Tag Archive: Big Finish

Episode 325 – Tripping the Limelight Fantastic

Two topics up for review on this week’s episode.

First it’s the Third Doctor mini-series from Titan Comics. We tackle this story arc featuring the Third Doctor, Jo Grant, and a whole host of other familiar faces featured in era.

Then, another Big Finish audio drama from the Main Range. This time it’s the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn story The Assassin in the Limelight.

Plus, news of the week, including a fairly “SPOILERY” one, so be warned.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

Episode 324 – Improbable Plotting

Some Seventh and Twelfth Doctor materials this week.

We start with Big Finish mainline story #79 Night Thoughts featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex. Find out what they are up to, and what we thought of this atmospherically dark tale.

Then the Twelfth Doctor “auditions” more companions in Titan’s Year Two of his ongoing series. We look at issues #2.11 – #2.15.

Plus, our reaction to some of the news this week, including diversity in series 10.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

Episode 320 – Settling for Less

In this week’s episode we delve into some Seventh and Tenth Doctor materials.

First we look at the Big Finish Main Range audio play, story #82 “The Settling”. This story features the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex in a historical setting.

Then it’s on to the Titan Comics 10th Doctor series 2 issues #2.11 – #2.17, featuring the Tenth Doctor, Gabriella “Gabby” Gonzalez and Cindy Wu.

Plus we look at some news that came out last week.

Enjoy!

Episode 318 – Army Registration

In this week’s episode we talk army registration…er… we mean baby registration. But really the stuff you care about is our reviews.

First, we finish off Titan Comics 11th Doctor series 2 with issues #2.11 – #2.15 featuring, of course, the Eleventh Doctor, Alice, The Squire, Abslom Daak and River Song.

Then we tackle Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures: S2 #5 Phantoms Of The Deep featuring the Fourth Doctor and Romana I.

Plus, some more news this week.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

Scheduling From Here To Easter Saturday

With the Beeb’s recent announcement of Season 10 premiering on Easter Saturday, we feel confident in releasing the rest of the schedule up to that point for those of you who like to follow along…

Friday Night Who on 2/3 is “The Gunfighters” with William Hartnell.

TTV #317 is a Book Review of Lethbridge-Stewart: Mind Of Stone by Iain McLaughlan, and The Christmas Files shorts.

FNW 2/17 (Finally) is “The Power of the Daleks” Part 1-3, as the Patrick Troughton story comes to DVD in North America at last.

TTV #318 We’ll finish off Titan Comics 11th Doctor series 2 with #2.11 – #2.15, and tackle Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures: S2 #5 “Phantoms Of The Deep”.

Friday Night Who on 2/24 finishes “The Power of the Daleks” Part 4-6…

…and then an in-depth look into the story. We’ll talk about “The Power of the Daleks”(story, the animation, the color version), and the fan mounted film version in Traveling The Vortex #319

3/3 brings David Tennant to “New Earth” for Friday Night Who.

Our podcast epsisode #320 will review Titan Comics 10th Doctor series 2 issues #2.11 – #2.17, and Big Finish mainline story #82 “The Settling”.

FNW 3/10 is the masterful Tom Baker story “City Of Death”

TTV #321 is our Book Reviews of the novelization of City Of Death by Douglas Adams & James Goss

Friday Night Who on 3/17 brings back Peter Davidson and Team TARDIS in “Time Flight”

A pair of audios round things out for show #322, with Big Finish mainline stories #91 Circular Time and #93 Renaissance Of The Daleks.

Hartnell returns to Friday Night Who on 3/24 in “The Ark”

TTV #323 features our current listener’s poll, with a twist. We want all of YOU to vote on the WORST monsters to grace Doctor Who. The dregs, the deplorable, the ones despised by fandom. You know the ones. We’ll take the top ten vote getters, and then our job will be to rise to their defense and explain why they’re actually pretty great. If we can. Challenge Accepted!

Get your Funky Pertwee on with FNW on 3/31 as we watch the first three parts of “Invasion Of The Dinosaurs”

CORRECTION:

TTV #324 features the conclusion of Titan Comics 12th Doctor series 2 with issues #2.11 – #2.15, and Big Finish mainline story #89 No Man’s Land CHANGED TO: #79 Night Thoughts. 

FNW on 4/7 will finish off “Invasion Of The Dinosaurs” parts 4-6.

And in TTV #325 we’ll cover Titan Comics third Doctor mini series, and Big Finish mainline story #108 The Assassin In The Limelight.

Thanks again for your support!

Episode 314 – Slice of Pi with a Cream Cheese Twist

In this week’s episode, we embark on another adventure with the Eighth Doctor and Lucy. This time landing on Earth in 1898 where our heroes get swept up in a jewel heist in Big Finish’s Eighth Doctor Adventures 2.5, Grand Theft Cosmos.

