Have you ever had to sit through one of those boring corporate lectures listening to some sort of expert drone on about how to sell more, market better or do your job differently? Well Big Finish Productions and writer James Goss have taken us to the board room of Darcon Corporations to give us the ultimate corporate guest lecture, Doctor Who style.

It seems after many successful intergalactic disasters, planet strip mining and other dastardly events, the Darcon Corporation has had to hire an outside consultant to instruct them how to achieve the ultimate prize – a successful invasion of Earth.


Rufus Hound and Lisa Bowerman - Big Finish
Rufus Hound and Director – Lisa Bowerman – Big Finish

Darcon’s guest speaker is none other than the Time Lord known as the Meddling Monk, portrayed with great relish by English comedian and actor Rufus Hound. The Monk delivers a somewhat informative slideshow presentation on how to invade Earth. Something that should be easy peasy except for the interference of the Doctor. The Monk recalls the many humourous attempts at dominating Earth before being fouled by a certain scarf-covered Doctor and his companions Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan. And while we will definitely state that Rufus Hound has found his niche character in the Big Finish universe, we’re not too sure that Darcon hired the right consultant for their invasion plans.


How To Win Planets and Influence People hits just the right notes. James Goss takes full advantage of the Short Trips format, and Hound’s comedic talents with the 35-minute monologue that will have you chuckling away at the Meddling Monk’s misfortune.

Blogtor Rating – 9/10


9AM: Registration
10AM: Our Opening Guest Speaker discusses Strategic Invasion Plans, including things to look out for, Time Lords to avoid, and tips on crushing the lesser races
11AM: Biscuits and Coffee
12PM: Continuing on from his opening talk, our Guest Speaker discusses bringing the universe to its knees
1PM: Lunch

A dynamic talk with slides. The Meddling Monk has lectured widely for several centuries, and his wisdom is contained in the following bestsellers: The 7 Habits of Truly Terrible People, Who Moved My Sun?, Feel the Fear and Detonate It Anyway, The One Million Year Manager and Ice Men Are From Mars, Karate Is From Venus.

Producer: Ian Atkins
Script Editor: Ian Atkins
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Written By: James Goss
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman
Rufus Hound (Narrator)

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Susan Hewitt is the Editor and Site Owner of Blogtor Who. She has loved all Doctor Who for over 5 decades now. Prisoner, Blake-7, Space-1999, Star Wars and Star Trek were also huge favourites. Her favourite Doctor is Tom Baker with Peter Capaldi following in a close second. However, David Tennant does rank as one of her favourite actors particular due to his brilliant work in theatre. She followed her heroes and became an Electrical Engineering in the semiconductor industry and worked for ATI, AMD and ARM. She is the CTO of Ryff when she isn't writing or editing Blogtor Who.


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