In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Early Adventures – The Outliers

The TARDIS takes the Doctor, Ben, Polly and Jamie to a flooded underground town on an alien world.

Synopsis: The TARDIS takes the Doctor, Ben, Polly and Jamie to a flooded underground town on an alien world. The streets are empty. The houses are bare. Not a trace of life.

The miners working here are vanishing. And it isn’t long before the time-travelers are suspected of being responsible for the disappearances. But even the authorities haven’t fully realized the scale of the problem.

There’s something else in this world. Something dragging people away. And it won’t stop until it’s taken them all.

Review: Written by Simon Guerrier ‘The Outliers’ is a slow burn of a story, which plays a lot with audience expectation and tension. It sees the Second Doctor and his friends investigating why a group of miners is mysteriously vanishing, but how can they do this when they are under suspicion?

The acting performances in this story are really strong. Anneke Wills is solid as both narrator and Polly. And Frazer Hines is as strong as ever as both Jamie and the Doctor. The real surprise though is Alistair Petrie who plays Richard Tipple who acts in the interest of himself as opposed to trying to get to the bottom of the mystery.

The best moment comes in the third part when the Doctor disappears and Polly and Jamie are forced to find him, but the most fun is with regard to where they are disappearing too and what the implications of that are. It appears that the mysterious aliens are studying the Doctor and his companions, but there is an even bigger twist than that.

Overall this is a pretty solid story but suffers a little from some pacing issues when you compare it to last months release. This is Doctor Who doing a mixture of suspense and science fiction. Which is great because we love it when Doctor Who plays around in different genres.

Directed by Lisa Bowerman and written by Simon Guerrier and is available to buy now.

  • You can get your own copy of Doctor Who – The Outliers here
9.5
Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Early Adventures - The Outliers
  • Story
    8.5
  • Voice Acting
    9.8
  • Audio Production
    10
  • Artwork
    9.5

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

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