Destined for Greatness?,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Shadow of Death (Destiny of the Doctor 2) (Audio CD)
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Part of Audio Go's 50th anniversary programme of releases, and produced by the lovely people at Big Finish (who have a long standing history with Doctor Who audio adventures), this production is similar in feel to their early Companion Chronicles series, with a main narrator and an additional voice taking you through one of the Doctor's adventures. In this case, the main voice is Frazer Hines, reprising his role as the Second Doctor's companion, Highlander Jamie McCrimmon, accompanied by Evie Dawnay, who has appeared in a couple of other Big Finish productions.
The story is structured around the mainstay of Patrick Troughton's tenure: the base under siege. Crash landing once again on a mysterious alien planet, the Doctor, Zoe and Jamie are soon plunged into the usual misunderstandings, accusations of foul play, and running through corridors. Written by Simon Guerrier, this feels very much like a Troughton adventure that could have been made at the time. There is a nice flash forward to future events, and some of the classic Troughton tropes are there (all except the most famous joke), but other than that it's very standard fare, with some very notable stereotypes. Just for once, it would be quite nice to go to a far future research station and there not be a feisty Russian female research scientist...
Frazer Hines delivers, as ever, an eerie and never less than convincing impression (rather than a direct impersonation) of Patrick Troughton's Doctor, with the mannerisms of his speech and performance quite unnervingly accurate at times. You can see the Doctor waving his hands about, and the faces he's pulling, with no difficulty at all. I'm a huge fan of the Second Doctor, despite so little of his series remaining, and Frazer Hines' capturing of his essence, so despite its weaknesses, this is still a decent addition to his canon.