Big Finish review-The Siege of Big Ben

Jackie Tyler has everything she’s ever wanted: a loving husband and two children. But a terrible, far-reaching plan is underway, and only Jackie and a single friend stand in the way of it.

But the Doctor isn’t the man he was…

The Siege of Big Ben is a highly anticipated release. Ever since we left the Tylers and the meta-crisis tenth Doctor at the end of series 4, (10 years ago!) fans have wondered what happened next. Thankfully, Big Finish has given us some answers with this release.

This can’t have been an easy thing to write. Not only did Joe Lidster have to tell a gripping story that lives up to the fans expectations. He had to re-introduce us to the parallel Earth, or “Pete’s world”.

A base under siege scenario is a stablemate for Doctor Who. But Lidster manages to beautifully subvert what could be a repetitive format and turn it into a glorious character piece.

The script draws parallels between The Doctor being more human, and the human, being more like The Doctor we know and love. Having Jackie be the most Doctor-like character in the story adds an interesting dynamic.

The script is sharp, the direction is smooth and David Roocroft’s sound design is inspired. All in all, The Siege of Big Ben is a story about love, loss and the difficulties that come with moving on. You feel all of these things whilst listening. Camille Coduri oozes charm and instantly reminds you, why we all love Jackie Tyler.

This world is waiting for further exploration and I hope, this leads to some full-cast adventures.

10/10.

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Joseph Lidster Interview

Martyn is joined by writer, Joe Lidster. They chat about Joe’s work on television shows, such as Torchwood and, The Sarah Jane Adventures. They also discuss Joe’s other work for Big Finish. As well as their love for The Tomorrow People and, the operatic society.

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DWPA Valiant 2 Special

Martyn and Geeksyndicate’s David Monteith interview Doctor Who fans and guests for the DWPA at Fantom Films’ Valiant 2 event. In order of appearance:

  • Writers Joseph Lidster and Simon Guerrier
  • David Weston, Kenneth Cope and Clifford Rose (1980 story Warriors’ Gate)
  • Roy Spencer (sixties stories The Ark and Fury from the Deep)
  • Sophie Aldred (7th Doctor companion ‘Ace’)

Valiant 2: fantomfilms.co.uk
DWPA: www.doctorwhopodcastalliance.org
Geek Syndicate: geeksyndicate.wordpress.com

The podcast is available from all good podcast services, such as but not limited to Amazon Music, PodchaserPlayer FM, Stitcher, and Apple Podcasts.

Check out our Youtube.

If you’d like to support the show, then please shop via our Amazon link. A small percentage goes our way, at no extra cost to you.

Socials:

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Martyn – @BadWilf

Gerrod –@InGerrodsMind

Pete – @BeeblePete

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Pictured below: Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier, David Weston, Kenneth Cope and Clifford Rose, Roy Spencer, David Monteith and Sophie Aldred.