Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Big Finish - The Acheron Pulse

Hot off the presses with Big Finish monthly release 166 - The Acheron Pulse by Rick Briggs, directed by Ken Bentley.

So I haven't really been paying attention. I raved about release 165 The Burning Prince partly because it worked so well as a stand alone story. In fact it would make a very good jumping on point if you want to get into some Big Finish. However, it turns out that was just the first part of a mini series involving three of the Doctors and the Drashani Empire, and here is SawbonesHex picking up events 30 years since his last encounter with them. The warring factions within the Empire have been brought together but are now threatened by the mysterious warlord, Tenebris, and his powerful alien army, the Wrath. The Doctor is destined for a battle of wills with the villainous Tenebris which may decide the fate of millions.

This was always going to be a tough sell after the heights of The Burning Prince. In fact most of my recent Big Finish listening has seemed a little disappointing in comparison. However, Colin Baker is always entertaining to listen to, and James Wilby makes a suitably menacing villain with a mechanically enhanced voice as Tenebris. There is a surprise reveal that happens fairly early on and is not too surprising. Perhaps more unusual was what Rick Briggs did with The Wrath at the end of the story, which nicely sets up what is to come with the third part of the trilogy.

The sound effects are the up to the usual high Big Finish standard and the incidental music has that nice Hitch-Hiker's Guide feel again. It's all pretty good and I didn't dislike it, I just wasn't as excited as I was during the previous adventure. 3.5 out of 5 new blue coats. Next up will be a Jago and Lightfoot adventure.

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