And then, we travel with the Twelfth Doctor and Hattie as they attempt to examine mysterious monsters and murders on the space station, the Twist, and unlock the mysteries of a haunted house on Earth, present day.  Our reviews of Titan Comics 12th Doctor Year Two issues 6 through 10.

But, alas, no news of feedback this week, so shall we get right to it?

Enjoy!

 

 

Episode 313 – LIVE 313

This week we review Big Finish Main Range audio #74, LIVE 34 featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex.

Then, we look at Titan Comics Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Two with issues #1-5.

Plus, some news, including another missing episodes rumor that could have some merit.

And, of course, your feedback

Enjoy!

 

 

Episode 306 – No Need For Cutlery

ttv_logo_new  In this week’s podcast we examine two stories. First we look at episodes 1 and 2 of the newly released The Power of the Daleks (animated). We give our impressions of the story and what we think of the treatment so far.

And then, on to Big Finish The 4th Doctor Adventures S2: #4 The Justice Of Jalxar, We pick up where we left off in the adventures featuring the Fourth Doctor and Romana. Hear what we thought of this one.

Plus, some news of the week.

 

Enjoy!

Episode 303 – The Shaw Tank Redemption

ttv_logo_newSorry  for the delay, but our editor took ill earlier this week. But, finally here is this week’s podcast, as promised. Hopefully you didn’t think we just took yet another week off.

This time we feature a Companion Archive on the oft forgotten Third Doctor companion, Liz Shaw played by Caroline John. First, we look at the Big Finish Companion Chronicle, The Blue Tooth from season one. Then, a retrospective on Liz’s time on the TV series.

Also, some news-of-the-week.

Enjoy!

Post Party Schedule Hangover

Time Eddy II weekend is upon us! So here’s an update on things to come.

What better way to celebrate the fifth Doctor Peter Davison’s appearance at Time Eddy than to watch “The Five Doctors” for our Friday Night Who selection that weekend on 10-14?

Well, actually, there is a better way to celebrate his appearance at Time Eddy II.  With a Stuffed-to-the-gills celebration of our 300 episode recounting our con adventures and MANY surprises.

Friday Night Who on 10/21 is “The Caretaker” with Peter Capaldi

TTV #301 is a Companion Archive, with a twist. We’ll be discussing Coal Hill School! Talking the Class premiere, and reviewing the comic The Monsters Of Coal Hill, and the short story Nothing at the End of the Lane.

Did you know this October marks the 50th Anniversary of the Cybermen? Well it does. So our Halloween offering this year for FNW on 10/28 is their first appearance, “The Tenth Planet” with first Doctor William Hartnell

TTV #302 – Silver & Gold: The Cybermen Turn 50. Look for plenty of squee from Keith AND Adversary Archive: The Cybermen IV! We’ll take a look at Big Finish mainline stories #86 “The Reaping” and #87 “The Gathering”.

FNW 11/4 – “Inferno” Parts 1-4 finishes off a year of Liz Shaw for us. (Did you notice all our third doctor FNW selections this year featured Liz? Neither did we. But once we did notice, we had to include her swan song.)

And since we’e on the subject of Liz Shaw, how about a Companion Archive? We’ll talk about her career and review Big Finish Companion Chronicle Season 1 #3, “The Blue Tooth”.

We’ll finish off “Inferno” with Parts 5-7 on 11/11 for FNW.

Which should set us up nicely for episode #304 where we’ll take a look at the Candy Jar short stories featured in The Havoc Files 2.

FINALLY! AFTER MONTHS OF SPECULATION, IT IS OUT, AVAILABLE AND WILL BE WATCHED! FNW 11/18 is the newly animated “The Power of the Daleks” Part 1-3!

A brief interlude to the fourth Doctor’s era in TTV #305 we’ll review the just concluded Titan Comics 4th Doctor Mini-Series, and Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures season 2 #4 “The Justice Of Jalxar”.

FNW 11/25 will finish “The Power of the Daleks” with Parts 4-6.

TTV #306 will have our thoughts on this Lost in Time adventure “The Power of the Daleks” with looks at both the animated recon and the Novel. (Though not really Lost any more, but we’ll talk more about that on the cast!)

Friday Night Who on 12/2 is Tom Baker in “Meglos”.

And we’ll discuss the story “Meglos” in TTV #307.

Beyond that? One Word…

 

CHRISTMAS!

Episode 299 – Rock Me Amadeus

ttv_logo_newIn  this week’s show we’ve come to number 100 in the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who range with the aptly named anthology collection, 100. It’s four for the price of one in short segments, including 100 BC by Jacqueline Rayner, My Own Private Wolfgang by Robert Shearman, Bedtime Story by Joseph Lidster and The 100 Days of the Doctor by Paul Cornell. We’ll take each one at a time an give our impressions of each tale.

Then it’s our continuing review of Titan Comic’s 10th Doctor Year Two as we look at issues #6 through #10 in the ongoing monthly series.

