First off, I have come to love almost all of Nev Fountain's stories. His fertile imagination and clever blend of humor makes his stories almost always a joy to listen to. I will say that when I see Nev Fountain in the credits I remind myself that I will probably need to listen to the story a minimum of 3 times to get the maximum enjoyment from it.
Background: The Darkest Shadow is a longer story and it does help if you have some understanding of the Dark Shadows characters. Any listener will benefit from having listened to previous stories but overall, the story can stand on its own.
Plot: As I stated above, this story in my opinion, ends up becoming more enjoyable after at least two listens. It takes time (at least for my brain) to piece together all of the underlying elements that Nev Fountain uses.
Once again, Shearman delivers. A frightening, surreal, freaky and brilliant exploration of the Doctor and Charley's relationship. The short story about the king/music at the start of each episode is also fascinating, especially with McGann's voice of velvet. A brilliant start to a disappointing arc, and the last interesting point of the Eight/Charley relationship.
One of my very favourite of Big Finish. The idea of the Master being given a chance to do good is endlessly fascinating and gives some great material for Beevers, who is just as convincing a good guy as he is the silky-voiced Master. This is also by far Sylvester's finest hour as he darts between menacing and regretful effortlessly, giving some truly moving material about his former friendship with the Master. The inclusion of Death herself may be a little confusing (for non-New Adventures readers) but she is pulled off with style. Worth the purchase just for the superb second episode where McCoy and Beevers trade ideas about the nature of evil, but the rest is still supremely creepy, insightful, moving and brilliant. Highly recommended to all.
A fairly slow-moving story and not the most interesting plot-wise, but only because all the effort has been given over to the relationship between Davros and The Doctor, played to perfection by the two actors. Also provides some fascinating insights into Davros' past.
A truly disturbing and unsettling story which gives us Seven at his best for the first time since the Fires of Vulcan. I love the idea of Seven wandering in some time after Six has left, with each getting half of the story to themselves. The twist of Colin's involvement in the second half is gruesome. As for Six and Evelyn, we leave them on a cliffhanger in which their wonderful relationship is threatening to fall apart for good. A tour de force for both Baker and McCoy.
Simply the most fun you will ever have if you love anything about Doctor Who. Even if you don't, your sides will probably be splitting by episode three (in itself one of the greatest things ever, let alone the other three episodes). Pushed into the legions of the greats by a surprisingly emotional beat at the end of an otherwise hilarious tale. Colin at his finest.
Maybe not the best or most enjoyable story in BF's range, but McCoy and Bowerman are clearly having plenty of fun with their characters. A shame that we couldn't have more of Benny in the main range. Other than that, unfortunately another mediocre script for Seven that basically bogged him down until the Harvest.