Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctor: Enemy Aliens

Enemy Aliens is the eighth episode of Destiny of the Doctor by Big Finish/AudioGo which celebrated Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary in 2013.
As this is the eighth episode it accordingly featured the Eighth Doctor as well as a cameo by the Eleventh Doctor who was then the incumbent Doctor.
Eighth Doctor actor Paul McGann however was not involved with this.
In lieu of McGann, this story is narrated by India Fisher as Charley in a two-hander with Michael Maloney as Hilary Hammond.
Written by Alan Barnes and released in August 2013.
Like the Sixth Doctor episode Trouble in Paradise, the Eleventh Doctor cameo takes place near the start of this episode but unlike all the previous episodes of Destiny of the Doctor, the Eleventh Doctor cameo turns up again later on here.
The Eleventh Doctor gives a message to the Eighth including to look out for enemy aliens.
This then sees the Eighth Doctor and Charley going to the streets of London’s West End 1935 to find William Tell.
However it wasn’t the legendary William Tell from the 14th century. It is instead the name of a performer on stage someone who has a plethora of facts in his head not unlike Mr Memory from The 39 Steps.
On seeing this act from William Tell, the Doctor tells Charley that there is no way that their fellow audience members would know whether Tell got anything wrong as they don’t have Wikipedia to check against.
However it was funny when Charley then says that she hasn’t heard of Wikipedia as she is from 1930!
Just as Tell was on stage, he is shot dead and this is when Hilary Hammond comes in.
Absolutely enthralling from here on in when it is revealed who this Hilary Hammond is.
An especially key point in all this is when the Doctor and listener found out what enemy aliens really as it is not really what it was thought to have meant.
It is a reference to a fact in the real world one on reflection I knew about before.
Fascinating on the resolution that got achieved.
Amusing the ending which technically could be considered a cliffhanger but not one anyone should worried about.

Enemy Aliens was especially enjoyable due to India Fisher’s narration.

A high point to this narration was when Charley describes an invention of the Doctor’s as it was very funny.

However it was tragic when she described what became of the boys the Doctor and Charley met just before they went to see Tell’s act.

Rather akin to The Chase novelisation where it revealed what became of Morton Dill after meeting the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara, Vicki and a Dalek at the Empire State Building in 1966.

Matthew See

Spocksoc Vice President

Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctor: Shockwave

Shockwave is the seventh episode of Destiny of the Doctor by Big Finish/AudioGo which celebrated Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary in 2013.
As this is the seventh episode it accordingly featured the Seventh Doctor as well as a cameo by the Eleventh Doctor who was then the incumbent Doctor.
Seventh Doctor actor Sylvester McCoy however was not involved with this.
In lieu of McCoy, this story is narrated by Sophie Aldred as Ace in a two-hander with Ian Brooker as Captain OhOne
Written by James Swallow and released in July 2013.
The TARDIS lands the Seventh Doctor and Ace at a space station in the 49th century.
The race is on to save people from the said shockwave but it soon becomes clear to Ace that the Doctor has an agenda of his own.
Captain OhOne is presented as a sympathetic character with the situation at hand and quite a surprise that a red head girl by the name of NineJay was more than she appeared to be.
Pretty enjoyable by how all this got resolved in the midst of the danger that is the shockwave.

Matthew See

Spocksoc Vice President

Doctor Who: Short Trips: Forever Fallen

Forever Fallen is a special release from Big Finish.
It is the winner of The Paul Spragg Memorial Short Trip Opportunity in 2016.
Featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace.
Written by Joshua Wanisko.
Read by Nick Briggs.
Forever Fallen centres on scientist Sean Calvin who intends to remove free will on a planet.
The Doctor therefore has the task to prevent Calvin from doing so.
The story involves jumping time for each of nine years and Calvin being a father to his newly born daughter Odessa.
I am afraid this story didn’t work for me with the story structure did not gel well with me.
Was not able to enjoy this.


Matthew See
Spocksoc Vice President

Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctor: Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors is the fifth episode of Destiny of the Doctor by Big Finish/AudioGo which celebrated Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary in 2013.
As this is the fifth episode it accordingly featured the Fifth Doctor as well as a cameo by the Eleventh Doctor who was then the incumbent Doctor.
Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison however was not involved with this.
In lieu of Davison, this story is narrated by Janet Fielding as Tegan in a two-hander with Tim Beckmann as Harry Houdini.
Written by Steve Lyons and released in May 2013.
The story also features Adric and Tegan.
The Doctor takes Adric, Nyssa and Tegan to a 1920 fairground in answer to a distress call and this resulted in him meeting his old Harry Houdini.
Fascinating having Harry Houdini as part of this story especially when a certain old enemy turned up.
This plus the fact that an unexpected enemy also played his part.
Absolutely enthralling the way this story unfolded and certainly delivers the effects of what it says in its title.

