In Review: Big Finish: Jenny — The Doctor’s Daughter

Jenny is brand new to the universe. Born a soldier, made for war, she has a Time Lord’s heritage. Luckily, that Time Lord is the Doctor.

Synopsis: Jenny is brand new to the universe. Born a soldier, made for war, she has a Time Lord’s heritage. Luckily, that Time Lord is the Doctor.

She’s ready to save planets, fight monsters, and save the day, using nothing but her courage, wit and instinct – and an awful lot of running.

Review: Structurally, Jenny was created as a stand-in for the female Doctor many doubted we would ever have. Now that a female Doctor is actually a reality, though, is Jenny relevant in her own right? Yes, she is. Jenny — The Doctor’s Daughter proves that the titular heroine is a variation on her Dad with only a fraction of the emotional baggage. Not only that, Jenny is River Song with only a fraction of the emotional baggage. As awesome as Ten and River are in their own rights, Jenny is a refreshing and necessary contrast.

Unfortunately, the actors are a bit weighed down by some heavy-handed allegory in the stand-alone plot lines. However, Georgia Tennant, Sean Biggerstaff, and the rest of the really game cast elevate the clunkier story elements. Among that supporting cast, I must mention Siân Phillips as COLT-5000, a role that allows her to play with and against type simultaneously. She made this fan of I, Claudius and The Terminator very happy.

My favorite aspect of the box set, however, is the ongoing plotline for Biggerstaff’s Companion character Noah. Writers Matt Fitton, John Dorney, Christian Brassington, and Adrian Poynton do an excellent job of building the mystery around him. It’s perfect fodder for Jenny — The Doctor’s Daughter Volume 2.

You can purchase Jenny — The Doctor’s Daughter here. 

Written By: Matt Fitton, John Dorney, Christian Brassington, Adrian Poynton

Directed By: Barnaby Edwards

Cast

Georgia Tennant (Jenny), Sean Biggerstaff (Noah), Siân Phillips (COLT-5000), Stuart Milligan (Garundel), Sarah Woodward (Vesh Taralesh), Clare Corbett (Lukaku), Arabella Weir (Angie Glazebrook), Silas Carson (Ood Leader), Rosalyn Landor (Vanessa Elledge), Olivia Darnley (Emily Cole), John Dorney (John Macguire), Pik-Sen Lim (Old Woman), Arina II (Shoon-Wei), Sara Houghton (Alitta), Paul Courtenay Hyu (Po), Adèle Anderson (Dreyda), Anthony Calf (Cal). Other parts played by members of the cast.

 

Producer: David Richardson
Associate Producer:
Georgia Tennant
Script Editor:
John Dorney, Matt Fitton
Executive Producers: 
Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.3
Big Finish: Jenny — The Doctor’s Daughter
  • Story, Performances
  • Allegory a bit heavy-handed
  • Story
    8.0
  • 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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