Saturday, April 21, 2012

Big Finish - The Emerald Tiger

Big Finish release 159 - The Emerald Tiger, written and directed by Barnaby Edwards and starring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor. With Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson and Sarah Sutton as Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa.

The Doctor and his companions show up in Calcutta for a 1926 cricket match but Barnaby Edwards is not going to allow them to sit in the sun and relax. Things rapidly go wrong, the Tardis goes missing, Nyssa is bitten and infected by something nasty, and soon they are all off on a desperate train and balloon chase!

This is the first Fifth Doctor adventure I have listened to since Spare Parts and, before that, Winter for the Adept. Likewise I have very little experience with him on television. I have watched his first story, Castrovalva, and his last story, The Caves of Androzani, but that's it. So it was fun to have a new Doctor to listen to after my recent runs with the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth incarnations. The story ticks along quite nicely with lots of little nods to classic pulp adventure serials. The extra features make it clear that Edwards was aiming for an Indiana Jones style adventure for the Fourth Doctor and I think he does a pretty good job.

The supporting cast do fine work and it is all done with Big Finish's usual style. There were a couple of strange moments when the voices are a bit muffled but I think that is supposed to represent the way one of the characters is hearing them, so it is probably a feature and not a bug.

All in in all a very good release from Big Finish which is going to get 3.5 out of a possible 5 stalks of Celery. Next up is The Four Doctors!

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