Reviewed By: Kamelion
Review Date: 4/24/19 6:56 am
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Big Finish Doctor Who : URGENT CALLS
Location : Earth, England
Date : 1974
Urgent Calls was released in April of 2007 and it is a single 33 minute episode with two main performers, Colin Baker as Doctor 7 and a lady with the best telephone operators voice since Pink Floyd's The Wall - Kate Brown whom played Lauren Hudson. It was included on the same disks as Big Finish #94 which was then called the Monthly Series. There had not been a Seventh Doctor story with Colin Baker since 2003 and after that 7 year famine it was pretty exciting to see him back. Or, hear him back that is. Even if 100% of his performance was on the telephone.
This story appears to tie in with Patient Zero that would later be released in summer of 2009. It seems to technically be the start of a bio-engineered virus which is transmitted via telephone lines. Something technically impossible in 1974 and even today in 2019 yet it could be possibly if the virus were of an advanced technology from the future.
Lauren ends up talking to The Doctor and he saves her life as if she had not accidentally called the wrong number she would have died due to a metallic worm like creature that had attached itself to her spine at the neck. When she told the Doctor that her fingernails were bleeding he told her that he was a doctor and that she needed to go to the hospital right away. She did in fact and ended up having to sign a letter of secrecy to the UK government and her life was spared. After this she ends up talking to the 7th Doctor on 7 more phone calls and they become good enough friends that she convinces him that people would be more helpful if he were kinder and would pay more attention to how others are feeling.
The musical interludes between calls is very 1970's and creates a unique feel for this story which has 100% solid win-win acting.
Until today I had not heard this story since 2007 when it came with my I.D. BF94 CD. Twelve years later it still put a smile on my face, especially the irony of when Lauren asks the Doctor where he is during their first phone call. He answered "I am in a phone booth." Which would be easy to confuse with a British Police call box which says telephone on it of course. And there is nothing more British than their unique double ring over there in +44.
Anyone whom enjoys Colin Baker should most certainly give this one a listen. No one knew that he would eventually become one of the greatest Doctor Who voice actors of all time and his performance is flawless as in not with any line noise yet rock solid convincing. A harbinger of things to come in the next generation of Big Finish productions no doubt.
"So Doctor, your job is investigating strange alien happenings?" Lauren asks to which he answers "I would say it is more of my vocation."
"I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have." - The Doctor states that he is quoting Thomas Jefferson, however Thomas Jefferson never wrote that nor is there documentation of him saying this.
"If I ended up calling everyone on the phone whose life I have saved then I would never have time to do anything else!" - The Doctor
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