They're an interesting set of curiosities, I'm not sure if I remember a lot of them. I'd recommend the Faction Paradox releases in a double heartbeat as they also have a sequel series released by Magic Bullet Productions. Republica was fairly alright as a not!Seven/not!Ace story written by Mark Gatiss. Cyber-Hunt was a reasonably fun last hurrah to a character not entirely unlike the Audio Visuals Doctor, who I ended up rather fond of.
Actually, I'd heartily recommend BBV and Big Finish's predecessor, Audio Visuals, if you can find them. They're finding their feet for the first couple of releases, but their latter stories -- particularly the ones involving Conglomerate or Justyce -- have a real skill to them. I still think Endurance is one of the best things in a long list of best things that Nick Briggs has written (a Silurian story in the Antarctic).
"Courage isn't a matter of not being frightened you know; It's being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway."
Hmm. The BBV audios are a mixed bag. Here's my highlights...
The first two CD releases (Republica and Island of Lost Souls) are both scripted by Mark Gatiss and are both decent 7th Doctor adventures - not the best, but far from the worst.
Skipping forward to the two Ace-centric stories (The Left Hand of Darkness and The Other Side) give Sophie Aldred the lead role, so if you want stories with Ace at the forefront, they are for you. The Left Hand of Darkness is also a very audio story, better told in audio than any other medium.
The first of the two K9 and 'Mistress' stories (The Choice) is OK, although to some extent it might be the joy of having Lalla Ward and John Leeson back in these iconic roles may have boosted my opinion.
Punchline is a must have. written by Rob Shearman under a pseudonym, it is probably the best BBV release - although some people are less fond of Mr Shearman's writing than me. It features Sylvester McCoy as probably the 7th Doctor.
Old Soldiers is a two hander-featuring a Sontaran being interrogated by a UNIT operative. The format and a great performance by Sally Faulkner (who you may remember as Isabelle from The Invasion) lifts this one.
I Scream features the I from an 8th Doctor novel. Lisa Bowerman is the main actor in this one, and the script by Lance Parkin (reinterpretting the foe from a novel by Kate Orman and Jon Blum) means there some real representation by great creatives from the wilderness years
Conduct Unbecoming is another Sontaran story, this one being something of a Sontaran political thriller. What kind of political machinations occur within a clone race?
Race Memory - a post-Ark in Space story of rebuilding Earth featuring the Wirrn (in an interestingly different way) and a rare non-Nyssa role for Sarah Sutton. There's a bit of stream of consciousness stuff that may not please some people.
The Barnacled Baby is the best of the Zygon releases from BBV, but definitely a more mature audience release than most BBV. The Quality of Mercy is an interesting story based on the now pretty obscure New Adventures character Guy de Carnac. It's a science fiction story in a medieval setting, so the perspective is interesting.
And the six Faction Paradox audios are worth a go.
Also, not a BBV audio in the normal sense, but Tom Baker's read of his own The Boy Who Kicked Pigs is a bit wonderful!
Followed up my rewatch of Fang Rock by listening to BBV's Rutan story - In 2 Minds. It's very much Doctorless Who and it tells a good story with an obvious metaphor (more text than subtext) about forgotten veterans. The acting can be a bit dodgy on a few lines and our hero might give one too many quips, but overall, it holds up.
Although there are two very nitpicky sound design things that bother me - an obvious pitch-shift effect on a human character (disguising the actor's voice so it sounds like they've got a bigger cast) and a stock "squeaky door" sound effect which Nigel Fairs uses twice.
i found them on audible so you can listen to a sample
its amazing how many monsters aren't owned by the bbc
It's my understanding that the BBC only took sole ownership of elements intended to be ongoing or recurring parts of the series The writers would retain some degree of ownership of any character or creature created for a single story and would be paid royalties whenever the character/monster was re-used which provided motivation for writers to create characters and monsters good enough that people would want to feature again Which was a special bonus if a "one-off" character became a companion (such as Jamie, Lethbridge-Stewart, K9, Nyssa)
"Perhaps I should tell him I've been possessed by dozens of aliens and it's never done me any harm"
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