In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: Daughter of the Gods

I’m giving Doctor Who: Daughter of the Gods a perfect 10.

Synopsis: When Zoe re-attaches an old piece of equipment to the TARDIS console, she, Jamie and the Doctor are very lucky to avoid a collision.

But the place they find themselves in maybe even more dangerous – because there they encounter another Doctor, a space pilot named Steven… and a young woman called Katarina who really shouldn’t be there….

Review: I’m giving Doctor Who: Daughter of the Gods a perfect 10. This story is everything it needs to be and made me shed the best possible tears.

The First Doctor was very young. He didn’t yet understand about cultural relativity in practical terms. That ignorance — coupled with the drive to fill the voids left by Vicki and Susan — drove One to make truly tragic choices. Writer David K Barnes captures this psychology unflinchingly. He also fleshes out Katarina in a way I wish they could have done during her original tenure. 

Additionally, Barnes crafts truly lovely dynamics between The Second Doctor and Katarina, as well as Jamie and Katarina. Peter Purves and Frazer Hines continue to be brilliant in their respective double roles, as they play opposite Ajjaz Awad as Katarina. Awad brings modern performance sensibility to a pseudo-historical character created for a different audience. It’s not an easy task to blend such different entertainment mandates, and she does so gracefully.

Thank you, Big Finish, for remembering Katarina. Thank you for realizing what her story should have always been.

You can purchase Doctor Who: Daughter of the Gods here. 

Cast

Peter Purves (Steven Taylor / The Doctor), Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon / The Doctor),

Wendy Padbury (Zoe Heriot / Narrator), Ajjaz Awad (Katarina), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks)

Ian Crowe (Chancellor Atrias / Varx / Krell), Laura Elphinstone (Captain Parlos), 

Max Keeble (Piril / Togrok)

Production Credits

Cover Artist Tom Webster

Director Lisa Bowerman

Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery

Music Toby Hrycek-Robinson

Producer David Richardson

Script Editor John Dorney

Sound Design Toby Hrycek-Robinson

Written by David K Barnes

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Big Finish: Doctor Who: Daughter of the Gods
  • Story
    10
  • Performances
    10
  • Audio Production
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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