Big Finish Review: Doctor Who - The Legacy of Time

Big Finish Review: Doctor Who - The Legacy of Time

July 2019 marks a huge milestone for Big Finish; twenty years since it released its first Doctor Who adventure The Sirens of Time. Big Finish has come a long way since that first story, which featured the return of Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy in audio form. Since then, they have been joined by a whole host of Doctor Who actors, including Tom Baker, John Hurt, David Tennant and most significantly Paul McGann, who finally got a chance to deliver the Doctor we were always denied. 

As Big Finish celebrates its twentieth anniversary, producer David Richardson has assembled some of the finest writers, directors and a whole host of Doctor Who actors for one big celebratory release. Not only does The Legacy of Time feature the Third Doctor (now voiced by Tim Treloar) alongside the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors, the set includes everyone from the Counter Measures team to the modern UNIT, River Song, Jenny, Ace, Jo Grant, Leela, Romana II and a number of beloved Big Finish-created characters, including Charley Pollard and Bernice Summerfield.

The Legacy of Time is a huge celebration of 20 years of Big Finish, with six stories and a whole host of extras. The stories have been written by James Goss Guy, Adams, Jonathan Morris, Matt Fitton and John Dorney, all directed by Ken Bentley. The set is available to download at the Big Finish site here. It can also be purchased as one of 4,000 limited edition eight-disc CD sets. 

Here are the synopses...

An epic six-part adventure celebrating 20 years of Doctor Who at Big Finish!

Time is collapsing. Incidents of chaos and devastation are appearing throughout the lives of one Time Lord and his many friends - all fallout from one terrible disaster. From Earth's past and present to timeless alien worlds, from the cloisters of Gallifrey into the Vortex itself... The Doctor must save universal history - and he needs all the help he can get.

1. Lies in Ruins by James Goss

On a strange ruined world, a renowned archaeologist opens an ancient tomb. Only to find another archaeologist got there first. Professors Summerfield and Song unite to solve a mystery. Then the Eighth Doctor arrives, and things really become dangerous. Because their best friend isn't quite the man River and Benny remember...

2. The Split Infinitive by John Dorney

A criminal gang appears to have recruited a member with time-bending powers. I's a case for the Counter-Measures team - in the 1960s and the 1970s! The Seventh Doctor and Ace have their work cut out to save the day twice over, and make sure Gilmore, Rachel and Allison don't collide with their past, or their future.

3. The Sacrifice of Jo Grant by Guy Adams

When pockets of temporal instability appear in a Dorset village, UNIT are called in. Soon, Kate Stewart and Jo Jones find themselves working alongside the Third Doctor, while Osgood battles to get them home. But this isn't the first time UNIT has faced this threat. Only before, it seems that Jo Grant didn't survive...

4. Relative Time by Matt Fitton

Disaster strikes inside the Time Vortex, and the Fifth Doctor is thrown together with someone from his future... someone claiming to be his daughter! Kleptomaniac Time Lord, the Nine, believes it's his chance to steal something huge. But Jenny just wants her dad to believe in her.

5. The Avenues of Possibility by Jonathan Morris

DI Patricia Menzies is used to the strange, but even she is surprised when the eighteenth century itself falls onto her patch. Fortunately, she has the founders of modern policing to help with her enquiries. And when the Sixth Doctor and Charley arrive, they find armed and hostile forces trying to change Earth history forever.

6. Collision Course by Guy Adams

Fallout from the temporal distortions has now reached Gallifrey. To find the cause, Leela and Romana remember travels with the Fourth Doctor to the same world, at different times. The enemy is revealed, and it may take more than one Doctor to prevent the destruction of everything!

I'll be joined by regular Big Finish reviewer, my son Ben, the biggest Doctor Who fan this side of Gallifrey, to discuss this momentous release. Beware of the occasional spoilers as we delve into The Legacy of Time...

The Review...

The Legacy of Time is something rather special. Each story works - for the most part - on their own; there isn't a big cliff-hanger between stories that needs resolution down the road, making this a set you can enjoy as one big narrative or in bite sized chunks. 

It goes without saying that each Doctor is superb, the actors playing these iconic heroes as vibrant as ever and there isn't a dud in the supporting cast anywhere. The opportunities for characters that would never normally have met to interact with each other is a lot of fun and there's enough narrative rope to play with not to create too many continuity headaches!

