In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: Legacy Of Death

As ever, Baker, Ward, and Leeson played off each other to perfection, as they became literal as well as narrative deus ex machinae.

Synopsis: This title was released in April 2016. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until 31st May 2016, and on general sale after this date.

The Doctor, Romana and K9 have found themselves trapped in a temporal war. On Aoris, the past battles the future – and the future fights back!

With both sides of the war now capable of time travel, the conflict is about to enter a deadly stage. As the pieces of history lock into place, there is little the Doctor can do.

With more Time Tanks moving into combat, the endgame is approaching. The people of Aoris risk extinction at their own hand.

Can even the Doctor save the same planet twice in the same day?

Note: This adventure continues from Doctor Who: The Paradox Planet

Review: As I said in my review of “The Paradox Planet,” these two-part stories can often play like a 90-minute wind ups for a 30-minute pitches. “Legacy of Death” provided just that. Fortunately, however, Jonathan Morris’ story gave us an internally consistent and poignant final act. As ever, Baker, Ward, and Leeson played off each other to perfection, as they became literal as well as narrative deus ex machinae. Simon Rouse and Tom Chadbon were equally excellent portraying the driven catalysts of the time loop. That said, I’m looking forward to story not driven by a loop, as it will allow more structural leeway.

You can buy “Legacy Of Death” here: https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/legacy-of-death-996

Written By: Jonathan Morris

Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), John Leeson (K9/Machina) Simon Rouse (Drang), Tom Chadbon (Embery), Paul Panting (Fyrax), Emma Campbell-Jones (Shola), Laura Rees (Tyrus), Bryan Pilkington (Lostar), Jane Slavin (Medea). Other parts portrayed by the cast.

9.7
Big Finish: Doctor Who: Legacy Of Death
  • Story, Performances
  • Time loops are structurally limiting devices.
  • 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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