In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time

An epic six-part adventure celebrating 20 years of Doctor Who at Big Finish!

Synopsis: An epic six-part adventure celebrating 20 years of Doctor Who at Big Finish!

Time is collapsing. Incidents of chaos and devastation are appearing throughout the lives of one Time Lord and his many friends – all fallout from one terrible disaster. From Earth’s past and present to timeless alien worlds, from the cloisters of Gallifrey into the Vortex itself… The Doctor must save universal history – and he needs all the help he can get.

Review: Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time is as close to perfect as it’s possible to get. The stories by James Goss, Guy Adams, Jonathan Morris, Matt Fitton, and John Dorney acknowledge 20 years of Big Finish continuity and over 55 years of overall franchise continuity brilliantly.

It’s impossible to delve into plot details without giving everything away. However, I will say that the narrative flows logically from elements in Big Finish continuity and fans will truly appreciate how internally consistent the arc of this box set is. In and around story developments, the character beats are phenomenal. and the entire cast shines.

“Lies in Ruins” by James Goss is a poignant three-hander about the P.T.S.D. The Doctor struggles with even before he properly enters the Time War. Paul McGann portrays Eight’s pain and the love he clings to superbly. For their parts,  Lisa Bowerman and Alex Kingston play every note in Benny and River’s respective relationships with this impossible man with authenticity throughout the peaks and valleys of the story.

“The Split Infinitive” by John Dorney shares D.N.A. with heist capers as Seven, Ace, and the Counter-Measures team find tantalizing pieces of the puzzle. Throughout, Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred portray The Doctor and Ace as more reactive than fans are used to as the scope of the problem slowly becomes apparent.

For me, “The Sacrifice of Jo Grant” by Guy Adams is the emotional centerpiece of the set. Tim Treloar and Katy Manning absolutely crush it as Jo is reunited with Three forty years after they parted. I adore how The Doctor doesn’t notice how Jo has aged and that the two finally say everything they need to say to each other and more. Moreover, this story contains the most heart-warming use of Venusian aikido yet.

“Relative Time” by Matt Fitton is an exercise in meta awesomeness. Peter Davison and Georgia Tennant finally act together within their family legacy franchise as Jenny meets up with her Dad, again, just not the one she was expecting. Words can’t describe their dynamic. Just listen as cosmic celery meets genetically processed peanut butter.

“The Avenues of Possibility” by Jonathan Morris is a dream for lovers of Doctor Who historicals and Big Finish mythology buffs as the situation becomes clearer and ramps up. Anna Hope and Duncan Wisbey are stand-out  performers as DI Patricia Menzies and Henry Fielding develop a lovely timey-wimey rapport. I hope listeners get more of them.

Four being my Doctor, I’m glad that he, Romana, and Leela are at the heart of the final story. Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, and Louise Jameson give their all. I’m actually glad K-9 isn’t there. Considering how many characters come together for the final push, the little dog would’ve gotten lost in the glorious crowd.

Congratulations, Big Finish! Here’s to 20 more!

Cast

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Peter Davison (The Doctor), Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor)

Colin Baker (The Doctor), Paul McGann (The Doctor), Tim Treloar (The Doctor)

Sophie Aldred (Ace), Ronni Ancona (Thana), Delroy Atkinson (Wadmore)

Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), Christian Brassington (Mr Grigorian / Pilot)

Nicholas Briggs (Lieutenant Wallace), Beth Chalmers (Scavenger / Ghosts)

Alan Cox (Tompino), Richard Earl (Punshon), India Fisher (Charlotte Pollard)

Karen Gledhill (Allison Williams), Richard Hansell (John Fielding)

John Heffernan (The Nine), Anna Hope (DI Patricia Menzies)

Louise Jameson (Leela), Rebecca Kilgarriff (Ankarrie)

Alex Kingston (River Song), Vince Leigh (Kazan / Pilot)

Katy Manning (Jo Jones), Glen McCready (Vince / Sergeant)

Okezie Morro (Scavenger Captain / Ghosts), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood)

Sara Poyzer (Stables / Mary), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart)

Alexandria Riley (Ria), Hugh Ross (Sir Toby Kinsella)

Pamela Salem (Rachel Jensen), Mandi Symonds (Captain)

Georgia Tennant (Jenny), Lalla Ward (Romana)

Simon Williams (Group Captain Gilmore), Duncan Wisbey (Henry Fielding)

Production Credits

Cover Artist Tom Webster

Director Ken Bentley

Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs

Music Howard Carter

Producer David Richardson

Script Editor Matt Fitton, Guy Adams

Sound Design Howard Carter

Written by James Goss, Guy Adams, Jonathan Morris, Matt Fitton, John Dorney

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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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