Mostly though, The Legacy of Time  is a huge amount of fun, offering thrills and emotional stakes aplenty. So let's delve into each story...

 

Lies in Ruins

Baz Greenland (aged 38)

The opening story for Legacy of Time really sets the stage for a meeting of worlds with long-term Big Finish character Bernice Summerfield encountering fellow Doctor Who archaeologist River Song. Tying their stories together, we meet the Eighth Doctor and new companion Ria is a desolate world that holds a number of surprises for the listeners and the characters themselves. 

Lies in Ruins is both an epic 'season opener' and an intimate story of the impact the Time War has had on the Eighth Doctor. The revelations about his new companion reveals the psychological damage inflicted upon our hero, and the constant losses he has endured. The cleverness of River knowing his later incarnations intimately hint at the continued suffering to come. The setting of the story is particularly profound, acting as a bleak centrepiece for the Doctor's enduring legacy, while there are some moments that tie back nicely to The Five Doctors, which was the last huge multi-Doctor adventure on screen (if you don't count the thirteen Doctors saving Gallifrey at the end of Day of the Doctor. The clarion call of the Dark Tower is a particularly nice touch, while the ghosts of the Matrix offer an atmospheric touch to the story.

There's some fun to be had with River and Bernice's off-screen / audio history, though for two big recurring characters, their roles feel diminished as the story progresses. I never really felt as if I was getting anything significantly new from them. At the same time, the Eighth Doctor also feels consumed by the events of the story, less a protagonist and more another cog in the chaos that unfolds. But perhaps that's the point. Lies in Ruins is about the devastation of the Time War and the impact on those around it. It isn't a classic Doctor Who story but a scene setter for the bigger events to come...

Ben Greenland (aged 13)

So, 20 years of Doctor Who at Big Finish... It's a massive celebration, spanning six Doctors, lots companions and the first instalment is... disappointing, which is very upsetting as James Goss usually has really strong stories. Sadly, Lies in Ruins is a very generic story, with not very much plot, and unexplained new companion and a wasted story for the marvellous Paul McGann . Truth be told, I only finished the story for the completion and overarching storyline of The Legacy of Time.

Even the main hook, of River Song (one of my favourite companions) and Bernice Summerfield (the Sarah Jane of the expanded universe) meeting is thrown aside for the dull plot and twist that I just didn't care about. Part of this falls to the 'big corporate money grabbers ' who act as the villain and do absolutely nothing to propel the story other than to give the story a menace and the reason for the Doctor to make a big godlike speech. It also felt like the ending was a bit rushed and didn't come together well. Yes, it was interesting to see the psychological damage on the Doctor but this was just really hard to get through.

If I had to give some positives, it would be the combination of Eight and River and the ghost Matrix people were quite cool. Oh, and what was that mention of Sirens?

 

The Split Infinitive

Baz Greenland

If the opening story is all high drama and emotional trauma, then The Split Infinitive is an audaciously fun - if somewhat complex - story that reunites the Seventh Doctor and Ace with the Counter-Measures team first introduced in Remembrance of the Daleks. The pre-UNIT intelligence organisation brings with it slick 60's spy drama and three terrific returning characters in Pamela Salem's Rachel Jensen, Karen Gledhill's Allison Williams and Simon Williams Group Captain Gilmore.

The Seventh Doctor and Ace reuniting with the Counter-Measures team to track down and defeat a criminal gang would have been enough to sustain this story. Fortunately for the listener though, writer John Dorney packs a lot more into The Split Infinitive. Jet pack-wearing space pirates attacking the team's plane, Rachel shooting down the enemy from a rifle on the back of a convertible and a time - and memory - literally changing around them makes this a blast to listen to.

The split narrative running simultaneously in the 60s and 70s can at times prove a bit of a head scratcher but there's a ingenuity to script that keeps the stakes high; the Doctor and the Counter-Measures team working in the 70s while Ace and the same team in the 60s to defeat the villainous Punshon (Richard Earl) offers two simultaneous frantically-paced stories in one.

The Split Infinitive is a bold, fun and dare I say it bonkers second story; it's not a story you can listen to half-heartedly. The complexity of the two timelines can be confusing at times and the various bad guys are hard to keep up with. But when it all comes together, it is sure to leave a smile on your face.

Ben Greenland

After a weak start, The Split Infinitive sets things on track. It's nice to see the Counter measures group reunite with Seven and Ace, and their chemistry together always works well.

