In Review: Big Finish: Dark Gallifrey: Morbius Part 1

... I must welcome back Samuel West in the title role.
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Synopsis: When things turn dark, and you’re all alone, there is one traveller of time and space — a wanderer in the fourth dimension — a renegade Time Lord — who will always be there to bring back the light.

Of course, not all Time Lords can be heroes.

The time has come for the last Time Lord battleship, the Proteus, to leave the planet Karn and return to Gallifrey victorious. Unfortunately, her voyage home will not be easy. 

The Captain is sick. The crew is restless.  Worse still, there are dark forces lurking in the hold below.

Review: Dark Gallifrey: Morbius Part 1 was a wonderful exercise in world-building to usher in this new range. Fans of gothic literature were given gourmet appetizers in this first course.

 

Story

Writer Tim Foley obviously relished ratcheting up the tension to 111. He gave listeners a space opera variation on Dracula’s “Voyage of the Demeter.”

Additionally, he deftly explored class divisions in early Gallifreyan society. Thankfully, I never felt like I was being force fed exposition.

Most impressive, however, was Foley’s handing of the civil war and struggle against Morbius. I don’t think his efforts with that story telling would have been as effective without modern Doctor Who’s Time War mythology.

Indeed, Foley’s retroactive use of Time War tone and ambiance was integral. It turned this chapter into an effortlessly organic preview of coming tragedy.

 

Acting

The entire cast is superb. That said, I must single out several performances.

First, Hywel Morgan did an excellent job as Mr Middlewitch. He perfectly conveyed the steadiness on which his character relies.

For her part, Rachel Atkins played Captain Argento with a nuanced mix of resolve, hope, despair, and psychosis. In the process, she did the captains of classic literature proud.

Last, but certainly not least, I must welcome back Samuel West in the title role. He was obviously having great fun reprising after 16 years.

 

Overall

Thanks, Big Finish. I’m intrigued by Dark Gallifrey: Morbius Part 1. I can’t wait to hear how it plays out and how it affects the rest of the range.

 

You can purchase Dark Gallifrey: Morbius Part 1 here

9.5
Dark Gallifrey: Morbius Part 1
  • Story
    8.5
  • 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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