Reviewed By: Kamelion
Review Date: 4/12/19 4:48 am
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Doctor Who : The Tactics of Defeat
Released : June 20th 2018
Location : Earth, Belize
Date/Time : 21st Century
This is the first audio drama that I have ever listened to with Daphne Lee Ashbrook. As many times as I have watched the 1996 American Doctor Who movie (at least 20 times and it never got better) I became quite familiar with her character, so I was very surprised to hear her voice when this story opened. I also recall Daphne Lee Ashbrook being in an episode of Star Trek : Deep Space Nine like 30 years ago or something. I instantly recognized her even though I had not read the cast list. This created a huge problem for me because all I can think of when I hear her voice is that she is supposed to be Grace Holloway whom was the companion of Doctor 8.
There was another huge problem with this story at least for me. The first episode is very similar to what you would expect from Indiana Jones, including the music. For some reason this type of music puts me to sleep, so it took a week to finish listening to this drama since I fell asleep four times during the first episode. I am not saying that it is boring or anything, it is just that Indiana Jones type music puts me to sleep quicker than anything. On a side note I have never in my life been able to sit through a full Indiana Jones movie without falling asleep due to the music. This is probably very unusual and the average Doctor Who listener will likely not have the same experience.
Then there is the third problem which every listener of any type of audio drama can and will relate to. The worst most core and basic damning problem with an audio drama is that in situations where the main character of focus does not have someone else to talk to, that character has to talk to themselves so the listener knows what is going on. So in this story during the first episode, Daphne Ashbrook or Grace Holloway (to me) whom is supposed to be Captain Ruth Matheson has absolutely no one to talk to since she is by herself until she meets Deakin. Even after that there are only two performers in the entire first episode. Her constant talking to herself made her sound like a crazy idiot and I too felt a little stupid for even listening to it. If Big Finish had Daphne Ashbrook why didn't they partner her with the Eighth Doctor Paul McGann and make a story tied to the 1996 movie instead? It wouldn't even have to be complicated. Just have The Eighth Doctor and Grace Holloway stop by a San Francisco cafe only to discover a portal straight to hell under the kitchen sink? That would be light years better than having Daphne Lee Ashbrook attempt to play another character in a Second Doctor story.
The fourth problem I have with this story is that Daphne Ashbrook / Grace Holloway / Captain Ruth Matheson makes a statement that Zoe Heriot died here in Belize. Well bang a gong and pause for a moment of silence while we all let that sink in. Zoe Heriot never died in Doctor Who. While the original actress Wendy Padbury whom played Zoe is listed as being in the cast of this drama, she is a narrator whom you can hear reading from a recording held in a device by the main character. Zoe Heriot is no where near as dead in Doctor Who as Paul McCartney was dead in November of 1966.
Oddly enough The Doctor and Jamie and not in this story. Well, they are unconscious yet Frazer Hines is a no show so this story only has three performers. Daphne Ashbrook, Wendy Padbury and Matthew Brenher. Matthew Brenher made for an outstanding foe with his sinister voice.
The music and sound effects of this story are outstanding and I truly enjoyed it. I like the two part story formats of the four stories included in this box set and am so impressed with the quality of all that I absolutely will be ordering the next Second Doctor box set as soon as it is available for pre-order.