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Stardust Balance

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Haha! They've finally announced the last Doctor and last NuWho monster last night, and officially revealed the boxart cover of the four stories to be released this July! I can't wait to hear them all and draw further inspiration from it! The first boxset was responsible for giving me the idea of Stardust encountering four former enemies for season six - Remember? The Changeling-Griffon-Diamond Dogs-Dragon idea I expressed? - And now the first and last stories of this new volume is giving me thoughts of having Stardust face off against the Tantabus again in season seven.

 

We'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, looking forward to getting this! The last boxset was fantastic, and I'm sure this one will be too!

 

https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/classic-doctors-new-monsters-volume-02-1472

 

The Fourth Doctor squares off against the deadly Vashta Nerada. The Fifth Doctor goes back to a time where his home planet fought a bloody war against the Racnoss and their sinister Empress. The Sixth Doctor travels to the 1980's, where witches are considered the deadly norm, and the Carronites may as well prove the town's fears authentic. And the Eight Doctor finds himself facing off a dangerous enemy he encountered four regenerations ago, ready to be deployed for the Time War...

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One of his few final works before his untimely passing. Sir Hurt will be beloved and missed by many the world over. Beforehand, though, the fantastic actor and human being in general had recorded his own parts in this finale boxset from Big Finish, released only a week ago, alongside an audio adaptation of "The Invisible Man." What's more, this finale boxset starring his role as the War Doctor features a reunion with a classic Doctor Who companion, and the lovely Jacqueline Pearce as the formidable Cardinal Ollistra.

 

 

Farewell, Sir John Hurt, and may your name be carried through generations to come.

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What is that? What even is that? It boggles me that some people use this inane excuse of "If you don't like something about a franchise or media, you're not a true fan!" Being a fan isn't an entitlement to like every aspect of a show/movie/book. You can find many problems in something you like and still love it for what it's worth. Reality check, there's no such a thing as a "true fan;" there's always going to be something in a franchise you'll disagree with. If there isn't, then you're only fooling yourself. The minute you use the "true fan" line, you've lost the argument right there and then.

 

Example: I love MLP, but utterly despise EQG, which is a part of MLP. Does that make me any less of a fan? No.

 

There's a difference between a subjective opinion, and being so childish to call someone "not a true fan" simply because you disagree with them.

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Big Finish have shown their remarkable craftsmanship in audio dramas with the recent released boxset of The Diary of River Song 2. This time, River encounters not one, but TWO of the classic Doctors. And as someone who listened to it firsthand, I definitely, highly recommend it to River Song and Doctor Who fans in general alike; River's chemistry with the Sixth and Seventh Doctors are nothing short of spectacular. Most notably, however, is her interactions with Six, which has made me ship the pairing of 6/River more than River with any other incarnation. Their chemistry is just beautiful to listen to, and I think any DW fan would love it too.

 

Look, even the official Doctor Who Youtube channel advertised its work. I love it when they show support to that brilliant audio company. XD

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7Xt9kgnqUY

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Hear that a monster has been elected the new President of an already corrupt country, no snow has yet to appear despite weather forecasts - Shocking - and you're almost freezing to the bone. Luckily, Big Finish released a new audio today:

 

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So that cheers me up right away.
Also, preview for the next chapter will be published this following midnight. Hopefully that helps!

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How the clear romance between Vapor Trail and Sky Stinger had a million times more depth and realism to it than all the EQG specials combined. This romance was actually subtle, and it made me FEEL for these characters. I wanted them to get together at the end. And they did... Kinda. But I will take a subtle romance over blatant Disney ripoff anyday.

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Here's a little something about me: I'm a Whovian, and also a fan of audio stories.

 

More specifically, audio dramas, which are entirely different than audiobooks. The book versions are narrations of, well, books. Whereas audio dramas are self-contained stories filled with voice actors, sound effects and pretty anything you see and hear on TV but without the visuals. They're a wonder to behold, because like books, they rely on your imagination to 'see' what's happening while listening.

 

Case in point, the Doctor Who audios by Big Finish Productions. For the majority of you who are probably unaware, Big Finish is a BBC-licensed company which create audio stories starring the classic Doctors, alongside recently John Hurt's War Doctor and David Tennant's Tenth Doctor, all voiced by the very same people who played them on the show. And not just them, but companions old or brand new to exclusive audios. For over 17 years now Big Finish have created audio stories every month for each Doctor - mostly the classics from Tom Baker all the way to Paul McGann - with returning villains from the classic era, and even entirely new monsters they thought up on their own.

 

The company's main director is none other than Nicholas Briggs. Yes, the very man who voices the Daleks, Cybermen and many other monsters you've seen on NuWho thus far. And speaking of NuWho, this is a release of theirs that just came out today, available for CD boxset or download:

 


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Big Finish have done wonders for the Doctor Who universe, even creating spin-offs audio over numerous old companions. An example being "The Sarah Jane Adventures" starring the late Elisabeth Sladen.

 

They've also managed to make one of the least likable Doctors into one of the most beloved; Colin Baker's Doctor shines in these audios, the much better written quality mellowing his character and granting him the chance to my personal favourite audio Doctor.

 

In addition, remember those names Paul's Doctor referenced in "Night of the Doctor" just before regenerating? All companions from his era in the audios.

 

Any downside? Well, depending on the range, the audios can be quiet expensive. The average price for their CDs is fifteen quid, while download is ten. Boxsets are even much more expensive. But I can guarantee you one thing:

 

They're well worth the price. Big Finish's writing is far superior in comparison to the Classic Who and NuWho combined. And that's saying a lot, I know. But then again, it's all down to personal opinion.

 

Big Finish is also responsible for the creation of my all-time favourite incarnation of the Master, voiced by Alex MacQueen.

 

So, check them out right here. If you're a huge Whovian like myself, and need to fill the void as we await the tenth series of the show, you won't be disappointed. The writing is superb, the characters memorable, and it shows more faith and respect to the franchise than anything else I know. Biased? Maybe. They also have separate audio rangers unrelated to Doctor Who featuring old shows like Avengers and Blake's 7.

 

As their motto says: We love stories.

 

https://www.bigfinish.com/

 

Here are some other references:

 

Their first ever story: Sirens of Time.

 


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Their own tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who: Light at the End.

 


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Giving Colin's Doctor send-off he couldn't get from his time in the show: The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure.

 


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The first of the Tenth Doctor's return: The Tenth Doctor Adventures, Volume One.

 


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And finally, their own spin on Sir John Hurt's incarnation: The War Doctor, Only The Monstrous.

 


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