The Light at the End

Big Finish - 50th Anniversary Release

Big Finish has really done a fantastic job with this story and I loved it! Done? Well, not really. This story really is worthy of a 50th Anniversary special. The Doctors are all there, from 1-3 represented by companions who are excellent at reproducing their voices in Companion Chronicles – William Russell (1st Doctor), Frazer Hines (2nd Doctor), and Tim Treloar (3rd Doctor). The Master is back and he is out to destroy the Doctor with a Reality Bomb. And that deserves the capital letters! However it is a rather easy bomb to diffuse, ultimately, when the Doctors put their minds to it. And poor Bob Dovies, gets very involved in the plot in a sideways way but he is a focal point as well. I just loved this story!

The Documentary that comes with it is a good listen as well. Though it is a bit of a love fest for Big Finish, it’s also a product of people actually loving their jobs and really wanting to make Big Finish a success as a company and with the product. People who love to come to work and do their job! A rare and wonderful thing in this day and age, I must say. So I even enjoyed the love fest, annoying as they can be, because the people in the documentary give you both sides of the story – the pressures of running a business and the joy of just doing the job on a daily basis. I would love to work there but distance would be a bit of an issue… I do wonder if there are any women on the team, though. Where are the girls, boys? The saddest part is that the story is over and there’s no more 50th anniversary Big Finish. I don’t know if the AudioGO – Big Finish collaboration will be quite so epic in scale but I am looking forward to it. I’m just sad that the anticipation is over!

<also included is The Revenants, a Companion Chronicle special release – refer to that page for the review!>

Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Tom Baker, Colin Baker, Paul McGann, Louise Jameson, Sarah Sutton, Sophie Aldred, Nicola Bryant, India Fisher, Geoffrey Beevers

Writer/Director: Nicholas Briggs

Release: October 2013

Laura Vilensky 2019