Doctor Who - Pieces of Eighth
By Doctor Who - Pieces of Eighth
Rebecca Chapman and Kenny Smith travel through time, space, comics, audios, books, records and more, as they chat about everything and anything to do with Paul McGann's eighth incarnation of Doctor Who
3.25 Short Trips - The People's Temple
WE'RE DELIGHTED to bring you an exclusive chat with one of the most prolific Doctor Who writers from the 'Wilderness Years', from 1989-2005, Paul Leonard. Paul wrote several Doctor Who novels for Virgin's New Adventures and Missing Adventures ranges, before carrying on and writing for the Eighth Doctor throughout his adventures, with his books including Genocide, Dreamstone Moon, Revolution Man, the acclaimed and much-loved The Turing Test, and The Last Resort. Thanks to fellow EDA writer Nick Walters, we've been able to speak to Paul, and our first chat with him covers the Short Trip The People's Temple, which was later brought to life by Paul McGann, who read it for the Earth and Beyond audio cassette release. We also speak with the story's editor Steve Cole, who explains the background to this story. And thanks to Si Hodges for this week's graphic!
August 11, 2022
3.24 Horror of Glam Rock
WITH THE sad news last week of the passing of the late, great Bernard Cribbins, we wanted to celebrate his life at Pieces of Eighth. In a change to the advertised programme (again!), we've done a special episode marking Bernard's return to Doctor Who after some 40 odd years, in Big Finish Eighth Doctor Adventure Horror of Glam Rock, the third story in the Lucie Miller series of adventures. Kenny and Rebecca celebrate Bernard's life, and they're joined by writer Paul Magrs, who explains where the story came from, his memories of writing it, and his joy at having one of Big Finish's most stellar casts, ever. This episode also contains Kenny telling a British tabloid newspaper to go away, in colourful language - for the second week in a row! And stay tuned until the end, as we've got an added little treat, which will hopefully make you smile.
August 04, 2022
3.23 Short Trips - The Curse of the Fugue
ONE of the wonders of Doctor Who is that it can be set anywhere - a space station, an army base, a service station or even a care home for the elderly. And it's to the latter that we travel this week, as Kenny and Becca find out about another Short Trip from Big Finish, Curse of the Fugue, as they discuss the tale, written by Alice Cavender, and she joins us for a chat, along with producer Ian Atkins and sound designer/musician Steve Foxon. We hear about the recording session that was up against the clock - and why narrator Sheridan Smith was a real star on the day, seeing the job through until the end. The tale was released in April 2016. Also: Be warned! This episode contains Kenny dropping three F bombs at the mention a particular British daily 'newspaper', which is filled with hate and venom, and once turned its ire on our poor beloved Sheridan Smith when she was going through the traumatic loss of her father.
July 29, 2022
3.22 The Four Doctors
THE FIFTH, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors are united in one story - except, well, they aren't really... in The Four Doctors. This week, Becca and Kenny go behind the scenes of this Big Finish subscriber exclusive audio, released in 2010. We're joined by writer Peter Anghelides, actor/cover artist Alex Mallinson and sound designer/composer Steve Foxon, in this first-ever look behind the scenes at this tale - as there's no official CD extras with the Big Finish release!
