The Boy that Time Forgot (#110)

Big Finish Main Range

Well I was a bit taken aback by the surprise bad guy. Hmmm. A bit of a drift back into the annals of the Doctor! Interesting idea but he’s gone a bit crazy. Rupert and Beatrice get dragged along for the ride and keep getting paired up with either Nyssa or Doctor. They sure are learning a lot from travel with the Doctor! More than they bargained for.

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How Adric saves himself from dying isn’t quite explained. He has his own reality that is designed by his sentient AI computer. Star. And once again, it’s all the Doctor’s fault! hehehe. Poor guy is always to blame for everything. He tries to do right but instead, someone dies, someone ends up trapped in a universe as king of the scorpions for over 500 years, planets revolve the wrong way… First Adric is out for revenge because he thinks the Doctor didn’t try to save him. Then he finds out the Doctor DID try to save him and he’s pissed all over again! Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, eh Doctor?

At times it seems like Adric’s gone stark raving mad but after 500 years, it’s to be expected, I suppose. He finally understands that leaving your friends behind is something that you have to do but will always regret. Adric did find the TARDIS for the Doctor at least! His final payment for the assistance the Doctor gave him. Despite the years of living alone in this own mind, he was given those extra years with the Doctor’s assistance.

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This audio is pretty good in general. The acting is great for one of the stranger storylines that we’ve seen in Big Finish in awhile, that’s for sure! Weirdness abounds, with talking scorpions and numerical transference. So much for trying to find the TARDIS! A little side trip on that count. I didn’t love this audio but for the strangeness and unique atmosphere, its conclusive nature, it’s worthy of a 4 jelloid rating. Plus the extras on the CD are the most relaxed and fun I’ve heard yet!

Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton

Writer: Paul Magrs

Director: Barnaby Edwards

Release: July 2008

Laura Vilensky 2019