All The Time Lord Victorious Stories And Where To Buy Them.



TV The Time Lord Victorious multi-platform Doctor Who adventure seems incredibly intimidating with its many releases. The notion is that it can either all be consumed or rather like Glastonbury you can pick and choose what you're interested in. But we're Doctor Who fans so we want to do it all and in the correct order.

The commercial website for the show has a timeline but as the TARDIS Datacore entry indicates it doesn't include all of the stories and even used in conjunction with the release schedule requires a bit of leg work in order to work out how to access everything. So I thought I'd do the leg work for you.  Let me know if anything is missing.


THE FRACTURED UNIVERSE

The Last Message (Video Trailer)
See above.

The Last Message (short story)
Accompanies Doctor Who Figurine Collection Time Lord Victorious #1 available here.

Daleks! (Animated Series)
Released on YouTube. Here are the links.
01: The Archive of Islos
02: The Sentinel of the Fifth Galaxy
03: Planet of the Mechanoids
04: The Deadly Ally
05: Day of Reckoning

The Restoration Empire (short story)
In these three issues of Doctor Who Figurine Collection Time Lord Victorious. The TARDIS Datacore has a synopsis.

Defender of the Daleks (Comic)
Published by Titan Comics. There are links on their website offering options to buy physical copies.
Issue One
Issue Two
Or you can buy the whole lot as a digital graphic novel for Kindle or Comixology.

Master Thief/Lesser Evils (Audio)
A download from Big Finish.

Echoes of Extinction (Eighth Doctor) (Audio)
A download from Big Finish or Vinyl at Asda depending on the pandemic. Watch this page for details.

Can I Help You? (short story)
On the Brian The Ood t-shirt here. You can read the text here.

He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not (Audio)
A CD and download from Big Finish.

The Enemy of my Enemy (Audio)
A CD and download from Big Finish.

The Waters of Mars (TV)
It's on the BBC iPlayer. If you want to buy a physical copy, it's available on BD as part of the Road To The Dark Times sampler which also includes Planet of the Daleks, Genesis of the Daleks, The Deadly Assassin, State of Decay, The Curse of Fenric and The Runaway Bride all of which reference of feature species from The Dark Times (they're all on Britbox too). Also on The Complete Specials boxset.

What the TARDIS thought of ‘Time Lord Victorious’ (Short Story)
You can read this here.



THE DARK TIMES

The Dawn of the Kotturuh (Short Story)
On the official commercial website here. Password is "darktimes".

River Song's Guide To The Dark Times (Book)
It's in the Doctor Who Official Annual 2021.

Monstrous Beauty (Comic)
Published in Doctor Who Magazine across three issues. Issues 556 and 558 are both still available from Panini, 557 is at Forbidden Planet:
Doctor Who Magazine 556
Doctor Who Magazine 557
Doctor Who Magazine 558
Pocketmags has digital editions:
Doctor Who Magazine 556
Doctor Who Magazine 557
Doctor Who Magazine 558

The Knight, The Fool and the Dead (Book)
Amazon link.

All Flesh is Grass (Book, Chapters One to Three)
Amazon link.

The Minds of Magnox (Audio)
Amazon link.

Takes of the Dark Times (Comic Creator)
Doctor Who Comic Creator is an art app on the Apple and Amazon app stores and Google Play. Once downloaded the Time Lord Victorious pack is available as an in-app download for £2.99.

Mission to the Known (Short Story)
Accompanies Doctor Who Figurine Collection Time Lord Victorious #1 available here. The TARDIS Datacore has a synopsis.

All Flesh is Grass (Book, Chapter Four until end)
Amazon link.

Mutually Assured Destruction (Audio)
A CD and download from Big Finish.

Exit Strategy (Short Story)
Accompanies Doctor Who Figurine Collection Time Lord Victorious #2 available here. The TARDIS Datacore has a synopsis.



THE VICTORIOUS DAYS

The Hollow Planet (Game)
This Escape Hunt Print and Play game can be bought from this link. The tie-in website is free to visit here.

Genetics of the Daleks (Audio)
A CD and download from Big Finish.

A Dalek Awakens (Escape Room)
Tickets can be booked here.

The Edge of Time (VR Game)
Purchase options here.

Time Fracture (Immersive Experience)
Opens in Spring 2021. Details here.

UNIT Field Logs
YouTube links:
14681 UNIT Field Log
14682 UNIT Field Log
14683 UNIT Field Log
14684 UNIT Field Log

Canaries (Book)
Read it here and as part of the Wintertime Paradox anthology.

