‘Backtrack’ (Audio)


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Aboard the Outcome with the Tenth Doctor and Martha

The second story of ‘The Tenth Doctor Chronicles’, ‘Backtrack’, is by Matthew J. Elliot. Matthew J. Elliot has done a number of Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’, including ‘Zaltys’ with the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric.

This story takes place during Series 3 of the new series and features the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones. It’s a story that occurs in time of the ‘one-trip’ adventures with the Tenth Doctor and Martha.

This is during the period from the end of ‘Smith and Jones’ to before the beginning of ‘The Lazarus Experiment’. At this point, Martha has had ‘several’ adventures in the TARDIS with the Tenth Doctor.

I like how this story touches upon Martha’s early travels with the Doctor during Series 3. Martha clearly loves travelling with the Doctor and she doesn’t want to go when the time is soon to be over.

Once again, Jacob Dudman excels in his performance and narration for this adventure. As well as the Tenth Doctor, Jacob gets to perform Martha Jones as a character which was really enjoyable to hear.

I could hear the tone of Freema Agyeman’s voice as Martha in Jacob’s performance. Again, like with Rose, it’s not an exact recreation, but you believe it is Martha interacting with the Doctor in the tale.

In this story, the TARDIS has had a rough ride in the vortex as the Doctor and Martha find themselves on board the time ship called the Outcome. For some reason, it is Best Before in the CD sleeve notes.

There on the ship, the Doctor and Martha meet Nathan Hobb who guides a tour of tourists aboard the Outcome who are enjoying historical temporal cruises at reasonable prices. It becomes haywire.

A lethal disease gets spread on board the ship from some horrible mould and dangerous forces get unleashed. Can the Doctor and Martha save everyone on board the Outcome ship from big disaster?

I enjoyed some of the concepts of time featured in this story by Mathew J. Elliot. They are complex to follow in the story, but the tale still remains enjoyable with a reasonable pace, plot and structure.

Jon Culshaw guest stars as Nathan Hobb in this audio adventure. Jon Culshaw of course has worked with Jacob Dudman before in ‘The Great Curator’ sketch they did. This was a very nice reunion here.

I was expecting Jon Culshaw to be playing either the Third Doctor or the Curator at some point in the story interacting with Jacob Dudman’s Tenth Doctor. That would’ve been welcome and fun to listen.

In this adventure, Nathan Hobb is an American sounding character who conducts tours to Earth’s past via his time ship, the Outcome. Hobb’s methods with time-travel are dodgy in the Doctor’s eyes.

The Doctor and Hobb don’t see each other eye-to-eye and it was tense when the two got on loggerheads with each other. Hobb swears revenge on the Doctor as he leaves by the story’s ending.

I like how Martha gets an active role to play in the story as she uses her medical skills in an unusual situation she’s not accustomed to on a futuristic spaceship. Thankfully she manages to cope so well.

I did like it when the Doctor uses his TARDIS to store the Outcome spaceship inside. It feels just like how the Master stored a Concorde plane in ‘Time-Flight’ and there are echoes of ‘Logopolis’ in this.

I did enjoy it when Jacob Dudman got to voice an Incredible Hulk-like character as well as a grasshopper-like character in the story. I did wonder when the spaceship landed in the 20th century.

Jacob Dudman and Jon Culshaw in ‘Backtrack’.

‘Backtrack’ is a very enjoyable adventure with the Tenth Doctor and Martha. I enjoyed how the two had more adventures in their earlier travels and I enjoyed Jacob Dudman and Jon Culshaw together.

The CD extras are as follows. There are behind-the-scenes interviews with Jacob Dudman, Jon Culshaw and director Helen Goldwyn, conducted by producer Scott Handcock on ‘Backtrack’ which I enjoyed hearing.

‘Backtrack’ rating – 8/10

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4 thoughts on “‘Backtrack’ (Audio)

  1. Timelord007

    I hope Hobbs gets to return one day & face off against the Doctor as I enjoyed this one very much it has intrigue, well written characters & nice pay off, possibly my favourite of the set, Had thank you off Jacob personally when sent him a message praising his performance in these Chronicles box sets which i thought was very nice thing to do.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Very pleased you enjoyed this audio adventure and that you enjoyed Jon Culshaw as Hobb. I hope one day Jon Culshaw’s Third Doctor and Jacob Dudman’s Tenth Doctor will meet someday.

      Aww that’s nice you got a thank you from Jacob when you sent him a message praising his performances in the ‘Doctor Who’ chronicles box set. I’m pleased for you, Simon. How did you get to send a message to him? Is he on the DU forum or did you send the message via his website or something?

      Thanks for your comments, Simon.

      Tim. 🙂


    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      I hope I’ll get to meet Jacob Dudman someday at a convention and tell him how much I enjoyed his portrayal of the Tenth Doctor in these audios. I’m looking forward to hearing ‘The Eleventh Doctor Chronicles’ sometime soon.

      Tim. 🙂



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