In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: Short Trips: Dark Convoy

This was a poignant no-frills historical of the sort not seen during the Seventh Doctor’s era.

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

Release #7 is a Seventh Doctor and Ace story.

Materialising aboard the submarine HMS Thunder during the Second World War, the Doctor and Ace join Commander Fitzgerald and his crew as they track a fellow sub in trouble.

While the Doctor advises the Captain on navigational matters, Ace joins in a daring mission to rescue sailors in the water. With German planes overhead, no-one’s survival is guaranteed…

Review: I really enjoyed the distinctive voices Sophie Aldred brought to all the characters, especially the Doctor himself. Aldred proved to be yet another Doctor Who co-star capable of uncanny impersonation. As for the story, this was a poignant no-frills historical of the sort not seen during the Seventh Doctor’s era. Fitzgerald and Jimmy made extremely effective pseudo companions, and listeners got a sense of what a World War II era UNIT might have been like, complete with ethical debates, but minus any aliens.

Producer Michael Stevens

Script Editor Michael Stevens

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Written By: Mark B Oliver

Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Cast

Sophie Aldred (Narrator)

9.5
Big Finish: Doctor Who: Short Trips: Dark Convoy
  • Story, Performance, historical details
  • Pacing slower, but to be expected in a character piece.
  • Story
    8.5
  • Performance
    10
  • Sound 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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