Tag Archives: Peter Davison

Roger McGough/ Royal Philharmonic 10/10 Ensemble. Summer With Monika. Music Rooms, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Poetry and music give the same sense of hope and beauty to which arguably nothing else made by our own minds and creative souls, save an artist’s delicate touch or an actor’s soliloquy, can stand up to in comparison. Combine them, join them at the hip and something truly magical happens, it can feel like seeing the stars for the first time, watching a waterfall cascade over thousands of years of rocks and rubble which have been shaped by time and patience or even the wide eyed wonder of a child realise that the world is there to be explored. In nature the moment is forever, in the words of one of Britain’s finest poets of the last one hundred years, it is a spectacle that makes your heart glow.

Doctor Who: And You Will Obey Me. Audio Drama Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Peter Davison, Geoffrey Beevers, Sheena Bhattessa, Alex Foley, Peta Cornish, Russ Bain, Tessa Coates, Nick Ellsworth.

No matter the incarnation of the Doctor, he is arguably at his sublime best when facing the prospect of battling one of two men in the Universe. Whether it is the maniacal, fascist like Davros or the dangerously charming and incredibly psychotic Master, both men are the epitome of thorns in the side of the man who loves Humanity just a little too much.

Doctor Who: The Peterloo Massacre. Audio Drama Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Jayne Standing, Robbie Stevens, Gerard Kearns, Philip Labey, Wayne Forester, Liz Morgan.

There are moments in history that are so sacred, so vital to have taken place that by not understanding them, not appreciating the full scale of the event and the fall-out from them, is to allow ignorance to breed and the wrong side of the argument to gain ground. There are such moments that bring change, eventual and ultimate change that to deny them should be considered a crime against humanity and the possibility of such events recurring.

Doctor Who: Aquitaine. Audio Drama Review. Big Finish.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7/10

Cast: Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Matthew Cottle, Harry Myers, Nina Sosanya, Gerald Kyd, Danusia Samal.

Time is complicated for The Doctor and his companions enough without adding the distraction of a Black Hole into their lives but when answering a distress call from a robot who finds the offering of tea a wholesome and pursuit worthy activity, Black holes become the least of The Doctor’s problems.

Doctor Who: The Waters Of Amsterdam. Audio Drama Review. Big Finish.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Tim Delap, Richard James, Elizabeth Morton, Robbie Stevens, Wayne Forester.

As the tenth incarnation of The Doctor once remarked with fear in his voice, “Water always wins”; when that water surrounds you, when that impeding sense of doom of being submerged, of being inundated by half truths and a partner that won’t let you go easily, then water doesn’t just win, it erodes to eventually destruction everything in its path.

Doctor Who: The Secret History, Audio Drama Review. Big Finish.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Peter Davison, Maureen O’Brien, Peter Purves, Graeme Garden, Lysette Anthony, Tony Millan, Giles Watling, Tim Wallers, Sarah Woodward, Nicolas Briggs, Elizabeth Morton, John Banks, Barnaby Edwards.

 

Doctor Who: The Entropy Plague, Audio Drama Review. Big Finish.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Mark Strickson, Alastair Mackenzie, Catherine Skinner, Robert Duncan, John Voce, Chris Finney.

Decay is a state of mind for which even The Doctor struggles to hold back at times, the sheer weight of history acting as a melancholic anchor for him to grasp hold of when all is against him. His collection of travellers past and present, those he has lost, those he has loved, all acting as the living embodiments of the Memento Mori he carries around with him in his little blue box; decay is something he runs from, never looking back, never going back for old companions in case he sees the futility of life. Entropy in the end is the toughest enemy The Doctor has and one that he cannot hope to defeat forever.

Doctor Who: Equilibrium, Audio Drama Review. Big Finish.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Mark Strickland, Annette Badland, Nickolas Grace, Joanna Kirkland, John Albasiny, Ella Kenion.

E-Space has ensnared The Doctor. Thanks to the mechanical, mathematic genius mind of the now dead Adric, the Doctor in his fifth incarnation and his three young companions are cut adrift from the Universe and with little hope of finding their way back, it seems as though their stay in E-Space will become a lengthy and unbalanced one.

Doctor Who: Mistfall. Audio Drama Review. Big Finish.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7/10

Cast: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Mark Strickson, Jemma Redgrave, Nigel Carrington, Emily Woodward, Paul Panting, Matthew Carter.

Even with Adric having been dead for quite a while, his sphere of influence over the affairs over The Doctor nevertheless continues to compound the web of time and the lives of his companions.

Andrew Smith’s Mistfall sees the Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa dragged through a pocket of Time and into a different universe. It is the result of Adric’s mathematical genius mind that the Doctor finds himself back within the complexity of E-Space and all the dangers that are found within.

Doctor Who: Psychodrome. Audio Drama Review. Big Finish.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Matthew Waterhouse, Robert Whitelock, Phil Mulryne, Camilla Power, Bethan Walker.

We are made up so many different facets in our genetic and mental make-up that it somewhat surprising that more is not made of the split personality within the world of Science Fiction. For The Doctor, the many personalities that have lived and also have the potential to do so hides perhaps a frightening question, does the Doctor ever really know himself, even he meets parts of him in someone else?