In Review: Big Finish: Dark Gallifrey: Morbius Part 2

As loyalties shift and secrets emerge, the cult of Morbius lies in wait to bring about the General's return.
Morbius

Synopsis: In Morbius Part 2, 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.

When disaster strikes the Proteus, Captain Argento and her crew must fight for their lives and the fate of all Time Lords.

What is out there on the ice? Who hides in the impossible temple?

As loyalties shift and secrets emerge, the cult of Morbius lies in wait to bring about the General’s return.

Review: Dark Gallifrey: Morbius Part 2 was the pivotal and precarious middle chapter in this arc. Tim Foley had to ratchet up the tension to reach the cliffhanger. However, he had to leave enough story to justify the final installment.

 

Story

Foley found an admirable balance, while still managing to surprise. He did it by homaging different gothic literature.

He swapped Bram Stoker’s Dracula for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Moreover, he added an indispensable dash of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Captain of the Polestar.” 

All the while, he blended in Big Finish mythology perfectly. The result was a set piece built with unsettlingly coherent internal logic.

I really appreciated the world-building that went into the set piece. It all contributed to a sense of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude gone very, very wrong.

Structurally, though, Foley’s best choice lay in splitting up the characters. He increased their isolation and made their reunion all the more impactful.

 

Acting

Once again, the entire cast was superb. That said, I must single out two performances.

Rachel Atkins continued to give a masterclass as she conveyed Captain Argento’s existential horror. For his part, Samuel West owned every scene, as he played two versions of Morbius.

 

Overall

Thank you, Big Finish. Dark Gallifrey: Morbius Part 2 was everything it needed to be. I can’t wait for the conclusion next month.

 

You can purchase Dark Gallifrey: Morbius Part 2 here

9.5
Dark Gallifrey: Morbius Part 2
  • 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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