In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: Classic Doctors New Monsters 4: Broken Memories

Big Finish presents four new adventures featuring classic Doctors encountering monsters from the new series of Doctor Who!
Monsters

Synopsis: Big Finish presents four new adventures featuring classic Doctors encountering monsters from the new series of Doctor Who!

First, the Fourth Doctor and Sarah encounter a crashing spaceship and race to find survivors. Second, the Sixth Doctor and Mel come to the rescue when they find a castle under siege from Clockwork Droids.

Third, the Eighth Doctor is caught between rival criminals and the law in the city of Sunset. In the finale, Sunset City is thriving. However, something about the place doesn’t make sense. The Seventh Doctor faces the consequences of actions he has yet to take.

Review: Doctor Who: Classic Doctors New Monsters 4: Broken Memories takes this range from strength to strength. The excellent writers link the stories through the theme of problem-solving. In the process, listeners get interesting twists and genuine pathos.

 

Story

“Invasion of the Body Stealers” by Jonathan Morris is exactly what it says on the tin. Morris uses the base-level obviousness of the narrative to make room for the character beats. Along the way, he also employs clever and lyrical world-building as a weapon in the Fourth Doctor’s arsenal.

With “The Queen of Clocks,” Jacqueline Rayner comes within a hair’s breadth of outdoing the episode that inspires her story. Have tissues ready for an unapologetically bitter sweet experience.

“The Silent Priest/The Silent City” by David K Barnes is the main event. Yet again, he proves why the Silence is even more effective in audio.

I absolutely adore how Barnes subverts expectations at almost every turn. Like Rayner, he comes extremely close to outdoing the main show’s writers.

 

Acting

The entire cast is wonderful. That said, I have to single out some notable performances.

First, Timothy Bentinck is having a ball playing a 70’s era corporate toff turned villain. Second, Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford play every emotion pitch perfectly as the Sixth Doctor and Mel are put through an unforgiving siege.

Last but not least, I have to spotlight Nicholas Briggs as The Silence. He’s allowed to showcase greater psychological depth than these beings have ever been given before, and he relishes every scene.

 

Overall

Thank you, Big Finish. Doctor Who: Classic Doctors New Monsters 4: Broken Memories is another great box set binge. I can’t wait for Doctor Who: Classic Doctors New Monsters 5.

 

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9.7
Doctor Who: Classic Doctors New Monsters 4: Broken Memories
  • 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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