In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: A Heart On Both Sides

“A Heart On Both Sides” by Rob Nisbet is a poignant companion piece to “The Lady of Obsidian” by Andrew Smith.

Synopsis: Doctor Who: Short Trips Monthly is a series of new short stories read by an original cast member.

Release #33 is an Eighth Doctor and Nyssa story.

After her medical work on Terminus, Nyssa is now the controller of a hospital ship, the Traken. As the universe burns in the crossfire of the Time War, she and her assistant travel to a planet close to Gallifrey where they are needed more than ever. A long time ago, Nyssa knew a Time Lord and understood his people. But it seems they can change…

Review: “A Heart On Both Sides” by Rob Nisbet is a poignant companion piece to “The Lady of Obsidian” by Andrew Smith. As the latter depended on The War Doctor connecting directly with Leela to help her navigate the harsh realities of The Time War, the former depended on dramatic irony and a diminished connection between Nyssa and The Eighth Doctor.

However, the dramatic irony that drove the story didn’t simply center on the fact that Nyssa didn’t recognize The Doctor. It also centered on the fact that listeners knew that The Doctor was a couple of regenerations away from relating to Nyssa’s loss. He was a couple of regenerations away from functionally being one of the last of his kind.

As much as I appreciated the internal logic of the now standard Time Lord Black Ops and duplicity in “A Heart On Both Sides,” I loved that Eight saved the last survivor of Traken — his friend — and I hope we get a follow-up story between Nyssa and a later incarnation of The Doctor in which these two really get to deal with their losses and find catharsis.

Producer Ian Atkins

Script Editor Ian Atkins

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Written By: Rob Nisbet

Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Cast

Sarah Sutton (Narrator)

9.5
Big Finish: Doctor Who: A Heart On Both Sides
  • Story
    8.5
  • Performance
    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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