>30 Days of Doctor Who: Least Favorite Audio

>When I first heard that Big Finish planned to re-create the “lost” season 23, I was intrigued. As a fan of the show during the 18-month hiatus between seasons 22 and 23, I’d always been curious about what was planned for the Doctor and Peri during that time.

So maybe my expectations were a big too inflated. Or maybe there’s a reason that the two stories we’d all heard so much about being part of the “lost” season for so many years were abandoned with the series came back. Or maybe it’s the fact that the two stories I heard were in serious need of some editing.

Whatever the reason, I have to say that “Mission to Magnus” just didn’t quite do it for me. It’s a story involving the sixth Doctor and the Ice Warriors. That may be part of the problem. The Ice Warrior voices are a high whispery sound. Put that onto an audio release and it becomes rather problematic. (It’s similar to the issue you face translating the Daleks to audio….not exactly the most robust or interesting monsters to listen to long bits of dialogue from). The story feels padded, overlong and is, in general, a mess.

And then you’ve got the return of Sil. He was good in “Vengeance on Varos” and tolerable in “Mindwarp.” But the third time isn’t the charm and this and “Mindwarp” show that less is more with some characters.


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