Echoes of Extinction (Tenth Doctor) (Audio)
A download from Big Finish or Vinyl at Asda depending on the pandemic. Watch this page for details.

Secrets of Time Lord Victorious (Short Story)
Available as part of the Doctor Who commercial site's newsletter which doesn't appear to have an online version. The TARDIS Datacore has a synopsis.

Lockdown Links #7



No mask, no shop - UK supermarkets insist on face coverings:
"Tesco, Asda and Waitrose will not let shoppers into their stores if they are not wearing a face covering, the British supermarket groups said on Tuesday, joining rivals Sainsbury’s and Morrisons which made the policy change a day earlier."

Public Radio Stations Rebuke 'N.Y. Times' Over Actions In Correcting 'Caliphate':
"An influential group of more than 20 public radio stations in major cities across the country are condemning the actions of The New York Times and its star host of the hit podcast The Daily, Michael Barbaro, in addressing the collapse of the newspaper's award-winning audio series, Caliphate."

Seven shows for lockdown 2021 that you probably haven't watched yet:
"Check out these top TV shows to try."

D.C.’s Vaccine Jackpots Are Getting Out of Control:
"Pharmacies have quietly been offering leftover COVID-19 shots to random people in the store. You can guess where this goes."

“This is a Nightmare:” Big Bang Comics’ John Hendrick on European Comics Retail, Post-Brexit:
"You may have heard of this whole Brexit thing. The departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union has been an eternal process, lasting since the beginning of time and causing an unbelievable amount of stress and debate over that span of time."

Rebekah: the techno DJ fighting sexual abuse in dance music:
"As #MeToo stories start to emerge in the dance scene, UK star Rebekah tells her own as she presses for industry change with her #ForTheMusic campaign."

The art and craft of screen graphics – interview with Daniel Højlund:
"Continuing the ongoing series of interviews on fantasy user interfaces, it’s my pleasure to welcome Daniel Højlund. In this interview he talks about the evolution of motion design in the last ten years, his work process, the balance between ideas and tools, and the pace of working on big sci-fi film productions. In between and around, Daniel dives deeper into his work on “American Assassin”, “The Martian”, “Blade Runner:2049” and the recently released “Pacific Rim: Uprising”."

Writing Godzilla:
"Godzilla was written in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico — Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin’s favourite screenwriting ground. The first draft was started in late October 1996, and was completed in December the 19th of the same year."

Doctor Who The TV Movie Target Paperback:
[From Gary Russell on Twitter: "Look at this glorious cover by Anthony Dry. Beautiful, utterly beautiful. And yes, the text has been *slightly* updated from the original with a couple of moments I was asked to take out in 1996 now put back in, some better geography and a few errors corrected. V proud of this."]

Amazon Unveils A Synopsis For The Lord Of The Rings Series:
"Having spent boatloads of money to secure the rights to, and produce a series based on JRR Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings, Amazon has been at work on the show in New Zealand. And the first official synopsis for the series is online."

Complete Index of Every Film Reviewed in the Theatrical Release Section of Empire Magazine.

Film This is a massive and potentially useless project. At the back end of last year I managed to finally collect a complete run of Empire Magazine. For decades its been the touchstone of my film enthusiasm, along with various websites and Sight and Sound with its focus on the independent and arthouse sectors. Like most magazines, its quality has ebbed and flowed depending on the editor, some with a clearer interest in Hollywood over the whole of cinema (Terri White's current stewardship has been seminal in its inclusiveness), but I've always tried to watch everything receiving three stars and above in the theatrical review section and rarely feel as though they've been misguided.

When the lockdown hit, I took out subscriptions to just three magazines. Doctor Who's parish circular, Sight and Sound and Empire and of the three that was the only one for which I didn't have access to the complete archive. So after saving some pennys here and there, I set about listing was missing and making the relevant orders. In the late 90s, I managed to buy about five years worth of Empires at a car book sale for about a fiver which meant that I wasn't down by that many issues but some of the earlist numbers are not cheap. Nevertheless, I now have the whole of Empire Magazine (ish, see below) sitting underneath the table I'm writing this on, plus a few other places because god knows there's a lot of them.