Also, a look at some news from the week.

Enjoy!

Episode 298 – Medicine Man

ttv_logo_newIn  this week’s podcast, we travel back in time to an earlier Big Finish effort with a review of the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex story number 67, Dreamtime. We give our impressions of this audio play.

Also, we play catch-up by joining the Doctor and Gabby for the first five issues of Titan Comics’ 2016’s Tenth Doctor line.

Plus, we take a look at some of the news-of-the-week, including our reactions to an exchange between Captain Jack and his creator, The Moff.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

The “Wait, we’ve been doing this for HOW LONG?” Schedule

It was with a mixture of shocked surprise and gratitude that when compiling the next pieces of the schedule we realized we were coming up on the big 300th episode here at Traveling The Vortex. As always, we remain hopefully humble and slightly bemused that people are still listening, and seem to like what we’re doing, so again, we thank you! Keeping in that spirit, we wanted to do something a little special for the “epiversary” (even if it meant bending the rules just a little bit). So lets dive into the upcoming madness…

Our weekly Doctor Who watch party Friday Night Who continues on 8/19 with the David Tennant episode “Gridlock”. A reminder everyone is welcome to join in on Twitter, look for the #FridayNightWho hashtags, we push play at midnight.

Episode #295 of the podcast is both An Adversary Archive on The Macra, AND a Lost In Time discussion of The Macra Terror, which sadly no longer exists. We’ll be revieiwng the telesnap recon and the novelization of this Patrick Troughton story.

FNW 8/26 is “Heaven Sent” staring Peter Capaldi.

Which should set us up nicely for our final Beyond The Doctor discussion of the year, We’ll talk Peter Capalid and his performance In The Loop for TTV #296.

A change in what was scheduled before, as FNW on 9/2 is now “The Silurians” (Or Doctor Who and the Silurians, if we must.) This is a long one, so we’ll split it up and do the first four parts this week.

No show this week, but we don’t want to leave you high and dry, so instead we’ll bring you some fun courtesy of Candy Jar Books and Lethbridge-Stewart: The Showstoppers author Jonathan Cooper.

FNW 9/9 finishes off “The Silurians” with parts 5-7.

TTV #297 is a Book Review, we’ll give our thoughts on Candy Jar Book’s Lethbridge-Stewart: The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel and the next short story The Playing Dead by Adrian Sherlock.

Top Gon headline guest Spencer Wilding stars alongside Matt Smith in “The God Complex” for Friday Night Who on 9/16.

And we’ll bring you all the fun from Topeka’s own Top Con this week.

FNW 9/23 is “The Keys Of Marinus” featuring first Doctor William Hartnell. Again, a long one, so parts 1-3 this week.

TTV #298 will have our look at Titan Comics 10th Doctor issues from “season 2”, #2.1 – #2.5, and Big Finish #67 “Dreamtime”.

We’ll finish off “The Keys Of Marinus” with parts 4-6 for FNW on 9/30.

TTV #299 continues season 2 of Titan Comics 10th Doctor comics with issues #2.6 – #2.10 and Big Finish main range story #100 which happens to be called, “100”.

Christopher Eccelson returns to the proceedings for Friday Night Who on 10/7 with “The Long Game”.

A special, TOP SECRET Side Trip #24 fills in the gap for us this week… What could it be?

What on earth could we do for the Friday Night Who (on 10/14) for our 300th Epiversary? Why, Peter Davison’s “The Five Doctors” of course!

And then, the main event itself, Traveling The Vortex #300, which will have all the news fit to print (and some thats not) from Time Eddy II in Wichita. Special Guests! Interviews! Surprises! Flying Monkeys! You DONT want to miss this one!!!

And beyond that? Winter is coming. Which means Christmas is coming. Which means our wilderness year is almost over, and Doctor Who is returning to our screens! Thanks to one and all, stay tuned!

Episode 293 – It Tolls for Thee

ttv_logo_newIn this week’s episode of the podcast we have two topics for discussion.

First is a review of the Big Finish Productions audio drama, #84 The Nowhere Place featuring the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe, We give out impressions of the audio from Big Finish’s Doctor Who Main Range.

Then we revisit Titan Comics’ Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor series from 2016 with a look at issues #2.6 – #2.10.

Plus, a little bit of news for another release of Doctor Who: The Movie.

And your… whoops, no feedback this week?

Well, enjoy!

Episode 289 – Misadventures at Church

ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show its an Eighth Doctor extravaganza with two audio reviews and a comics miniseries.

First, we explore the midway point of season two of Big Finish’s Eighth Doctor Adventures with the stories, Brave New Town and The Skull Of Sobek. We give our impressions on these two audio stories featuring the Eighth Doctor and Lucy.

Next up, our delayed review of Titan Comics’ Eighth Doctor Miniseries, issues #1-5. Hear our review of the stories individually as well as the story arc put forth in the series.

Plus, news-that’s-not-news.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!