In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures: Revolution in Space

Revolution is in the air.
Revolution

Synopsis: Revolution is in the air. The Doctor and Sarah find themselves in an asteroid on the outer reaches of Earth’s solar system. It’s the future, and humans have colonized this inhospitable place.

They aim to mine vital minerals to supply their home planet. However, links with Earth are becoming ever more strained, and forces within the colony are seeking independence. Revolution is in the air.

Meanwhile, in the deepest chambers of the asteroid, a powerful force is emerging. Its influence is growing rapidly. 

How will it affect Sarah Jane Smith? Will she have her place in future history?

Review: Big Finish listeners get a double dose of the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith this month. Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures: Revolution in Space is an old-school treat.

 

Story

Writer Jonathan Morris truly appreciates the Pertwee era. However, he came of age during Tom Baker’s run.

As a result, he combines social commentary with a dash of the supernatural. This installment is what might’ve happened if Philip Hinchcliffe had written for the Third Doctor.

Morris’ gothic sensibilities mean he understands that some mysteries should be left mysterious. The alien influence isn’t explained. Additionally, the main villain’s past is alluded to throughout in the vaguest of terms.

As for the social commentary, all the classic Doctor Who tropes are present and entertainingly correct. Morris intrinsically grasps when not to reinvent the narrative wheel.

 

Acting

The entire cast is superb. That said, I have to single out three performers.

First, Tom Alexander is delightfully unhinged in Renfield mode throughout the story. Second, Juliet Aubrey does an absolutely committed turn as the piece’s main villain.

That said, the box set was a showcase for Sadie Miller. She brings energy and love to Sarah Jane from first to last. 

 

Overall

Thanks, Big Finish. Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures: Revolution in Space gives listeners everything they could want and then some.

 

You can purchase Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures: Revolution in Space here

 

You can read my review of Doctor Who: Sontarans vs Rutans: The Children of the Future here

9.5
Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures: Revolution in Space
  • 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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