The Light At the End (Big Finish 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who)

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Writer and Director: Nicholas Briggs

Producer: David Richardson

No of Episodes: 2, on 2 discs (Running Time: Approximately 2 hrs.)

Summary: The first eight Doctors are all interrupted in the middle of their latest adventures by a warning light in the TARDIS. What’s so unusual about that? How about the fact that this particular warning light doesn’t seem to have existed before? The light leads each doctor to 59A Barnsfield Crescent, Totton, Hampshire, England, Earth on 11/23/1963 (the day the very first episode of Doctor Who, “An Unearthly Child” aired). But the whole thing is really a plot set in motion by The Master.

Review: While I did enjoy “Day of the Doctor”, the TV celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, I felt there just wasn’t enough looking to the past. I realize that not every Doctor or companion could be present for the show, but I felt there should’ve been more than just quick cameos for the Classic Doctors. This story, however, pulls out all the stops. We get EVERY single Doctor Big Finish has rights to, as well as nearly every companion from the classic days too. (the only ones who don’t show up whose actors are still alive are Romana, K-9, and Mel.) The story is a lot of fun, filled with much nostalgia from the classic days. It’s definitely worth a listen if you’re familiar with Classic Who.

Overall Review: 9/10

Continuity: The Master that is in this story is portrayed by Geoffrey Beevers. This is the infamous “Crispy Master”, who appears in “The Deadly Assassin” and “The Keeper of Traken”.  Charley Pollard is the only companion exclusive to Big Finish who appears in this story. Her first appearance was in “Storm Warning”.  In fact, if you haven’t listened to any of Big Finish’s previous stories, you’re in luck–Charley and Straxus (from the 8th Doctor’s range) are the only big references to Big Finish. (There’s a minor reference to the Sixth Doctor play “The Wishing Beast”) It’s almost as if Nicholas Briggs wanted this story to be as accessible to newcomers as possible, which is welcome for people like me.

Trivia: Kevin Dovie, the youngest child of Bob Dovie, whose family resides at the address in the story, is portrayed by Benedict Briggs, the son of Nicholas Briggs. In addition to this story, Big Finish also released a trilogy called 1963, which crosses the 5th, 6th, and 7th Doctors’ timelines. They also released a trilogy of Companion Chronicles, and an 11-part story called Destiny of the Doctor. There is also a special edition of Light At the End which comes with an exclusive Companion Chronicle and a booklet. I only reviewed the Standard Edition. (There’s a vinyl edition, but that’s sold out.

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