In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: Philip Hinchcliffe Presents Volume 04: The God of Phantoms

Philip Hinchcliffe, acclaimed producer of Doctor Who returns to tell new stories for the Fourth Doctor and Leela.
Philip Hinchcliffe

Synopsis: Philip Hinchcliffe, acclaimed producer of Doctor Who returns to tell new stories for the Fourth Doctor and Leela.

The TARDIS brings the Doctor and Leela to a colony world in the distant future. Unfortunately, they are not the only visitors to this place. The people of this planet are seeing the ghosts of their lost friends and relatives. Moreover, the ghosts are stealing people.

Trapped in the middle of an escalating conflict, the Doctor and Leela investigate the source of the spirits. Consequently, they find three-fold trouble. The world is threatened by a diabolical machine, a terrible secret, and a foe long since forgotten.

Review: Philip Hinchcliffe continues to craft quintessential stories as only he can. For his part, adapter Marc Platt proves that he and Hinchcliffe are well-matched. As a result, Philip Hinchcliffe Presents Volume 04: The God of Phantoms is an excellent blend of classic Doctor Who tropes and modern Doctor Who sensibilities.

Story

Hinchcliffe and Platt riff on the Old West and ghost towns for this outing. Indeed, all the archetypes are present.

Needless to say, the ghosts aren’t what they appear to be. Truthfully, no one familiar with the franchise will be shocked by the outcome. Suspense isn’t the point.

Hinchcliffe and Platt have two goals. First, they want to celebrate atmospheric storytelling. Second, they want to celebrate long-standing character dynamics. They do both admirably.

Acting

Tom Baker and Louise Jameson are in top form as ever. Additionally, the supporting cast joyously commits to the tone of the piece.

That said, I’d like to single out Tim Faulkner for chewing the scenery. The poetry recital that he and Baker engage in is worth the price alone.

 

Overall

Thank you Big Finish for bringing Philip Hinchcliffe into the fold. I can’t wait for Volume 05.

 

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9.5
Doctor Who: Philip Hinchcliffe Presents Volume 04: The God of Phantoms
  • 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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