Review: The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 1

DW ThirdI have interviewed Chris Gardner before in an earlier post (check it out here) – he is an awesome journalist from New Zealand who reviews episodes of Doctor Who and much more. I am so excited to be bringing to you his reviews of the great Big Finish Audio Series of Doctor Who adventures..

(Big Finish Productions) – Reviewed by Chris Gardner @chrisgardnernz

Big Finish Productions has shied away from doing full-on Third Doctor stories until it found Tim Treloar. When he wants to, the Welsh actor can make himself sound like the late Jon Pertwee (who died in 1996). Treloar’s performance is so pitch perfect that Richard Franklin, who played Captain Mike Yates opposite Pertwee as the Third Doctor on televised Doctor Who from 1971 until 1974, claimed the performance was uncanny.

Pertwee’s voice was, perhaps, the most distinctive and unique of all the actors to have played the Time Lord over the 51 years and certainly the hardest to emulate.

So the Third Doctor Adventures Volume 01, starring Treloar as the Third Doctor and narrator, is like a breath of fresh air for anyone hankering for classic Doctor Who.

Treloar’s performance is helped by the brilliant scripts Prisoners of the Lake by Justin Richards and the Havoc of Empires by Andy Land directed by Nicholas Briggs. Having Franklin along for the ride as Yates and Katy Manning back as Jo Grant is the real clincher here.

While completely new, and original, stories both writer have grasped the essence of the Third Doctor era which was mainly set on contemporary Earth after the Time Lords marooned the Doctor there for interfering in the affairs of other races.

In the firs story Yates is investigating the disappearance of artifacts from an archaeological site deep below Dunstanton Lake, uncovering secrets that could mean the end of all life of Earth.

In the second, the Doctor and Grant take Yates on his first trip in the TARDIS, but instead of the historical cricket match they were aiming for they end up on a futuristic space station in the middle of a diplomatic crisis that might escalate into galactic war.

Since this is the first volume, it looks like we can expect more from Treloar and his Big Finish friends.

The Third Doctor Adventures is available on CD or Download from www.bigfinish.com

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