Storm Warning
Audio / February 27, 2016

Released January 2001 ‘Storm Warning’ marks Paul McGann’s debut for Big Finish, reprising his role of the Eighth Doctor after his all-too-brief stint in the TV Movie. As the ‘current’ Doctor at the time of release, McGann is able to offer a sense of uncharted territory with his Doctor, and it’s apparent from the start that he relishes the opportunity to further explore his character while addressing some of the complaints of his character and sole TV outing being overly Americanized. ‘Storm Warning’ ends up being a very enjoyable adventure but, unfortunately, it gets off to a rocky start as it falls victim to extended and clunky expository scenes, a common complaint of these early Big Finish audios. McGann gives his all in these scenes, but nobody can be expected to talk to himself (and the TARDIS) as he describes everything he sees and smells for such lengthy amounts of time and not falter in delivering plausibility at least a bit. It’s quite telling that by the time he meets his new companion Charley for the first time, she tells him that he must stop talking to himself. Fortunately, as the Doctor finally starts interacting with others, the pacing and…