In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Second Doctor Adventures: James Robert McCrimmon

...Jamie must first confront the greatest trauma of all - his own memories.
McCrimmon

Synopsis: James Robert McCrimmon faced countless horrors while traveling with the Doctor. When the Time Lords returned the Highlander to his rightful place in history, almost all those memories were lost to him. 

Now, the Doctor is back and needs his old friend by his side for more adventures. This time they’re missions set by the sinister Raven.

The two friends journey from the streets of 18th-century Edinburgh to the deserted corridors of a medical facility in the far future. From there, they travel to a human colony where darkness reigns. However, Jamie must first confront the greatest trauma of all – his own memories.

Review: Doctor Who: The Second Doctor Adventures: James Robert McCrimmon addressed the callous way the Time Lords treated Jamie. In the process, Jamie is faced with a different callous Time Lord.

 

Story

Smartly, the writers found just the right balance between plot and character beats in this set. The result was classic Doctor Who chemistry with some Machiavellian twists courtesy of modern Doctor Who.

“Jamie” by Mark Wright was a wonderfully atmospheric reintroduction to Jamie and his world. I appreciated how Wright pulled elements from various media to add to Jamie’s confusion and listeners’ own. Indeed, the stakes were so effectively realized that I wanted to hug Jamie as he struggled.

“The Green Man” by Paul F Verhoeven combined very evocative world-building with the return of a classic monster. One of the story twists lies in which monster. 

The rest of the story’s twists are facilitated by the ever-duplicitous Raven. Verhoeven mixed Time Lords and Terror together in an absolutely brilliant Rear Window homage.

“The Shroud by Bob Ayres mixes classic and modern Doctor Who tropes. As a disabled person, I really appreciated the central role blindness played in the tale. I also liked Ayres universe building and how it contributed the characters’ moves and countermoves.

 

Acting

Michael Troughton and Frazer Hines owned every scene they were in together and separately. For her part, Emma Noakes played off them perfectly, giving listeners yet another gloriously twisted time spy.

As ever, the supporting cast was equally superb. That said, I must single out Nigel Havers. Overseer Fuller was a pitch-perfect treat.

 

Overall

Thanks, Big Finish. Doctor Who: The Second Doctor Adventures: James Robert McCrimmon gave fans everything they’ve been wanting. I can’t wait to listen to the Second Doctor’s further adventures with Jamie.

 

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9.5
Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Second Doctor Adventures: James Robert McCrimmon
  • 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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