Synopsis: The Cathedral of Contemplation is an enigma, existing outside time. It turns through history, opening its doors across the universe to offer solace to those in need.
Occasionally, the Doctor drops in – when he’s avoiding his destiny, it’s an ideal place to get some perspective. Only this time he’s already there from several lives earlier, so when dimension barriers break down, his past and present collide.
And when the Daleks invade and commandeer the Cathedral, two Doctors must unite to stop them – or face extermination twice over!
Review: This review contains slight spoilers.
Back in the bygone days of 2019, it took David Tennant five minutes to agree to a Big Finish audio teaming the Tenth and Fourth Doctors. After all, Tom Baker was his Doctor. Tennant was heavily in demand, though, and a recording date never materialized — until Lockdown. Doctor Who: Out of Time 1 is one of the silver linings in this dark Covid cloud.
The official synopsis is all readers need, because they can extrapolate the plot based on the Daleks’ presence. Writer Matt Fitton includes all the expected beats in a story that’s functionally a two-hander with supporting characters serving the universe building along the way.
Ten and Four are the point. Their dynamic is spot on, throughout, and I really appreciate how Fitton encapsulates and contrasts the two eras of the show. It isn’t simply about the fan service, though, however spectacular that is. It’s also about the fact that Fitton quietly indicts Russel T. Davies’ for one of his choices.
I always regarded Ten’s existential angst over regeneration as objectively stupid. It’s fine for One and Twelve to get hung up because of the inherent uncertainty in being seemingly the first and the last. However, Ten has no such excuse. Regeneration is a process — not a soap opera. Four does his best to give his high strung successor some much-needed perspective, and I inwardly cheered.
The supporting cast is excellent, making the most of their parts. That said, the hour belongs to David Tennant and the ever wonderful Tom Baker. Listeners can hear the love and care in every syllable they utter.
Thank you, Big Finish! if Doctor Who: Out of Time 1 is anything to go by, I can’t wait for the second and third installments.
You can purchase Doctor Who: Out of Time 1 here.
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