Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

The Wormery, and four of Eight

Another catch-up post for Big Finish adventures 51-55, of which the first features the Sixth Doctor and Iris Wildthyme, and the others are Eighth Doctor and Charlie in the alternate universe which they were banished to at the end of Zagreus, with new companion C'rizz (pronounced "Kerres") joining for the last three.

The Wormery had previously been recommended to me by uitlander (twice) and by by peteyoung (twice). It is indeed great; I'm not a big fan of Katy Manning or of her Irish Wildthyme character, but with Colin Baker's Doctor they work well, and I love the framing device of Jane McFarlane's dulcet Scottish lilt as Mickey - why isn't she doing more acting? - and the sting at the end as we find out who her listener is. The device of the bar between the worlds - isn't that Callahan's from Spider Robinson? (not that I've read any.) However this version seems a bit darker.

I thought Scherzo was a bit rubbish, but lifted by the excellent and compelling performances of Paul McGann and India Fisher, talking total nonsense but making it entirely believable.

The Creed of the Kromon takes us back into proper DW territory, slaves revolt against their oppressive rulers, and Doctor gains another companion. Decent, if standard, stuff. C'rizz is OK and balances out the core cast a little.

I thought that The Natural History of Fear was going to be rubbish as well, as it seemed that we must find out eventually that there is some secret plan that the Doctor and companions are working on. But it didn't come, and didn't come, and so the eventual revelation of What Was Really Going On totally subverted my expectations.

The Twilight Kingdom brings back Michael Keating - Hooray! And rather a good tale of involved conspiracies, combat and revolutionary ideology.
Tags: doctor who, doctor who: 06, doctor who: 08, doctor who: audio, writer: jim mortimore
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