In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: Ravenous 3

I feel writers Matt Fitton and John Dorney crafted this part of the arc just for me.

Synopsis: On a distant research station, the Time Lords are playing with fire. But it isn’t only mythological creatures from Time Lord legend that are coming back to life. Fighting for their lives against terrifying creatures from the folklore of many worlds, as well as escaping the clutches of more familiar foes, the Doctor, Liv and Helen find themselves making the most unlikely ally.

Review: Doctor Who: Ravenous 3 is a dream come true for a literature geek and classic Doctor Who fan. Listening to this box set, I feel writers Matt Fitton and John Dorney crafted this part of the arc just for me.

In “Deeptime Frontier,” Matt Fitton resolves the cliffhanger from Doctor Who: Ravenous 2 with an out of the frying pan into the fire approach. I adore how he gives listeners killer clowns without being cliche. All the while, he explores fear and how people feed into it with the slightest nudge. Listeners are also introduced to a Time Lord that I hope we hear from again.

With “Companion Piece,” John Dorney demonstrates why The Doctor loves his friends so very much. We’re given a Doctor-less multi-Companion story in which each one has chances to shine. Alex Kingston, India Fisher, and Rakhee Thakrar have wonderful character affirming guest spots. There are also lovely unexpected cameos, including one that brought me to tears.

“L.E.G.E.N.D” by Matt Fitton epitomizes this marvelous franchise. It’s a love letter to The Brothers Grimm, featuring The Brothers Grimm. Fitton uses a mad A.I. to explore the nature of fairytales and academia in a brilliant way. It’s deconstruction done right.

Finally, “The Odds Against” by John Dorney sets the stage perfectly for the arrival of various Masters in the final installment. Mark Bonnar and John Heffernan cap tour de force performances as The Eleven and The Nine. It will take multiple incarnations of The Doctor’s greatest frenemy to navigate the deadly trap being set for the entire universe.


Paul McGann (The Doctor), Nicola Walker (Liv Chenka), Hattie Morahan (Helen Sinclair), Mark Bonnar (The Eleven), John Heffernan (The Nine), Alex Kingston (River Song), India Fisher (Charlotte Pollard), Rakhee Thakrar (Bliss), George Asprey (Ravenous 1 / Glitch), Ajjaz Awad (Handmaiden), Susie Emmett (Brallix / Ravenous 2), Arthur Hughes (Wilhelm Grimm / Legend-M), Damian Lynch (Rasmus), Tanya Moodie (Marathanga), Amaka Okafor (Agnes / Legend-F), Leighton Pugh (Jacob Grimm), Tania Rodrigues (Visteron), Dan Starkey (Original Brallix)


Cover Artist Tom Webster

Director Ken Bentley

Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs

Music Jamie Robertson

Producer David Richardson

Script Editor Ken Bentley

Sound Designer Benji Clifford

Writers Matt Fitton, John Dorney

Big Finish: Doctor Who: Ravenous 3
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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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