July 22, 2022
3.21 Beyond the Vortex - 1
CAST your mind back to 2006/07, when BBC7 broadcast all-new Doctor Who, starring Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith. Accompanying each release, from Blood of the Daleks to Human Resources was Beyond The Vortex, a making-of series going behind the scenes to reveal just what went into making the whole series. This week, Kenny and the returning Becca (hurrah!) celebrate Beyond The Vortex, have a chat with its producer Martin Montague, and bring you all eight episodes of this insightful series. Beyond The Vortex is copyright BBC, and we bring you this series because it's unavailable everywhere else. Illustration: Si Hodges
July 14, 2022
3.20 Stranded - UNIT Dating
IT'S OUR first dive into the world of Stranded, the most recent series of box sets from Big Finish, in which the Doctor, Helen and Live are stranded (surprisingly enough!) in London, 2020, at the Time Lord's Baker Street residence. Kenny and Matt (with poor Becca still recovering from COVID) chat about UNIT Dating, in which the Doctor dips into his past to help TARDIS repairs in the present, and Andy joins him on a trip to UNIT. In the 1970s, young soldier Ron Winters has just met lab assistant Tony Clare. But in 2020, they need Liv and Helen’s help when their memories start falling apart... We're joined by writer Roy Gill, in a rare podcast appearance, as well as sound designer Benji Clifford, who tells about writing the song Wizards of the Universe. Image: We Are Cult
July 07, 2022
3.19 Short Trips - A Heart on Both Sides
WE'RE BACK in the thick of the Time War in this week's episode, as we find the Fifth Doctor's companion Nyssa caught up in the conflict, on her ship, the Traken. Kenny and Matt discuss the story - as Becca recovers from COVID - and we're joined by writer Rob Nisbet and producer Ian Atkins to discuss A Heart on Both SIdes, a Big Finish Short Trip, released in 2017. And it's only £2.99 - go on, you know you want to buy it, if you've not already heard it!
June 30, 2022
EARLIER this year, Charlotte Elspeth Pollard returned for four new adventures alongside Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor, in a box set set after Minuet in Hell. This week, Kenny and Matt have a chat about the return of everyone's favourite Edwardian Adventuress, and we've got interviews with writer Lisa McMullan, sound designer Steve Foxon and musician Joe Kraemer. We're also still sending out love to Becca and hope she'll be back very soon.
June 23, 2022
3.17 Fear Itself (EDA 43A)
This week we look at Fear Itself by Nick Wallace - the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventure that isn't an Eighth Doctor Adventure, sort of...! Sadly, Becca's had COVID and can't join us this week, so Matt Michael steps into her shoes once more - although they are a little too small for him. We chat with the author, and gain an insight into the Eighth Doctor PDA...
June 16, 2022
3.16 Short Trips - Totem
THIS week's episode of Pieces of Eighth brings you a first - we actually have a reading of a full, officially licensed BBC Doctor Who story (except we've done it unofficially!). We bring you a full reading of Tara Samms' Totem, which originally appeared in the book More Short Trips. It's been performed by Becca, with Kenny on sound design. And then, to top it all off, we've got an interview with Steve Cole, who was the editor of the collection and tells us more about Totem. (And we've got to say thanks to our friends over at Fiction Paradox, the world's only Eighth Doctor BBC Books-dedicated podcast, that they know of) for reminding us of the story, and to those cheeky chappies at The Sirens of Audio podcast, who've previously brought Short Trips to life as readings, for the inspiration to do this)
June 09, 2022
3.15 The EDAs - 25 Glorious Years
THIS episode of Pieces of Eighth is released on June 2, 2022 - exactly 25 years to the day since BBC Books began publishing original Doctor Who fiction. Sadly, Becca's still not able to join us due to the difficult news she was given last week, but with her blessing, we're carrying on and our good friend Matt Michael has stepped in - with just two hours' notice - to help bring this episode to you. We discuss the launch of the Eighth Doctor Adventures range, featuring exclusive interviews with Steve Cole, his assistant Lesley Levene, and James Macey from Black Sheep, who were responsible for the cover designs, the latter two giving their first Doctor Who interviews. Kenny also opens up his personal archive, as he and Matt bring you the original BBC press releases and publicity material which were given out to the media back in 1997 -isn't it a good job Kenny NEVER throws away anything? It's our longest episode yet, at 132 minutes!
June 01, 2022
3.14 The Truth of Peladon
THE TARDIS brings us to one of the Doctor's most favourite planets this week, as we discover The Truth of Peladon. Sadly, Becca's not able to be with us this week, but Kenny's carrying on and trying to keep the good ship Pieces of Eighth going. We're joined by writer Tim Foley and director Barnaby Kay, as we reveal the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth.