I also was really intrigued by the idea of two years running parallel so you only gain the memories of the past when it happens at the same point as you are in, in the future. It's timey wimey, but it makes for a good story, with time travel gangsters and the surprise return of an unexpected foe from the Big Finish history...

I did feel like the gangsters were just a plot point before, but it's forgiven for being a fast paced, enjoyable run-around with a very iconic TARDIS team, nasty deaths and a great supporting cast that do the story good. The ending is, yes, a bit timey wimey, but makes sense in context of the story and hints at a detail for later in the series...

 

The Sacrifice of Jo Grant

Baz Greenland

Nostalgia is at the heart of the next story, that sees 'modern' Jo Jones and UNIT's Kate Stewart pulled into a time portal on a Dorset coast and facing some emotional reunions back in the 70s, while Ingrid Oliver's Osgood attempts to stabilise the portal in the present. Katy Manning and Jemma Regdrave are an interesting double act, Manning's care-free Jo, full of the joys of life contrasting against the stoic nature of Redgrave's Kate. And yet there is a strong spark in their relationship - a respectful mix of two worlds working as one.

Tim Treloar breathes life into the Third Doctor as he has done on Big Finish for a while now; perhaps not quite hitting the gusto of Jon Pertwee's performance but still delivering a masterful version of the Third Doctor. His interactions with an older Jo are a delight; it's interesting to Jo as the older of the two, experiencing a long and exciting life that was given purpose by her role as his companion. With the threat established in the story's title - and indeed in the opening, complete with 'eye witness cameo' from another story - her reunion with the Third Doctor over a pub lunch takes on a somewhat melancholy feel.

But as lovely as this reunion is, it's Kate's call to her father - Alistair Lethbridge Stewart - that pulls on the heartstrings. It manages to carefully navigate continuity, while giving Doctor Who fans something denied us on screen.

And while there are certainly hints that things are not right with time in the first two stories, The Sacrifice of Jo Grant is where The Legacy of Time really kicks the story up a gear - the dramatic climax resulting through the interference of the 'not Osgood' adds a real mystery that carries through into the second half of the set and demonstrates that the stakes really are high, as befitting this Big Finish Doctor Who 20th anniversary tale.

Ben Greenland

And now, for an emotional story with dinosaurs, time distortion and a scarily good impression of the late Jon Pertwee... This story contains another mystery, one of which is even hinted at in the title. Personally, I didn't see how it would occur, but that was probably me being to enveloped in the story. Osgood, sadly, doesn't get too much to do here, but it's nice to here her gushing over the Third Doctor.

Kate also, gets a reduced role, but does get her special moment that will make fans smile and cry. Essentially, this story is a two hander between Jo and Three. It really shows the empathetic side of Pertwee's incarnation, no more so than in the restaurant scene where they discuss the future and their relationship. The ending is where the high emotional impact kicks in and genuinely, I wasn't sure what would happen next.

On a lighter note, only Doctor Who could get away with lines like 'That beast just ate one of my men!' or 'In five minutes, that dinosaur will destroy the church!' And, once again, events seem to be being manipulated by an unseen force...

 

Relative Time

Baz Greenland

The fourth story, Relative Time, has a real Russell T Davies vibe, befitting the presence of the Tenth Doctor's daughter Jenny (Georgia Tennant) into the fifth Doctor's life. Having had her own set of Big Finish stories last year (read our review here), it's fun to see her play off real life dad Peter Davison as they both take on fictional versions of father and daughter.

Relative Time has a real Voyage of the Damned vibe too, a space cruiser finds itself under attack from monsters within the time vortex. It's another timey-wimey disaster movie - the Fifth Doctor and Jenny working to save the passengers from impending doom; the added presence of the Nine, an earlier version of the renegade Time Lord with all his regenerations playing out in his mind ups the stakes. This villain is such a wonderful Big Finish companion and John Heffernan delivers a fantastic performance, capturing each personality within the Nine's head.

There's a wonderful duo of double acts as the Nine takes on his own nefarious companion, but its the magic of Davison and Tennant together that really elevates this tale. The Fifth Doctor and Jenny work incredibly well together, so much so that it's a tragedy that time itself removes his memory of her in the climax. His Doctor speech truly feels as if it comes from the heart of Davison himself. Relative Time also builds on the narrative hints from the first three stories, setting up the epic showdown of the final two stories in the set.

