Destiny of the Doctor: Shadow of Death (2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe)

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Writer: Simon Gurrier

Director: John Ainsworth

Companions: Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines, narrator), Zoe Heriot

Summary: The TARDIS makes an emergency landing on a world orbiting a pulsar that can warp time.  The Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe discover scientists studying an ancient city. It appears to be abandoned, but in reality, beings called the Quiet Ones have detected their presence. But help comes from an unexpected source.

Review: Now this is more like it! This is the kind of story I was expecting from the Destiny of the Doctor–a story that actually seems to fit the era it represents. Frazer Hines is the star, switching between the Doctor and Jamie so well, you feel as though Patrick Troughton has come back from the dead. (he actually plays both Jamie and Zoe in the Lost Stories featuring the Second Doctor, and in The Light at the End.) The story has mysterious moments as the Doctor tries to figure out how to contend with time slowing down. The best thing is how quiet the story is–very little music and sound effects. One of the best stories in the range so far.

Overall Review: 10/10

Continuity: This story is implied to be before “The Krotons”. Jamie compares the Quiet Ones to the Cybermen.  The Doctor recalls Jamie being frightened by airplanes in “The Faceless Ones”.

Trivia: This is the first Big Finish story to feature the Eleventh Doctor. It’s also the shortest one in this range.

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