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Doctor Who - Pieces of Eighth

Doctor Who - Pieces of Eighth
Description:
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

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Doctor Who - Pieces of Eighth Statistics
Episodes:
108
Average Episode Duration:
0:0:45:23
Longest Episode Duration:
0:1:31:59
Total Duration of all Episodes:
3 days, 9 hours, 42 minutes and 4 seconds
Earliest Episode:
28 January 2023 (8:07am GMT)
Latest Episode:
1 January 2023 (11:26am GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
5 days, 11 hours, 2 minutes and 9 seconds

Doctor Who - Pieces of Eighth Episodes

  • 5.26 The Greightest Show

    1 January 2023 (11:26am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 47 minutes and 30 seconds

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    HAPPY NEW Year! Doctor Who's 60th anniversary year is upon us in 2023.

    And to kick off the celebrations, we asked our listeners to share with us their favourite Eighth Doctor stories, on TV, audio, books, comics, etc.

    This episode is dedicated to the memory of our friend Si Hodges, who kindly provided us with images to use in several season three episodes, including the Beyond the Vortex episodes, and creating us a special piece of art for The People's Temple episode. 



  • 5.25 Short Trips - Evergreen

    25 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 55 minutes and 56 seconds

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    MERRY CHRISTMAS! We didn't originally plan to do this episode, but the opportunity arose, to bring you some special presents on Christmas Day.

    Firstly, we've a present for you, dear listener. We've married up Gordon Tipple's original opening narration for the TV Movie, with the soundtrack, to hear how it may originally have sounded.

    Secondly, we've a present for Becca, as we're joined by a special Christmas Day guest!

    And finally, we've another present for you all, as we have a reading of the Short Trip Evergreen, which is performed by its original author.

    We're DEFINITELY finished for this year now - this is our 70th episode of 2022!



  • 5.25 Short Trips - Evergreen

    25 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 55 minutes and 39 seconds

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    MERRY CHRISTMAS! We didn't originally plan to do this episode, but the opportunity arose, to bring you some special presents on Christmas Day.

    Firstly, we've a present for you, dear listener. We've married up Gordon Tipple's original opening narration for the TV Movie, with the soundtrack, to hear how it may originally have sounded.

    Secondly, we've a present for Becca, as we're joined by a special Christmas Day guest!

    And finally, we've another present for you all, as we have a reading of the Short Trip Evergreen, which is performed by its original author.

    We're DEFINITELY finished for this year now - this is our 70th episode of 2022!



  • 5.24 The Thoughts of Midnight

    24 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 48 minutes and 50 seconds

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    "CHRISTMAS wouldn't be Christmas without my plum pudding!"

    So Mrs Baddeley tells us throughout The Chimes of Midnight, and now, for many Doctor Who / Big Finish fans, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without The Chimes of Midnight.

    This Christmas Eve, we're joined by our friends all over the world, as we celebrate the story regarded by many as the greatest Doctor Who audio story, if not the greatest Doctor Who story of all, in Robert Shearman's tale from 2002. 



  • 5.23 We Wish You A Merry Krampus

    23 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 22 minutes and 32 seconds

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    IT'S CHRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISTMAS! We're continuing our countdown to the festive season with the Eighth Doctor, as we take a look at one of his Christmas specials.

    We're looking at Better Watch Out and Fairytale of Salzburg, from Ravenous 2, as the Krampus rises and nothing stands in its way as it looks to destroy the world... only once man can stop him, and it's not the man you were expecting...

    Writer John Dorney joins us for a natter, as does Robert Whitelock, who plays the Krampus and a host of other parts in this adventure. Benji Clifford tells us about how he sound designed the story, and composer Jamie Robertson talks us through his creative process, in a bumper episode. 



  • 5.22 Short Trips - Decorative Purposes

    22 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
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    IT PROBABLY hasn't escaped your notice, but we're just three days away from Christmas, so it's time we got into the festive spirit.

    Today, we bring you a reading of a complete Christmas Short Trip, Decorative Purposes. It was the twenty-first short story in the Big Finish printed anthology Short Trips: The Ghosts of Christmas, published in 5 December 2007. It was written by Eddie Robson and featured the Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller (Kenny's so excited!).

    After our reading, Eddie joins us for a chat, so sit back, get those chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and enjoy...