Then I had an idea that I'd catch up on all of the films they've ever reviewed in the theatrical release section. That necessitated creating a database containing such a list and that kept me busy in odd moments throughout the back end of last year finishing on Christmas Eve. How many could there be? Up to the end of 2020, nine thousand four hundred and sixty four (9464). Which, even taking into account everything which is either not available, wildly expensive due to having had their DVD deleted ten years ago and anything which I've seen and don't wish to see again, that's impossible. Plus, barring reissue, it ignores everything released before the middle of 1989. So I'm going back to the old method of watching anything which looks interesting ...

Which then left me this database and what to do with it and so inevitably I'm posting it on this blog in case its of use to future researchers who want to see the reviews in context rather than just on the Empire website and need a roadmap on where to look. In some cases, what's online comes from a later DVD or BD review, especially films which have been reappraised. But the majority are just as they originally apppeared. Of course the really stupid thing for me to do would be to have linked everything in this list to the relevant reviews, but honestly I have better things to do. Or at least I keep telling myself that. Since the Empire Magazine website itself doesn't have a search function, I've created a dedicated Google should you want to look for anything.

Some caveats. This is a very long list, typed very quickly (so no page numbers or star ratings) and there are most certainly mistakes, the odd film I've missed, spelling, inconsistent formating. Let me know if there's anything outrageous through the usual channels. It's also incomplete. There are two issues missing which I know for a fact I've owned at some point but have re-ordered and so I'll add them in when possible. The years refer to the dates on the magazines so issues released in December of a year which have a January date on them with be labeled with the following year. Also remember, this won't be everything theatrically released in the UK each month, just what Empire deemed necessary for them to review (which explains some glaring ommissions).


All Flesh Is Grass (Time Lord Victorious).

Books
Wham bamm, thank you Una McCormack. After the barnstorming final moments of the previous novel, Una picks up the momentum straight away with these three Doctors, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth in a stand off, their ships and incongruous armies ready to blast each other out of the sky. It's Daleks vs vampires with the fate of a genocidal race at the centre.  The future of the universe is in their hands (again), we're reminded more than ever that something has broken within the Tenth Doctor and it's going to take two of his earlier selves to knock some sense into him.

Multi-Doctor stories are always about the differences and Una carefully delineates their perspectives between the still optimistic Eighth Doctor, Ninth nursing his survivor guilt and Tenth believing himself powerful enough to have the power of mortality in his hands. The cover art tells you everything you need to know about him, wearing that itchy Gallifreyan head gear and robes as though he's  become the symbol of some manifest destiny. When Tenth described himself as Time Lord Victorious in The Waters of Mars, this was the fearful character that we assumed he would become. When he tells Wilf later about it all going wrong, he could just as easily be referring to this.

The author captures Eighth perfectly, especially his passive aggressive sarcasm and although Tenth remains the focus, he's given plenty of action as the consequences of his own alliance with the Daleks becomes all too real. Castellan knows what readers who haven't heard the Big Finish audios think since they're all tied together pretty tightly and the book only gives the briefest explanation for how they ended up working together or how he and Brian the Ood assasin know each other. But that's the point of these cross platform franchise promotion. To draw the consumer into enjoying as much of it as possible.

But honestly its just a pleasure to have the Eighth Doctor in novelistic prose again outside of the many short stories which have appeared since The Gallifrey Chronicles. Until recently he's been thought of a classic Doctor but since Time of the Doctor, he's become a kind of bridging incarnation between the two, although Big Finish have brought those barriers down considerably anyway with the Tenth Doctor turning up all over the shop thanks David Tennant keeping himself busy between series of Staged. Hey Big Finish, Michael Sheen is right there.

The book even manages to provide a more nuanced explanation for how the Doctor doesn't remember meeting his other selves between adventures but often refers back to them. They both remember and don't. The memories of these meetings return when they're in each other's company but submerge at other times. My guess is that it also has to be matching incarnations. Ninth still believes Gallifrey was destroyed because he wasn't a part of The Day of the Doctor and that adventure is still in this Tenth's future.

Placement: Well, yes indeed. Firstly, I'd thought I'd missed something at the start of the Mutually Assured Destruction  audio and yes, it turns out All Flesh Is Grass bridges the gap between that and The Enemy of My Enemy, so I'll have to shufty them around. But despite the theme music on the audios, this Eighth Doctor feels earlier that the Time War version. At one point he references not popping back to visit Romana and K9 on Gallifrey often enough which doesn't seem consistent with his Time War inclination. So I'm moving the whole lot to the start of the Time War era for now. But honestly it might as well be just before Shada.