Friday, February 08, 2008

Big Finish Relaunches With Download Service!

By far the biggest reason why I don’t blog as much with my free time is that I am totally immersed in alien worlds when listening to audio dramas from Big Finish. When I was desperate for new Doctor Who stories between the 9th and now 10th Doctors I scoured the interwebs for anything that wasn’t Fan Fiction. Well one of my podcasts mentioned this stuff from a company called Big Finish. A few moments with Google, however, made me more than obsessed with the company and their high quality radio dramas.

Big Finish is based in the UK and they have the licenses to create and sell radio plays from Dark Shadows, Judge Dredd [2001 A.D. to be exact], Classic Doctor Who and starting this year they will be offering plays from the Stargate franchise. All of the plays involve members of the original casts of their respective series. Both casts from SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis will be voicing their characters in these upcoming audio stories. The original sound effects are used as well. And you can easily detect that great care to the quality of each production has been taken to give you a “lost episode” experience.

The actors who portray the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Doctors are all a part of these stories. In some cases the Doctor’s Companions even get their own stories to tell in the new “Companion Chronicles” series. Another high point is that the current voice of the Daleks, Cybermen and other aliens in the new Doctor Who series [Nicholas Briggs] is one of the founding members of the group. And hearing his Dalek voices in the awesome series “Dalek Empire” adds even more of an authentic feel to the company’s various productions.

This month the Big Finish website relaunched with one very important new feature. For the first time you can subscribe to a download service for many of the Big Finish heavies like Doctor Who and the upcoming Stargate stories. The company will still offer their traditional CDs, however, paying for shipping is an expensive proposition for those of us in the States. If you do, like me, like physical media you aren’t out in the cold on the downloads. In fact you can download the files the day the masters are cut for CD pressings. So you can have the best of both worlds in that respect.

Big Finish has a huge back catalog with hundreds of hours available amongst it’s various dramas. At the moment they are about to release a new season of the 8th Doctor Adventures. They also have just released a new telling of “The Phantom of the Opera” which is said to be the closest adaptation to the original work yet. And there are new installments of the Classic Doctor Who stories released every month too. At present they are at episode 104 in the monthly release count.

As you can tell by this post I am a gigantic fan of the Big Finish productions. If you are looking for something new, original and sonically modern then give these audio stories a chance. If you are a fan of any show I mentioned here then don’t hesitate to jump to the site at the link below to know more about these fantastic new dramas from some of your favorite characters.

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