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Tribute for Sylvester McCoy – Celebrating 50 Years of ‘Doctor Who’
July 2013. It’s time to celebrate the Seventh Doctor era of ‘Doctor Who’ with Sylvester McCoy!
‘Shockwave’ by James Swallow, is the seventh instalment in the ‘Destiny of the Doctor’ series, produced by Big Finish and AudioGo. This is an exciting; thrilling adventure in time and space! July 2013 was a hot summery month in the UK, so it was a ‘heatwave’ instead of a ‘shockwave’ for me!
The Sylvester McCoy era of ‘Doctor Who’ had a variety of stories on TV from outlandish comedies to sensational thrillers. On TV there were stories like ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’ and ‘Survival’. On audio, there were stories like ‘Nocturne’; ‘Forty Five’ and the audio adaptation of ‘Love and War’.
For the 50th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’, I wrote my personal fan-fiction story with the Seventh Doctor and Ace to celebrate the Seventh Doctor era. I’ve also written for Ace in a multi-companion ‘Doctor Who’ story in the winter months of 2012. I’ve met both Sylvester and Sophie at conventions.
As with previous stories in the ‘DOTD’ series (previously with ‘Trouble in Paradise’), this story is narrated and performed by an actor/actress who was in the TV series with a guest star as a supporting character. ‘Shockwave’ is performed by Sophie Aldred as Ace from the TV series and guest stars Ian Brooker as Captain OhOne.
I’ve had the CD cover of ‘Shockwave’ signed by Sophie Aldred, who I saw at the ‘Project Motor Mouth 2’ convention in Slough, August 2013. It was nice to see Sophie at that particular convention.
Unlike the previous ‘DOTD’ stories, this story is set on alien planet called Tarsus Six. The Doctor and Ace arrive to find the planet is under threat from an incoming shockwave. But the Doctor comes to collect a message in a box called ‘the Voice of Stone’.
James Swallow has written for the Seventh Doctor before in the Big Finish audio ‘Kingdom of Silver’ with the Cybermen. I enjoyed this audio adventure with the Seventh Doctor and Ace. This story was easy to follow with the use of descriptions in space as well as the shockwave and the Tarsus planet.
I really like Ace in ‘Doctor Who’. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Sophie Aldred at conventions. She’s a very lovely and friendly person to meet and chat to. I’ve enjoyed watching her as Ace in the TV series as well as hearing her in the Big Finish audios, as she’s good as this stroppy teenager from Perivale.
For those who are fans of Ace and are into listening to the Big Finish audios and reading the novels of ‘Doctor Who’ with Ace in them; this is the ‘young’ Ace who is travelling with the Doctor from the TV series. This takes place before Ace meets up with Raine Creevy; Hex and Bernice Summerfield.
Sophie is brilliant as Ace in this. Ace’s compassion for other people is developed as well as her close and sometimes fractious relationship with the Doctor. I found Sophie’s voice very easy to follow, as she’s done a plenty of audiobooks as well as a Companion Chronicle called ‘The Prisoner’s Dilemma’.
I was impressed by Sophie’s Scottish impersonation of Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor. It felt like Sylvester was in the story with Sophie. I told Sophie how impressed as I was by her performance Sylvester’s Doctor in ‘Shockwave’ in Slough 2013. Sophie was pleased and said I was good making compliments.
I like how the Seventh Doctor keeps Ace in the dark about what’s going on and is having his own agenda in this adventure. The balance is made between the Doctor’s impish and darker sides in this story. I liked the moment when the Doctor’s plans seem to go wrong and he and Ace get caught out.
Ian Brooker guest stars as Captain OhOne. He was great to listen to! I first heard Ian in ‘The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories’ with Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton. Captain OhOne is a tormented captain who tries to save the lives of Tarsus VI from the shockwave and wants to be reunited with his wife.
As the story progresses, the Doctor discovers that the message he’s been looking for is from the Eleventh Doctor. Eleven tells Seven to save OhOne from certain death. There are some interesting revelations about the Eleventh Doctor. Sophie does a good impersonation of Matt Smith’s Doctor.
There aren’t any CD extras, apart from the Seventh Doctor and Ace’s biographies in the CD sleeve notes. If you purchase the complete ‘DOTD’ series as a bundle from Big Finish, there’s a behind-the-scenes making-of documentary on the series called ‘Meeting with Destiny’ with ‘The Time Machine’.
‘Shockwave’ is another cracking good story from the ‘Destiny of the Doctor’ series. It has a lovely performance by Sophie Aldred and it has a very good strong plot. I like how these ‘DOTD’ releases have turned out as there’s something very special about them to celebrate 50 years of ‘Doctor Who’.
‘Shockwave’ (DOTD) rating – 9/10
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