Reviewed By: dtom
Review Date: 2/23/17 1:22 pm
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I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating the importance of nostalgia in this series. For me this has been the production that gave me the biggest nostalgia pangs. However, it did not evoke 6th doctor memories. This one belongs firmly in the early seventies. It has elements of both the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker eras.
Writer and Director Nicholas Pegg creates a story which could easily of fitted into the Pertwee v The Master adventures. There are some obvious analogies going on. Colin Baker’s Doctor is played like Pertwee’s 3rd. I don’t mean an impersonation, but rather, he gives his Doctor a kinder and more understanding veneer. He is also separated from his Tardis and forced to work scientific miracles with some copper wire and glue.
Maggie Stable’s Evelyn Smith is could easily been Sarah Jane Smith. She listen’s carefully to the Doctor and then does the exact opposite at every turn. Throw in a Machiavellian villain (Flint) using and Alien intelligence for their own needs, and obviously reflecting The Master in The Daemons. It is all very derivative, but it’s lots of fun.
The cast all give good accounts of themselves, although Baker due to the large cast has less to do than previous stories. He and Stables are a great combination and their relationship as characters develops nicely here. I loved the scene where she forces the Doctor to apologise to an archaeologist. Of course, much of the focus will be on the Brigadier. He is such an iconic figure in 70s Doctor Who and Courtney recapture his mix of skepticism and credulity perfectly.
The soundscape capture’s the eerie moors well. The incidental music is perhaps the best so far.
If you listen to it a few times, you will of course find plot holes, but the plot here is not the centrepiece. It is fairly slight, it is the character interaction and the Gothic horror evocation that hold the listener’s attention.
Colin Baker’s doctor has done much better that his predecessor (Davidson) in the Big Finish script lottery. His last adventure was good and he follows up with another smashing tale. If you don’t have this yet, go get it, it is one of the ludicrously cheap £2.99 downloads from Big Finish’s first 50 Doctor Who stories. If that doesn’t make you smile, then surely the return of the Brigadier will.