In Review: Big Finish: The Worlds of Big Finish

David Llewellyn had the extremely difficult task of constructing six interlinked episodes, while simultaneously allowing these disparate individual characters to retain their own identities and internal logic.

Synopsis: From the streets of Edwardian London to the corridors of a near-infinite library in the distant future, a single book holds the key to the fate of life on Earth.

Some believe it predicts our future – and the apocalypse – with unnerving accuracy. Others will stop at nothing to destroy it, and will chase it from one side of the universe to the other; from a country house in the Roaring Twenties to the casinos of Mars, and from 221B Baker Street to the terrifying desert world of Sisyphus IX…

Featuring Abby and Zara, Sherlock Holmes, Dorian Gray, Iris Wildthyme, Vienna Salvatori and Bernice Summerfield, The Worlds of Big Finish brings together some of Big Finish’s best-loved characters in an adventure spanning thousands of years!

This release includes a fourth bonus disc – Round the Worlds – where director Scott Handcock leads a roundtable discussion with writer and cast about this special adventure, plus a selection of outtakes from recording.

Review:  David Llewellyn had the extremely difficult task of constructing six interlinked episodes, while simultaneously allowing these disparate individual characters to retain their own identities and internal logic. He succeeded admirably. What’s more, the best example of interlinkage — the connection between Iris Wildthyme and Sherlock Holmes — worked precisely because Iris and Holmes each retained his and her internal logic. Holmes aside, Iris’ musings on the pop culture bastardizations of Pride & Prejudice were worth the price alone.

The whole box set was a literature geek’s paradise. I loved luxuriating in the period pleasures of Sherlock Holmes and Dorian Gray. I smiled broadly at the Dick meets Bradbury noir homage that united Vienna Salvatori and Bernice Summerfield The crown jewel for this bibliophile, however, was the opening episode, which introduced the Archive. Basically, the Archive was Jorge Luis Borges’ Library of Babel put to narrative use, which is something I never thought to encounter.

The entire cast was superb throughout, but I must give special mention to David Warner who became a particularly memorable scene partner as Mycroft Holmes opposite Nicholas Briggs’ slightly less masterful detective.

You can purchase The Worlds of Big Finish at http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-worlds-of-big-finish-1206

Written By: David Llewellyn

Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast: Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), Nicholas Briggs (Sherlock Holmes), Laura Doddington (Zara), Ciara Janson (Abby), Katy Manning (Iris Wildthyme), Chase Masterson (Vienna Salvatori), Alexander Vlahos (Dorian Gray)

1. Graceless: The Archive

Barnaby Edwards (Romulus Chang), Hugh Skinner (Lucian Theta-Singh), Lisa Bowerman (The Archive), David Menkin (Security Drones)

2. Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Bloomsbury Bomber

David Warner (Mycroft Holmes), Michael Thomson (Alexander Korvo), George Rainsford (Albert Taylor), Katy Manning (Mrs Waters), Terry Molloy (Mr Robins), Barnaby Edwards (Alfred Vandermeer)

3. The Confessions of Dorian Gray: The Feast of Magog

George Rainsford (Evan Morgan), Rebecca Night (Pamela St John-Edwards), Michael Thomson (Alexander Korvo)

4. Iris Wildthyme: Kronos Vad’s History of Earth (Vol. 36,379)

Hugh Skinner (Captain Turner), Katharine Mangold (Jenni Marcel), David Menkin (Zack Hoffman), Barnaby Edwards (Mr Vandermeer), John Dorney (Bridge Controller)

5. Vienna: The Lady from Callisto Rhys

Rhys Jennings (Cage Zorn), Rosanna Miles (Magenta Dotrice), Rebecca Night (Lara Memphis), John Dorney (Rodrigo), David Menkin (Check-In Attendant), Katharine Mangold (Passenger), Terry Molloy (Driver)

6. Bernice Summerfield: The Phantom Wreck

Terry Molloy (Captain Quinn), Rosanna Miles (Selina), Rhys Jennings (Phillips), John Dorney (O’Neill), Katharine Mangold (Jenni Marcel), Barnaby Edwards (Romulus Chang)

9.7
Big Finish: The Worlds of Big Finish
  • Script, Performances
  • Part of me wanted to hear Holmes on an alien world.
  • Script
    9
  • 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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