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TWIDW Update: Big Finish Who Audios On BBC7!

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  • Benjamin Elliott
    BBC 7 - Doctor Who - Saturdays 6:30PM (repeat 12:30AM) BST starting 6 August, 16 week run BBC 7 is on: Digital radio Freeview channel 78 Digital satellite
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 23 9:55 PM
      BBC 7 - Doctor Who - Saturdays 6:30PM (repeat 12:30AM) BST starting
      6 August, 16 week run

      BBC 7 is on:
      Digital radio
      Freeview channel 78
      Digital satellite channel 881
      ntl: home channel 866
      Telewest channel 910
      Audio stream in RealPlayer or Windows Media Player at
      all programmes archived for one week at the same website

      The BBC has announced plans to air several of Big Finish's Doctor
      Who audio stories on digital radio station BBC7. The 3 BBC produced
      Doctor Who radio stories that aired on BBC7 in the past (The
      Paradise Of Death, The Ghosts Of N-Space, and Slipback) have been
      popular with listeners.
      k32_sat.pdf - pages 3+4

      Big Finish http://www.doctorwho.co.uk is a company making audio and
      book products in several science fiction lines, their primary one
      being Doctor Who. Since 1999 they have been releasing new Doctor Who
      audio stories (roughly one a month). The regular line of stories has
      rotated between Peter Davison (returning as the 5th Doctor), Colin
      Baker (returning as the 6th Doctor), Sylvester McCoy (returning as
      the 7th Doctor), and Paul McGann (returning as the 8th Doctor). In
      most cases, the CD releases are 2 discs long and consist of 4
      episodes, structured like a traditional Doctor Who story. See the
      Big Finish website for more details.

      This marks the first time any of the Big Finish Doctor Who stories
      have ever appeared on radio. Big Finish did make "Real Time" and the
      2003 remake of "Shada" for the BBC Doctor Who website. Presumably
      this is a test run with the hope of further stories if it goes well.

      4 Paul McGann stories have been chosen for the first run of
      broadcasts on BBC7. Storm Warning (#16, first McGann audio), Sword
      Of Orion (#17), The Stones Of Venice (#18), and Invaders From Mars
      (#28, 5th McGann audio). There is no official reason why the 4th
      McGann audio (Minuet In Hell #19) has been skipped, or if it would
      be included in future seasons.

      Episodes will air Saturdays at 6:30PM BST with a 12:30AM repeat from
      6 August through 19 November. 1 episode per week.

      Big Finish has typically allowed Doctor Who episodes to vary
      radically in length. BBC7 wants episodes to fit in the time slot and
      not run over. All episodes must be 29 minutes or shorter. It is
      unknown at this time if Big Finish will move any cliffhangers on
      their stories to save material by getting stuff from a long episode
      into a short one. Steve Manfred of the Doctor Who on North American
      DVD/VHS FAQ list http://home.comcast.net/~smanfred/ has come up with
      the following unofficial tallies for the unedited length of each
      episode if given full length opening/closing credits for radio:

      Storm Warning, part 1 26:12
      part 2 26:41
      part 3 37:23
      part 4 29:53

      Sword of Orion, part 1 35:55
      part 2 27:36
      part 3 30:12
      part 4 33:54

      The Stones of Venice, part 1 33:17
      part 2 28:23
      part 3 26:06
      part 4 27:33

      Invaders from Mars, part 1 22:31
      part 2 21:19
      part 3 23:24
      part 4 30:22

      One edit will be Ramsey the Vortisore. It is unknown how his role in
      Storm Warning will be edited (suffice it to say he can't be excised
      completely). But Ramsey's small role will be entirely missing from
      Sword Of Orion and The Stones Of Venice. Ramsey's story arc
      concluded in Minuet In Hell, which is not being presented in this
      run, necessitating the cut.

      It's great that some of the Big Finish stories will finally get a
      chance to be heard by a wider audience on radio. The stories are
      still out on CD unedited to buy.

      Benjamin F. Elliott
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