Celebrate the Eighth Doctor Who this month!

Romantic and dashing, the passionate and alien Eighth incarnation of Doctor Who only appeared on screen once in a story that may not even ‘count’ for fans or for the casual viewer who missed it. However, it introduced one of the more extravagant and interesting versions of the Time Lord to date.

The Eight Doctor was more fully developed in a line of novels and comic strips but when McGann himself returned to the part in the Big Finish line of audio stories, it felt like he had finally arrived. Even after several series of audio stories, McGann remains the Doctor with the most untapped potential and luckily he is still at work furthering the legacy of the time-tossed Bryonic hero.

The Big Finish series of Eighth Doctor stories embodied the wild abandon and fantasy of the Graham Williams/Tom Baker era and added a modern spin that gave depth and character to several concepts and story lines that run through the program’s long history from Morbius to Romana and even the Krynoid.

This month has been something of a celebration of the Eighth Doctor as Big Finish has promoted bargain priced packages of all four of his current series. There’s also this nifty sculpture that can sit at your desk so co-workers can ask who that is and you can tell them the long convoluted story of the 1996 TV Movie… and then direct them to Big Finish to listen to Storm Warning and watch them get hooked.

Eight Doctor maxi-bust – Click to order from Forbidden Planet

Titan Merchandise are proud to announce the latest item in their limited edition, high-quality Doctor Who Masterpiece Collection!

This beautifully-sculpted 8″ maxi-bust of Paul McGann’s unique incarnation of the ever-regenerating Time Lord captures the every detail of his performance as the adventurous and romantic Eighth Doctor!
Paul McGann starred in the 1996 BBC/Fox Network TV movie (and many subsequent Big Finish audio adventures) as perhaps the most individual and certainly the most outwardly-romantic incarnation of The Doctor! The Eighth Doctor and his frockcoat, waistcoat, cravat & signature timepiece is brought to life in this intricately-detailed three-quarter length sculpt standing 8″ tall.

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In addition to a spiffy maxi-bust, the folks at Big Finish are running a special sale, the ideal way to prepare for Paul McGann’s impending new series of audio adventures.

Fans can choose from individual stories via download or CD, or just buy the entire cataclysmic fourth season as the Doctor and Lucie Miller travel through time and space.

The Ice Warriors, Daleks and even the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan are featured in this highly acclaimed season. Need to catch up? This is the perfect opportunity!

4.01 Doctor Who: Death in Blackpool by Alan Barnes
Lucie Miller always loved Christmas back home in Blackpool. Her Mam running a still-frozen turkey under the hot tap at ten. Great-Grandma Miller half-cut on cooking sherry by eleven. Her Dad and her uncle arguing hammer and tongs about who was the best James Bond all through dinner. And in the afternoon, Aunty Pat, haring up to the house on the back of a moped weighed down with ridiculous presents. Christmas 2009 didn’t turn out like that. Christmas 2009, the Doctor turned up…
4.02 Doctor Who: Situation Vacant by Eddie Robson
TRAVELLER IN TIME AND SPACE seeks male or female companion with good sense of humour for adventures in the Fourth and Fifth Dimensions. No experience necessary. No time wasters, no space wasters please.
4.03 Doctor Who: Nevermore by Alan Barnes
A bizarre manifestation in the Control Room forces the TARDIS onto the Plutonian shores of the irradiated world Nevermore, whose sole inhabitant is the war criminal Morella Wendigo – a prisoner of this devastated planet. But the Doctor and his new companion aren’t Morella’s only visitors. Senior Prosecutor Uglosi fears the arrival of an assassin, after the blood of his prize prisoner. An assassin with claws…
4.04 Doctor Who: The Book of Kells by Barnaby Edwards
‘Anyone who’s prepared to kill for a book interests me.’ Ireland, 1006. Strange things have been happening at the isolated Abbey of Kells: disembodied voices, unexplained disappearances, sudden death. The monks whisper of imps and demons. Could the Lord of the Dead himself be stalking these hallowed cloisters? The Doctor and his companion find themselves in the midst of a medieval mystery.
4.05 Doctor Who: Deimos by Jonathan Morris
Millions of years ago, the noble Ice Warriors fled to Deimos, moon of Mars, hoping to sit out the radioactive death throes of their home planet. When the TARDIS lands on Deimos, the Doctor discovers that the Warriors’ ancient catacombs are now a popular stop for space tourists. But the Martian dynasties are more than history, and the Warriors are far from extinct. It’s not for nothing that ‘Deimos’ is the ancient word for ‘dread’
4.06 Doctor Who: The Resurrection of Mars by Jonathan Morris
Deimos, moon of Mars – where Lord Slaadek’s plans to revive the ancient Ice Warrior civilisation hang by a thread. Only the Doctor can stop him… but an old enemy, hiding in the catacombs, has an alternative plan. A plan that will test the Doctor’s heroism to its limits. Just how far will the Doctor go to prevent the destruction and resurrection of Mars – on a day when his friends become enemies, and his enemies have right on their side?
4.07 Doctor Who: Relative Dimensions by Marc Platt
Christmas is a time for family, they say – which is why the Doctor has invited his grand-daughter Susan, and great-grandson Alex for Christmas dinner in his time and space machine. But who, or what, is the spectre at their yuletide feast? Venturing deep into the dark heart of the TARDIS, Susan uncovers her past, Alex is told his future – and the Doctor finds himself caught in a deadly dangerous present!
4.08 Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Sun by Eddie Robson
Six years after being captured by the galaxy-spanning organisation known only as The Consensus, the Doctor lives inside a hi-tech complex at the heart of an unstable sun, condemned to an eternity maintaining its systems. But rebel eyes have their eyes on the sun, and its lonely controller – and are prepared to risk even a galactic cataclysm to secure the Doctor’s release…
4.09 Doctor Who: Lucie Miller by Nicholas Briggs
Lucie Miller needs the Doctor’s help. The whole planet Earth needs his help. But he is nowhere to be seen. While Lucie struggles to survive a terrible sickness, an even greater threat to the human race is about to be unleashed. And this will be the second Dalek invasion of Earth the Doctor’s grand-daughter has had to endure.
4.10 Doctor Who: To the Death by Nicholas Briggs
After a last, futile fight-back against the Daleks, Lucie, Susan and Alex are heading home to England in the desperate hope of saving the Doctor’s life. But the true, terrible nature of the Daleks’ plan is beginning to emerge and the Monk has blood on his hands. To defeat the Daleks, it can only be a struggle… to the death.