Matthew See

Spocksoc Vice President

The Pretenders – Don’t Get Wrong – The Avengers tribute

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZxZbWmWaG4

This is a tribute music video of The Avengers with archive footage of Patrick Macnee as Steed and Diana Rigg as Peel.
Emma Peel is also played by Chrissie Hynde in this video as she searches fdr Steed.
Came across this by chance as this was on MTV at a medical centre where I was waiting for my vaccination.
Pretty enjoyable.

Matthew See

Spocksoc Vice President

Doctor Who: The God Complex tenth anniversary

September 17 2021 marks ten years since the original broadcast of The God Complex, the antepenultimate episode of Matt Smith’s second season as the Doctor
Written by Toby Whithouse, with this his second episode for the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory after the previous year’s The Vampires of Venice which was also Rory’s debut TARDIS trip.
The God Complex starts with a policewoman Lucy Hayward running away with what turns out to be a Minotaur in a hotel.
When I saw this back then I said that the sight of Lucy in a police uniform immediately reminded me of Amy in one in her first episode The Eleventh Hour and even Caitlin Blackwood gets to appear here as Amelia.
I will get to Caitlin later on.
It is revealed in the corresponding Confidential episode Heartbreak Hotel that Lucy Hayward was originally Lucy Miller at the script read-through.
TARDIS Wiki surmises the name change was to avoid confusion with Eighth Doctor Big Finish companion Lucie Miller.
Lucy Hayward then sees a gorilla, one that she had seen in a story book when she was younger which results in her death. Before her death Lucy wrote notes of this very experience.
After the title sequence, we see the Doctor, Amy and Rory at this hotel.
In his full debut The Eleventh Hour, the newly regenerated Eleventh Doctor developed a dislike for apples.
However in The God Complex, he willingly takes a bite of one….and does not spit it out.
They then sees pictures on a wall and these are pictures of the Minotaur’s victims and each picture has written the reason for their deaths.
As well as Lucy, these pictures include one of Royston Luke Gold and he looked remarkably like producer Marcus Wilson!
They soon meet other people in this hotel. These include Gibbis and Rita.
Gibbis is an alien from the planet Tivoli. Gibbis is a coward because that is the nature of his species as his planet often gets invaded and his species easily submit to the wishes of their invaders.
Incidentally Whithouse had the Doctor briefly brought up the subject of invasion albeit one by humans on Earth in The Vampires of Venice.
Whithouse later introduced another Tivoli, Prentis in his Twelfth Doctor 2015 story Under The Lake/Before The Flood.
Gibbis is played by David Walliams who is well known as one half of the Little Britain comedy duo (the other half being future Nardole, Matt Lucas and Little Britain was narrated by Fourth Doctor Tom Baker).
12 years before The God Complex. Walliams appeared in the Big Finish Fifth Doctor story Phantasmagoria.
Given that Walliams is a comedian and that The God Complex takes place in a hotel, I said at the time that despite Walliams being a comedian and this takes place in a hotel, The God Complex was not Fawlty Towers.
Incidentally Whithouse had written about a hotel before as he was a writer on the Hotel Babylon TV series (one to this day I still haven’t seen).
The God Complex was directed by Nick Hurran and at the time I noted the surreal nature of this episode is something that Hurran had handled before as he had worked on The Prisoner remake series.
Rita is a medical student and the Doctor immediately saw her as a prospective companion and even jokingly fired Amy as one!
The group explores the hotel and they discovered that they have rooms reserved for them.
In one of the rooms they went into, it had the Weeping Angels in them. It turns out that these Weeping Angels aren’t real as this is Gibbis’ room and they are a projection of Gibbis’ fear.
During this exploration, Amy picked up Lucy’s notes which she momentarily forgets to give to the Doctor when the Minotaur turned up. It was funny a little later on when everyone was away from the Minotaur that Amy finally gives the Doctor. Lucy’s notes and the Doctor hits Amy’s head with these notes for her forgetfulness. (Sorry, Amy)
The notes gave the Doctor, clues to the Minotaur’s nature and leading him to conclude that it is taking its victims due to what they fear the most.
Eventually the Doctor and Amy got to see the inside of their respective rooms.
The Doctor says of course when he looked into his room and it would not be revealed what he saw inside until the Eleventh Doctor’s swansong The Time of the Doctor.
The number of the Doctor’s room is 11, of course referring to him as the Eleventh Doctor.
Amy’s room number is 7 but we don’t know the significance of this number and what she saw inside until later on in the episode.
As well as Rita and Gibbis, the Doctor also met Joe and Howie and in the following order, Joe, Howie and sadly even Rita became victims of the Minotaur.
This leaves only the Doctor, Amy, Rory and Gibbis.
The Doctor then concludes the Minotaur wasn’t taking its victims out of fear but of faith. It is then revealed that Minotaur has taken possession of Amy as a result of earlier looking into her room.
They then runs into Amy’s room and what’s inside is young Amelia as played by Caitlin Blackwood. The number 7 therefore refers to the age Amelia was at when she met the Doctor.
It was funny during this scene in Amy’s room, Rory barricaded himself against the door to stop the Minotaur coming in.
However that was to no avail as the Minotaur kicked opened the door with Rory still on it. Rory then disappeared from view as he was behind the opened door and is momentarily forgotten about for the rest of this scene.
This scene has the Doctor convincing Amelia, who had believed the Doctor to be a hero, to break her faith in him saying that he is not a hero but a madman in a box.
This worked and the hotel then changes form as it revealed to be an alien prison all along.
The Minotaur then dies as it has no more faith to feed upon. In a reference to the classic series, the Doctor says here that the Minotaur was a cousin of the Nimon.
Whilst still on the subject of the classic series, the Eleventh Doctor breaking Amelia’s faith in him brought a reminder of the Seventh Doctor doing the same to Ace in The Curse of Fenric.
After seeing the death of the Minotaur, they leave the prison with the Doctor dropping Gibbis home.
Perhaps as an irony given his cowardly nature, Gibbis is the only person, other than the TARDIS crew, to have been brought into the hotel to have survived the Minotaur.
The Doctor then brought Amy and Rory to a house and to the latter two’s surprise it is their house the Doctor bought for them.
Rory then went inside as the Doctor and Amy talked alone.
The Doctor decided that this is the end of his travels with Amy and Rory because he says the alternative was seeing them die and even remarking of him standing over Amy’s grave.
Sadly the Doctor did just that in The Angels Take Manhattan and perhaps seeing the Weeping Angels earlier in Gibbis’ room was another foreshadow to The Angels Take Manhattan.
The Doctor then leaves to travel on his own and while this is not the last we see of Amy and Rory, a view was formed on reflection that this should have been the final time we saw of Amy and Rory instead of the sadness that was to come in The Angels Take Manhattan.

