Doctor Who: Out of Time 1
Starring: David Tennant, Tom Baker, Nicholas Briggs, and Claire Rushbrook
Written by: Matt Fitton
Directed by: Nicholas Briggs
“Nicely done, Doctor!” “Why, thank you, Doctor! ALLON-SY!”
Big Finish Productions delivers a team-up for the ages in Doctor Who: Out of Time, a show-stopping trilogy that pairs David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor with iconic classic Doctors, subsequently, pitting them against equally iconic monsters.
Out of Time 1, written and directed by Matt Fitton and Nicholas Briggs, roars out of the gate. The Tenth Doctor (a sparkling, activated David Tennant) is reeling from the fallout of The Waters of Mars, and wandering to avoid his foretold regeneration. He finds himself in The Cathedral of Contemplation, a massively interconnected structure that exists outside of time, and further attached to a myriad of doorways leading into various time periods. Overseen by a powerful psychic mind; Claire Rushbrook’s warm and soothingly voiced Abbess, holds the Cathedral and its time portals together with only the power of her mind.
Meanwhile, across the Cathedral, The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker in all his grinning glory), weeks removed from the events of The Deadly Assassin, is finding his respite. Having wiled away weeks freshening up the frescos found in its “art wing,” short his own companion.
However, a grand war is happening outside The Cathedral. A war that has now found its way into the impossible structure. As the Daleks, led by the Supreme Dalek (a gleefully screaming Nicholas Briggs), storm The Cathedral. All in hopes of harnessing its power. In the name of Dalek supremacy.
That is to say, Doctor Who: Out of Time 1 is big stuff, but beyond colossal stakes and production values, this serial soars. Centrally due to Fitton, an activated cast, and sterling production values.
In fact, Out of Time 1 might be one of their best, which is really something considering their output. By using both Doctors, both as similar points in their regenerations, and tossing them into a properly huge story, Fitton and Briggs deliver sizzle and steak. Undoubtedly aided by the central idea of having the Tenth Doctor teaming up with his former selves to fight their greatest enemies.
Ultimately, Doctor Who: Out of Time 1 stands as something really special. Both as a single release, and additionally, as an example of Big Finish Productions’ new, splashy format. I can only hope the rest are as good as this opening.