The Great Journey: Big Finish Doctor Who Monthly Range 11-20

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

The Best…

Sword of Orion by Nicholas Briggs*
The Fires of Vulcan by Steve Lyons*
The Holy Terror by Robert Shearman*
Minuet in Hell by Alan W. Lear & Gary Russell*
Storm Warning by Alan Barnes
The Apocalypse Element by Stephen Cole
The Stones of Venice by Paul Magrs
Loups-Garoux by Marc Platt
The Shadow of the Scourge by Paul Cornell
The Mutant Phase by Nicholas Briggs

Analysis: Unlike the first 10 Big Finish adventures, this time around I don’t need to sort them into separate Best and Rest groupings as I think they are all genuinely pretty good in their own way. Quite a turnaround after the 50-50 hit rate on the previous grouping. So although I’ve put The Mutant Phase “last” in the listing, please understand that doesn’t mean I think it’s a duff story. I think it was solid and, indeed, I know people who would tell you it’s probably the best thing in this grouping.

Having Paul McGann step into the range, with three of his four stories making the top five here is also no fluke. He’s extremely good, which I’ve known for a long time, having actually bought the 8th Doctor Big Finish CDs back in the day as they were being released. It was my way of rationalising how I could afford the range; I decided to collect just one Doctor… so why not the Doctor who had next to no TV time and would be, in theory, the most interesting to learn more about in audio? McGann’s my man.

Of the 10, I also think a solid four are particularly noteworthy and these are again marked with an asterix. Sword of Orion with the Cybermen; The Fires of Vulcan allowing Bonnie Langford to be a total revelation; The Holy Terror being comedic and featuring Frobisher as well as a weird story; and Minuet in Hell, set in the USA and featuring the Brigadier. There’s some really good stuff there.

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