May 26, 2022
3.13 The Crooked World (EDA 57)
IMAGINE a story where the Doctor met Road Runner, Scooby Doo, Tom (off of Tom and Jerry) and Penelope Pitstop... That's exactly what happened in June 2002, when BBC Books released the 57th Eighth Doctor Adventure, The Crooked World. The Doctor, Fitz and Anji found themselves in a world full of cartoon characters, but very soon, things change forever as the time travellers introduce new concepts into the world. Becca and Kenny are joined by its author, Steve Lyons, as they find out just how it all came about, and how he looks back on it now.
May 19, 2022
3.12 Memoirs of an Edwardian Adventurer
YES, dear listener, you did read that correctly - Memoirs of an Edwardian Adventurer, not Adventuress! This week, we're chatting about the unofficial companion to the Big Finish audios featuring the Eighth Doctor and Charley, C'rizz, Tamsin and Lucie, featured in the book written by Will Brooks and Nick Mellish. We meet the pair and found out what led them to write about the audios, as they go through the episodes, one by one, on a daily basis, and find out how they look back on their work now. If you've not read the book, it's available on the Kindle for a bargain £1.99!
May 12, 2022
3.11 The Witch from the Well
WE'VE GOT a magical story this week, as we take a look at Big Finish monthly range Eighth Doctor tale The Witch from the Well. The story title is pretty self-explanatory, as Kenny and Becca are joined by the story's writer Rick Briggs, as well as sound designer and musician Steve Foxon. Find out just what goes into bringing a story with a supernatural element to life - and just where did the idea of Odic energy come from? It's all explained, as we continue our adventures with the Doctor and Mary Shelley.
May 05, 2022
3.10 Short Trips - Foreshadowing
WE HEAD back to the world of Big Finish Short Trips for this week's episode - WHICH HAS SPOILERS!. Kenny and Becca discuss the adventure Foreshadowing, written by Julian Richards and narrated by India Fisher, and Julian joins us for a chat about the creative process, and feature a brief special guest appearance later on from someone who is related to the SPOILER. If you've not heard it, pop over to the Big Finish website, buy it for £2.99, listen, and then listen to us!
April 28, 2022
3.9 Time Lord Victorious (part two)
BECCA, Kenny and their guest co-host Matt Michael from DWM are still on the trail of the Time Lord Victorious. This week, they turn their attention to the Eighth Doctor's involvement with the novel All Flesh Is Grass - complete with two enhanced readings from the book - and speak with author Una McCormack, and, as the saga concludes in Mutually Assured Destruction, writer Lizzie Hopley shares her experiences of writing Die Hard with a Crashing Dalek Time Ship...
April 21, 2022
3.8 Time Lord Victorious (part one)
PIECES of Eighth ventures into that multi-platform release from 2020 and 2021 this week, as we uncover some of the secrets of Time Lord Victorious. Over the next two episodes, we'll feature all of the Eighth Doctor's stories from the run, starting this week with Big Finish vinyl release Echoes of Extinction - which featured Paul McGann and David Tennant, and have an exclusive chat with its writer, Alfie Shaw, speaking about the release for the first time ever on a podcast. Kenny and Becca are joined by another co-host this week, in the form of Matt Michael (who you may know from his reviews in Doctor Who Magazine), as they look at Big Finish audio pair He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not and The Enemy of My Enemy, before having a chat with musician Ioan Morris, who created the amazing score for the audio stories. Next week, Becca, Matt and Kenny will feature the novel All Flesh Is Grass, and speak with Una McCormack, as well as the concluding story of the series, Mutually Assured Destruction, with writer Lizzie Hopley.
April 14, 2022
3.7 The Silver Turk
THE Cybermen are back - and we join the Doctor and Mary Shelley as they face his old foes in Vienna. It's a return to the Big Finish full cast audio worlds, as they take a listen to The Silver Turk, which was released in 2011. And Becca informs Kenny of another fascinating real-life fact about Mary - which once again shocks him! - as the pair meet the story's writer Marc Platt, as well as musician and sound designer Jamie Robertson.
