In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who – The Early Adventures: The Morton Legacy

The Doctor and his companions find themselves at the centre of a Victorian mystery

Synopsis: When the TARDIS lands in London, Ben and Polly are initially delighted to be back home… until they realise that they’re a hundred years too early. But this is nothing next to how the Doctor and Jamie feel when the TARDIS itself vanishes!

Things get really interesting when their attempts to locate the TARDIS leads to a mystery involving an antiquarian a strange necklace and a series of murders.

Review: The Morten Legacy provides us with a chilling mystery with a plethora of wonderful characters and a puzzle worthy of even Sherlock Holmes.

When the TARDIS is taken. The trail leads the Doctor, Ben, Polly, and Jamie to the home of an Antique specialist who is unable to open his museum due to legal difficulties with a rival, but when his rival and several other people tied to the case are murdered he becomes the prime suspect. In order to have a chance of recovering his TARDIS the Doctor must go all out to prove antiquarian, Josiah Morton is innocent. The Doctor’s efforts lead to a mysterious necklace, which seems to somehow form a link with its wearer.

To further complicate matters the Doctor and his friends must also deal with a pair of criminals who will stop at nothing to steal the best swag from the house of Morten.

This is Big Finish doing what can only be described as Doctor Who the way it should be done. No politics, no agendas, just a pure all-out mystery with fun characters and thrilling moments.

The performances throughout this story are phenomenal. Ewan Bailey is excellent in the dual role of Blazzard and Copeland who along with Dexter are caught up in a conspiracy.

Anneke Wills pulls double duty as narrator and Polly while Frazer Hines continues to astound as both Jamie and The Doctor. Rounding out the team is Elliot Chapman as Ben Jackson.

Overall this is a fantastic story, which is very in keeping with your typical Doctor Who stories of the 1960’s. The mystery is most enjoyable but made more so by a wonderful collection of characters and fantastic character moments throughout. Justin Richards has given us a wonderful story here, which has some wonderful direction from Lisa Bowerman.

I highly recommend that you get yourself a copy of this set direct from the Big Finish website. If you’re a fan Doctor Who you’ll not be disappointed in this story. It’s an awesomely good romp.


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