  • 5.21 Short Trips - The Queen of Eros

    21 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 22 minutes and 41 seconds

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    TODAY we have our final Short Trip, as we look at The Queen of Eros from Short Trips and Sidesteps.

    We bring you a full reading of the story, with sound design, followed by a chat with author Trevor Baxendale, and, of course, editor Steve Cole.

    And that it - the complete run of Sam and the Eighth Doctor on their own!




  • 5.20 Short Trips - Femme Fatale

    20 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 11 minutes and 11 seconds

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    WE MAY have finished our run of episodes looking at the Eighth Doctor and Sam's adventures in full novel form, but we're completists. There's still gaps.

    We continue our look at the official BBC Short Trips, as we look at Femme Fatale, by Paul Magrs, as the Doctor and Sam encounter Andy Warhol and Iris Wildthyme.

    We've a full reading of the story, by James Hadwen-Bennett, followed by chats with editor Steve Cole and Paul.



  • 5.19 Short Trips - Model Train Set

    19 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 21 minutes and 16 seconds

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    WE'VE comprehensively covered the first 18 EDAs with the Doctor and Sam... but we don't want to stop there!

    There's still a few stories featuring this pair to be covered, before Fitz arrives, so we're turning our eye to the world of Short Trips. We've previously covered Bounty, Dead Time and The People's Temple, and since we're completists, it would be wrong not to do their other adventures, published in the BBC Short Trips books.

    Today, we've got Steve Cole telling us about Model Train Set, as well as a chat with its author, Jonathan Blum.



  • 5.18 The Face-Eater (EDA 18)

    18 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 47 minutes and 37 seconds

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    THE FACE-EATER is the 18th and final novel in our run of episodes looking at the early Eighth Doctor Adventures, and his stories with Sam Jones.

    We're joined, as ever, by range editor Steve Cole, and writer Simon Messingham talks us through his journey as a Doctor Who writer - and we find out which of his good friends became a 21st century TV series writer. 

    It's the end of our current run looking at the books, but is it the end of season five? Tune in and find out!



  • 5.17 Beltempest (EDA 17)

    17 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 34 minutes and 25 seconds

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    IT WOULD be fair to say that Beltempest is a Doctor Who novel with a high-concept science fiction idea at its heart. There's no moustache-twirling villains, or bases under siege.

    Not only is Beltempest a story of note, but this is an episode with a difference - we don't have a 'live' interview with author Jim Mortimore, but he kindly agreed to record his answers to the questions, which we sent him, and we've created a full chat with him.

    As ever, Steve Cole tells us about things from his side as the range editor too, for another engrossing chat.



  • 5.16 The Janus Conjunction (EDA 16)

    16 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 50 minutes and 39 seconds

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    WE'RE nearing the end of our look at this first phase of novels in the Eighth Doctor Adventures novelatic universe (to make up a phrase).

    Today, it's The Janus Conjunction, as we look at a fondly-remembered adventure in which the Doctor's companion, Sam Jones, DIES at the end. She does. Dead. She's an ex-companion. She has ceased to be (etc).

    And we get author Trevor Baxendale's preferred pronunciation of Janus. Is it Janus or Janus? Tune in and find out!



  • 5.15 The Scarlet Empress (EDA 15)

    15 December 2022 (12:01am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 50 minutes and 20 seconds

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    SHE'S BACK... and it's about Thyme... Iris Wildthyme!

    The Doctor Who universe was given a kick up the backside with the arrival of Iris Wildthyme in Paul Magrs' first Who novel, The Scarlet Empress.

    Get ready for a crazy ride, as Paul, editor Steve Cole and cover artist Colin Howard join us on the Number 22 to Putney, as we find out about this EDA from 1998.



  • 5.14 Vanderdeken's Children (EDA 14)

    14 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 6 minutes and 6 seconds

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    WE LEAVE no stone unturned in our quest to bring you interviews with as many of the EDA authors as possible - and today, we bring you the elusive Christopher Bulis.

    Chris gives us a fantastic rare interview, with his memories of watching Doctor Who in its earliest years, and how he became a writer in the 90s with Virgin, and then the BBC - and his fascinating notes on the Eighth Doctor's personality, as we chat Vanderdeken's Children.

    It's a great listen - and we're also joined by Steve Cole, who reveals the legal difficulties the cover got into, plus artist Colin Howard (who didn't cause the court case!).



