In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who – The Early Adventures: The Home Guard

The Doctor, Ben, Jamie, and Polly find themselves in an English Village during the second world war where The Doctor meets one of his oldest enemies. 

Synopsis: It’s the middle of the Second World War and Ben Jackson has returned to visit his married friends Polly and Jamie in their quiet English village. But they can’t quite shake the feeling that something’s not right…

Review: The Doctor, Ben, Jamie, and Polly find themselves in an English Village during the second world war where The Doctor meets one of his oldest enemies.

The Story

Set during the second world war in a quaint English village. This story sees Ben visiting his married friends Jamie and Polly, but he soon finds himself drawn into helping to organize the villages Home Guard with some help from a stranger known as The Doctor and another man calling himself The Master. Together over the course of four episodes, they find themselves up against a much deadlier foe than the German Army or the Nazis.

This story is really clever in that it gives us a world where all our favorite characters have forgotten about their adventures in the Tardis, but why on earth would someone make them want to forget about their past life together, and why?

The Acting

As always the voice acting performances throughout are really top-notch. I was especially impressed with James Dreyfus who did a marvelous job of voicing The Master and sort of sounded a lot like Roger Delgado’s Master, who in my opinion remains the best actor to have ever played the role. I also loved how the main cast members were able to carry on the conceit of not being the versions of the characters that we have become used too.

Overall

Given the set up for this story. It takes a little time for it to get going taking until at least 5 minutes into the second episode for it to hook you in. I loved the fact that we get to see all the main characters living very different lives to what we have become used to seeing them live. Jamie and Polly being married was a fun concept, but I have to wonder if it would not have worked a little better if Ben and Polly were the married couple of the piece.

Overall. A pretty solid story, which gets off to a slow start, but rewards the listener that sticks with it.

 

9.4
Big Finish: Doctor Who - The Early Adventures: The Home Guard
  • Story
    8.0
  • Voice Acting
    9.8
  • Artwork
    9.6
  • Incidental Music & Sound Effects
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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