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Old July 24 2013, 08:46 PM   #196
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SJA Audios is something I need to look into some day as well, I really enjoyed the Show once it got beyond the more Juvenile S1.
Big Finish's SJ output isn't based on SJA, but rather pre-dates it. It's an original series looking at Sarah's post-Doctor investigative life, and released between 2002 and 2006.
So, the better adventures of K9 and Company (Cheezy and awful as it is, I do have a soft spot in my heart for K9 and Company)
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Old July 24 2013, 11:07 PM   #197
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So, the better adventures of K9 and Company (Cheezy and awful as it is, I do have a soft spot in my heart for K9 and Company)
Kind of, but without K9. Not sure why, but he'd broken down and been placed in a box in the attic... The series was notable for featuring Elisabeth Sladen's daughter Sadie Miller in the role of Natalie Redfern.
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Old July 25 2013, 12:40 AM   #198
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Popped in Doctor Who and The Pirates this morning on the way to work and have heard just a couple minutes of it, cool framing story.
*evil laughter*

Episode 4 is my favorite episode of Big Finish audios. There is no close second.

It is, to date, the one and only Doctor Who Musical.
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Old July 25 2013, 12:53 AM   #199
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Popped in Doctor Who and The Pirates this morning on the way to work and have heard just a couple minutes of it, cool framing story.
*evil laughter*

Episode 4 is my favorite episode of Big Finish audios. There is no close second.

It is, to date, the one and only Doctor Who Musical.
I knew this story would bring you out into the open

Hopefully it'll be more enjoyable to me further on, but, I think I finished all of the first episode, and I'm feeling about as irritated as Susan waiting for the story to do something (Though maybe that's intentional for story purposes )
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Old July 25 2013, 07:24 AM   #200
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Everything from Big Finish is good to awesome. There isn't one I don't regret buying. The AudioGo series with the 4th Doctor is OK but your mileage may vary.

What I recommend
Holy Terror
The Lost Stories
8th Doctor series with Lucy Miller
Anything with Colin Baker
The Dalek Empire series 1 and 2 (3 and 4 are Ok but not as good)
Jaggo and Lightfoot

What I don't recommend
The mainline 8th Doctor adventures from Neverland to The Girl Never Was (don't get me wrong there are some real gems but overall the stories aren't up to BF's usual quality)
4th Doctor series (OK but not as good as the 4 part series)
Key2Time series
Any story containing Thomas Brewster (personally I like the character but people seem to react negatively to him)
The Stage Plays

Recommendation based on Doctor

5th
Spare Parts
Winter for the Adepts
The Mutant Phase

6th
Holy Terror
The Apocalypse Element
Assassin in the Limelight

7th
Colditz
Bang Bang a Boom!
A Death in the Family

8th
Storm Warning
The Natural History of Fear
The Company of Friends
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Old July 25 2013, 08:38 AM   #201
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So, the better adventures of K9 and Company (Cheezy and awful as it is, I do have a soft spot in my heart for K9 and Company)
Kind of, but without K9. Not sure why, but he'd broken down and been placed in a box in the attic... The series was notable for featuring Elisabeth Sladen's daughter Sadie Miller in the role of Natalie Redfern.
The lack of K9 would have been at Lis' request - her doing the audio she wanted to do in a more serious fashion, and perhaps more importantly her series, not K9 and Company on audio. She could make such demands on audio.

One of my few Big Finish claims to fame is that I helped get Roy Skelton invloved with them, he has a great serious role in Test Of Nerve, from her first season.
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Old July 26 2013, 08:46 AM   #202
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Well, I've finally got a few Big Finish dramas under my belt now. Started with Sirens of Time, of course. It was okay, but not great.

Then I picked a 5th Doctor story at random and wound up with Spare Parts. Now that was brilliant.

And I just finished listening to Storm Warning. I liked it, but I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as I wanted to. I guess I was expecting something...more...from the first 8th Doctor story. Maybe I'll enjoy the separate Eighth Doctor series more...