April 07, 2022
3.6 The Black Archive
The award-winning Black Archive is a bi-monthly series of independently-published book-length looks at Doctor Who stories - and they've featured both of the Eighth Doctor's outings on TV. In Doctor Who (1996) Paul Driscoll looks at the Paul McGann TV movie as a functional series pilot, as a reinvention of the Doctor and of the 20th-century Doctor Who formula, and as a ‘bridge’ to the 21st-century revival, while James Cooray Smith examines seven exceptional minutes of Doctor Who, suggesting The Night of the Doctor is a revisionist return to Doctor Who’s past, typical of showrunner Steven Moffat, and a televisual coup despite its online release. Kenny meets range editor Stuart Douglas, and later, Kenny and Becca discuss their love of a good critical study. You can find out more about these two books from http://obversebooks.co.uk/theblackarchive/eighth/.
March 31, 2022
3.5 Paul McGann
The miracle has happened! Believe it or not, we've actually spoken with the Eighth Doctor himself in an exclusive chat! We discuss playing the Doctor, whether Paul McGann still regards himself as the George Lazenby of Time Lords, working with Nicola Walker in Scotland, and Kenny was delighted to chat with Paul, and sadly Becca was detained elsewhere... at her boyfriend's brother's birthday drinks in a Southampton pub!
March 25, 2022
3.4 Short Trips - The Turn of the Screw
Pieces of Eighth returns to the worlds of the Big Finish Short Trips, those sometimes forgotten little gems, bringing us more Doctor Who adventures. This week, Becca and Kenny talk about The Turn of the Screw, and have a ball as they interview producer Ian Atkins about his thinking in commissioning the adventure-packed story, writer Eddie Robson about the creative process, and Yee Jee Tso tells all about performing what was his first audiobook reading. This 'making of' podcast is actually longer than the original story!
March 18, 2022
3.3 Eater of Wasps (EDA 45)
EATER of Wasps - the title of this Doctor Who adventure alone is enough to make you feel unwell... imagine having not just one wasp in your mouth, but lots of the stingy wee buggers?! This week, Becca and Kenny discuss the 45th novel from the BBC Books range, Eater of Wasps, written by Trevor Baxendale. The pair discuss their loathing of the titular insects, chat with Trevor, and bring you two scenes from the book, brought to life with narration and sound design.
March 12, 2022
3.2 Mary's Story
Over the course of season three, we're going to be meeting the people involved in the making of the Big Finish Mary Shelley Trilogy, a trilogy in four parts. Kenny and Becca kick off their journey with a trip to Switzerland, as we discover how Mary's Story came about, as Jonathan Morris reveals he wasn't intended to be involved as its writer, and sound designer Thea Cochrane (another Scottish person - so Kenny's pleased!) reveals how she did the sound design. Brace yourselves - it's a stormy night out there at the Villa Diodati!
March 04, 2022
3.1 The TV Movie soundtrack
Pieces of Eighth returns for its third season, and we open with someone who was involved in the TV Movie. The movie's soundtrack is one of the most popular things about it, so listen in and hear Becca get jealous of Kenny, as he spoke with John Sponsler, the co-composer on the 1996 score. Our third run kicks off here - and we've got plenty more exclusive interviews lined up for this season.
February 25, 2022
Optional Extras 2 - The Big Finish figures
Join Character Options' Al Dewar and Big Finish's unofficial archivist Kenny Smith, as they take another trip back in time to chat about the origins of some Doctor Who action figurers. This time, the pair discuss the figures related to the audio series - the Sixth Doctor in blue coat, as first seen in Real Time, plus the B&M twin packs featuring the Seventh, Eighth and War Doctors, plus new Daleks.
