Reviewed By: nukirisame
Review Date: 4/22/17 9:12 pm
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The Sirens of Time is a pretty poor start to the Monthly Range. In a few ways it's an understandable first foot forward; its format of one Doctor, one episode eases both the actors back into their roles and the listeners through the transition from TV to audio. The plot is very typical for 90s Who and, while a bit meh, at least gives Big Finish a good jumping off point, though at times it can make the story feel less like a company's production and more like the fanfiction it originally was.
The first episode, starring McCoy, is by far the weakest and I really don't know why they began with it (the idea of this being someone's first experience with Big Finish really worries me). A bog-standard alien world, a cackling pantomime villain... McCoy seems much more disjointed from his role than Davison or Baker, so he isn't able to carry the entire thing by himself. The ending seems to expect you to be invested in a character that had maybe 10 lines total, and all of them were sarcastic quips. The second episode is Davison's and is my personal favourite. It's nothing more than the Doctor getting himself captured and trying to leave, yes, but with its length it doesn't really need to be more. It's the kind of light little story I was expecting.
Baker's third episode completes the set by being mostly average - it has interesting concepts that are, of course, not explored enough, but it does give Baker enough material to get into the role and prove himself to be more than the weaker link people at the time might've expected. The final episode is, again, very 90s Who - but not in the bombastic way it usually is. It's a bit of a slump with a lot of exposition and not enough action. It has a nice amount of banter between the three Doctors but even that is missing its usual spark, as if the actors weren't having that much fun with it.
Everything about The Sirens of Time screams a patchy pilot release by a company trying to find its feet. It isn't godawful or anything but there's definitely more bad than good in this one. 4/10.