In Review: Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 12: Angels and Demons

Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 12: Angels and Demons made me laugh and made me cry.
Angels

Synopsis: In Doctor Who Angels and Demons, The Doctor, Leela, and Margaret are deep in trouble. Their dramatic adventures take them to the recent past. In addition, the Tardis crew find themselves fighting a very local war. 

Then, they materialize in a world of stories and battle against statues that move. In the end, though, the greatest difficulty will be going home.

Review: Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 12: Angels and Demons made me laugh and made me cry. I loved it!

 

Story

At the structural level, the writers employed all the tried and true Doctor Who tropes. However, they plumbed fresh psychological depths in the process.

Throughout, every member of the Tardis crew had time in the spotlight. Indeed, they each proved how they were the most themselves.

“The Wizard of Time” by Roy Gill was a love letter to British children’s literature and the people who’ve written it. I especially loved the revelation about the narrator at the end. Regrettably, I can’t wax lyrically about much else without completely spoiling this wonderful tale.

“The Friendly Invasion” by Chris Chapman took place in a pub on the night before D-Day. It was a character piece that Ray Bradbury would’ve been proud of.

I loved the insight it gave listeners into Margaret’s past. What’s more, I adored the seeds it planted regarding her future.

“Stone Cold by Roland Moore was the latest story to place a classic Doctor on a collision course with the Weeping Angels. Moore started slowly. By the end, however, the Weeping Angel tropes coalesced into an incredible tale.

If I didn’t know better, I’d say Big Finish assigned someone the sole task of ensuring the modern monsters never got stale when paired with the classic Doctors. This latest foray was complex, thoughtful, and affecting.

“The Ghost of Margaret” by Tim Foley was the story that made me cry. I love Margaret and the other characters in relation to Margaret. Foley showcased her perfectly.

Listeners also got another yarn tinged with Time Vortex mythology. In addition, we got a nuanced exploration of the Tardis herself. For that reason alone, this box set is a must-have.

 

Acting

As ever, the regulars were superb. Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, and Nerys Hughes demonstrated the benefits of having mature actors helming these narratives. Experience matters with this range of themes.

 

Overall

You’ve done it again, Big Finish. I can’t wait until we meet next time.

 

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9.7
Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 12: Angels and Demons
  • 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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