December 29, 2021
3.0 Relative Dimensions
It's Christmas time... there's no need to be afraid... apart from from a giant trans-dimensional fish which has escaped inside the TARDIS! Join Kenny and Becca as they discover how Relative Dimensions came into being for the Big Finish Eighth Doctor Adventures range. Christmas is a time for family, they say – which is why the Doctor has invited his granddaughter Susan, and great grandson Alex for Christmas dinner in his time and space machine. But who, or what, is the spectre at their yuletide feast? Venturing deep into the dark heart of the TARDIS, Susan uncovers her past, Alex is told his future – and the Doctor finds himself caught in a deadly, dangerous present! Our hosts meet writer Marc Platt and sound designer/musician Jamie Robertson.
December 24, 2021
2.13 Matthew Jacobs (part two)
The second season of Pieces of Eighth comes to a close with the rest of our exclusive chat with the writer and co-producer of the Doctor Who TV Movie, Matthew Jacobs. We chat about his feelings on the film now, how he came to embrace it, and we discover that he knows about Big Finish! Plus, Becca and Kenny reveal when they'll be back, and what's in the next episode!
November 26, 2021
2.12 Matthew Jacobs (part one)
Pieces of Eighth reaches the climax of its second season, and we welcome another guest who worked on the Doctor Who TV Movie. This week, in the first of a two-part interview, we chat with Matthew Jacobs, the man who wrote the scripts for the film which introduced Paul McGann as the Doctor. Plus, we have more of your TV Movie memories from where you were when it was first screened.
November 19, 2021
Pieces of Eighth extra - The Night of the Doctor
BELIEVE it or not, November 14 marks eight years since The Night of the Doctor first appeared on YouTube and the BBC red button service. Paul McGann's surprise/triumphant return to the part was a shock for many, and gave proper canonicity to his incarnation, with some having failed to recognise it (for some reason or another). And it also mentioned five Big Finish companions, which was rather lovely too. To mark the event, we present a segment of The Power of 3, another Doctor Who podcast which our Kenny co-hosts, in which he and his co-conspirators Tom Harris and David Steel discuss the minisode.
November 14, 2021
2.11 The Eleven
THIS week we celebrate the Time Lord who's arguably the Eighth Doctor's most memorable foe to date. Yes, we're talking about The Eleven, that villain who retains his previous personalities when he regenerates, as they burst through at inopportune moments. Played by Mark Bonnar, he joins us for a chat - and an exclusive introduction - and we also speak with Ken Bentley, who was involved with the creation of the character, and writer John Dorney.
November 12, 2021
2.10 Telos A Story
BACK in the early 2000s, Telos Publishing was granted a licence by BBC Worldwide to print authorised Doctor Who novellas. In this week's Pieces of Eighth, Becca and Kenny meet David Howe, the range's publisher and editor, and they speak about the three Eighth Doctor novellas published by the range, Riptide, Fallen Gods and Eye of the Tyger. We speak with authors Jonathan Blum and Paul McAuley about working on the range, and we feature an archive radio interview with Riptide writer Louise Cooper, who sadly passed away in 2009. Get ready for our longest episode yet, in a packed 80 minutes!
November 05, 2021
2.9 Radio Gaga
Back in the noughties, BBC7 broadcast the old Doctor Who audio dramas Slipback, The Paradise of Death and The Ghosts of N-Space to death. This week, with speak with Martin Montague to find out how some Eighth Doctor audios from Big Finish found their way onto the station - and how the Lucie Miller series came to be. And we've got trailers you've probably not heard before!
October 28, 2021
Episode 2.4 - The Outtakes
YOU'D never know it from our finished episodes, but Becca and Kenny are good friends who giggle a lot. What you hear in the finished episodes isn't always exactly what gets recorded. Sometimes, just sometimes, they laugh at daft things, and you'd never know from the finished episode that anything every happened... Well, probably not... Today, we present our first outtakes, from our episode about the TARDIS console... and the pair are laughing at silly innuendoes. Such children!
