Published on December 29th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett
What if… Big Finish was on TV?
While itâ€™s only fair to say that Big Finish keep Doctors Five to Eight very much alive and kicking through their monthly adventures, theyâ€™ve also produced some of the greatest Doctor Who never seen. So good are these adventures that some have already been adapted for the new series in the last five years (Jubilee into Dalek and Spare Parts into Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel). But should there be more? Are there Big Finish classics that should be converted into adventures for the Eleventh (and beyond) Doctor? Letâ€™s have a little ponder as to which five stories/villains would translate well onto TV.
1. Davros - a truly amazing story written by Doctor Who legend Lance Parkin. This tells the tale of Davros without the Daleks and delves deeply into his early years before his accident and then into his time directly after it. Colin Baker faces off against him as the Sixth Doctor and are forced to work together. Itâ€™s not long however, before Davros is up to his old tricks and only the Doctor can stop him. Russell T Davies almost included flashbacks to Davrosâ€™ early life in Journeyâ€™s End but took them out of the episode in the end, why not have the Eleventh Doctor face off against the Dalek creator but without the Daleks? It would certainly work for new audiences!
2. Seasons of Fear - a delightful Eighth Doctor romp around several different time periods with the Doctor and his friend trying to stop the powerful Sebastian Grayle from delivering the planet Earth to his all powerful masters, who have actual won the planet already and created a timeline that Grayle can go back on to gloat over the Doctor (see what he shouldnâ€™t have done there?). This would actually translate well as a Christmas special, an offbeat story with plenty of twists and turns and a big dollop of fun as well!
3. The Kingmaker - one of the best Doctor Who pseudo-historicals ever. Simple fact. It finds the Fifth Doctor, Peri and Erimem in the 15th Century investigating the mystery of the Princes in the Tower. Unbeknownst to them, theyâ€™re being followed by an old enemy with a grudge. This colourful story is one of comedy writer Nev Fountain’s best and would be a brilliant way for kids to discover about this historic record. It might cause a slight continuity problem for The Shakespeare Code but would that really stop Steven Moffat or just encourage him?
4. Sisters of the Flame/Vengeance of Morbius – the epic season finale for Series Two of the Eighth Doctor adventures finds The Sisterhood of Karn, the Doctor and Lucie and the rest of the Universe battling to survive the return of the powerful Time Lord Morbius, last seen in The Brain of Morbius indulging in his dangerous hobby of chasm jumping. Filled with an epic richness that needs to be translated onto TV, this two parter should be re-written for the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory, who knows – maybe Morbius could be behind the Silence?
5. Sympathy for the Devil - a Doctor Who Unbound story which tells of an alternate (and rather excellent) Third Doctor who begins his exile a little later than originally took place. Featuring Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, a little known actor called David Tennant and even Mark Gatiss as a familiar voice this story needs a little tweaking but would be the perfect â€œseason openerâ€ for the Eleventh Doctor if they ever wanted to bring back a few familiar characters with the minimum of fuss.