Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 11/15/15 5:09 pm
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'Night of the Stormcrow' was initially only released to Big Finish subscribers in December 2012, before going on general release on 18th December 2013, and features a group of scientific researchers tracking an object in a low orbit around the Earth. An object they have nicknamed 'Stormcrow'. The Doctor and Leela are heading for Earth at the time but are forced to land on Mount Kerry due to an unexplained blast of static energy. They decide to look around, and upon discovering the scientists decide to lend a hand. It's essentially a ghost story with a definite Hinchcliffe vibe to it. The Stormcrow spreads symbiotic voids, or as the Doctor calls them, "No Things." They try to eat people out of existence, and take over the physicality of the characters. They live in the dark and light repels them. The characters find themselves increasing isolated as the Stormcrow eats the land around them. This production was directed by Nick Briggs and written by Marc Platt.
Jamie Robertson's orchestral music mixed with more modern sounds manages to lend this a mysterious and eerie atmosphere. In fact, I would even go as far as to say it's one of my favourite Big Finish scores. The effects are also pretty amazing, and help make for a memorable and stimulating production. In terms of performances there is no obvious weak link. This is probably the best audio performance I have heard from both Louise and Tom. Some of Tom's best acting in his TV days was in 'Leisure Hive' and 'Meglos' where he played possessed or drastically altered versions of the Doctor. In this story the Doctor is possessed briefly and Tom does a marvellous job. Leela also gets a fine comedy moment with Jelly Babies. The supporting cast are all superb so I won’t take the time single them out, but rest assured they are all commendable.
It taps into a near universal fear, or at least slight discomfort of the dark and the unknown. My only slight complaint is that Erica seems to just snap out of her possession, which doesn't seem terribly realistic, but it doesn't matter. Just like 'Trial of the Valeyard' in the same range there is lots of rich detail, excellent acting and a decent narrative. They both feel like Big Finish has done their absolute best to deliver a quality audio production.