Reviewed By: Kamelion
Review Date: 3/7/19 10:42 pm
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A Stain of Red in the Sand
Location : Unknown
Date : Unknown
There is most certainly a stain involved.
The actual stain of red itself is supposed to be blood but the problem with that is blood does not come out of a clay figure which is not alive. Unless you are on some serious drugs of course and it appears as if mind altering substances resulting in hallucinations may very well be present here.
Back in 2010 Big Finish stirred up a buzz when it was announced that David Troughton, son of the famous Patrick Troughton, Doctor #2 (the most damaged actor to portray the Doctor on TV with the largest amount of lost / deleted episodes) was coming to Big Finish. It was big news as some people didn't even remotely consider Big Finish to be canon. Tom Baker had not become broke enough yet that he had to go back to work and it would be a year and a few months before the first full cast audio drama with Tom Baker was released. Patrick Troughton had been deceased for over 23 years. There was a lot of hype and high expectations.
David Troughton's voice is indeed very reminiscent of the second Doctor, as expected. But unfortunately he does not voice the Doctor and the Doctor is not even in this story. He's out making footprints in the sand outside this run down apartment building strewn with old newspapers and reeking of the stench of urine. Yes, urine. Something you will never find described as such with a BBC TV episode. The two people that this story is narrated about - to me at least - seem to be under the influence of some type of alteration(s) and methamphetamines came to mind.
Overall this story is a real let down as it wastes the talents of none other than Patrick Troughton's real life son. The last time I checked, Doctor Who is based on time travel and this plot or script doesn't even have the decency to mention the name of the planet or when it is in time. A shining example that Big Finish was not interested in or neglected to take the time to provide a good story to Troughton. Instead it was all about his name and activity as opposed to any attempts at quality. No one at Big Finish even happened to notice that this story doesn't provide a clear location or date? Was it t was just about "We have Troughton on board"? Nick Briggs's music is excellent and that must have been his only involvement of responsibility.
This is episode 2 of 8 from Short Trips Volume One. You can currently (as of March 2019) purchase a bundle of all 32 episodes of Short Trips 1-4 at $30 bringing the price down to under $1 per episode (as I did). $1 is about what this 23 minutes of blunder is worth.
But it is read by David Troughton, son of Patrick Troughton. Woo Hoo! What a shame.