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Four adventures about ‘100’ with the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn
This is a delicious delight with Colin Baker as the Doctor and Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe.
Following the success of ‘Circular Time’ (my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ audio CD), Big Finish decided to do another anthology series of audio adventures. This was to celebrate 100 releases of ‘Doctor Who’ by Big Finish since 1999. Each of the four audio stories in the CD has the number ‘100’ related to them.
‘100’ is four stories on 2 CD discs, each written by four stupendous writers and directed by the multi-talented Nicholas Briggs, who is currently Big Finish’s executive producer and the voice of the Daleks for both TV and audio. This has got to be a ‘Doctor Who’ audio CD that you don’t want to miss out on.
This also turned out to be the first audio CD where I encountered Evelyn Smythe for the first time. I actually found it nice to listen to an older companion travelling with the Sixth Doctor. Evelyn has that ‘auntie’ quality about her character as she is a strong, reassured presence with the Doctor throughout.
I’ve had the CD cover of ‘100’ signed by Colin Baker at ‘Stars of Time’, Weston-super-Mare, July 2012, Nicholas Briggs and writer Robert Shearman at ‘Regenerations 2011’, Swansea, September 2011 and writer Joseph Lidster at ‘Project Motor Mouth 2’, Slough, August 2013. I’m very lucky to have it signed.
The first story called ‘100 BC’ is by Jacqueline Rayner is set in Ancient Rome, 100 BC. I’m aware of Jacqueline’s writing as he enjoys historical tales and wrote Evelyn’s first story ‘The Marian Conspiracy’.
This is a gentle comedy where the Doctor and Evelyn meet Gaius Julius Caesar and his wife. The duo must save the flow of time with making sure that Caesar’s son – the future Roman emperor – gets born.
It made me laugh when the Doctor and Evelyn bickered with each other about perverting the course of history. They, especially Evelyn, reflect on the adventures and those times they’ve shared together.
Will Thorp (from ‘The Impossible Planet’/’The Satan Pit’) guest stars as Gaius Julius Caesar. It was funny when the Doctor tries to bring Caesar and his wife together and Evelyn sabotage his efforts every time.
‘100 BC’ rating – 8/10
‘MY OWN PRIVATE WOLFGANG’
The second story called ‘My Own Private Wolfgang’ is by Robert Shearman and is about Mozart. I’ve met Rob at conventions and have enjoyed chatting to him. He’s written the new series episode ‘Dalek’.
Here, Mozart celebrates his 100th birthday. This is a surprise as he died young. Mozart wants to end it all when he shoots himself in the head – three times. The Doctor and Evelyn investigate this mystery.
John Sessions plays Mozart in the episode. He’s really funny and witty as Mozart and this is a very unusually funny tale by Rob Shearman. I especially enjoyed ‘the diddly dum bit in the middle’ dialogue.
The episode doesn’t begin with any opening titles theme music. Nor does it end with the theme music. I found it peculiar wondering it’d work on TV. I was surprised when the episode came to an abrupt e-
‘My Own Private Wolfgang’ rating – 8/10
The third story called ‘Bedtime Story’ by Joseph Lidster has the Doctor and Evelyn visit the house of a family after a funeral. Joe wrote the ‘Torchwood’ episode ‘A Day in the Death’ as well as ‘The Reaping’.
Joe writes strong and down-to-earth drama tales. All is not what it seems when something wants this mourning family to die one by one. It involves the telling a bedtime story with sending people to sleep.
This story features guest star Will Thorpe again as young Jacob and Frank Finlay as the older Jacob who narrates the story. There are also the guest stars Susan Brown as Mary and Martha Cope as Talia.
This story features a spellbinding and chilling performance from Maggie Stables as Evelyn. I’ll let you find out what happens to her in this. The tale also ends on a rather unhappy ending which was a shock.
‘Bedtime Story’ rating – 8/10
‘100 DAYS OF THE DOCTOR’
The fourth story by Paul Cornell is a nostalgic tale of the Doctor’s lives. Paul co-wrote ‘Circular Time’; the book ‘Goth Opera’ and the TV adventures ‘Father’s Day’ and ‘Human Nature’/’The Family of Blood’.
This story is a two-hander between Colin Baker’s Doctor and Maggie Stables’ Evelyn with Nicholas Briggs as the Assassin. This is a story where the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn visit all the Doctor’s lives here.
The Sixth Doctor must save himself when he gets infected with a deadly virus. That performance Colin does with his Doctor being possessed by the virus and he’s talking to Evelyn was terrifying to listen to.
It would have been great if there were guest cameos of other Doctors and companions such as Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Nicola Bryant, Sophie Aldred, etc. But it was a nice little tale.
‘100 Days of the Doctor’ rating – 8/10
The CD extras are as follows. On Disc 1, there’s a trailer for ‘Absolution’ with Paul McGann, India Fisher and Conrad Westmaas. At the end of Discs 1 and 2, there are behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew including Colin Baker; Maggie Stables; director Nicholas Briggs; Will Thorp; writer Robert Shearman, etc.
‘100’ not only celebrates Big Finish but also the essence of ‘Doctor Who’ with its various storytelling and wonderful characters. It features Colin Baker who’s superb as the Sixth Doctor and I especially like the four one-episode CD releases with their contained storytelling and variety. Highly recommended!
‘100’ CD rating – 8/10
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