Minuet in Hell
Audio / March 1, 2016

Released April 2001 ‘Minuet in Hell,’ the finale to Paul McGann’s maiden ‘season’ with Big Finish, is a tale full of potential that, unfortunately, never fails to deliver everything that it is setting up and promising. The setting and plot is filled with horror, a genre that has served Doctor Who well in the past. However, whether McGann is describing the Gallifreyan legends of hell or, the plot is dealing with prostitution and mental illness, or the Doctor is facing a lobotomy as he struggles to find his identity, there is a lot of very genuinely scary goings-on throughout the script. Unfortunately, despite these dark and intriguing concepts, the suspect supporting performances, shoddy pacing, and overreliance on unnecessary nods to continuity and past adventures make ‘Minuet in Hell’ fall flat. In theory, the Doctor being in an asylum and being unsure if he is truly a time traveler or just delusional while facing a man claiming to be the Doctor should work wonders and progress the story easily. However, there is absolutely no question about who the Doctor truly is and so rather than creating an exciting mysterious dynamic, this gimmick instead turns into a grinding plot point that only…