October 25, 2021
2.8 The War Master
The Eighth Doctor - one of the most joyous, vibrant incarnations of the Doctor, has come face to face with the most vicious of Masters on a couple of occasions. We delve into the universe of the War Master, as Paul McGann faced off against Sir Derek Jacobi, in two Big Finish box sets, Rage of the Time Lords, and Hearts of Darkness. We meet two of the writers, David Llewelyn and Lisa McMullan, to find out how these sets came together.
October 21, 2021
Pieces of Eighth extra - 20 years of the Eighth Doctor at Big Finish
Earlier this year, your Pieces of Eighth co-host Kenny recorded an episode of another podcast he co-presents, The Power of 3, which marked 20 years of the Eighth Doctor at Big Finish. He and co-conspirator David Steel look at Storm Warning, Sword of Orion, The Stones of Venice and Minuet in Hell, as well sharing their excitement at the return of Paul McGann to the part of the Doctor.
October 16, 2021
2.7 The Bodysnatchers (EDA 3)
Zygons! The Skarasen! Professor Litefoot! Victorian London! It sounds like a checklist for things that appear in some of the greatest Fourth Doctor stories, but they all come together in The Bodysnatchers, the third Eighth Doctor Adventure published by BBC Books, way back in August 1997. Kenny and Becca are joined by the author of The Bodysnatchers, Mark Morris, as they look back on the novel - including a dramatic reading of a short section of the book!
October 13, 2021
Pieces of Eighth extra - The Stones of Venice trailers
We continue to bring you rare material, with these trailers for The Stones of Venice, as originally broadcast on BBC Radio 7. Four short, teasers, to get listeners hooked - aren't they great?
October 09, 2021
2.6 Short Trips - All Hands On Deck
Last week, Pieces of Eighth took a step into the Time War... and this week, we're staying there. However, we've gone from a full-cast adventure to a Short Trip, which was written by Eddie Robson, a man who's no stranger to writing Eighth Doctor full cast audios for Big Finish, and produced by Ian Atkins. Join Becca and Kenny as they find out how Susan entered the Time War - and how she got a full-cast box set out of it too...
October 07, 2021
Optional Extras 1 - B&M 2021 Wave 1
Join Character Options' Al Dewar and Kenny Smith as they venture through the worlds of the plastic fantastic, as they look at the making of the Character Options Doctor Who figures. Their journey begins with the first 2021 wave of B&M figures, comprising the First Doctor and two Sensorites, Ian Chesterton and a pair of Voord, plus the latest releases in the History of the Daleks series, from The Power of the Daleks and Day of the Daleks.
October 04, 2021
Pieces of Eighth extra - Sword of Orion trailers
Way back in 2005, several Eighth Doctor adventures starring Paul McGann and India Fisher, which were produced by Big Finish, were broadcast on BBC Radio 7. To promote these, original trailers were produced, and here, for the first time, Pieces of Eighth have compiled the promotional pieces for that second story, Sword of Orion.
October 01, 2021
2.5 The Sontaran Ordeal
We join the Eighth Doctor on his first audio adventure set during the Time War. Andrew Smith, writer of The Sontaran Ordeal, and Dan Starkey, who played Commander Jask in the adventure, join Becca and Kenny to explain how their involvement with this Big Finish release, part of the first series of Classic Doctors, New Monsters, came about.
September 30, 2021
Pieces of Eighth extra - The Storm Warning radio trailers
In 2005, a number of Eighth Doctor adventures produced by Big Finish were broadcast on BBC Radio 7. To promote these, original trailers were produced, and here, for the first time, Pieces of Eighth have compiled the promotional pieces for Storm Warning.
September 26, 2021
2.4 The TARDIS console
Be honest - who hasn't dreamed of having their own TARDIS console to play with, with buttons to press and levers to switch? But one man can do that every single day of his life, if he so chooses. This week, Pieces of Eighth meets Paul Salamoff, the man who owns the original TARDIS console from the TV Movie - as well as a few other screen-worn items. FInd out just what he has in his amazing collection, aside from that glorious wooden console.
