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The Anachronauts

Somehow I have got very far behind with recent Big Finish releases, so I am listening to them all again, in continuity order. The Anachronauts, by Simon Guerrier, brings together the fantastic First-Doctor team of Peter Purves and Jean Marsh as Steven Taylor and Sara Kingdom, in a story set immediately after the Christmas episode of the Daleks' Master Plan; something mysterious is up with the Tardis, and the crew encounter the peculiar and violent survivors of another timeship. The best bit is the third of the four episodes, where Steven and Sara find themselves in a very well-realised 1966 Berlin, though nothing (and nobody) is quite what it seems. Purves does a very decent Hartnell, though the unfortunate consequence is that we hear less from Marsh as she is given less to do (though gets a cracking end to the Berlin subplot). The extra track is particularly squeeful, with Guerrier complaining that he lost much of the script in a computer crash and Marsh enquiring politely if he has ever thought of using an A4 pad. The recording must have been made just before her recent bout of ill health; I do hope she recovers and is able to do more.


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Apr. 28th, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds lovely!

Although that brings up a question: I've recently started a re-watch of Who from the very beginning, only this time I'm also reading the novels & short stories & the like, and incorporating the audios. I've been using The Doctor Who Reference Guide as my, well, guide ... but I notice that The Anachronauts isn't listed on there. (I'm guessing it's because the drama is fairly new; I suppose the DWRG isn't updated very often?)

In any case, thanks for the note to its existence! I've only just finished Season One, but I'll purchase it now for when I get up to that point.
May. 5th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think the DWRG gets updated as and when. Your plan is further upset, I fear, by BF's release of The Wanderer which is set immediately after The Reign of Terror (and Farewell, Great Macedon, The Fragile Yellow Arc of Fragrance and Here there be Monsters) and just before Planet of Giants. (And I hope you started with Quinnis!)
May. 6th, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
I did indeed start with Quinnis! It restored my faith in Marc Platt's writing. (I loved "Ghost Light"; really didn't care for Time's Crucible.)

And yeah, I figure new entries are bound to slip into my wake as I progress forward; that's bound to happen, right? I'll just have to be okay with listening to those as they're released. :)
Apr. 28th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
I had almost forgotten PP was in DW, and I'm not sure I knew his character's full name - but it shows up a Moffat Who-ism. The hero of Coupling is Steven Taylor (and we know he's a Who fan too). Not sure if he managed to sneak in any others anywhere.

I may have to go and look.

Edited at 2012-04-28 01:43 pm (UTC)
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