Project: Destiny
Audio / October 1, 2016

Released September 2010 Big Finish occasionally plays the long game with its plots and storylines, and this is perhaps best exemplified with the story and consequences of the Forge and Nimrod. In 2003’s ‘Project: Lazarus,’ Cassie Schofield died despite the best intentions of the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe. 2004’s ‘The Harvest’ saw 2021 nurse Thomas Hector Schofield (Hex) join the Seventh Doctor and Ace aboard the TARDIS. 2005’s ‘Thicker Than Water’ featured a brief scene in which the Seventh Doctor crossed his own timeline to inform Evelyn that Hex was Cassie’s son and that not all hope was lost. Yet with so many plot threats left lingering, writers Cavan Scott and Mark Wright reunite for ‘Project: Destiny,’ providing satisfactory answers while tying up the many loose ends of the Seventh Doctor’s audio era in a somewhat mixed overall release. Unfortunately, because of the inherent tension in this episode as truths come to light, the story does not play to the strengths of Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, instead relying on emotional hysterics to advance the plot. McCoy does exceedingly well in showing a deep compassion for Hex, but it’s difficult to see the Doctor as any sort of hero…

Project: Lazarus
Audio / March 30, 2016

Released June 2003 It’s inevitable that in this fortieth anniversary year Big Finish would commission a multi-Doctor story, and while the upcoming ‘Zagreus’ promises to make use of all four of the current audio Doctors, ‘Project: Lazarus’ offers a more surprising combination of the Sixth and Seventh Doctors. Impressively, after starting as a direct continuation and sequel to ‘Project: Destiny,’ by its end it becomes wholly its own entity that makes impressive use of its two leads. When the Doctor finds a cure to the twilight virus, the Doctor and Evelyn materialise in Scandinavia but find that they are too late to help Cassie. The Cassie they find is an embittered, hardened woman who has had to endure two tough years of scavenging and evading Nimrod. It becomes increasingly clear that Cassie has lost that battle, though, as the Forge appears and Nimrod greets her as his colleague Artemis. Cassie’s story doesn’t continue to the end of the tale, though, as Nimrod kills her once she realises that she has no memory of her son and that Nimrod has been controlling her in a more sinister fashion than she believed. After setting the scene with the Huldran legend of Scandinavia…

Project: Twilight
Audio / March 7, 2016

Released August 2001 ‘Project: Twilight’ again features the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe, continuing the run of high quality that these two have enjoyed under Big Finish’s stewardship. Prior to Big Finish, several novelizations featuring the Sixth Doctor put him into a contemporary setting, an approach that consistently yielded good results, and ‘Project: Twilight’ again exploits this trend to great effect. A series of animal carcasses that have seemingly been eaten disrupts the Doctor and Evelyn’s trip to the Slow Boat Chines Restaurant in South London, and the two soon find themselves involved in the investigation. It’s not long before vampires are reintroduced, albeit with a fresh interpretation that doesn’t just follow the portrayals of previous televised and written adventures. More importantly, though, the plot is structured in such a way that the Doctor has to battle with his own instincts regarding vampires to consider the bigger picture, and this turmoil leads to some of the most emotionally effective scenes. It almost goes without saying, but Colin Baker is again on top form here. His Doctor is again afforded a script that allows him to show his intelligence and tenacity, and writers Cavan Scott and Mark Wright also do a…