In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Pursuit of History

Really good actors have to utter inhuman amounts of exposition dialogue around several McGuffins.

Synopsis: History is big business for those who can tie it in a loop.

On a brisk winter’s morning in 1850s Yorkshire, Cuthbert, head of the intergalactic business known as ‘The Conglomerate’ prepares to hijack a very special train.

In the far future, his assistant, Mr Dorrick is awoken by howling alarms. There is a problem with the Quantum Gateway.

In the TARDIS, the Doctor, Romana and K9 detect strange distortions in the Vortex, an energy stream coming from a strange creature called a Laan.

The threads of a plan centuries in the making are coming together. But who is behind this plan? And can anyone possibly escape when history is against them?

Note: The adventure continues in Doctor WhoCasualties of Time

Review: Writer/Director Nicholas Briggs had a problem. He had to reintroduce plot threads from an earlier season in a two part finale. As a result, really good actors have to utter inhuman amounts of exposition dialogue around several McGuffins. All the while, the forces truly at the center of things waited in the wings. Those forces waited in the wings while our heroes and villains literally traveled around a time loop. I can’t tell if that’s meta commentary on the necessities of plot and pacing. However, I can say that Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, John Leeson, and David Warner gave it their all. The character beats saved the exercise, and I’m looking forward to all the strands of this history coming together next month.

  • You can purchase “The Pursuit of History” here

Written By: Nicholas Briggs

Directed By: Nicholas Briggs


Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), John Leeson (K9),  David Warner (Cuthbert), Toby Hadoke (Mr Dorrick), David Troughton (Mr Edge), John Dorney (David Goddard/Oceanic Airforce Commander), Lisa Bowerman (Conglom-Net Computer/Oceanic Airforce Pilot) Jez Fielder (Neville Sanders/Drudger/Ecidien Cerebus Bird/Albert Chatterton/The White Guardian/Salonu Prime), Jane Slavin (The Laan/Salonu). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Pursuit of History
  • Performances
  • Exposition doesn't make me happy.
  • Story
  • Performances
  • Audio Production

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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