In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who – Dark Eyes 4

This is the fourth Box Set in the Doctor Who: Dark Eyes collection, which stars Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor. The set consists of four new stories, which tie together into a story arc.

This is the fourth Box Set in the Doctor Who: Dark Eyes collection, which stars Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor. The set consists of four new stories, which tie together into a story arc.

The Stories

DWOLife In A Day

A Life in the Day by John Dorney: The Doctor and Liv return to post-World War One London, where the Doctor meets Kitty Donaldson (Beth Chalmers), and Liv strikes a friendship with her brother Martin (Barnaby Kay). But what mysterious force is hunting them?

DWOMonster

The Monster of Montmartre by Matt Fitton: The Doctor and Livs investigations bring them to Paris, where a monster stalks the streets.

DWOMaster Of Daleks

Master of the Daleks by John Dorney: The Master and the Dalek Time Controller have forged an alliance. History hangs in the balance, and this time the Doctor cant help

DWOEYEOFDARKNESS

Eye of Darkness by Matt Fitton: Its the endgame. Truths will be revealed, and a hero will make the ultimate sacrifice.

Review: This collection of stories is brilliant fun. Out of the four stories I have to say that the first two are actually the strongest and both work well as stand alone tales.

I enjoyed the scenes in the first story when Liv and Martin go to see a silent movie featuring Buster Keating. Liv’s reaction to the silent film is pretty much on par with how most modern day people would react to it. This story also has an element of tragedy to it when the friendship she has formed ultimately ends.

The arc threaded through these stories is a very strong Dalek story, which involves an alliance with The Master. I actually feel that it is perhaps the strongest Dalek story I have heard in awhile and it would work beautifully as a television movie if anyone was brave enough to make it, but I wouldn’t want to lose to much from it either.

I particularly enjoyed the surrounding cast of characters in these stories. Molly was a fantastic creation, but her connection to the Dalek Time Controller ultimately dooms her. I also enjoyed Dan Starky as the Sontaran Leader and pretty much all the Sontarans in ‘Master Of The Daleks’.

I have to give a big thumbs up to Alex Macqueen for his portrayal of The Master, which is a much better portrayal than the ADHD Master from the new television shows. Macqueen gives us a Master who is far more in control of his insanity and he feels much more like The Master from the classic era of the television show. I loved his scenes with Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker).

Liv Chenka, who is the Doctor’s companion throughout the Dark Eyes series of boxsets does a hell of a lot of growing throughout this fourth set. I have to admit her pluck kind of reminded me of ACE from the classic series.

This Dark Eyes series strongly demonstrates what a missed opportunity Paul McGann’s Doctor Who was in terms of the television series. McGann is brilliant throughout – and like a great many people. I’d love to see a limited television series of 8th Doctor Adventures.

Cast: Paul McGann (The Doctor), Nicola Walker (Liv Chenka), Alex Macqueen (The Master), Barnaby Kay (Martin Donaldson), Rachael Stirling (Adelaine Dutemps), Sorcha Cusack (Mary), Dan Starkey (The Sontarans), Susannah Harker (Anya), David Sibley (The Eminence), Beth Chalmers (Kitty Donaldson), Charlie Norfolk (The Woman), Derek Hutchinson (Usher), Alex Wyndham (Thug), Blake Ritson (Barman), Camilla Power (Receptionist/Mademoiselle), John Dorney (Android), with Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks)

 

 

9.6
Big Finish: Doctor Who - Dark Eyes 4
  • Great set of stories
  • Not enough of the Master
  • Stories
    9.5
  • Acting
    10
  • Sound Production
    10
  • Incidental Music
    8.5
  • Artwork
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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