In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who The Early Adventures 2.2. The Forsaken

The TARDIS lands on an island off Singapore during the Japanese invasion of 1942. The travellers are found by some British soldiers - among them a certain Private James Jackson, who just happens to be Ben’s father.

Synopsis: The TARDIS lands on an island off Singapore during the Japanese invasion of 1942. The travellers are found by some British soldiers – among them a certain Private James Jackson, who just happens to be Ben’s father. But they’re not the only visitors to the island…

Review: Written by Justin Richards and directed by Lisa Bowerman ‘The Forsaken’ sees the second Doctor accompanied once again by Ben, Polly and Jamie.

This time they land on an island off the coast of Singapore during the Japanese invasion, but the Japanese are not as much a threat as the monster that our group of heroes has to contend with.

This story is told in such a way that you are on the edge of your seats from the first part, but its the cliffhanger in the second part that really gets the blood pumping.

The monster character within this story is really well performed and quite frightening.

Lisa Bowerman does a wonderful job playing with the tension built within the script by Justin Richards and the actors all do wonderful things with the story.

Ben Jackson meeting a younger version of his father was a really nice touch to this story, but thankfully did not dominate the narrative, which left room for all the fun scary stuff. But I did enjoy the conversation Ben has with his dad about him having served in the Navy.

Once again Elliot Chapman provides an exceptional interpretation of Ben, who was played by the late Michael Craze. Frasier Hines once again pulls double duty as Jamie and the 2nd Doctor and Anneke Wills is superb value as Polly and the stories main narrator.

The music department also provide some very nice Japanese style music as well as some genuinely spooky steal drum style stuff that really makes this adventure work.

The story plays out like a classic Hammer movie in so many ways that it is an absolute joy to listen to.

If your up for some classic horror ‘Doctor Who’ stories get yourself a copy of this story at: www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-forsaken-1077

9.8
Big Finish: Doctor Who The Early Adventures 2.2. The Forsaken
  • Fab story and scary monster. A great one to listen to on Halloween
  • Not much bad to say
  • Story
    10
  • Acting
    9.5
  • Music and Sound Effects
    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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