  • 5.13 Placebo Effect (EDA 13)

    13 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 43 minutes and 21 seconds

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    AN ICE WARRIOR! Fomasi! Wirrrn (with three 'R's)! And they're all in the one book! 

    Gary Russell's Placebo Effect is the subject of today's episode of Pieces of Eighth, and he tells us which monsters originally featured in the outline for the book before changing to the creatures from The Leisure Hive and The Ark in Space.

    As ever, Steve Cole joins Kenny and Becca on their voyage, as we hit the lucky thirteen episode of this run.



  • 5.12 Seeing I (EDA 12)

    12 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 43 minutes and 43 seconds

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    THE DOCTOR's been put in prison, and despite his best efforts, can't escape. Sam, meanwhile, spends three years, having a series of relationships, as he friend tries to find freedom.

    We're joined by Jonathan Blum, co-author of Seeing I (the other half being his wife, Kate Orman), to chat about this novel, which concluded the 'missing Sam' trilogy, and reset the relationship between the Time Lord and his friend.

    And, of course, Steve Cole pops by for a quick chat about it too!



  • 5.11 Dreamstone Moon (EDA 11)

    11 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 31 minutes and 24 seconds

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    THE Doctor and Sam have been separated, and Dreamstone Moon seems them nearly reunited... but not quite!

    Sam's on her on, stuck on an out-of-control Kusk spaceship, and the Doctor has troubles of his own to resolve... 

    We're joined by range editor Steve Cole and author Paul Leonard to discuss this little gem (gettit?) of a novel.



  • 5.10 Legacy of the Daleks (EDA 10)

    10 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 11 seconds

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    THEY'RE BACK! We'd waited years for a new Dalek story, and then two came along in the space of six months in the EDAs!

    Today, we put Legacy of the Daleks under the microscope, as editor Steve Cole tells us how he picked it up from his predecessor Nuala Buffini, and author John Peel (not that one) tells us about writing for the Eighth Doctor, Susan, David Campbell, the aftermath of the Dalek Invasion of Earth... and the Master!

    It's an interesting insight...



  • 5.9 Longest Day (EDA 9)

    9 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 36 minutes and 16 seconds

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    LONGEST Day by Michael Collier is a Doctor Who novel that's carried a mystery about it for more than two decades.

    Fan rumour and speculation suggested that Mike wasn't actually a real person, and it had actually been written by range editor Steve Cole.

    Today, Pieces of Eighth can reveal the full story behind this tale, as the Doctor and Sam face the Kusks, as we speak to Mike, live from his home in Latvia, Steve, and cover artist Colin Howard, as the truth can finally be revealed!



  • 5.8 Option Lock (EDA 8)

    8 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 40 minutes and 21 seconds

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    OPTION Lock marks the arrival of Justin Richards to the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures range.

    The future editor of the series makes an impressive debut with aliens, businessmen, the Philosopher's Stone and space stations with nuclear weapons...

    We're joined by editor Steve Cole, Justin's son Julian, and cover artist Colin Howard.



  • 5.7 Kursaal (EDA 7)

    7 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
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    THERE'S no need to cry wolf - just tune in to this episode of Pieces of Eighth!

    We've got werewolves in a fun park, as author Peter Anghelides and BBC Books Eighth Doctor Adventures range editor Steve Cole join us, to tell us about this novel, from 2008.

    And, trivia fans - The Kursaal is a Grade II listed building in Southend-on-Sea, in Essex, England, which opened in 1901 as part of one of the world's first purpose-built amusement parks. The venue is noted for the main building with distinctive dome, designed by George Campbell Sherrin, which has featured on a Royal Mail special edition stamp.

    In 1998 the main Kursaal building was reopened after a multi million-pound redevelopment by the Rowallan Group containing a bowling alley, a casino and other amusements. The building originally contained a McDonald's, but the fast food chain left in 2008.

    The bowling alley closed permanently in 2019, and the casino closed permanently in 2020. This currently leaves only a Tesco Express store occupying part of this historic building.



  • 5.6 Alien Bodies (EDA 6)

    6 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 4 minutes and 21 seconds

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    IT'S THE Eighth Doctor Adventure that shook up the line, as Lawrence Miles arrives on the scene with Alien Bodies.

    We're joined by range editor Steve Cole, and we hear from Lawrence in an archival clip talking about the book from the London science fiction podcast Reality Check, after he declined our invitation to take part. Huge thanks to Alex Fitch for allowing us to use an excerpt.