So, as soon as I can, I'll get the Sarah Jane series. And as I can buy more from the main range, should I start back at the beginning with Phantasmagoria (the second story) and just go from there?
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Old July 26 2013, 09:54 AM   #203
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When I started with Big Finish I only went for the 8th Doctor stories, now I dip in and out, I find I enjoy the Colin Baker adventures the most.

A lot of the other ranges are worth listening too as well, Dalek Empire for example is excellent.
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Old July 26 2013, 03:58 PM   #204
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I couldn't take Dalek Empire seriously.

It's Micky pretending to be hard.

Micky isn't hard.

He's a tin dog.
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Old July 26 2013, 04:01 PM   #205
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Storm Warning is fun, but not amazing. You can follow the main range month-to-month, or just isolate the eighth Doctor ones if you like his performance-- that's what I did the first couple years.
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Old July 26 2013, 04:29 PM   #206
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Well, I've finally got a few Big Finish dramas under my belt now. Started with Sirens of Time, of course. It was okay, but not great.

Then I picked a 5th Doctor story at random and wound up with Spare Parts. Now that was brilliant.

And I just finished listening to Storm Warning. I liked it, but I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as I wanted to. I guess I was expecting something...more...from the first 8th Doctor story. Maybe I'll enjoy the separate Eighth Doctor series more...

So, as soon as I can, I'll get the Sarah Jane series. And as I can buy more from the main range, should I start back at the beginning with Phantasmagoria (the second story) and just go from there?
Sirens of Time, I actually enjoyed more than expected. Not one of the best, by any means, but, still enjoyable.

Spare Parts, yes, most excellent

Storm Warning yea, it's enjoyable, but, also not the best story, though I do enjoy Charley and The Doctor's performances

As far as where to go next, I've noticed many of the 2004 and earlier are cheaper then 2005 and later, especially for just download (Which is what I do), so, you may want to consider that in your decision.

#6 The Marian Conspiracy introduces Colin Baker's Companion Evelyn, and she is fantastic, as is Colin Baker as Six (I'm going through her stories myself for the first time). The story is pretty alright, though not fantastic, but, again, the Doctor and Evelyn are great together, and you'll be meeting a Companion from the begininng. Her next story is #9 The Spectre of Lanyon Moor which also features The Brigadier and is a pretty good story, and her next story is #11 The Apolypse Element, which is where the Evelyn/Six Audios start to become pretty great, I believe, and it features Lord President Romana

So, yea, considering the cheaper prices, and so much Six/Evelyn early on, I would say go in order up to at least #15 (#14 The Holy Terror is very popular and #16 is Storm Warning and the next 3 are McGann/Charley next 3 stories). So, by that time, you should have a good sampling of Doctors, Companions, and Enemies and have a good idea where you want to go from there (Wether you want to continue in order or maybe break off into a certain Doctor, certain Enemy, or certain companion)

Side note: Ooh, #10 Winter for the Adept features Peter Jurasik (Londo Mollari from Babylon 5) and #5 features Jacqueline Pearce (Servalan from Blake's 7; Chesini from The Two Doctors)

Once I get all caught up with everything I already bought (And of course I'm getting Gallifrey Final Series in the Fall), that's what I'll likely do is fill in the holes of the early releases, since they are only $7.99 a download
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I couldn't take Dalek Empire seriously.

It's Micky pretending to be hard.

Micky isn't hard.

He's a tin dog.

He's only in series 4
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Old July 26 2013, 07:23 PM   #208
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I couldn't take Dalek Empire seriously.

It's Micky pretending to be hard.

Micky isn't hard.

He's a tin dog.
Waitaminute. How did Big Finish get to use Mickey? They can't use elements from the new series, except under special circumstances. Or do you just mean Noel Clarke does a voice?
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Old July 26 2013, 09:05 PM   #209
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Waitaminute. How did Big Finish get to use Mickey? They can't use elements from the new series, except under special circumstances. Or do you just mean Noel Clarke does a voice?
Yeah, Noel Clarke playing a different character, Salus Kade.
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I couldn't take Dalek Empire seriously.

It's Micky pretending to be hard.

Micky isn't hard.

He's a tin dog.

He's only in series 4
But if you listen to all four in one day... I wanted to punch Susan Mendez. She was a bigger Muppet than Mickey had ever been.
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