Once in a while, we get to go beyond how great the lunches are, how special effects on audio are better than anything television can do, how funny it is when Nick forgets to turn off his modulator and offers directing guidance with the Dalek voice, or a guest actor struggling to come up with a Doctor Who memory, and there are cool informative moments that can be just as rewarding to revisit as the story itself. What are some of your favorites?
I'll start with a few of mine:
The Ultimate Adventure - Regardless of what you might think of the story itself, this release features some incredibly well-produced documentary-quality extras that offer a comprehensive history of this very strange oddity in Doctor Who.
The Worlds of Big Finish - This might be some of the most fun I've had listening to the extras, because *everyone* involved sounds genuinely engaged and excited about the project (as opposed to just doing a quick two-day gig).
Jago and Litefoot Series 1 - Not only was the gramophone/"archival recording" sound design a treat, I thought that it was an inspired choice to frame this feature within the context of the writers' guide, which gave me an even greater appreciation for the love and care that went into the debut of what is arguably their best DW-related spinoff series.
Well, I am really partial to the extras at the end of Ravenous 3. It was a great idea recording this during their Christmas celebration. The whole casts seems to have had a really great time and the pure joy is infectious. Plus they are all a bit tipsy by the sound of it. This also made me realize in earnest how much McGann's attitude had changed in the past decade, and it is amazing how enthusiastic and happy he sounds for doing these audios. He really seems to have taken charge. He is also talking very openly and at one point cannot stop giggling. Nothing left of the reserved guy who did not really know what to say or even admitted in a Vortex (??) interview a few years back that he did not add Doctor Who to his CV because he was a bit embarrassed by it. This is a far cry from the early extras where he sounded a bit bored and disinterested. He certainly has won me over with his renewed enthusiasm.
Once in a while, we get to go beyond how great the lunches are
is it just me, or has talk about the lunches dropped off in recent time.
It's kind of like they edit that out, or it's become, "First Rule of Big Finish Lunches, You Don't Talk about Big Finish Lunches"
The constant mentions of the lunches and formulaic nature of the questions (and repetitive responses) in the extras from the Monthly range is why I tend to skip the extras unless they are part of a box set as those can actually be interesting.
Drinking the world's coffee supply one cup at a time.
All the Jago & Litefoot sets, but Vol VIII is especially good.
The Third Doctor Adventures Vol 1 is excellent and very informative, covers everything from how the ‘regenesis’ of the Third Doctor came about and the techniques used by Tim Treloar to achieve his performance, to the ideas behind the stories and how the actors’ input helped shape them, all fascinating. And the huge affection and respect felt towards Jon Pertwee and his magnificent Third Doctor was most heartwarming.
Bernice Summerfield The Story So Far (both volumes) extras very well hosted as an 'academic lecture' by Brax, including some priceless BTS from 20 years ago. As a relative Benny newbie, I learned loads and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Recently, The Legacy of Time LE has two very special BTS disks, packed with detail - and with real feeling for BF and what they've all achieved together.
And the extras for some of the lighter TWs are a hoot: The Green Life and Ghost Mission for starters.
The short interviews between Nick Briggs and Noel Clarke on Dalek Empire IV are quite interesting. They just kinda discuss acting and their perspectives on it at one point. Clarke also ribs Briggs for taking longer to write Dalek Empire IV than he did for his motion picture script.
The Ultimate Adventure’s extras are more interesting than the actual story. Nicely put together little documentary on how this bizarre show came to be.