Ben Greenland

Relative Time is the most complicated family reunion in space and time. The story itself is relatively simple. Doctor and companion? Check. Monsters and masterminds? Check. A generic setting which never gets old? Check.

Here we have more returns from the history of Big Finish, with the Vortisores from Storm Warning, and the Nine, both of which are exactly as they have been in their preceding appearances. The Vortisores don't do too much, they're just a threat, but they're a nice call-back and have interesting ideas behind their origins. The Nine, on the other hand, might even rival the Master for my favourite adversary time lord of the Doctor's, and he's just a joy to have around, in any incarnation. He even gets his own companion of sorts, an immortal who is the last of their race and actually just pops up for no reason really...

The supporting cast is passable, but they're very background to the Doctor, Jenny and the Nine. Relative Time is mostly another two hander like The Sacrifice of Jo Grant, which serves the story very well. The relationship between Five and Jenny feels just so natural and at a stretch might even work better than her pairing with Tennant. You can just here Peter Davison and Georgia Tennant having a ball here, finally getting Father and Daughter together to play the wrong father and Daughter (That leads to a very comedic line where Jenny asks if she should technically be calling him great great great great great great Grandad), as technically she is the Daughter of the wrong Doctor who is actually her husband. Yes, I mentioned it was very confusing and timey-wimey (I also like the fact Jenny refers to 'A big ball of Timey-Wimey stuff' a few times).

 

The Avenues of Possibility

Baz Greenland

Imagine BBC time travel drama Goodnight Sweetheart with alternate history Nazis and demons and you get a sense of what The Avenues of Possibility is all about. In many ways, this Sixth Doctor story is the absolute highlight of the set - it doesn't quite have the emotional impact of The Sacrifice of Jo Grant or the fan pleasing of the final multi-Doctor story, but it is the biggest, most intense entry in the set.

A host of Big Finish characters take centre stage here, from Anna Hope's DI Patricia Menzies, who serves as the Brigadier / second companion-style character for the story and multi-Doctor companion Charley (India Fisher). The theme of legacy here comes in the form of the origins of the British police department and Menzies gets to face the man that formed it back in eighteenth century magistrate Henry Fielding. Taken out of time, it is Menzies that becomes the 'ears' of the listener, travelling back into time and working with the Sixth Doctor to unfold the mystery.

The appearance of the alternate Unified Kingdom establishing their history by conquering the past is a brilliant idea, leading to a rather thrilling battle in the streets of eighteenth century London. The teased Sirens of Time make their return here, revealed as the villains of The Legacy of Time in a spectacular battle that sets the stakes for the finale. With strong performances by all involved - Colin Baker once again setting himself up as one of the best Doctors on Big Finish. With its high stakes drama, and a great twist on the Charley / Sixth Doctor paradox, this is superb story worthy of The Legacy of Time set.

Ben Greenland

This is certainly the strongest story of the set for me, and is just a lot of fun to get through. I really like the character of DI Patricia Menzies, and it's even better that her introductory story (The Condemned) is one of my favourite stories of all time. The police aspect really runs through it, with Henry fielding as one of the main cast, which brings a great touch to the tale. 

The concept itself is a really strong and fun one which leads to another alternate Nazi parallel universe as has ben featured in other stories such as Colditz. The Nazi aspect is a very flexible one, either making a terrible story or a great one, and thankfully here it's the latter. The thought that that universe or 2009 could become no longer an option is another strong idea that serves the story well. Colin Baker and India Fisher still have the chemistry they've had since they met in The Condemned, and it's on fine form here.

And then the story is turned on it's head. Ever since the mention of Sirens at the end of Lies in Ruins, I knew what they meant, so it was a joy to get conformation here. Their entrance makes the story completely new, and then we even get the joy of Six learning about his future, which should never, ever happen. For long time listeners, this scene is full of nostalgic references including Zagreus for example. Thankfully he forgets what Charlie told him, keeping history on track. But it won't stay that way for long...

 

Collision Course

Baz Greenland

Collision Course is a story of two halves; the Fourth Doctor travelling to the same mysterious planet in two timelines and the multi-Doctor attempt to save the universe from the influence of the Sirens. While Tom Baker brings his joyous presence to the tale as the Fourth Doctor, it is Louise Jameson's Leela and Lalla Ward's Romana that serve as the hook for the story, feeling the effects of changing time from Gallifrey and then uniting the Doctors to save time itself. Having played these characters many times on Big Finish, the core three stars are as enchanting as ever.

