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Old July 26 2013, 10:30 AM   #16
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Re: Noobie - Which Big Finish audio book should I start with?

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No.

TV show first.

THEN audio.
Yes. Not necessarily *all* of the show, but the best of each Doctor and something of the major companions, certainly.
You can easily skip the Sixth Doctor on TV - his audios are *way* better. And obviously the eighth was only on screen for about 40 minutes anyway...
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Old July 26 2013, 03:16 PM   #17
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You can easily skip the Sixth Doctor on TV - his audios are *way* better.
Strongly disagree. The character was severely watered down and lost his edge in the audios, with his signature arrogance being removed almost entirely. His audios often feel like they're aimed at people who didn't enjoy the Sixth Doctor's TV era, which has always bothered me. All the other Doctors have their personalities translated.
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Old July 26 2013, 03:56 PM   #18
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Re: Noobie - Which Big Finish audio book should I start with?

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TV show first.

THEN audio.
Yes. Not necessarily *all* of the show, but the best of each Doctor and something of the major companions, certainly.
You can easily skip the Sixth Doctor on TV - his audios are *way* better. And obviously the eighth was only on screen for about 40 minutes anyway...
You're not counting Shada?
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Old July 26 2013, 04:00 PM   #19
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Re: Noobie - Which Big Finish audio book should I start with?

My wife and I have listened to a ton of audio drams in the car-- she's a big New Who fan, but when we started listening to the eighth Doctor ones, she'd only seen a few, if any, classic series stories. The audios will hold up for a "modern" audience much more than the old show, I think.
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Old July 26 2013, 08:35 PM   #20
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Re: Noobie - Which Big Finish audio book should I start with?

I'll add my voice to those who loved Paul McGann's Shada. As already mentioned before, McGann and Lalla Ward share a wonderful rapport (which we hear again in Neverland and Zagreus) and the supporting cast from John Leeson to James Fox as Professor Chronotis and Andrew Sachs as Skarga is wonderful. Not only easily one of my favorite Paul McGann audios, but one of my favorite Big Finish audios period.

As for recommendations, I'll break it down by Doctor:

First Doctor

1. Home Truths
2. Farewell, Great Macedon
3. The Rocket Men

Second Doctor

1. The Forbidden Time
2. The Memory Cheats
3. Echoes of Grey

Third Doctor

1. Old Soldiers
2. The Doll of Death
3. The Magician's Oath

(It should be noted that for the first three Doctors, the audios are companion chronicles, which features one or two companion actors with one or two additional voice actors)

Fourth Doctor

1. The Foe from the Future
2. The Justice of Jalxar
3. The Wrath of the Iceni

Fifth Doctor

1. Spare Parts
2. Rat Trap
3. The Emerald Tiger

Sixth Doctor

1. The Holy Teror
2. ...ish
3. Peri and the Piscon Paradox

Seventh Doctor

1. Live 34
2. Flip-Flop
3. Night Thoughts

Eighth Doctor

1. The Chimes of Midnight
2. Shada
3. The Silver Turk

(There are some better Eighth Doctor audios that I would normally recommend, including Scherzo, The Natural History of Fear, Neverland, and Solitaire, but they require knowledge of companions and storylines proceeding them to fully enjoy)

Additionally, I would also recommend Sympathy for the Devil (an alternate Third Doctor story featuring David Warner as The Doctor, Nicholas Courtney, and David Tennant), I, Davros (a four-part mini-series on the history of Davros as told in the style of I, Claudius), and The Mahogany Murderers (the backdoor pilot for the ongoing Jago and Litefoot adventures).

The best of the best of the above stories are Spare Parts, The Chimes of Midnight, The Holy Terror, Old Soldiers, and Shada.
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Old July 27 2013, 12:05 AM   #21
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Shada isn't an audio.

Shada isn't ONLY an audio.

Shada was released as a cartoon.

Barely animated, it looks like southpark, someone pushing around crate paper cut outs... But still a cartoon.
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Old July 29 2013, 06:40 AM   #22
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Guys....thanks for all your suggestions. I bought and finished Jubilee, and I was really really blown away.

I really like how they manage to do everything without even having a narrator. Here in germany pretty much all audio plays have a narrator, which actually pulls you OUT of the narrative and your imagination.
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Old July 29 2013, 10:28 AM   #23
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Re: Noobie - Which Big Finish audio book should I start with?

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Guys....thanks for all your suggestions. I bought and finished Jubilee, and I was really really blown away.

I really like how they manage to do everything without even having a narrator. Here in germany pretty much all audio plays have a narrator, which actually pulls you OUT of the narrative and your imagination.
If you don't like narration, you might not like the Companion Chronicles. That being said, the narration for most of them is very good and you don't even notice the narration after a few minutes.
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Third Doctor

1. Old Soldiers
2. The Doll of Death
3. The Magician's Oath

(It should be noted that for the first three Doctors, the audios are companion chronicles, which features one or two companion actors with one or two additional voice actors)
There is the BBC audios with Pertwee The Ghost of N-Space and The Paradise of Death which have Sarah Jane and the Brig in them.

I'm pretty fond of them.
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Old July 29 2013, 06:33 PM   #25
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Re: Noobie - Which Big Finish audio book should I start with?

Very true, although I deliberately left them off because they aren't Big Finish. I quite enjoy them both as well, especially The Paradise of Death, and see them as precursors to Big Finish (although they lack the sweeping soundscapes Big Finish excels in).
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