The Sirens of Time
Audio / February 15, 2016

Released July 1999 As the first recorded Doctor Who story since the 1996 TV Movie, ‘The Sirens of Time’ carried significant hype and burden into its release, attempting to prove a successful launching pad for a continued audio range. Featuring the three Doctors that Big Finish had acquired the rights to at the time, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy are brought together (without companions) to reunite listeners with each actor’s bygone era and to save Gallifrey and time itself. ‘The Sirens of Time’ starts off strongly, and the opening scenes with Coordinator Vansell arriving on Gallifrey to explain that something is wrong with time and that it involves with the Doctor are befittingly interesting. This sets the scene for a bold story choice as each of the three Doctors stars in an individual and seemingly disparate episode- each meeting with a female character played by Sarah Mowat soon after arriving- before coming together for the fourth story. Episode one features McCoy’s Seventh Doctor, but unfortunately it is not a strong start to the story or to the range. Early Big Finish stories suffer from some awkward expository scenes, and that is certainly the case here as McCoy talks…