In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures: Echoes

Synopsis: In Echoes as the Doctor, Liv, and Helen explore the universe, they come across lost souls, troubled minds, and long-kept secrets. The TARDIS crew are haunted by echoes...
Echoes

Synopsis: In Echoes as the Doctor, Liv, and Helen explore the universe, they come across lost souls, troubled minds, and long-kept secrets. The TARDIS crew are haunted by echoes of past, present, and future.

To begin with, the Tardis materializes on a lonely world with birdsong but no birds. 

Next, the crew travels to an English university whose undergraduates tell ghostly tales. 

Lastly, the Doctor, Liv, and Helen find themselves in a distant galaxy where a utopian society lives in the shadow of enormous creatures.

Review: Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures: Echoes was a wonderful set of eerie adventures. The three stand-alone tales made the perfect gift for Christmas in May.

 

Story

The writers gave listeners a rich blend of theme and world-building. Along the way, the Tardis crew’s latest historical adventure made me squeal with delight.

“Birdsong” by Tim Foley was a twisted mash-up of Alfred Hitchcock and The Brothers Grimm. Moreover, Foley unapologetically confronted the complexities of elder care.

“Lost Hearts” by Lauren Mooney and Stewart Pringle justified this set with a love letter to M.R. James and his entire spectral canon. However, part of fandom is acknowledging imperfections, which the authors did with awareness and respect.

In addition, listeners got more insight into Helen and a moving showcase of Liv’s friendship with her. This was all facilitated by a deliciously villainous villain.

“Slow Beasts” by Dan Rebellato was an unsparing, yet hopeful story. Rebellato embraced Doctor Who’s tradition of social commentary through allegory.

In the process, he gave listeners a fascinating new alien species. I wouldn’t mind a Short Trip or two detailing further adventures on Ran-Zoan.

 

Acting

The entire cast was superb! That said, I must single out three performances.

First, Jane Asher did a marvelous turn as Myra. She played the layers of her role with flair. Second, Steve Brody played Monty James with love in every syllable.

Last, but not least, though, Timothy Bentinck delivered a scarily pitch perfect performance as Professor Alistair Gray. He embodied the direct homage to James’ antagonists with committed gusto.

 

Overall

Thank you, Big Finish. Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures: Echoes made me extremely happy. I can’t wait to hear the Eighth Doctor’s next adventures.

 

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9.7
Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures: Echoes
  • 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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