September 23, 2021
2.3 The Radio Times Eighth Doctor Poll
Earlier this year, the Radio Times marked the end of Big Finish's monthly range with a series of polls to find the top five stories for each Doctor. The Eighth Doctor was no exception, with The Chimes of Midnight taking the top spot, followed by The Silver Turk, The Natural History of Fear, Scherzo and Seasons of Fear. This week, Becca and Kenny are joined by Matt Michael to give their thoughts on the top stories - as well as suggesting stories they thought could have been there too.
September 16, 2021
2.2 Earth and Beyond
In 1998, the most exciting thing in the world happened - Paul McGann returned as the Doctor... Well, sort of. BBC Audio released a twin cassette story, featuring three Doctor Who short stories - Bounty, Dead Time and The People's Temple - all of which were read by Paul McGann. And, best of all, we heard McGann perform all-new lines as the Doctor, for the first time in two years in Dead Time, as he spoke with a future version of himself. This week, Kenny and Becca have a chat with producer Steve Cole and writer Peter Anghelides, as they discover how this release came to be, and just who Andrew Martin is...
September 09, 2021
2.1 Yee Jee Tso
It's good news - Pieces of Eighth has been renewed and is back for a second season! Over the course of the next 13 weeks, we're going to bring you all-new, exclusive interviews with the people who have made the Eighth Doctor who he is, whether as writers, actors, artists, musicians or anything else. Having finished last season with a two-part Philip Segal interview, Rebecca and Kenny are continuing with people with TV Movie credits, as they chat with Chang Lee himself, Yee Jee Tso, from his home in Vancouver. They talk about his casting, turning up late, working with Eric Roberts, the TARDIS set, and publishing his book of TV Movie photographs.
September 02, 2021
1.13 Philip Segal (part two)
Doctor Who TV Movie executive producer Philip Segal joins us from his home in the USA, for the second part of his exclusive chat with Pieces of Eighth. He reveals how he felt the TV Movie rating could have gone in modern methods were taken into account, how he's about to build the TARDIS console room again, and how he looks back on the whole movie. Find out more about Philip's work at www.sprueverse.com. And we preview the first guest of season two, which will launch soon!
August 12, 2021
1.12 Philip Segal (part one)
We reach the end of the first season of Pieces of Eighth, and we present the opening half of our exclusive chat with the man whose persistence led to the creation of the Eighth Doctor. Executive producer Philip Segal is our special guest, and chats about his love of Doctor Who, working in television, meeting Alan Yentob, casting Paul McGann, and bringing the team together to create the TV Movie. Plus we share your memories of the TV Movie, as your listeners join in the fun!
August 05, 2021
1.11 Escape Velocity (EDA 42)
This week, Pieces of Eighth takes its first dip into the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures, a series of original paperback novels featuring the Eighth Doctor, which were published by BBC Books from June 1997 until June 2005. In that time, a total of 73 books were released, charting the adventures of the Doctor, with his friends, Sam Jones, Fitz Kreiner, Compassion, Anji Kapoor and Beatrix 'Trix' Macmillan. Along the way, they faced Daleks, the Master, Wirrrn, and new foes, like Sabbath - who stole the Doctor's second heart. Becca and Kenny chat with Colin Brake, who penned Escape Velocity, the 42nd novel in the series, which concluded a story arc in which an amnesiac Doctor was trapped on Earth for a hundred years - and was finally reunited with Fitz, meets a new friend in Anji, and the TARDIS is restored. Prophetically, it also features a space race between Pierre Yves-Dudoin and Arthur Tyler III, both competing to be the first privately funded man in space...
July 29, 2021
1.10 The TV Movie Novelisation
Kenny and Becca stay on Target in our latest episode. They have a chat with Gary Russell, who novelised the TV Movie for BBC Books in 1996 and revamped it for the 2001 reprint from Target. They're also joined by Anthony Dry, who created the amazing art for the reprint cover.
