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The Renaissance Man

“He’s achieved nothing! Except a glorfied encyclopedia masquerading as a theme park!” Now this is more like it. After the somewhat average but still enjoyable “Destination Nerva”, “The Renaissance Man” supplies the listener with a much more interesting story, and

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Destination: Nerva

Tom Baker is playing the Doctor again!!! Do I need to write anything else? My favorite Doctor has always been the Fourth, and the one thing missing from some otherwise excellent Big Finish output was new stories featuring Tom Baker.

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The Ribos Operation

“The Ribos Operation” is a little gem of a story, tucked in the middle of the formerly maligned Graham Williams era. “Ribos” is a good example of Robert Holmes at the top of his game. The plot is strong and

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Revenge of the Cybermen

Six years after “The Invasion” aired, it’s good to see the Cybermen return. And it’s doubly nice since they wouldn’t be seen again for another six years after this. “Revenge of the Cybermen” adds to the future history of the

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The Android Invasion

Probably the best thing about “The Android Invasion” is the chance to see Harry Sullivan and Mr. Benton again, for what sadly turns out to be the final appearance in the series for both characters. And most of the time

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Genesis of the Daleks

“Genesis of the Daleks” is a genuine classic, and probably one of Doctor Who’s top ten stories. When Terry Nation was forced to rewrite his standard Dalek storyline and come up with “something a little different”, he brought his A-game

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The Sontaran Experiment

“The Sontaran Experiment” follows directly from “The Ark in Space”. We’ve seen how the privileged elite representatives of the human race survived on Space Station Nerva, and now we get to see how those who struck out into deep space

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The Ark in Space

“Robot” is essentially a coda to the Pertwee era even if it is the fourth Doctor’s introductory story. The tone of the series changes dramatically with Tom Baker’s second story, “The Ark in Space”, written by Robert Holmes, and here

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Image of the Fendahl

I’ve never quite been able to put my finger on the exact reason, but I’ve always found this story somewhat dull. Perhaps “unengaging” would be a better word. “Image of the Fendahl” certainly has plenty of atmosphere, but I just

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Robot

Back when I was young I first began watching “Doctor Who” on my local PBS station. It seemed as if they constantly looped Tom Baker’s first four seasons starting with “Robot” and ending with “Invasion of Time”. I remember watching

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