When eras col­lide

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Pub­lisher Big Fin­ish

Big Fin­ish has been pro­duc­ing Doc­tor Who au­dio drama for 17 years now, mak­ing it tricky for new­com­ers to know where to start. How­ever, there are some use­ful jump­ing-on-points; the lat­est ar­rives via this box set, which pitches four clas­sic Doc­tors against a se­lec­tion of new se­ries ad­ver­saries.

Over a quar­tet of self­con­tained one-hour episodes, the Fifth, Sixth, Sev­enth and Eighth Doc­tors bat­tle the Weep­ing An­gels, the Ju­doon, the Sy­co­rax and the Son­tarans. With each Doc­tor fly­ing solo, con­ti­nu­ity is kept to a min­i­mum, and every story aims to cap­ture its re­spec­tive Doc­tor’s char­ac­ter while also chan­nel­ing the spirit of the show’s mod­ern in­car­na­tion.

There are oc­ca­sional mis­steps – the Sixth Doc­tor’s ram­bling es­capade with the Ju­doon be­ing the main weak link – but there’s also plenty of rous­ing thrills and ad­ven­ture. Sur­pris­ingly, the most solid episode turns out to be the reap­pear­ance of the war­like Sy­co­rax from 2005’s “The Christ­mas In­va­sion”. Over­all it’s a strong ex­per­i­ment that throws to­gether two eras of the show with sat­is­fy­ing re­sults.

The An­gels cast in­cludes Sacha Dhawan – Waris Hus­sein in bio­drama An Ad­ven­ture In Space And Time.

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