As a change of pace from audio books I listened to some of the Big Finish audio dramas this week. Specifically the first season of their Eight Doctor adventures starring Paul McGann (as the Doctor of course) and Sheridan Smith as his new companion Lucie Miller.
And these are full audio dramas, not narrated stories. There’s a cast, background music and special effects. Basically you’re getting the stories that McGann’s Doctor ought to have got on tv.
Thematically they do feel like they have a little more in common with classic Who than they do with nuWho, but I like both styles so that’s fine and they’re certainly much faster paced than many of the classic Who adventures were.
The season consists of 8 episodes split into a 2 part opener, 4 fifty minute episodes and then a 2 part closing story. And I did find myself enjoying the 100 minute stories noticeably more. There’s just more time to build up plot and character than there is in 50 minutes.
There is story arc of sorts, but it’s pretty minimal and I think you could really buy any of these stories and be happy that you’re getting a complete story to listen to.
One advantage of the audio nature of these is that they are not limited by set design. Which means we get more locations and more space and aliens than you usually see in Doctor Who when it’s on tv.
The voice acting is great too with a lot of very familiar names and voices (to a British audience at least) making appearances.
If you felt Paul McGann never really got a chance to shine as the Doctor, these are worth a listen. It pretty much confirms you are right.