‘ITERATIONS OF I’
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The Evil of the I with the Doctor; Tegan; Nyssa and Adric
I…I…I…I…I enjoyed this story. ‘Iterations of I’ is a four-part story by John Dorney on two discs.
This is a mathematical ghost story and John Dorney writes a compelling tale to listen to. I listened to this story on the second part of the journey to Scotland in the daytime for our family holiday in 2014.
This story is set between ‘Black Orchid’ and ‘Earthshock’. Adric tries to pilot the TARDIS to Heathrow Airport in 1981. But when it goes wrong, the TARDIS ends up on Fleming’s Island off the Irish coast.
The TARDIS team seek help at a manor house on the island. But inside something terrible is happening as computers run the letter ‘I’ and it could mean the death of every human on the Earth.
John Dorney starts his story by introducing us to Imogen Frazer. Months later, Jerome Khan reports his girlfriend missing. Then we have the first TARDIS scene with the Doctor; Nyssa; Tegan and Adric.
I like how the story is placed after ‘Black Orchid’. The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric seem to be at ease. They’ve formed a camaraderie and I like the character-driven moments shared between them.
This story has an earthbound setting which is nice and it helped me to visualize the atmosphere of Fleming’s Island. It was also nice to have an Irish setting, especially with the characters and accents.
The story also contains a lot of mathematics in, echoing the Christopher H. Bidmead stories from his era. I told Sarah that I’m not good with maths. “You and me both, Tim”, she replied which was nice.
Peter Davison as the Doctor is great, as he’s now found his persona and balanced his responsibilities for his companions. The Doctor works out what’s going on and gets annoyed when explaining things.
Janet Fielding is great as Tegan. Tegan has got over wanting to go back to Heathrow and is happy to ‘stick with the crew for a while’. Tegan gets to say the jokes and has sharp banters with the Doctor.
Sarah Sutton is lovely as Nyssa. Nyssa gets scared easily and I was anxious when she kept saying, “I…I…I…” I asked Sarah, as a joke, if she doing her impersonation of the seagulls in ‘Finding Nemo’.
Matthew Waterhouse is equally good as Adric. The story suits Adric due to his mathematical expertise. Adric gets to work out the iterative process of the ‘I’ and is a standout character moment.
The guest cast are really good in this story. They include Sinead Keenan as Aoife (‘Eeefa’) Dineen; Joseph Radcliffe as Jerome Khan; Andrew MacKlin as Constable Robert DeValley; Teddy Kempner as Donal Dineen, Aoife’s father; Alison McKenzie as Imogen Frazer and John Dorney as Martin Tuck.
The story ends with the Doctor and his friends defeating the ‘I’ monster. There’s a debate about whether it’s all Adric’s fault and Tegan had made her choice to stay in the TARDIS as it pleases Nyssa.
‘Iterations of I’ is a pretty good atmospheric ghost story with mathematics in it. Although I don’t get the maths, it’s a fun story with the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric. John Dorney writes well for them and Peter; Janet; Sarah and Matthew are very good. Be careful now. Watch out for the ‘I…I…I…I…
There are two tracks of incidental music to enjoy at the end of Disc 2.
THE MAKING OF THE FIFTH DOCTOR BOX SET
I listened to this box set again after my holiday in Scotland. Disc 5 contains ‘The Making of ‘The Fifth Doctor Box Set’ documentary which I enjoyed listening to about the making of ‘Psychodrome’ and ‘Iterations of I’.
The documentary contains interviews with Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding and Matthew Waterhouse who talk about Adric’s return and the Fifth Doctor team reunion. There’s also director Ken Bentley and writers Jonathan Morris (‘Psychodrome’) and John Dorney (‘Iterations of I’) on this.
The documentary is divided in two halves; looking into the making of these two stories. There are interviews with the supporting cast including Robert Whitelock; Phil Mulryne; Camilla Power; Bethan Walker; Sinead Keenan; Joseph Radcliffe; Andrew Macklin; Teddy Kempner and Allison McKenzie.
I like Sarah Sutton’s comments on both stories. These include Sarah reflecting on the character journeys featured in ‘Psychodrome’ and being pleased about the Ireland setting in ‘Iterations of I’. I found it amusing Sarah telling the story about failing her O Level Maths exam. Oh dear! Poor Sarah!
I like the CD covers for the two stories, although I’m dismayed they’re not put together as 2-disc CD sets. There was a fiery debate about it between Sarah, Janet and Matthew at Big Finish Day 6 in January 2015. I like the cast photos inside the CD covers, especially Sarah who is lovely in all of them.
I was at a charity convention in Brighton in November 2014. I won a signed script of ‘Iterations of I’ by Sarah plus the script page with every cast signature. I received the script in the post with a nice message from Sarah. I thanked her for it at a sci-fi fair in Fareham two weeks later before Christmas.
I really love this box-set as it feels like I’m watching Season 19 all over again as it features my favourite TARDIS team. I’ve written my own fanfiction story about the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric in it. The box set is full of nostalgia of the Peter Davison era and I’m very pleased I’ve heard it.
I highly recommend this box set! I hope there will be ‘The Fifth Doctor Box Set 2’ with the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric in the making from Big Finish! I can’t wait to hear more news of it!
‘Iterations of I’ rating – 10/10
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