My Top 10 Big Finish Releases of 2017

Happy New Year, one and all; and welcome to GallifreyArchive in 2018! Whilst the last year is still fresh in our memory (or not, depending on how much you had to drink last night), I thought I’d do a countdown of my favourite ten Big Finish releases from the 2017, and remind you why I liked them. So, without any further ado, let’s get started!

10. Corpse Day

Corpse Day by James Goss saw the welcome return of Owen to the Torchwood team, played by Burn Gorman, and joined by PC Andy, played by Tom Price. This incredibly dark and sinister tale felt like the perfect way to reintroduce Owen to the world of Torchwood.
Read the full review here.
Buy Corpse Day here.

 

9. All Hands On Deck

All Hands On Deck by Eddie Robson saw the Susan have to deal with the news of the Time War, as well as her Grandfather in his Eighth incarnation. Carole Ann Ford plays Susan beautifully; and this Short Trip helps answer the question of how Susan felt about the Time War, and if she had any role in it.
Read the full review here.
Buy All Hands On Deck here.

8. Pretty Lies

Pretty Lies by Guy Adams shows us yet another aspect of the Time War; this time looking at war journalism, reporting, and being famous amongst the galaxy. This, in my opinion, was the perfect way to start the War Doctor’s last box set, and was one of the most enjoyable listens I’ve had in a long time.
Read the full review here.
Buy The War Doctor: Casualties of War here.

7. The Shape of Things To Come

The only story in this list that I haven’t reviewed on the site, The Shape of Things To Come is one of Big Finish’s HG Wells adaptations. Now, I’ll be honest, before Big Finish did this series, I wasn’t too clued up about Wells’ work, besides The Time Machine and The War of The Worlds (both of which either have or will be adapted by Big Finish), but it was The Shape of Things To Come that most surprised me. This modern-feeling tale was extremely engaging; and Guy Adams’ adaptation, bringing it into the modern age, was a stroke of genius.
Buy The Shape of Things To Come here.

6. torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor

torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor by Scott Handcock was easily one of Big Finish’s most experimental releases of 2017. The whole idea of an audio story all about piracy and torrenting was really interesting, and Scott managed to realise is brilliantly. This was also a stand out for the sound design, Rob Harvey did an absolutely stellar job; and I can only hope that this released has paved the way for more experimental Torchwood releases in the future.
Read the full review here.
Buy torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor here.

5. The Jago & Litefoot Revival (Acts 1 & 2)

The Jago & Litefoot Revival Act One and Act Two, by Jonathan Barnes was one of the best uses of the Short Trips formula I’ve had the pleasure of hearing. I’ll be honest, I’m not normally the biggest fan of Jago & Litefoot; but when I saw that this two part Short Trip featuring the Tenth Doctor was being released; I couldn’t resist but have a listen. Both Trevor Baxter and Christopher Benjamin did sterling jobs, and it is such a shame that we lost Trevor Baxter this year.
Read the full review of Act One and Act Two here.
Buy Act One and Act Two here.

4. The Starship of Theseus

The Starship of Theseus by John Dorney is my favourite Eighth Doctor release of 2017. If you’re a regular reader of the site, you’ll know that I absolutely love the Eighth Doctor; he’s easily my favourite, so having this accolade is no easy feat. What I loved about The Starship of Theseus was that we got the chance to see a lighter side of the Eighth Doctor, whilst being utterly confused by what was going on. The revelation was superb, and the performances were absolutely amazing. I couldn’t recommend this story highly enough, just make sure you’re paying attention.
Read the full review here.
Buy The Eighth Doctor: The Time War 1 here.

3. Time In Office

Time In Office by Eddie Robson is my only release on this list from the Monthly Range of Doctor Who. This release is somewhat of an anthology, comprising of four separate stories, which were all connected by the common thread of the Fifth Doctor being forced to stay on Gallifrey and rule as President. These stories are like a mix of Doctor Who and The Thick of It, showing the political side of Gallifrey; and yet making it incredibly engaging and fun to listen to. If you’re after something a little bit different from a Doctor Who release, this could easily be the one for you.
Read the full review here.
Buy Time In Office here.

2. The Sky Man

The Sky Man by James Goss is somewhat of a late contender to this list, as it only came out in December as part of The War Master box set, Only The Good. The Sky Man shows the Master allowing his companion, Cole, to go out into the universe and try and make a change for the better, whilst the Time War is happening all around them. It’s releases like this that remind me why I love Big Finish; they’ll take a character like the Master and allow him to develop past the moustache twirling villain, and we get to see how he acts when the Doctor is not around. The ending of The Sky Man is heartbreaking, and I have a hunch that, if more War Master releases are announced, that we’ll get to see some of the repercussions.
Read the full review here.
Buy The War Master: Only The Good here.

1. How To Win Planets and Influence People

So, here we have it; How To Win Planets and Influence People by James Goss is my favourite Big Finish release from 2017. A Short Trip featuring the Monk played by Rufus Hound giving a TED-style talk on, unsurprisingly how to win planets and influence people. Like torchwood_cascade_CDRIP.tor earlier; this is another release that experiments with how you can tell stories through the medium of audio, and both Goss’ script and Hound’s performances makes it work incredibly well. If you never listen to another piece of advice that I give you, I implore you to go and spend the £2.99 it costs to buy this, sit down, and enjoy yourself for 35 minutes.
Read the full review here.
Buy How To Win Planets and Influence People here.

 

 

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