After the huge events of The Avenues of Possibility, Collision Course can feel a little anticlimactic at times but the mystery itself is still intriguing and packed with atmosphere as the Doctor and Leela / Romana encounter ghosts from other times. The launch of the first TARDIS from Gallifreyan history is another strong hook; if it fails, the influence of the Time Lords upon the universe will be undone, allowing the Sirens of Time to feed on the paradox it will create. As intimate as moments of Collision Course are, it's those very personal stakes that set the scene for the final huge meet-up of the Doctors.

As with any multi-Doctor story, the banter between the various Doctors is truly magical - the Third taking seniority, the Sixth's trousers being mocked, the Fifth's failures, the Eighth having fun and the Fourth being his usual audacious self - but there's a real joy in having Romana 'captain' the first TARDIS and help direct the Doctors in re-establishing the timeline. Plus the three extra cameos are an absolute delight and work well as a surprise for the fans.

The final attempt to fix time, mixed with the meeting of various Doctors and companions, brings The Legacy of Time to a fitting, momentous close. The threat of the Sirens feels worthy of bringing the Doctors together once more (The Sirens of Time of course being the first Big Finish release featuring Doctors Five, Six and Seven). The music is magnificent too, Howard Carter's score to the dramatic flight of the first TARDIS, given it's own time to shine in the music suite released on the same disk as this story. Overall, Collision Course is both a great little Fourth Doctor mystery and a melodramatic multi-Doctor story with time itself at stake. Personally, I would have been just as happy with the two elements split into their own stories - the Fourth Doctor feels as if he has been given a short shrift, while the multi-Doctor scenes are over far too quickly. But these are small gripes because this is a this is a bold end to a rather bold and brilliant box set.

Ben Greenland

Finally, we get to the grand finale with Collision Course. And we start with the end of everything. Temporal fallout, utter chaos and new memories. When Leela and Romana start to remember new memories. I liked how we switch between Four and Leela, and Four and Romana with essentially the same event occurring  but with differences and a mystery, which leads to the first ever flight of a TARDIS. Yes, the same TARDIS the Nine mentioned in Relative Time.

The ghost time lords are also very much like the Matrix ghosts in Lies in Ruins, and their communication method is also strikingly similar to the first ever Doctor Who audio release, The Sirens of Time. Yes, it's those Sirens, back after their mini snack in The Avenues of Possibility, and now we know how they escaped the Temperon, which is another reference old time listeners will smile at. 

The Sirens have been manipulating everything, as the third Doctor observed in The Sacrifice of Jo Grant, reaching right back to the history of the time lords. And thus the true finale begins, with Romana and Leela going back in time to stop the test flight which just might fuel the Sirens more. And all seems lost, with no hope, until the big event happens. Throughout the story I was awaiting the multi-Doctor event, which happens for a smaller reason than I expected, but that's all forgiven when the typical banter begins, and references to Heathrow and Metebelis 3. And then on the last track, IT happens (No not the movie), which I won't spoil, but it will make everyone shocked and grin. 

And that's it for The Legacy of Time. It's been a joy ride, a celebration, but most importantly, fantastic!

The Extras...

At the end of disk six, listeners are treated to a ten-minute music suite for The Legacy of Time. Howard Carter's score is bold and exciting, cinematic in scale with racing string movements, thundering percussion; it packed full of atmosphere, while brassy tones conjure up the grandeur of Gallifrey and the Doctor's legacy. The music suite climaxes with a rousing heroic score, majestic and befitting the Doctors working together.

Finally, fans are treated to two full disks packed with over two hours of interviews with the cast and crew. Producer David Richardson kicks things off with his plans for the 20th anniversary Big Finish set back in 2016. His original briefs from January 2016 and how they compare to the finished product is fascinating. Writer James Goss discusses the challenges and excitement for brining Bernice Summerfield and River Song together, Paul McGann, Alex Kingston and Lisa Bowerman voice their passion for the Lies in Ruins, the Doctor's mid-life crisis and his choice of new companion Ria, the legacies of Bernice and River in Doctor Who and the fan interest in seeing them in the same story.

