In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller Volume 01

"It’s a funny thing, livin’ a ‘life or death’ life. Fightin’ monsters. Seein’ alien planets and spaceships and stuff. Thinkin’ about it… it’s sort of addictive.”

Synopsis: “It’s a funny thing, livin’ a ‘life or death’ life. Fightin’ monsters. Seein’ alien planets and spaceships and stuff. Thinkin’ about it… it’s sort of addictive.”

It’s been several months since Lucie Miller, Blackpool’s mouthiest, landed up travelling through time and space in the company of the Doctor, the last living person to believe that frock coats are acceptable apparel.

They’ve met Daleks on Red Rocket Rising, Cybermen on the planet Lonsis and alien monsters eating glam rockers at a service station just off the M62. But their greatest adventures are yet to come…

Review: Doctor Who: The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller Volume 01 brings Sheridan Smith back to Big Finish. She and Paul McGann spark and sparkle in their roles as they’ve never been apart. Additionally, writers Nicholas Briggs, Alice Cavender, Eddie Robson, and Alan Barnes craft stories for them with marvelous world-building and call-backs to the past.

“The Dalek Trap” by Nicholas Briggs is a great first story. Briggs relies on dramatic irony and listeners’ assumptions to build tension. The power of the story lies in the multiple layers of plotting and the fact that its Doctor-lite.

“The Revolution Game” by Alice Cavender is an homage to classic movies. I’ll never watch sword and sandal epics the same way again. Cavender combines her love of old films with a real understanding of biological imperatives and roller derby.

“The House on the Edge of Chaos” by Eddie Robson is a Downton Abbey-infused fever dream. I love how fully Robson commits to and subverts all the tropes. I also appreciate how inexorable the internal logic is. At the end, listeners will say, “ Yes. That’s exactly what happened and why.”

“Island of the Fendahl” by Alan Barnes is The Wicker Man meets The Key To Time. All the plot threads coalesce in really interesting ways. Barnes demonstrates his grasp of classic Doctor Who mythology and Chinese puzzle box story structure.

Doctor Who: The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller is an engaging box set. I hope McGann and Smith are able to coordinate their schedules for many more.

Cast

Paul McGann (The Doctor), Sheridan Smith (Lucie Miller), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks), Atilla Akinci (Dieter Fendelman), Tom Alexander (George / Spartacus), Alicia Ambrose-Bayly (Tallulah / Alana Kelly), Lauren Cornelius (Maxine Mitchell), Bethan Dixon Bate (Landlady), Madeline Duggan (Sash), Amanda Hurwitz (Raz Kalisto), Joe Jameson (Berrigan Horton), Jonathan Keeble (Clegg), Matt Lloyd Davies (Jik Gelliska), Carla Mendonça (Evangeline Horton), Paul Panting (Freddie), Carlyss Peer (Diane Howard), Rupert Vansittart (Darius Horton), Emily Woodward (Frances Horton)

Production Credits

Cover Artist Will Brooks

Director Nicholas Briggs

Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery

Music Jamie Robertson

Producer Scott Handcock

Script Editor Alan Barnes

Sound Design Iain Meadows

Written by Nicholas Briggs, Alice Cavender, Eddie Robson, Alan Barnes

9.5
Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller Volume 01
  • Story
    8.5
  • 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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