July 22, 2021
1.9 The Scent of Blood
Pieces of Eighth stays in audio territory - but probably not the one you were expecting. Becca and Kenny this week venture into the lands of BBC Audio, as they discover how The Scent of Blood, released in 2019, came to be. Kenny has a chat with writer Andy Lane, before he and Becca chat with actor Dan Starkey, who narrates the adventure - and Becca tries not to fan girl while talking to Strax... Plus, courtesy of sound designer and musician David Darlington, you can hear a clean version of the Doctor Who theme which appears in this story.
July 15, 2021
1.8 Max Warp
Previous episodes of Pieces of Eighth have touched on Big Finish adventures for the Eighth Doctor, but this week we cover our first full-length story in the form of Max Warp. Becca and Kenny chat with writer Jonathan Morris about writing the script - and reveal its origins in an unused idea from several years beforehand - and musician Andy Hardwick tells it was it was like to write a theme tune that most definitely ISN'T the Top Gear theme.
July 08, 2021
This week's Pieces of Eighth takes another trip into the Big Finish universe, this time to feature the highly-acclaimed Companion Chronicle, Solitaire. This week, Becca and Kenny discuss the tale, starring India Fisher as Charley Pollard and david bailey as the Celestial Toymaker. The reveal their mutual fear of puppets, have a chat with writer John Dorney, and cover artist Alex Mallinson who created the puppet for the cover.
July 01, 2021
1.6 Short Trips - Flashpoint
Pieces of Eighth heads into new territory this week, as we feature a Short Trip from Big Finish. Flashpoint was read by co-host Kenny Smith's favourite, Sheridan Smith, so we have a chat with the range producer Ian Atkins, and writer Andrew Smith, about how Lucie Miller's return to Doctor Who came about. We should point out that Becca is also part of the Smith family, as her dad is one. So really, it's all about the Smiths this week (Morrissey not included).
June 25, 2021
1.5 The Eighth Doctor Action Figures
We celebrate the plastic fantastic this week in Pieces of Eighth. Becca and Kenny are joined by Alasdair Dewar from Character Options, who explains the origins of the various action figures of the Eighth Doctor.
June 18, 2021
1.4 Seán Carlsen and Narvin
EPISODE four of Pieces of Eighth sees us joined by an actor who has encountered Paul McGann's Doctor in two very different roles. Seán Carlsen was first cast in The Natural History of Fear, in which he played a variety of roles, and made an impression producer/director Gary Russell, who subsequently cast him as CIA Co-ordinator Narvin in the Gallifrey spin-off series. Narvin has since become one of Big Finish's most beloved original creations, and Sean joins us to share his experiences of working with Paul McGann and Sir Derek Jacobi, as well as meeting War Doctor Sir John Hurt.
June 13, 2021
1.3 Living Legend
We take our first tip into Big Finish Eighth Doctor territory, with a look back to a little gem from 2003. Becca and Kenny are joined by producer/director Gary Russell, as well as Conrad Westmaas, who recalls his time in studio as Thon, in Scott Gray's witty 22-minute long episode.
June 04, 2021
1.2 A Matter of Life and Death
We promised to bring you all things related to the Eighth Doctor, and we most definitely are in this week's episode. We discuss the Titan Eighth Doctor comic A Matter of Life and Death with the people who brought it to life, as writer George Mann and artist Emma Vieceli exclusively share their thoughts and experiences on creating an oft-forgotten little slice of Paul McGann's Doctor, set in the period before Night of the Doctor.
May 27, 2021
1.1 The TV Movie
Kenny and Becca are Doctor Who fans. He's been a fan since 1978, and Becca was born in 1995, so their experiences of the show are completely different. But something they both love is the Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann. In this podcast series, they will travel through time and space, finding the many different aspects of this incarnation of the Doctor who was only seen twice on TV - but has had more original adventures than virtually any other Doctor in different spin-off media. So, get to know the pair of them, as Becca (in their podcast debut) and Kenny (editor of Big Finish's Vortex, and co-host of The Power of 3 podcast) crash land in San Francisco, on December 31, 1999... There's been a shooting - someone had better call a Doctor...
May 21, 2021