Peruse the entire range of Eight Doctor adventures here.


6 thoughts on “Celebrate the Eighth Doctor Who this month!

  1. I haven’t encountered the Eighth Doctor much, only in a few novels and comic strips oh and the dubious original tv movie (the Doctor is half-human…Oh No He Isn’t!) but some of these audios sound (sound, geddit? Never mind) interesting. The Doctor imprisoned a the heart of a Sun, nice concept. I imagine that Lucie Miller is a more honest spin on the Rose concept (feisty, slightly vulgar, and no goo-eyes for the Doctor).
    I always felt that the notion of the Eighth Doctor as byronic was due entirely to his appearance in the TVM – tho’ he actually resembles a slim Oscar Wilde – rather than the characterisation therein, do the audios actually give him a romantic, adventurous byronic temperament? And which of the audios does the best by the character and why? There, I lay down the gauntlet Sir Jameson, dare you answer? Ahahahaha! (um, who let the Ainley-Master in here?) Seriously, where does Eight come in your list of favourite Doctors? I know that the Sixth has become one of your favourites because of the audios therefore vindicating both Six and Colin Baker, do you enjoy Paul McGann’s work in the role?


    • McGann is superb in the audios. I haven’t read the comic strips (which I hear are great) or the novels (which I hear gave him a rather cardboard personality), but he is bubbling with potential in the BF audios. It’s more akin to what BBC Wales thought they had accomplished with the 10th Doctor, a mad and romantic figure who is both brilliant and daring in the face of danger.

      The first two series of McGann’s audios do have a ‘Doctor in love’ angle but in that case it actually works (believe it or not). The first two series of the Eighth Doctor BF audios were clearly picked clean for ideas by Davies and crew, but the execution was absolutely dreadful.

      I have been very slowly reviewing the 8th Doctor audios here: https://dailypop.wordpress.com/category/doctor-who/doctor-who-8th-doctor/ I’m up to Neverland which is a big one followed by Zagreus which is about 3 hours long, I think. Ranked along the other Doctors, he is in equal standing to Davison, I think. Colin is still the King of the radio in my book, though. McCoy is the only one who is touch and go in my opinion.


    • The really unfortunate thing is that BF is determined to present (with only one exception that I know of) the Classic Doctors as they appeared on screen in regards to cover art. In the case of McGann there are very few images to work from and it all gets a bit silly seeing the exact same poses ‘photoshopped’ with daleks and such.

      The BF audio ‘Master’ (which I just finished listening to) strangely features an older image of McCoy with short hair.


  2. Sounds enticing, I think the idea of a Doctor played the way you describe is excellent, and, for me, Tennant never came close but then, I’m afraid, I don’t find him convincing. And I wanted to like him, honestly!
    I’d really like Paul McGann to get to play the Doctor at least once more on screen (in a good story). Someone make it so! I’ve checked out some of your Eighth reviews before now I’ll see if there’s any I’ve missed. Poor old Sylv I can’t disagree with you but, still.
    Hmm, I wonder what you thought of Master…


    • I too wanted so badly to enjoy Tennant’s Doctor (he had his moments when he wasn’t playing the ‘which is larger – my teeth or my eyes’ game) but view him as the single worst version that we’ve had to date. For all his charm and talent, Matt Smith is teetering into the same realm, but that’s mainly down to the scripts.

      I am fond of Sylv, but his Doctor can get aggressively OTT at times and damage the credibility of the drama. But when he is in good form and has a solid script, look out. I also share Doctor Oho’s opinion that he works better alone. Master was an interesting extension of ideas explored in the New Adventures series of books. It has plenty of atmosphere and the dear Philip Madoc. It veers into hystrionics at times, but… that’s kind of the nature of the tale.

      Review is forthcoming. I’ll be getting to Ark In Space as well.


  3. Well, the Seventh Doctor has some really good stories on tv and despite his acting weaknesses when he was given material within his range Sylvester rose to the occasion. AND he came across better on-screen than Colin, but as you say CB has been triumphant in the audios.
    I think that the books went too far with the dangerous, devious Seventh inflating an aspect of the character and allowing it to dominate for too long.
    The Great Philip Madoc. Excellent. A Real Actor. Oh, and The Ark in Space – tremendously important, Hinchcliffe and Holmes transforming Doctor Who before our very eyes. Tom beginning to define his Doctor; Elisabeth’s lovely, funny, brave Sarah; Ian M’s likeable, clumsy, noble Harry; scariness, wit and imagination. The beginning of the greatness. I cannot wait for your articles ,though I’ll have too! Greedy me :), really,take your time Jameson. All good things… Have a nice weekend.


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