In Review: Big Finish: The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Syndicate Master Plan, Volume 2

Secrets have been revealed and the Doctor and his friends at last know who they are fighting.

Synopsis: Secrets have been revealed and the Doctor and his friends at last know who they are fighting. Alliances will shift. Friends will die. Can even the Doctor come out of this alive? Tom Baker and Jane Slavin return in the finale of The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 8.

Review: Guy Adams, Jonathan Barnes, and John Dorney crafted a marvelous story for The Syndicate Master Plan, Volume 2. The tale revolved around themes of identity, perception, and reality. Along the way, the writers gave listeners a ton of lovely Easter eggs. They also gave Tom Baker, Jane Slavin, and John Leeson four absolute gift scripts that allowed the actors to demonstrate their ranges.

In addition to the leads, I also have to give major kudos to John Shrapnel, Blake Ritson, and Gethin Anthony for completely going for broke in their respective performances. It was wonderfully fun listening to them have such wonderful fun.

Finally, I’ve really appreciated the universe building and universe expansion across this entire season — Big Finish doing what it does best.

Written By: Guy Adams, Jonathan Barnes, John Dorney

Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Jane Slavin (WPC Ann Kelso), John Leeson (K9), John Shrapnel (Nigel Colloon), Jon Culshaw (Director/ Syndicate Agent/ Wave Front 3), Anna Acton (Brox), Blake Ritson (Elmore), Roger May (Mac Foley/ Duke), Tracy Wiles (Drones/ Wave Front 1), Gethin Anthony (Jason Vane), David Rintoul (Dr Leon Jessel), Bettrys Jones (Miss Pocket/ Dr Caroline Pursglove), Carolyn Seymour (The Commodore/ Mrs Kidd), Barnaby Edwards (Desmond Kettley), Ronan Vibert (Zaal), Simon Bubb (Jodor Colwyn), Christopher Naylor (‘M’/ ’S’ /Trooper), Timothy Speyer (‘T’/ ’B’), Francesca Hunt (‘C’/ ’G’/ Drarn), Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer David Richardson

Script Editor John Dorney, Guy Adams

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.7
Big Finish: The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Syndicate Master Plan, Volume 2
  • Story
    9.0
  • 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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