offer for just £10.

    It's a not to be missed opportunity to catch up with the range - but hurry, the offer ends on Monday morning!

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    OMG!

    Just listening to 'The Silver Turk' a wonderful look at the Eighth Doctor before he mey Charley.... and it has THE best theme...



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    It's amazing the different variations you can get on one piece of music. I rather enjoy listening what people have put on this site from time to time.

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    Nice!


    I've just started listening to the 4th Doctor boxset (Tom Baker's first Big Finish offering). I'm ten minutes in and I'm chuckling like mad! Tom Baker at his absolute best! I'd forgotten how great he is!


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