Thursday, February 23, 2012

Big Finish - Destination Nerva

Big Finish The Fourth Doctor adventures number 1 - Destination Nerva, with Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor and Louise Jameson as Leela. Written and directed by Nick Briggs.

They're back! The Doctor and Leela depart from Jago and Lightfoot at the end of the Talons of Weng-Chiang and find themselves on the new space dock Nerva long before it becomes the Ark in Space. But, as ever, there  is something evil lurking in the shadows and it is a new, and quite monstrous threat for the Doctor.

At Big Finish day all the talk of the new Fourth Doctor adventures was about how Baker and Jameson just seemed to pick up where they left off about thirty years ago, and it's certainly the case in this story. Tom Baker sounds almost exactly the same as he did in the 1970s and Louise Jameson does some clever tricks with her voice to recreate her intelligent savage Leela. As ever the sound design and production are great with some particularly weird sound effects for the creatures. And the story is an interesting metaphor about British Imperialism.

The only down side is that these new adventures are only two parters. I'm going to give Destination Nerva  4 out of 5 ridiculously long, woollen scarves. Next up I'm back to the regular monthly releases and Sawbones Hex encounters the Curse of Davros!

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