Well, Poly asked for it so here’s the definite but brief guide to the televised/audioised adventures of the Eighth Doctor. Basically, the TV movie and the Big Finish stories. I’m steering clear of novels, web animations, et al.
I’ll try to keep the reviews very brief, and hopefully you’ll all benefit from knowing the peaks and troughs of the first and only Scouse Doctor Who’s adventures.
I’ll start off with the TV movie as an example: don’t bother unless you watch it with the sound down, you’re drunk, you just want to see Sylvestor McCoy shot or you want to watch fanboys froth as they try to explain how the Doctor is/isn’t half-human.
Should you listen to it? Yes, just to get you started
Should you listen to it? Not if you’re American, but yes if you want to listen to an historic Whovian meeting
Should you listen to it? Do you like Mark Gatiss? Do you like Simon Pegg? Do you like Jessica Stevenson? Then what are you waiting for?
Should you listen to it? On the whole, yes.
Should you listen to it? Can’t tell you for sure. But probably not.
Should you listen to it? Erm…
Should you listen to it? Only if you have several reference books with you and can cope with Lalla Ward STRESSING every OTHER word WHENEVER she’s TRYING to SUGGEST anger
Should you listen to it? If you’ve still got those reference books on you… Otherwise, you can give it a miss.
Should you listen to it? Hell yes
Should you listen to it? Not if you want to avoid wasting £15. Only worth it if you want to know who C’rizz is. You don’t.
Should you listen to it? Very clever with a nice twist. Not to everyone’s tastes though
Should you listen to it? Another maybe. Sorry
Should you listen to it? This I remember as being forgettable
Should you listen to it? Now this one was good. Go listen to it
Should you listen to it? Worth it for the battles between Charley and Perfection, played by Daphne Ashbrook (the eighth Doctor’s on-screen companion Grace), as well as the vocal talents of Paul Darrow and Don Warrington
Should you listen to it? Another very good one. Has the marvellous French Dalek resistance. Seriously.
Should you listen to it? It’s marvellous and quite touching. Especially good are McGann’s interactions with India Fisher’s sister, Francesca Hunt. Also features Ron Moody as the Duke of Wellington
Should you listen to it? Not bad, but probably not worth wasting your pennies on
Should you listen to it? Nah. Not unless you liked Cube, that is
Should you listen to it? If you don’t like the light stuff, steer clear. Otherwise, give it a whirl. Full review here
1 Blood of the Daleks: Full review here
2 Horror of Glam Rock: Full review here
3 Immortal Beloved: Full review here
4 Phobos: Full review here
5 No More Lies: Full review here
6 Human Resources: Full review here
Big Finish Specials
Shada: Get the Tom Baker version instead
Living Legend: Marvellous, but short. Get yourself a copy if you can.
Okay, not entirely definitive since I’m going to have to turf out a few of them to remember what they were like.