In Review: Big Finish: The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 02

Again, Big Finish explored modern era concepts more effectively in this classic era story.

Synopsis: Big Finish continues The Third Doctor Adventures with this second volume.

2.1 The Transcendence of Ephros by Guy Adams

The Doctor and Jo arrive on the dying planet Ephros, where Galactux Power Inc is exploiting the world’s remaining resources. But something is stirring beneath the surface…

2.2 The Hidden Realm by David Llewellyn

The Doctor and Jo journey to Bramfield New Town when the husband of Jo’s cousin vanishes mysteriously. As magpies circle overheard, the Doctor discovers a terrifying alien plot…

Review: The Transcendence of Ephros” by Guy Adams was a marvelous bait-and-switch story. Adams used the corporate greed allegory so prevalent in the Third Doctor’s era as a misdirect for something infinitely cooler. I have to give massive kudos to Richenda Carey as Mother Finsey. I wish we’d gotten her on screen during The Third Doctor’s era. Hell, I wish we’d gotten her on screen during the Tenth Doctor’s era. Mother Finsey would’ve been far more interesting than Lucy Saxon ever was.

“The Hidden Realm” by David Llewellyn was my favorite of the two stories from a tonal perspective — gothic science fiction. This tale was linked to the first by the theme of human gullibility and the presence of an old woman who wasn’t what she seemed. I also liked that the story had a tie to the modern era through exploring the meta-crisis. Again, Big Finish explored modern era concepts more effectively in this classic era story.

  • You can purchase The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 02 here.

Written By: Guy Adams, David Llewellyn

Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast

Tim Treloar (The Doctor), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Simon Bubb (Temper/Follower 1), Richenda Carey (Mother Finsey), Bernard Holley (Karswell), Nigel Peever (Quail/Deputy), Karen Henson (Bartram/Follower 2), Clare Buckfield (Stephanie Andrews), Robert Whitelock (Peter Andrews), Sandra Voe (Miss Barnett), Richard Earl (DCI Finch), Alex Lanipekun (DS Joseph), George Asprey (Overseer Zim )

Producer David Richardson

Script Editor John Dorney

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.7
Big Finish: The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 02
  • Story, Performances
  • Surpassing the TV show is a double-edged sword.
  • Story
    9.0
  • Performances
    10
  • Audio 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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