    DWM reviewer Matt Michael also joins us to discuss the book and its legacy.



  • 5.5 War of the Daleks (EDA 5)

    5 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 52 minutes and 0 seconds

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    IN OCTOBER 1997, BBC Books achieved something that their predecessors at Virgin had been unable to achieve with the New and Missing Adventures - an original novel with the Daleks.

    Written by John Peel, a friend of Dalek creator Terry Nation, it saw the Eighth Doctor, Sam, Davros, Thals, Movellans and Daleks all feature.

    Today's episode features a chat with the writer, as well as range editor Steve Cole.




  • 5.4 Genocide (EDA 4)

    4 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 42 minutes and 20 seconds

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    IT'S HORSES for courses today on Pieces of Eighth, as we chat about the Eighth Doctor Adventure, Genocide.

    We've got three readings from Paul Leonard's novel, the fourth in the series, as well as a chat with editor Steve Cole, and the author himself - who took a lot of tracking down.




  • 5.3 The Bodysnatchers (EDA 3)

    3 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 54 minutes and 0 seconds

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    WHAT'S THAT, you say? Pieces of Eighth covering the EDA The Bodysnatchers? But haven't you already done that in season two?!

    Why yes, yes we have, dear listener, but we're not going to short change you for your time. We've gone back to scratch, re-edited the content and added all-new material, including a chat with range editor Steve Cole, Doctor Who Magazine reviewer and Eighth Doctor superfan Matt Michael, and added a second reading from Mark Morris' 1997 novel.

    So yes, it's a good old remix - we've retained the original interview and reading from first time around, so this should be an all-new experience. Mostly! 



  • 5.2 Vampire Science (EDA 2)

    2 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 53 minutes and 37 seconds

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    THE EIGHTH Doctor's back in the city where he was born - San Francisco.

    Accompanied by his new friend Samantha 'Sam' Jones, the pair encounter vampires and UNIT - but there's not a peep from his old pal Dr Grace Holloway.

    Co-author Jonathan Blum joins us for a chat about writing the book - sadly, his wife and co-writer Kate Orman had gone down with COVID-19, so was unable to join us, so sit back and find out just what happened to Grace, as we also mention a vampire called Spike - and it's not THAT one!



  • 5.1 The Eight Doctors (EDA 1)

    1 December 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 46 minutes and 11 seconds

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    WE'RE BACK after a very short break - it's our long-awaited look at the BBC Books Eight Doctor Adventures range.

    Over the coming 18 days, we're going to be covering the first 18 novels in the range, from The Eight Doctors up to The Face Eater. 

    Today, we kick off with The Eight Doctors by Terrance Dicks, featuring an archival interview with the author, BBC Books editor Steve Cole, an extract from our friends at the All-New Doctor Who Book Club discussing some handwritten notes on the first page of the book, plus a chat about the book with Doctor Who Magazine reviewer Matt Michael.




  • 4.17 Hallo Spaceboy

    30 November 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 25 minutes and 1 second

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    WE LIED! We told you episode 4.16 was the last of the run, and it really, really was planned to be... and now, it's the penultimate episode of season four!

    Before our fifth season kicks off, looking at Phase One of the EDA (we like that phrase - we'll have to use it more in future), we present an overview of the BBC Books series, as not all of our listeners will be aware of the ins and outs of the ongoing adventures.

    In September 2003, Panini published the fifth of their Doctor Who Magazine specials, The Complete Eighth Doctor, which looked at the Wilderness Years, the making of the TV Movie, and looks at this incarnation in audio, comics and books.

    The feature on the books was written by friend of the podcast Matt Michael, and only featured the novels up to Reckless Engineering, with a further 10 to follow before the range came to an end, so the feature is not fully complete.

    In it, Matt considered the highs and lows of the Doctor's novel outings, and to set the scene for the next 18 episodes, we present the feature, Hallo Spaceboy, read by its author.




  • 4.16 Night (Thoughts) of the Doctor

    23 November 2022 (11:50pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 43 minutes and 35 seconds

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    IT'S DOCTOR Who's 59th anniversary today, and to mark the occasion, and Paul McGann's birthday last week, we're looking at The Night of the Doctor.

