Writer: Terrance Dicks
Director: Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery
Companions: Jason (David Banks), Crystal (Clair Huckle)
Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (including extras)
Summary: The Doctor and his companions, Jason (a nobleman from the French Revolution) and Crystal (a nightclub singer) battle the Cybermen, Daleks, and a mercenary named Delilah. Did I mention this is a musical?
Review: In 1989, Doctor Who was in its “wilderness years”, when the show was no longer on TV, but the fans still wanted to celebrate the show any way they could. Terrance Dicks (who was script editor during both the Troughton and Pertwee eras) was commissioned to write a musical called Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure. They even got Jon Pertwee to reprise his role, with Colin Baker coming in when Pertwee fell sick during his run. In 2008, Big Finish adapted the script, with Colin Baker once again playing the Doctor. It should be noted that Dicks was actually not pleased with the final result. Briggs shared his sentiment, as he thought it was too campy and silly for Doctor Who. (oh come on)
So what’s my take on this? I loved it! It’s a lot of fun to listen to. I actually imagined myself in the crowd watching everyone perform. The songs did seem out of place at first, but I feel that’s more because this was audio instead of stage, so the story kind of came to a halt for the musical numbers. But other than that, I didn’t mind it. I’m not sure whether I’d count this as canon, as it’s an unorthodox thing for Big Finish to do, but this is Big Finish “doing it for the art”, so that those who were actually able to see the play would get a good nostalgia trip. For those who never did see it, it still works if you use your imagination.