Matthew See

Spocksoc Vice President

Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2: Scenes From Her Life

Scenes From Her Life is the second episode of Doom Coalition 2.
Written by John Dorney.
This introduces Emma Cunniffe as Caleera, the said her in the episode title.
Cunniffe had been in the TV series playing Claire in Night Terrors.
Curiously the Doctor Who theme is absent at the start.
It was quite a mystery this episode presents which led to a particular revelation about Caleera.
Definitely well handled this revelation.
It was pretty funny that when the Doctor and Liv were talking to a husband and wife, this couple said something about Liv and the response that came from the Doctor with this made Liv not long to realise that it was an insult to her!


Matthew See
Spocksoc Vice President

Peter Davison, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Tom Price having Rigor Mortis

Started the radio series Rigor Mortis (2003-06) starring Peter Davison and Tracy-Ann Oberman (Yvonne Hartman).
Davison and Oberman would later reunite when the former was The Last Detective with the latter being a guest star in the episode The Long Bank Holiday and then much later on they did a Big Finish Doctor Who together in Tartarus with Oberman playing the titular character.
Rigor Mortis also features Tom Price (PC/Sgt Andy) and the first episode guest stars Beth Chalmers.
Price later reunited with Oberman for the Big Finish Torchwoods.
Chalmers would later play Seventh Doctor companion Raine Creevy for Big Finish.

Matthew See

Spocksoc Vice President

Jon Pertwee in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Saw the movie A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) with a brief appearance by Jon Pertwee.
In fact the teleplay for the movie based on the 1962 play of the same name was co-written by his brother Michael.
Also featuring Peter Butterworth. This movie was released in the UK on December 14 1966 and the start of that year in January, UK audience saw Butterworth as the Meddling Monk in episodes 8 to 10 of The Daleks Master Plan.
Also featuring Ingrid Pitt and John Bennett. Pitt and Bennett later worked with Pertwee in Doctor Who in The Time Monster & Invasion of the Dinosaurs respectively.


Matthew See
Spocksoc Vice President

Doctor Who: A Taste of Death

The Taste of Death is the first episode of The Tenth Doctor Chronicles from Big Finish.
Also featuring Rose but this episode did not involve David Tennant and Billie Piper as narrator Jacob Dudman does both their characters instead.
Intriguing when the Doctor and Rose goes to a resort and noticed something strange going on culminating with the return of an old enemy of theirs.
Fascinating adventure although I am not satisfied with the Doctor’s last line here as I did not take it as being consistent with his personality.

Matthew See

Spocksoc Vice President