    Our fantastic listeners have shared their thoughts on when they first saw the Eighth Doctor's shock return to our screens in 2013, and we present their thoughts on the surprise mini-episode, which debuted on 14 November, 2013.

    And keep an ear out - you may recognise some of the names and voices in this episode!



  • 4.15 The Code of Flesh

    18 November 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 24 minutes and 4 seconds

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    BBC Audio brought us a new adventure for the Eighth Doctor, in the form of The Code of Flesh.

    The sequel to last year's The Scent of Blood, writer Andrew (Andy!) Lane and narrator Dan Starkey were reunited, to bring us another terrifying tale set in Victorian England.

    This week, we're joined by Andy, as well as BBC Audio's commissioning editor Michael Stevens, and audiobook producer Neil Gardner, from Ladbroke Audio, to bring you an episode that's actually LONGER than the audio that inspired it!



  • 4.15 The Code of Flesh

    18 November 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 24 minutes and 6 seconds

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    BBC Audio brought us a new adventure for the Eighth Doctor, in the form of The Code of Flesh.

    The sequel to last year's The Scent of Blood, writer Andrew (Andy!) Lane and narrator Dan Starkey were reunited, to bring us another terrifying tale set in Victorian England.

    This week, we're joined by Andy, as well as BBC Audio's commissioning editor Michael Stevens, and audiobook producer Neil Gardner, from Ladbroke Audio, to bring you an episode that's actually LONGER than the audio that inspired it!



  • 4.14 The World Beyond The Trees

    11 November 2022 (11:35am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 41 minutes and 54 seconds

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    HAVE YOU ever had one of those dreams, where everyone and everything around you just... stops?

    That's exactly the situation Liv Chenka finds herself in, in the Big Finish Short Trip The World Beyond The Trees, written by Jonathan Barnes and produced by Ian Atkins - and read by Nicola Walker.

    We've got two of the three named creatives involved in this episode - can you guess who?!



  • 4.13 The End of the Beginning

    7 November 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 38 minutes and 45 seconds

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    WE TAKE a look at the final release in the Big Finish Doctor Who monthly range, The End of the Beginning.

    Author Robert Valentine talks us through the four episodes, Part One: Death and the Desert; Part Two: Flight of the Blackstar; Part Three: Night Gallery (the Eighth Doctor one) and Part Four: The Lost Moon, as we learn what goes into the making of a multi-Doctor story.




  • 4.12 Jacobean Tragedy (and Triumph)

    4 November 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 53 minutes and 19 seconds

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    IT'S ANOTHER first for Pieces of Eighth - normally we don't do review episodes, but on this occasion we've broken our rule.

    Today, we feature Kenny's roadtrip to Edinburgh with his Power of 3 co-host David Steel, as they travelled to watch Doctor Who Am I on the big screen, the documentary charting Matthew Jacobs' journey with fandom, from being (as he perceived it) an unwanted embarrassment after the TV Movie, to fully embracing the fact that people like - and indeed love - his work.

    It's a moving film, directed by Vanessa Yuille, and Kenny and Dave give their thoughts en route to the cinema in the car, in the cinema beforehand, and give their instant reaction on the streets of the Scottish capital. 

    Becca's gutted not to have seen the film - yet - but we're also joined by seven listeners who share their thoughts on the film too. 



  • 4.11 The Red Lady

    31 October 2022 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 45 minutes and 37 seconds

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    IT'S 31 OCTOBER, which means it's Halloween, and we've decided to bring you a suitably scary episode to mark the occasion. 

    We're dipping into the first Doom Coalition box set, as the Doctor and Liv Chenka encounter Helen Sinclair for the first time. Unfortunately for them, people are dying in mysterious circumstances if they look at artworks from a collection which its late owner ordered to be hidden away.

    Yes, we're talking about The Red Lady - and definitely not looking at her - as author John Dorney returns for a chat about this chilling tale from 2015. 

    Our hosts also reveal their memorable Halloween costumes from the past - but who was the Fluffy Green Zip Up Hulk?



  • 4.10 Bidding Adieu

    27 October 2022 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 39 minutes and 31 seconds

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    VIEWERS of Doctor Who in the 21st century have become accustomed to watching how the show is made behind the scenes, through DVD and bluray extras, and Doctor Who Confidential.

    However, back in 1996, these things were unheard of, with the only additional content coming in the form of an official electronic press kit, with interviews with Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann and Daphne Ashbrook, plus the likes of Philip Segal.

