Saturday, January 14, 2012

Big Finish - Neverland

This is Big Finish release number 33: Neverland starring Paul McGann as the eight doctor and India Fisher as Charley Pollard, written by Alan Barnes and directed by Gary Russell.

I've jumped back to a much earlier release in the Big Finish line because this story sets the scene for the huge adventure of Zagreus that marked the 50th release for Big Finish. I picked up Zagreus and some other stories in a cheap eBay package but more of that another time.

I'm really enjoying Paul McGann's Doctor in these audio dramas. He is an excellent actor who seems to understand perfectly what is required in a radio play. He is on fine form again here in an adventure that takes him back to Gallifrey and to dark events from the history of the Time Lords. Lalla Ward reprises her role as Romana and Don Warrington turns up in an important role.

There's a mystery that can only the Doctor and the Tardis can solve and it may relate to a mysterious figure from a nursery rhyme known only as Zagreus. Can this character from fiction and fable actually exist? And how is the Doctor's companion Charley Pollard mixed up in all of this? She goes from being a peripheral observer to becoming the central figure in a maelstrom that may affect time and space forever. I was reminded of Rose Walker in Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics who finds herself as the unwitting nexus of a huge disaster.

All in all this was another great Doctor Who audio adventure with all the actors giving good performances. I'm going to give this 4 out 5 R101 airships. Next up is the madness of Zagreus with, by my reckoning, five Doctors and at least twelve of his companions.

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