New Eighth Doctor photos - Scans of the insides of the newly released ’Dark Eyes 2’ CD covers. Buy it here. (If you want full-size versions of these scans, just let me know.)

Starring Paul McGann, with Nicola Walker as Liv Chenka, Ruth Bradley as Molly O'Sullivan, Alex McQueen as the Master, and Natalie Burt as Dr Sally Armstrong.

I’m currently reading a… a book called “The Bodysnatchers”, which is an Eighth Doctor New Adventure… I was gonna mention that to Paul, and I thought… well, he’s not… it’s not like he’s in it. He’s in it, but he won’t say oh, yeah, I remember doing that scene, because you know, it’s… it’s been written. So I didn’t bother mentioning it. I toyed with the idea of bringing it in and getting it signed… but I thought he’d think I was a bit uncool…
—  Frank Skinner being a bigger dork than us
  • Doctor:I will not be part of an insane war across the time lines.
  • Master:You think you're not already?
  • Doctor:I won't do it!
  • Master:Oh, Doctor, Doctor! Denial's not just a river in Egypt, is it? What have you been doing since you stole that antique TARDIS of yours, since you first landed on Skaro—
  • Doctor:It wasn't planned! None of it was planned!
  • Master:—shouting "Look at me! I'm not fighting a war!" while you battle the Daleks all the way through space and time? The Doctor doth protest too much, methinks.
  • Doctor:I never asked to be part of it. They are the ones who attack, invade, destroy. What else can I do but stop them?
  • Master:Is that your excuse? "They started it"? No... you can't help yourself. "Not fighting a war," don't make me laugh. Doctor, you're a one-man army.

After making two different versions of this guide I’ve decided to move it to a new home on this blog (instead of my personal blog). I’m also breaking it down into a series of smaller, more manageable guides, so it’ll be easier to read. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please use my ask box!

Eighth Doctor Adventures Guide

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The “Eighth Doctor Adventures” is an umbrella term used to refer to the audio adventures of the Eighth Doctor set later during his life (not to be confused with the “Eighth Doctor Adventures” novels published by BBC Books).

These adventures occur some time after his travels with Charlotte Pollard, but in no way rely on familarity with those adventures or any other previous adventures. You should feel free to jump right in with “Blood of the Daleks.” Alternatively, if you’d like to hear something a bit more current, “Dark Eyes” also functions as a jumping-on point. Events in this story follow directly on from “To The Death”, so familiarity with previous Eighth Doctor Adventures will enhance your enjoyment of this story, but it is not strictly required. “Dark Eyes” is designed in such a way that you can understand and appreciate the story on its own without hearing any previous release, so don’t be scared off by this chart.

“The Light at the End” and “The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel” are listed here with dotted lines because they feature additional appearances of the character Straxus, who features as a major recurring presence in the Eighth Doctor Adventures. However they are by no means necessary to understanding these stories or Straxus’ role in them.

Similarly, the Dalek Time Controller’s previous appearances are not required, but may be of interest.

“An Earthly Child” is not technically part of the “Eighth Doctor Adventures” range. It is a standalone story featuring the Eighth Doctor and Susan that functions as a sequel to the 1964 TV serial “The Dalek Invasion of Earth.” This story is, however, a vital prerequisite for the fourth series of The Eighth Doctor Adventures and it is strongly recommended that you listen to it before “Situation Vacant.”

The Brain of Morbius is recommended for background on Morbius. The Planet of the Spiders is recommended for background on the Eight Legs. The Time Meddler and The Daleks’ Master Plan are recommended for background on The Monk. None of these are strictly necessary but will provide context for these characters’ respective appearances in the Eighth Doctor Adventures.

Note that returning adversaries such as Daleks, Cybermen, Autons, Zygons, Krynoids, Wirrn, and Ice Warriors also feature, although no particular story is required for background (except where noted).

Dark Eyes 2 has yet to be released as of this writing. It will feature the return of Liv Chenka from “Robophobia”, which is itself a sequel to the TV Serial “The Robots of Death. It will also feature the Viyrans, the Eminence, and the "Other Doctor” from “UNIT: Dominion,” a character played by Alex Macqueen whose true nature is revealed in “UNIT Dominion” and is a spoiler for that release. Note that “UNIT Dominion” is part of the Elizabeth Klein story arc.

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This is an updated version of the previous Eighth Doctor Adventures guide. In the course of updating it, I decided to split it into two guides, one covering the Lucie Miller storyline (the proper “Eighth Doctor Adventures” series), and the other covering Dark Eyes. I think this makes more logical sense and makes the guides clearer! So without further ado…

Dark Eyes Guide

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“Dark Eyes” is the name of a series of four box sets featuring the Eighth Doctor. “Dark Eyes” also happens to be the nickname of Molly O'Sullivan, the main companion featured in this series of box sets.

The adventures in Dark Eyes follow on directly on from the conclusion of the Lucie Miller storyline, so knowledge of that storyline will enhance your enjoyment of this one, but it is not strictly required. “Dark Eyes” is presented in such a way that you can understand and appreciate the story on its own without hearing any previous release.

Previous appearances of Straxus and the Dalek Time Controller are not required listening for Dark Eyes, but may be of interest. Listeners who have already heard the Lucie Miller storyline will already be familiar with these characters, but they do also have appearances beyond those storylines.

Dark Eyes 2 features the return of Liv Chenka from “Robophobia”, which is itself a sequel to the TV Serial “The Robots of Death. It also features the Viyrans, the Eminence, and the Alex MacQueen version of the Master, first introduced in "UNIT: Dominion” (which is part of the Elizabeth Klein story arc). Again, none of these are strictly required but they may be of interest, and Liv Chenka’s background from Robophobia is particularly recommended.

Dark Eyes 3 (which as of this writing has yet to be released) also features Narvin, a character established in Big Finish’s “Gallifrey” spin-off. A fourth Dark Eyes box set is also forthcoming.

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They really are getting better at these video trailers. Epic vid.

Preparations for Dark Eyes 2!

As you probably know, next month we’re getting the Eighth Doctors most recent adventures. In celebration of that, I’ll post the essential audios you need to listen to beforehand (links will be added to this post as I go along).