Find and Replace (#5.03)

Big Finish, Companion Chronicles

Katy Manning got to play Iris AND Jo Grant in one audio and it’s really a wild ride. It’s great to listen to and this audio is left open to have another adventure with the two of them, which could be quite fun. This story with Huxley, the Novelizer from Verbatim VI , is quite fun and adventurous, with reveal after reveal coming in the story. But the ending with the Doctor is a letdown for me personally. I won’t spoil the “twist” but the Doctor seems to be overly emotional in the story and not quite believable. Sadness, nostalgia, comedy – all included! The sadness in the ending for Jo isn’t a problem for me. And Jo got to visit after she’s older, which I really liked. And the Doctor and Jo get to “wrap up” their relationship, even if a lot is left unsaid. But it was just a bit too sappy for me.

Katy Manning (Jo Grant/Iris Wildthyme) and Alex Lowe (Huxley)

Writer: Paul Magrs

Director: Lisa Bowerman

Release: September 2010

Laura Vilensky 2019