In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: Once and Future: The Artist at the End of Time

Suffering the effects of degeneration, the Doctor heads towards the end of the universe in search of answers. Instead, he finds his daughter, Jenny.
Artist

Synopsis: Suffering the effects of degeneration, the Doctor heads toward the end of the universe in search of answers. Instead, he finds his daughter, Jenny.

The Doctor stabilizes into his Fifth form to join forces with Jenny and the Curator. They encounter an Artist whose works appear to mark the end of every world they touch. The three must solve the mystery of the Final Gallery and the art it has collected.

Review: Doctor Who: Once and Future: The Artist at the End of Time was the wonderful second entry in the 60th-anniversary series. However, listeners needed to adjust their expectations. The story was less of an adventure and more of a meditation.

 

Story

I adored that writer James Goss built his tale around big themes. He forced the characters to contend with the meanings of love, death, value, conservation, art, and life head on.

In the process, Goss crafted a narrative with just enough plot to get on with. This allowed for incredible character beats that the modern television show just doesn’t have room for anymore.

One of my favorite bits involved Jenny’s first meeting with her Dad, and their comparing notes. I also really appreciated the commentary on the use of the Tardis scanner.

 

Acting

Peter Davison, Georgia Tennant, and Colin Baker were superb throughout. I found it interesting that Davison felt he wasn’t quite up to bridging the gap between classic and modern Doctor Who for this story. 

For her part, Tennant felt that she’d finally begun to earn her place in the Who-niverse. In fact, their perceptions fit their characters perfectly.

For his part, Colin Baker played The Curator as more contemplative than the Sixth Doctor. He made his version of the Curator as well-rounded and original of Tom Baker has made his.

 

Overall

Thank you, Big Finish. Doctor Who: Once and Future: The Artist at the End of Time was a real treat. I can’t wait for the third chapter next month.

 

You can purchase Doctor Who: Once and Future: The Artist at the End of Time here

 

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9.7
Big Finish: Doctor Who: Once and Future: The Artist at the End of Time
  • 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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