In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Early Adventures – The Wreck Of The World

While repairing the Tardis. The Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe unexpectedly collide with a wrecked spacecraft

Synopsis: While repairing the Tardis. The Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe unexpectedly collide with a wrecked spacecraft and become separated.

Review: As many will know. I’ve been a huge fan of the Early Adventures series of Doctor Who adventures, which Big Finish put out. In ‘The Wreck Of The World’ we have a fusion of old and new science fiction and horror tropes and they blend seamlessly with a brilliant twist at the close of the second episode, which will have modern day horror fans whooping for joy.

The opening episode focuses mainly on Zoe and her struggle to establish a connection with a malfunctioning maintenance robot, which is being very demanding. The character beats between Zoe and the droid, which she playfully calls Gnostic are very well performed by Wendy Padbury who also pulls double duty as the stories narrator. The story also plays very much to Zoe’s strengths as a maths genius, physicist, and engineer.

Also very enjoyable is the group of characters who The Doctor and Jamie run into when trying to find Zoe while on a different part of the wrecked ship, which turns out to have quite a few surprises and some great mystery surrounding it. I particularly enjoyed Jamie’s character beats with Porthintus. It very much smacks of two soldiers bantering and the mutual respect that grows between Jamie and this character is well realized.

This story was a pure joy and as one reviewer has already put it, “An instant classic”. It puts me in mind of the surprise one gets when opening a Kinder Egg and you get a new toy. The twist and turns in this story are well realized and a genuine surprise when they come.

The story also gives an opportunity for the writer to utilize the more sneaky side of the second Doctor, which is always a good thing. Frazer Hines does a great job with his take on the second Doctor and as always gets eerily close to how you’d imagine Patrick Troughton doing it.

Overall. A brilliant story, which I highly recommend. It has fantastic performances from Judith Roddy (Commander Lorne), Adam Newington (Twenty), Don McCorkindale (Porthintus), Richenda Carey (Professor Blavatsky).  And Padbury and Hines continue to provide the goods as Zoe and Jamie and the Doctor respectively.

Writer Timothy X Atack should be really proud of his work here. I’m a huge fan of this story.

9.9
Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Early Adventures - The Wreck Of The World
  • Story
    9.8
  • Voice Acting
    10
  • Audio Production
    10
  • Artwork
    9.6

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.comWhen 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.netYou can contact ian at: [email protected]
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