Sophie Aldred talks about coming home, working with the Counter Measures Team in the interviews for The Split Infinitive. There's a fun insight from Karen Gledhill, Simon Williams and Pamela Salem in playing different versions of their characters in two time lines, while Sophie reveals a long friendship with Karen, that goes back to their time working on Remembrance of the Daleks - a story fondly reminisced by every member of the cast, including Sylvester McCoy. The delightful Katy Manning talks about the body language of her performance playing older and younger versions of Jo Grant in the interviews for The Sacrifice of Jo Grant, while Jemma Redgrave admits how the script reduced her to tears. There's also a huge appreciation for the Third Doctor era by Redgrave, while there's a lot of emotion from all involved in brining the Brigadier and Kate together. Nicholas Briggs trying to find his own voice is Lieutenant Wallace is a delight to listen to too, but it is Manning that engages the most, with her boundless enthusiasm for the legacy of Doctor Who and her joy at working on Big Finish.

Peter Davison and Georgia Tennant reminiscent about her acting career in the interviews for Relative Time and her attempt to become a forensic scientist, while John Heffernan discusses the joy of playing the different personalities of the Nine. As fascinating as it is to hear from everyone involved, it's the banter between the father and daughter team that makes a brilliant listen. David Richardson talking about his original concept for The Avenues of Time - a Jago and Litefoot story - is somewhat heart breaking, writer Jonathan Morris two thirds through the Victorian era script when Trevor Baxter fell ill and died. Morris discuses reinventing it a century earlier and bringing in John and Henry Fielding in the place of the intrepid duo, a change that paid off spectacularly. India Fisher also talks about her surprise over the fan adoration for Charley Pollard while Anna Hope and Colin Baker give their insight and love for the character of Menzies.

In the interviews for Collision Course, David Richardson is clearly delighted at the scoop of getting those cameos at the end of the story. Lalla Ward and Louise Jameson delight in working together and the opportunity to meet Doctor Who actors they never worked with on screen. Rebecca Kilgarriff educates the listener about her father and his role in Doctor Who as the recurring Cyber Control and titular character from Robot, a role Tom Baker reminisces about with his usual joyous self. Richardson telling the listener what Big Finish means to him is just lovely too.

And then  of course, we get insights from all the main players. Alex Kingston talks about how much fun it is to work with actors on Big Finish, something she could never have worked with on TV , and which she discussed with Peter Capaldi while working with him in the sho.Paul McGann delights in the longevity of playing the Eighth Doctor time and time again. John Dorney talks with passion about his working life on Big Finish and Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred share their continued pleasure at playing the Seventh Doctor and Ace for ever and ever and ever - and the chance to work with some amazing casts.

Tom Baker shares a wonderful memory of being approach to work on Big Finish following the death of Nicholas Courtney. Lalla Ward and Louise Jameson talk about the education of working in audio form as they develop their characters. McCoy talks about keeping the Doctors fresh in the minds of their fans and the difficulties of being asked questions about certain Big Finish stories after 20 years of acting in them. Katy Manning and Tim Treloar are an absolute joy discussing the fun they would have at conventions. And finally Colin Baker talks passionately about how Big Finish gave the Sixth Doctor a legitimacy as he achieves his 3.000 year plan of continuing the adventures of old 'Sixy.' All these moments are special - the love of everyone involved is the real legacy at the heart of this set, a true celebration of the work Big Finish has done over the last two decades.

Some Final Thoughts...

The Legacy of Time is an essential set, not just for fans of Big Finish, but Doctor Who as a whole. It gives a flavour of each Doctor, demonstrating just how well they are served by Big Finish - particularly Colin Baker's Sixth and Paul McGann's Eighth Doctors. There is a huge ambition to this set, some one which isn't always fulfilled. The first two stories feel a little disjointed with the later narrative and the big multi-Doctor plot could have been served by a story of its own. But these are mostly small gripes.

The success of this set is now each story feels distinctly different from the last; the maudlin mind of the Eighth Doctor gives way to space pirates in jet packs and then character reunions packed with emotion. We get a disaster movie, invasions of the past and spooky jaunts to haunted worlds, or before the fun, ballsy multi-Doctor wrap up that is as delightful as any multi-Doctor tale.

The Legacy of Time delivers exactly what it set out to do - celebrate 20 years of Doctor Who at Big Finish. We might only get one series on TV a year (if we're lucky), but Big Finish ensures that the show's legacy lives on. Every Doctor is here to stay...

Overall

TDF SILVER

9

out of 10

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