In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: Casualties of Time

The plot was a wonderful commentary on narrative economy and deus ex machinae that warmed this English major’s heart.

Synopsis: The Doctor and Romana haven’t evaded The Black Guardian

The TARDIS crew have unknowingly become embroiled in a web of deceit. A trap has been laid across time and they have no possible means of escape. Destiny has ensnared them.

The Doctor is finally getting the chance to see the Conglomerate’s work at first hand. Romana is working to save the alien Laan once and for all. K9 is returning to Ancient Britain in search of an unusual power source.

The Doctor, Romana and K9.

Today one of them will die.

Note: This adventure continues from Doctor Who: The Pursuit of History

Review: Doctor Who: Casualties of Time perfectly paid off Doctor Who: The Pursuit of History. I particularly appreciated how Nicholas Briggs revealed his narrative construct of Cuthbert to be a narrative construct of The Black Guardian. Conversely, I enjoyed how he revealed the Ecidien Cerebus Bird to be a narrative construct of The White Guardian. The plot was a wonderful commentary on narrative economy and deus ex machinae that warmed this English major’s heart.

The down side of this otherwise satisfying story, however, was the continued excess of technobabble and exposition, even by the usual Doctor Who standards. That’s why I appreciated the rationale of “The Black Guardian did it.” The simplicity was refreshing after the constant stream of pseudo-explanations.

The writers will have to be careful going forward, though. They can’t over use either Guardian or they’ll run the risk of transforming their deus ex machinae into engines of tedium again.

  • You can purchase “Casualties of Time” here

Written By: Nicholas Briggs

Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), John Leeson (K9/The Oortag), David Warner (Cuthbert), Toby Hadoke (Mr Dorrick), David Troughton (The Black Guardian/Edge), Jez Fielder (Drudger/Ecidien Cerebus Bird/The White Guadian/Salonu Prime), Jane Slavin (The Laan/Conglom-net Computer/Salonu).

9.7
Big Finish: Doctor Who: Casualties of Time
  • Story, Performances
  • A Little too much technobabble
  • Story
    9
  • 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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