Reviewed By: thisoldcan
Review Date: 3/5/19 3:32 pm
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Black Thursday is a middling adventure, with solid leading performances contrasting with a lackluster, rushed script from Jamie Anderson. Peter Davison stars as the Fifth Doctor, alongside Janet Fielding as Tegan, Mark Strickson as Turlough, and Jon Culshaw as Kamelion. This story is a strong outing for Davison and Culshaw in particular. Davison takes a commanding lead in the story, and handles the more poignant moments of the story admirably, while Culshaw turns in another fine performance as Kamelion, particularly in the early scenes with Davison as their characters try to comfort the dying and wounded. Jamie Anderson delivers his third Big Finish script with Black Thursday, but the story often feels rushed and lacking in emotional impact. The plot is a relatively simple one, but it feels somewhat lackluster, given that last month covered a very similar central conflict. Kamelion’s tendency to gravitate towards the strongest emotional personality is a hallmark of the character, but it makes for a rather limited number of stories, as far as the character is concerned. I did appreciate the more emotional moments early on in the script, and I liked that Anderson was trying to show the impact that a tragedy can have on a small town and a small group of people, but I felt that the story was hindered by its runtime. If Anderson had been given the chance to expand upon the tale a bit more, I think many of the emotional beats of the story would’ve landed a bit better. At the end of the day though, Black Thursday isn’t a particularly bad story, just a flawed one. The acting is solid, and there are some interesting ideas, but the story is forced to rush to the conclusion, and I believe it suffers for it.