In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: Classic Doctors New Monsters 3: The Stuff of Nightmares

Classic Doctors encounter monsters from the new series of Doctor Who!
Monsters

Synopsis: Big Finish delivers four new adventures. Classic Doctors encounter monsters from the new series of Doctor Who!

First, the Third Doctor and Sarah journey far into the future of Earth. The last thing they expect to find on the planet is a haunted house!

Second, the Fourth Doctor and Leela take an Italian holiday. While there, the travelers encounter other tourists very far from home.

Next, the Sixth Doctor takes his companion Mari to the Archipelago of High Dream. He has to try and stop the nightmares she’s having in the TARDIS.

Finally, the Eighth Doctor and Charley are lost. In a labyrinth of monsters, the Dream Crabs are lurking.

Review: Doctor Who: Classic Doctors New Monsters 3: The Stuff of Nightmares is an excellent continuation of the range. Indeed, the four tales are improvements over the stories that introduced the featured creatures.

 

The Story

I have one quibble. The returning beings in the first two stories aren’t monsters. I’ll allow Big Finish leeway, however, as the narratives are strong.

“The House That Hoxx Built” by Tim Foley is a great start. The character dynamics are spot on. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Sarah and Francesca.

Thematically, the story offers solid commentary on heritage preservation. Additionally, environmental preservation is highlighted. Along the way, haunted house tropes are lovingly woven into a Pertwee era yarn.

“The Tivolian Who Knew Too Much” by Robert Valentine gives listeners comic relief… The tone and set up are similar to “City of Death.”

The place name humor is particularly fun. I also appreciated Valentine’s development of capitulation as evolutionary trait.

“Together In Eclectic Dreams” by Roy Gill ramps up the tension admirably. Before I discuss the story, though, the title is sheer perfection.

One of the twists is telegraphed. That’s not a bad thing, however, as suspense isn’t the point. Instead, Gil relies on world-building, characterization, and lyricism.

“If I Should Die Before I Wake” by John Dorney (from a story by Jacqueline Rayner) is my favorite installment. Once more, the character dynamics are spot on.

I also loved the deconstruction of Greek mythology. Listeners can feel the care and craft throughout the storytelling.

 

The Acting

As ever, the regulars are superb! For their parts, the supporting cast members shine in their roles.

That said, I would like to give kudos to several of the guest actors. First, Dan Starkey has an absolutely marvelous turn as The Hoxx of Balhoon. Second, Anthony Howell ate the scenery putting a different twist on established traits.

Last but not least, Rebecca Front deftly played the layers of Tara’s experience. I’d really enjoy Front returning to the role to highlight contrasts.

 

Overall

Thanks, Big Finish, for another wonderful outing, I’m looking forward to Doctor Who: Classic Doctors New Monsters 4.

 

You can purchase Doctor Who: Classic Doctors New Monsters 3: The Stuff of Nightmares here.

9.5
Big Finish: Doctor Who: Classic Doctors New Monsters 3: The Stuff of Nightmares
  • 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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