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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, r…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 n…
 
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 foreve…
 
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 …
 
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 supernatu…
 
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 …
 
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 Ass…
 
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 Te…
 
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 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 W…
 
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 elsewher…
 
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 ab…
 
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 titula…
 
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 s…
 
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 exc…
 
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 th…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 sp…
 
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 spea…
 
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 pr…
 
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 pr…
 
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 t…
 
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 Pa…
 
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…
 
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 Su…
 
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 releas…
 
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.…
 
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.…
 
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…
 
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 ar…
 
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, f…
 
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 Phili…
 
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.…
 
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 br…
 
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,…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 Joh…
 
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 …
 
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