    But Bill Baggs was ahead of his time, and sent a small guerilla team to Canada, accompanying Sylvester McCoy, to record a video diary of his final days of the Doctor, before handing over the TARDIS key to Paul McGann. 

    This is the story of how Bidding Adieu came to be. 

    You can order it HERE directly from producers BBV.



  • 4.9 Tag! You're It!

    24 October 2022 (8:57pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 28 minutes and 31 seconds

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    In a change to the scheduled episode 4.9, we had to bring you something new, given Paul McGann's just been back on our screens as the Doctor!

    His brief appearance in The Power of the Doctor, alongside David Bradley, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, has been warmly greeted by fans all over the world.

    So, here's our celebration of his return, complete with the views of fan friends all over the world - thanks to one and all for taking part and sending us their audio clips. 

    In addition: you'll also find out which popular TV show Kenny loathes, and why Mr Becca's Dad was a knob for a few minutes!



  • 4.8 Short Trips - The Man Who Wasn't There

    23 October 2022 (11:00pm GMT)
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    THE Doctor and Charley Pollard are on the hunt for adventurer Pieter Montemarche, a hero of the Edwardian Adventuress in her youth.

    But when the duo fail to meet him at several of the locations he's reputed to have visited, they begin to wonder if he has been taken out of time completely...

    We go behind the scenes of this Big Finish Short Trip from 2016, as writer Ian Atkins and sound designer Rob Nisbet pop in for a chat about bringing this little tale to life. 



  • 4.7 On Set with Gary Gillatt

    20 October 2022 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 36 minutes and 11 seconds

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    IMAGINE how thrilling it must have been to have Doctor Who back in production, after a seven year gap - and then flying to Canada to see it unfold before your eyes.

    That's exactly what happened to Gary Gillatt during his tenure as the editor of Doctor Who Magazine, becoming one of just a handful of British journalists who were given access to the set in Vancouver, and had the thrill of walking through Richard Hudolin's control and cloister room sets.

    In this episode, he shares his memories of how the trip came about, and how his writing for The Independent made a big impression on Paul McGann.



  • 4.6 Cass

    16 October 2022 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 28 minutes and 52 seconds

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    WHEN the Eighth Doctor was forced to regenerate, it all came after a spaceship crash with a pilot named Cass.

    The Night of the Doctor gave us a new and unexpected insight into the Time War, as we heard about the conflict through the eyes of Cass - played by Emma Campbell-Jones - and did so much world building in seconds. 

    This week we chat with Emma about her experiences in The Night of the Doctor, to the delight of Kenny - it's another Scot on the podcast! 



  • 4.5 Gareth

    13 October 2022 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 36 minutes and 13 seconds

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    LET'S BE honest - as a Doctor Who fan, we'd all love to appear in the show in one form or another, whether as an actor, writer, director, producer, or even just in the background.

    It would, of course, be an impossible dream to think that you could get a small on-screen speaking part, especially if you were a fan who lived in Canada....

    But dreams can come true, and that's exactly what happened for Jeremy Radick, who got to appear in the part of Gareth the security guard in the TV Movie.

    This week, we meet Jeremy, and discover what a huge fan of the show he is!



  • 4.4 Doctor Who Am I

    9 October 2022 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 38 minutes and 8 seconds

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    DOCTOR Who TV Movie screenwriter Matthew Jacobs has a new Time Lord-related project on the way - and he's spoken to Pieces of Eighth all about it.

    Matthew and his friend, documentary filmmaker Vanessa Yuille, follows him in Doctor Who Am I, as he is reluctantly pulled back into the fandom that universally panned his writing and narrative twists in 1996. In a film that is funny and moving, the American ‘Whoniverse’ is explored during the biggest conventions dedicated to the cult of the Doctor.

    Jacobs’s journey is often hilarious and emotionally perilous, but it also sparks a provocative and touching showdown between American Doctor Who fans and the writer himself. Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook, Eric Roberts, and many others, offer Jacobs words of wisdom and help him realize just how personal and ambivalently entangled the show has been in his life. Matthew unexpectedly finds himself a kindred part of this close-knit, yet vast, family of fans.

    Yuille’s directorial debut documentary addresses the desire to belong to a community, and how people can become nourished and enriched by the experience.




