In November 2012 Big Finish Productions released the audio adventure box set Dark Eyes, which took Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor from World War One to 1970s London and onto the outer reaches of the universe in an epic confrontation with the Daleks.
In January 2014 the first episode Dark Eyes: The Great War won the BBC Audio Drama award for Best Online or Non-Broadcast Drama. The judges deemed the story to be:
People’s history, fantasy and high drama. The winning entry was outstanding in every respect: a complex, gripping narrative made visible through three-dimensional characters in believable relationships, some fine acting, and a superbly orchestrated soundscape which never overdoes the atmospherics or signposting of changes in time and place. Above all, it manages its historical and fantastical elements seamlessly and, for a brief period, time is suspended for the listener.
In February 2014 comes the next stage in the Eighth Doctor’s journey through space and time: Dark Eyes 2. Consisting of The Traitor, The White Room, Time’s Horizon and Eyes of the Master:
When the Doctor defeated the Dalek Time Controller and its Time Lord ally, the timelines shifted and events changed… but the danger is far from over. And new threats to the continued safety of the universe are emerging.
Molly O’Sullivan carried on with her life as a nursing assistant in World War One. She probably thought she would never see the Doctor in his ‘Tardy-box’ again…
From the Dalek occupied planet Nixyce VII through Earth’s history and to the very edge of the universe, the Doctor’s footprints across eternity are being tracked by foes old and new. But when did it all begin and when will it end? Living his life through the complexities of time travel, the Doctor can never be quite sure if he’s experiencing his life in the most helpful order. The only certainty appears to be the advance of the powers of evil and the oncoming threat of a fight to the death against forces that would destroy everything the Doctor holds dear.