Nevermore is the second episode from the Eighth Doctor’s fourth series of adventures. And boy, does it stretch the budget for a Big Finish play.
Things have changed since last year for the Eighth Doctor, Lucie Miller has gone and heâ€™s know travelling time and space with a new friend (no spoilers here – youâ€™ll have to listen to Situation Vacant to find out who it is!) and as Nevermore begins, we find the pair wandering the back rooms of the TARDIS with some wonderfully comic moments. Itâ€™s nice to have a wander around the lesser known rooms of the good ship and you can almost taste the rich shots that would have appeared on the small screen, had the Eighth Doctor been granted his own series.
The chemistry between the two actors seems (itâ€™s a little too early to cast judgement just yet) to work well, the Doctor has a slight wariness to him and his new friend is eager and ready to jump head first into any situation. Whether this proves to be a critical personality point or something to annoy listeners is yet to be discovered…
As mentioned, Nevermore is a “big budget” episode. As Situation Vacant was similar to Partners in Crime as a season opener, Nevermore has similarities to The End of the World (2005). A host of strange aliens, a guarded secret and the Doctors newest companion even gets trapped in a room and almost burnt alive thanks to the planets deadly conditions.
But does Nevermore check all the boxes? Maybe not all the time, the production crew have taken the right path by employing American actors to play American roles as this lends to the believability of the play. It could have been easier to employ British actors to put on an accent but Big Finish has gone all the way to ensure that you get the most for your money. The references to the works of Edgar Allen Poe also make interesting plot points and do keep the listener intrigued and wanting to find out the answers as to what exactly has been happening.
As intended with these reviews, the ain isnâ€™t to spoil the plot points for you but rather to let you know what kind of ride youâ€™re in for. With Nevermore, you have the safety of â€œsecond episode of the seasonâ€ for Doctor Who: brave, bold, funny and set to outdo the first episode tenfold. Next monthâ€™s offering sees the Doctor and his friend take a trip to the past. Now where has that happened before…?
Nevermore is out now, and available to purchase on CD or MP3 from www.bigfinish.com!