Big Finish Folly – 52 Pick-Up

That was a rather long haul, from Land of the Dead to The Chaos Pool. Time to sum up the Peter Davison audio range then, in full knowledge that more are impending (a further three featuring Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough, at the time of writing, as well as various appearances to tie in with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who) and will be injected into the chronology as and when they turn up.

Taken as a whole, you can see the progression in quality over Big Finish’s tenure of the Who licence so far. The earlier plays were quite stagey in places, creaky in others, and for my money Peter Davison didn’t come into his own until Spare Parts. As the Doctor, he’s quite a passive character in some ways; the success of some of the plays depends on who his companions are. From that point of view, Nyssa is the most successful of the companions, but the current run featuring the full expanded team of Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa is pretty much unbeatable and it will be interesting to see how Nyssa’s final departure from that line-up is handled (if and when it comes… they haven’t solved the plague problem yet, after all…)

The adventures with Peri are in general less successful. It’s difficult to understand why that might be so, though it may have something to do with the unfamiliarity of the partnership. Even the addition of Erimem can’t boost it too much, though at this point I should mention that the strictly historical adventures of this team are excellent and well worth cherry-picking (The Kingmaker, The Church and the Crown, The Council of Nicaea, Son of the Dragon).

At least the Fifth Doctor’s run is reaonably free of timey-wimey hiccups and placement debates. As we’ll see when we head deeper into Sixey’s timeline, things aren’t as straightforward as they bloody well ought to be…

Onwards, then, to meet up with an old enemy…

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