  • 4.3 Richard Hudolin - Designing the TARDIS

    6 October 2022 (11:00pm GMT)
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    IT'S AN interview we've wanted to do for some time, and now, at long last, we've got hold of TV Movie designer Richard Hudolin, to chat about his work on creating a new look for Doctor Who.

    Kenny caught up with Richard at his home in Canada (via Zoom, sadly), and chatted about his career, which includes credits on Superman 3, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate and many others. 

    Prepare for some all-new anecdotes from the filming of the TV Movie in Vancouver, as well as the pleasure Richard still feels looking back on his work on Doctor Who today.



  • 4.2 Happy Radio Times and Places

    2 October 2022 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 22 minutes and 12 seconds

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    AT LONG last, we've covering some Doctor Who comic strips featuring the Eighth Doctor, as we travel back to 1996/97.

    We chat with writer Gary Russell and illustrator Lee Sullivan in depth, about the 42 episodes of the comic strip which featuring each week in the Radio Times, with the Doctor being joined by new companions Stacy Townsend and Ssard the Ice Warrior. 

    They share how the strip came to be, the excitement of crafting adventures each week - Dreadnought, Descendance, Ascendance, Perceptions and Coda - which were set on a spaceship in the future, on Mars, and in Victorian London, as well as the hurried two-part conclusion to what was ultimately planned as an 18 month arc.

    And, courtesy of Stephen Day, we've got some of the dialogue from the opening story, Dreadnought, being brought to life. 



  • 4.1 Denise Paul - The Night of the Doctor

    29 September 2022 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 36 minutes and 58 seconds

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    PIECES of Eighth returns for a mini-fourth series! Before we bring you our extensive look at the first 18 BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures, we're bringing you a short run of all-new episodes!

    We kick off with Paul McGann's finale in the role, as we look at the making of The Night of the Doctor, as Kenny has a chat with a fellow Scot, in producer Denise Paul.

    Denise - in her first-ever podcast chat - reveals how she came to work on Doctor Who, as well as working with Karen Gillan before and during her spell on Doctor Who, and the highlights of her career.

    Oh, and they're not the only two Scottish people who have a chat this episode - there's a mysterious third person making a cameo appearance, and they are a Scot too... but who could it be? Tune in and find out!



  • 3.28 Figuring It Out

    1 September 2022 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 42 minutes and 36 seconds

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    THE new triple pack of Eighth Doctor action figures is about to hit B&M stores in the UK - and we've got an exclusive chat about them.

    Character Options' Alasdair Dewar returns to Pieces of Eighth, to discuss how the set came about - and how this podcast played a part in his thinking too!

    Al also chats about the latest Tenth Doctor and Dalek sets, in the final episode of our third season. This is episode 28 - not bad, considering we only planned to do 13!

    And make sure you listen until the very end... 



  • 3.27 Army of Death

    25 August 2022 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 15 minutes and 35 seconds

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    OUR look at the Mary Shelley adventures with the Eighth Doctor comes to a close in this episode, as we go behind the scenes on Army of Death.

    We have a rare podcast appearance from script editor Alan Barnes, who tells us how the trilogy came to be, as well as Mary's original encounter with the Doctor in A Company of Friends, we meet actor Mitch Benn who plays several stories in the tale, as well as sound designer/musician Kelly Ellis from Fool Circle Productions, who shares his experiences of bringing the adventure to life.

    It's the penultimate episode in this series - a 13 part run that's become 28! It's just least Tom Baker's last season on TV, except neither Kenny nor Becca are going to regenerate into Peter Davison next week. Promise!



  • 3.26 Beyond the Vortex - 2

    18 August 2022 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 3 minutes and 47 seconds

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    AFTER bringing you all eight episodes of the making of series which accompanied the first season of Doctor and Lucie adventures on BBC7, we this week bring you the second batch.

    Kenny and Becca are joined by producer Martin Montague, as they discuss the making of the series which accompanied Dead London, Max Warp, Brave New Town, The SKull of Sobek, Grand Theft Cosmos and The Zygon Who Fell To Earth in 2008.

    There's also plenty of cat talk, as both Becca and Martin own cats called Merlin - and it's the purr-fect combination!




  • 3.25 Short Trips - The People's Temple

    11 August 2022 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 43 minutes and 44 seconds

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    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!







  • 3.24 Horror of Glam Rock

    4 August 2022 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 54 minutes and 5 seconds

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    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.



 
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