In Review: Big Finish: Gallifrey: Intervention Earth

Romana is approaching her final term of office, and hopes to leave her world in a state of peace and harmony.

Synopsis: Times change…

Romana is approaching her final term of office, and hopes to leave her world in a state of peace and harmony. Narvin is concerned about the implementation of a controversial Precog programme, one that seeks to predict the Time Lords’ future. Ace is an operative for the Celestial Intervention Agency, having learned the art of interference from one of the best…

And somewhere, across the stars, an ancient force is stirring: one of the Time Lords’ greatest heroes is returning to our universe. But he may also prove to be their greatest threat.

When the history of Earth is threatened, and an ancient conspiracy reaches the heart of Time Lord government, can even Romana’s closest allies truly be trusted?

Time will tell… but by then, it may already be too late.

Review: This story is for those fans like myself that have always enjoyed the political intrigue that Gallifrey offered up in classic Doctor Who stories such as the fourth Doctor Adventure ‘The Deadly Assassin,’ but Gallifrey: Intervention Earth takes all of that and takes it much further.

The observant fans among you will have recognized the familiar guise of Omega on the cover of the CD sleave, which is pictured in part above as well as below, and to answer the obvious question. Omega is a part of the proceedings, but to say to much would just ruin the surprises.

Its an intriguing and fun story that makes use of years of ‘Doctor Who’ mythology, but also brings back some much loved and familiar characters such as Ace and Romana in very important roles. It’s also fun to see Ace flying her own Tardis in her role as an operative for the Celestial Intervention Agency. Which is obviously CIA for short, and it was fun to hear the various characters in the story having digs at the CIA tenancy to charge right in without much thought for the collateral damage.

Romana’s chief adviser Narvin is a fun character that seems to start off as the by the book rigid Timelord that we all remember from the classic series, but he manages to surprise us toward the close of the second episode.

Juliet Landau does a fabulous job of voicing Romana, who has to deal with much of the political intrigue in the story while Ace who is voiced by the fantastic Sophie Aldred had lots of action to deal with and even has a traveling companion to deal with at the start of the episode who seems to have an agenda all of his own.

This is a fantastic original story and something that I would like to see continued as an ongoing series with Big Finish.

We’re treated to some brilliant acting performances here and the music and sound production is top draw.

If there is a slight criticism of this story. It would be that it relies a little to heavily on listeners already having a solid knowledge of the classic ‘Doctor Who’ mythology, but given the audience for these stories that critique is somewhat of a mute point.

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Big Finish: Gallifrey: Intervention Earth
  • Great Sound Production and Story
  • Perhaps a little over reliant on classic 'Doctor Who' mythology
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Sound Production

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