In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: Zygon Hunt

Nicholas Briggs wrote, directed, and voiced the Zygons in this story, going for nostalgia in the best way.

Synopsis: On the jungle planet Garros, Earth Forces Knight Commander-in-Chief Greg Saraton and his team are hunting gigantic beasts, for sport. When the Doctor and Leela arrive, they are caught up in a web of intrigue where there is no clear friend or foe.

What is Saraton’s vital connection with Earth’s Solar System’s Defence Shield? Why are the giant reptilian birds of Garros attacking? What terrible secret lurks deep within the trees?

Before the truth can be revealed, a heavy price will be extracted and loyalties will be tested to the limit.

Review: Nicholas Briggs wrote, directed, and voiced the Zygons in this story, going for nostalgia in the best way. He captured the Fourth Doctor and Leela perfectly. The weather forecaster exchange at the beginning was worth the price alone. Beyond that, Briggs crafted a narrative that combined the best elements of Classic Doctor Who with the emotional resonance of the modern series, something that Big Finish has excelled at for years.

There aren’t adequate adjectives to describe Tom Baker. He was, is, and always shall be my Doctor. It means so much to to listen to the behind-the-scenes extras and hear how happy he is at Big Finish and that he’s embracing the joy of being Four. He transmitted that joy to the rest of the superb cast.

My one complaint is that the story’s 50-minute length was far too short. I wanted more time with these old friends and old foes.

Written By: Nicholas Briggs
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Michael Maloney (Gregor Saraton), Gillian Kearney (Mina Challis), James George (Knight Commander Elunas), Steven Alexander (Knight Commander Ollerie), Nicholas Briggs (Baragor/Zygons/Knights)

9.7
Big Finish: Doctor Who: Zygon Hunt
  • script, acting, audio production
  • too short
  • Story
    9.5
  • Acting
    10
  • Audio Production
    9.5

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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