The Great Journey: Big Finish Doctor Who Monthly Range 1-10

I’m currently on ‘the great journey’ with Big Finish’s monthly range of Doctor Who adventures. Below are the first 10 stories in my order of preference. Your mileage may – and probably will – vary.

The Best…
The Marian Conspiracy by Jacqueline Rayner*
The Spectre of Lanyon Moor by Nicholas Pegg*
The Genocide Machine by Mike Tucker
The Land of the Dead by Stephen Cole
The Fearmonger by Jonathan Blum

The Rest…
Red Dawn by Justin Richards
Winter for the Adept by Andrew Cartmel
Phantasmagoria by Mark Gatiss
The Sirens of Time by Nicholas Briggs
Whispers of Terror by Justin Richards

Analysis: Five of the first 10 adventures are good (handily noted above as, ‘The Best’), and two of them are very good (indicated with an asterix). Those two I’d happily recommend to anyone open to listening to the audios. Of note, both those stories both include the audio-only companion for the Sixth Doctor, Evelyn Smythe. You may have heard this before, but her character is a revelation.

Now, while this is good stuff, the flip-side is that, overall, we’re still talking a not-so-great 50-50 hit rate on the first 10 stories which is a bit grim for anyone going in with an open mind and hoping to hear some good stuff from the start. Naturally some are better than others – I found Red Dawn far more palatable than Phantasmagoria, but if it’s just The Best and The Rest, then this is my list.

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