Forging On… (Part One)

Big Finish Folly, Part 89a – Project: Lazarus, by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright

Unfinished business. A frightened girl is stalked in a land of eternal night. A hunter longs for recognition and power. A traveller in time returns to correct the mistakes of the past and faces a danger that could rob him of his future. Unless his future intervenes. And in the shadows stands Nimrod. Waiting…

Welcome to the Forge.

Hmm. The Nimrod/Forge storyline returns, very quickly after the previous instalment in the last “season” of Big Finish Folly. Back then, I noted that I wasn’t very keen on vampires. Too much melo, not enough drama. I’m still not keen on vampires, and this play hasn’t changed my opinion much.

The Doctor, attempting to go back and find Cassie with a working vaccine for the “virus” she was infected with, instead turns up far too late – Cassie is now Agent Artemis, working for Nimrod and the Forge. Understandably she is upset at being left behind by the Doctor (as demonstrated by breaking the neck of a Norwegian professor, as you do) – and she gets even more upset when Evelyn manages to break through the Forge’s brainwashing programme to remind her of her son, back in Bolton. Nimrod, meanwhile, wants to force the Doctor to regenerate, so he can tap that source of energy…

As before, there’s a lot of anger. A lot of shouting. A drawn-out death shriek. And a surprise revelation about Evelyn’s health. But… vampires. Just not fun.

Project: Lazarus’s biggest problem is that it is actually two plays – the first two episodes revolving around Sixie and Evelyn, the latter two jumping waaay forward in time to bring in Sylvester McCoy instead. The fact that the latter two episodes are by far the better story just lends fat to my argument that vampires are meh. Unfortunately, given such a disconnect between Doctors as well as my own quixotic quest to journey through the Main Range chronologically, I’ve got to split this review in two and hurl the back end of it deeeep into the future. Like, just before Paul McGann happens.

On the strength of the evidence so far, the Forge storyline isn’t looking especially promising. I can only hope that’ll change.
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