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DW Audio, "The Sirens of Time"

Big Finish DR. WHO Audio, " "The Sirens of Time" [1]

I listened to another Big Finish audio play on my way home from Lunacon, this time the first one, a crossover involving the fifth, sixth, and seventh Doctors. Each gets an episode to himself, sans companions and sans TARDIS, then they all work together to solve the problem, an invasion of Gallifrey.

I'm not sure if it was because I was on a train with no distractions, isolated within my earphones, or because I had to pay close attention to keep track of the story, but I got very involved in listening to this one. The previous ones, I was at home and doing other things, and though I listened closely, it wasn't the same. Also, I was much more familiar with the voices and personalities of Doctors 5, 6, and 7, while I'm just getting to know 8.

That said, I thought the story was more disjointed than the others to which I've listened. Each Doctor's initial segment took place in a different time and place. Connecting/framing elements were thwarted messages from Gallifrey, women with three different accents and three variants on the same name, and hints about the invaders of Gallifrey. I was more interested in the individual "episodes" than the frame story, though. It was really interesting seeing how each Doctor's personality caused him to act and react, especially in the absence of companions. In that aspect, I felt the radio play did as well or better than the television crossovers. The proximity--one Doctor right after another--made the contrasts all the sharper.

Not sure which play I'll listen to next. Possibly one of the 5th or 6th Doctor ones.

List of DW audio titles and their chronology in relation to the television series.
Tags: audio, dr.who

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