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(Cross-posted from my blog at finishbig.tumblr.com)
I approached this release (and in fact, this whole series) with sort of mixed feelings. I like Tom Baker a lot, but I don?t really have the affinity for his era that most Classic Doctor Who fans seem to share. I?ve seen all of seasons 16 and 18, and bits and pieces of other seasons, but I?ve not seen much of the Fourth Doctor and Leela, nor have I seen any of the previous stories featuring Nerva. So I have no access to the nostalgia that this range is specifically programmed to evoke.
But hey, this is hardly the first time I?ve been in such a position with Big Finish. Since I don?t have an encyclopedic knowledge of the classic series, I?m often finding references to things I don?t understand, but that?s Doctor Who for you. And this story follows directly on from The Talons of Weng-Chiang, one of the stories I had seen.
It?s striking how much older Tom and Louise sound. Granted, that?s true with all the Big Finish Doctors and companions, but I?ve just about gotten used to it for most of them. In Tom?s case, since I?ve not heard any of his Audiogo stuff, I?m struck by how much less energy the Doctor seems to have here. He?s almost laconic. Perhaps this will become less jarring as I get more used to this version of the performance, and as Tom gets back into the swing of performing the character.
Regardless, both Tom and Louise give great performances, and the script and music put you back in 1970s even when their voices drag you back to the present. And the story turns out to be a great one. Very gruesome, physically, which is in keeping with the era, and even a bit political, surprisingly.
It was a dense story, with multiple different settings, and lots of great performances. Overall, a strong start to the series, even though I?m not quite the target audience.