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The Big Finish Companion - Volume 1 Hardcover – 30 Nov 2011
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Why on earth could we not have a continuation of the more appropriate Doctor Who: The New Audio Adventures - The Inside Story range? It may have been black and white text and pictures, but then it was a long time ago and was a Doctor Who titled book with an appropriate Doctor Who cover.
I have bought over 440 Big Finish products but not this one, even when nearly half price. One cursory glance in the shop tells me that large format black and white informative texts are not harmonious with the mostly excellent audio packages that Big Finish produce. Ironically the A5 full colour free magazine, Vortex, shows more dynamism and vibrancy. This book either needed to be a paperback, perhaps more Doctor Who related, and the black and white-ness would have been totally acceptable, or the current large format hardback needed to be full or part colour, and for me personally, more of a Doctor Who product.Read more ›
I received this as a Christmas present, for which I'm grateful, but I won't be buying volume 2, if it ever appears. This is not a fitting tribute to the excellence of Big Finish's productions, or the hard work done by their actors, writers and directors every month. Big Finish need to have a long, hard think about their production and design values if they contemplate more. As others have said, this would buy two Big Finish audios at full price, or half a dozen in one of their sales. Save your money for those, and get a much better idea of what makes Big Finish great.
And the more I look at it, there is a lot of empty space. It's almost as if the final manuscript came in and they had to pad out the page count to justify the initial pricing that went up way back before this was finished. I also don't like the paper and printing used. It's very cheap looking and to the touch and as the photos were one of the main selling points, to see them reproduced so poorly is a massive let down.
I really don't wish to offend anyone involved with this book. But I can't really put a sugar coating on it either. If this was £10 to £15 cheaper and in paperback, I'm sure I could be much more supportive. As it is though, it's priced as a luxury item but with cheap printing, questionable layout and countless errors and missed opportunities.
I specifically enjoyed reading the plot synopsis, a lovely reminder of great stories. The behind the scenes section isn't exhaustive but there are some real gems of information there.
I would have preferred the book to be glossy and in colour. Also, larger colour plates of the cd covers would have made this perfect.
A great informative read and a superb intro to the world of Big Finish!
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Bravo to Big Finish for the work they do, and here's to many more years, and volumes of the Big Finish Companion for those of us who follow, with great anticipation, future releases by Big Finish. A must buy, and a perfect companion to Benjamin Cook's Doctor Who: The New Audio Adventures: The Inside Story. I cannot recommend these books enough!
- Dr. Phillip W. Serna, DMus, co-host, Adventures in Time, Space and Music
This book goes in depth with the writers, directors, actors, and producers behind the BF stories, including lots of trivia I had never heard before. I cannot recommend this enough for Doctor Who and Big Finish fans.