In Review: Big Finish: The Eleventh Doctor Chronicles

Geronimo!

Synopsis: Four new adventures have been released from the era of the Eleventh Doctor. Narrated by Jacob Dudman, these stories reunite the Eleventh Doctor with some familiar faces. All that we can say is… Geronimo!

Review: It was an absolute treat to have Danny Horn back as Kazran Sardick and Simon Fisher-Becker return as Dorium Maldovar. That said, this set was a showcase of Jacob Dudman’s nearly otherworldly talent. As good as Dudman’s performance as the Tenth Doctor was, he was practically channeling Eleven. If I hadn’t known better, I would’ve said Big Finish convinced Matt Smith to reprise the role.

Of course, writers AK Benedict, Simon Guerrier, Roy Gill, and Alice Cavender greatly aided Dudman with excellent scripts. They captured Eleven’s nuances and the dark fairytale tone of his era. 

AK Benedict took that mandate literally with “The Calendar Man.” It was a story about stories — about memories as stories — giving us a glimpse of The Doctor’s childhood along the way.

Simon Guerrier gave us another of Kazran Sardick’s Christmases with The Doctor. On his way to Abigail, Kazran learned that ecosystems can evolve in unforeseen ways. My favorite part, though, was the end of the story, which was actually the beginning, giving added meaning to Founding Families.

The Light Keepers” by Roy Gill gave listeners a new perspective on lighthouses. The return of Dorium Maldovar also provided subtle, yet poignant, foreshadowing of Eleven’s fate.

Last, but not least, “False Coronets” by Alice Cavender gave listeners the back story for Clara’s relationship with Jane Austen, played spiritedly by Nathalie Buscombe. I really appreciated returning to Clara’s dynamic with Eleven. I preferred it to her relationship with Twelve, burdened as it was with pretentious deconstruction.

The Eleventh Doctor Chronicles was a lovely first set in what I hope will be a long series. Geronimo!

You can purchase The Eleventh Doctor Chronicles here.

Written By: AK Benedict, Simon Guerrier, Roy Gill, Alice Cavender

Directed By: Helen Goldwyn

Cast

Jacob Dudman (Narrator / The Doctor), Eleanor Crooks (Olivia), Danny Horn (Kazran Sardick), Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium Maldovar), Nathalie Buscombe (Jane Austen). Other parts played by Jacob Dudman.

Producer Scott Handcock

Script Editor Matt Fitton

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.5
Big Finish: The Eleventh Doctor Chronicles
  • 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.
    2 Comments on this post.
  • Adam
    17 August 2018 at 8:37 pm -

    Could do with a bit more detail on the quality of the stories (also I disagree that 12 & Clara’s dynamic was “burdened” the way you feel it was) but other than that, nice review 🙂

  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    17 August 2018 at 8:54 pm -

    Thanks for reading. 🙂 I’ll do my best to go into more detail next time.

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