In the second of our Writers Specials, we speak to Tommy Donbavand and Simon Guerrier about writing for Doctor Who. Tommy talks about his recent Eleventh Doctor and Clara novel, Shroud of Sorrow and Simon about giving words to the Second Doctor and Jamie in is his Destiny of the Doctors audio, Shadow of Death.
They then talk about the recent Big Finish sixth Doctor and Mel trilogy, The Wrong Doctors, Spaceport Fear and The Seeds of War. Whilst the DWP team are geeking out about this sometime controversial TARDIS team, Ian pops in to chat about the Mechanoids sole Big Finish outing, The Juggernauts.
Tune in next week to hear the verdict on what has been arguably Big Finish’s most anticipated release EVER – the 50th anniversary special featuring Doctors 1 to 8 – The Light at the End!
In a bonus edition of The Doctor Who Podcast, we bring you the first in a mini-series of interviews with writers who have become synonymous with Doctor Who fiction, either through writing books, Big Finish audios or extensive articles for Doctor Who Magazine – or in many cases, all three!
First up, it’s Jonathon Morris who takes time out from his appearance at Big Finish Day 3 to speak to us. Jonny’s back catalogue of Doctor Who output is vast – and is still growing. He’s the author of over 40 Big Finish audio plays and four original Doctor Who novels for the BBC. Check out his blog – it makes facinating reading.
In this interview he talks to Tony and Laura, our intrepid roving reporters at about writing, missing episodes and how it feels to put words into the mouths of actors we became familiar with by watching them on the telly all those years ago.
Many thanks to both Big Finish Productions and to 10th Planet Events for allowing us to cover the event. Enjoy the show!
This week the Campervan time travels back to 1967 to take a look at the classic story, The Ice Warriors. The story has recently been released on two brand new shiny DVDs and the two missing episodes have been animated, allowing fans to experience the story in a way that simply hasn’t been possible until now.
Stephen and Michele share similar cultural and Doctor Who histories. They’ll agree on everything, right? Judge for yourself as they discuss a recent Big Finish main range trilogy – The Burning Prince, The Acheron Pulse and The Shadow Heart. But it isn’t until they turn their thoughts to the casting of Peter Capaldi that things get really … uh … “hot.”
We also offer a calmer, more refined Big Finish review from Ian and Michele. This week they conclude their look at the second series of Fourth Doctor and first Romana stories with a review of the two-part finale, The Dalek Contract and The Final Phase.
Stephen continues his mission to record with the entire DWP Campervan crew in the space of just one month. Not afraid of controversy, Stephen opts to discuss another thorny issue – can Doctor Who really be considered as a British show any longer? Who better to fly the flag for Britiain, but the softest, fluffiest and sweetest member of the DWP, Mr Leeson Fischer. Abandon hope all ye who download.
For listeners that survive this episode, we’ll be back next week to to look at two early stories that have both had episodes returned to the BBC archives recently, Galaxy Four and the Underwater Menace.
Ian and Stephen are in the Campervan this week talking about the idea of an older actor playing the Doctor. After having several beautiful young men in the prime of their life play the part, we are now presented with a more mature option, Peter Capaldi.
Ian and Stephen talk about their reaction to the casting decision and indeed, what an older lead actor means for show. The boys even dare to discuss the thorny subject of “Just how old is the Doctor?”. Wow. it’ll be UNIT dating next.
Hold on to your hats for next week – it’s the one we’ve ALL been waiting for. When Stephen met Leeson. You have been warned.
Heralding a darker, edgier Eighth Doctor, Dark Eyes takes the Doctor that once deliriously marvelled at how well a pair of borrowed shoes fitted, into a new and very exciting direction.
Join the Three Who Were Never Meant to Rule, Ever, as they feast upon the smorgasbord of story that Dark Eyes presents for us.
We also feature the epic continuation of our Seventh Heaven series, where Stephen Elsden is watching, for the first time, ALL the stories from the Seventh Doctor era!
They’ve finally managed to do it. After years of trying, Ian and Michele have finally broken out of the Campervan annex and have ‘peacefully occupied’ the Executive Recording Lounge! The reason for this incursion however is valid as they’ve found a Dalek to interview. And this is no ordinary Dalek either – it’s none other than Barnaby Edwards who has been operating various Skarosians for nigh-on twenty years. And if that wasn’t enough, Ian and Michele review The Spectre of Lanyon Moor, an early Big Finish play starring Barnaby and written by fellow Dalek operator, Nicholas Pegg.
Join James and Trev next week as they discuss….well, that would be telling wouldn’t it?!
This week a veritable feast of DVD reviewing as Trevor, James and Tom chow down on two classic era DVD releases. The First Doctor story Planet of Giants and the Third Doctor story The Ambassadors of Death fall under the microscope of the DWP campervan team.
Also included this week is a review of one of the more recent Tom Baker Big Finish audios, The Auntie Matter.