Synopsis Doctor Who: Short Trips Monthly is a series of new short stories read by an original cast member.
Release #45 is a First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan story
It’s become his obsession. Through the hottest of deserts and the coldest of snows, the TARDIS crew have searched for the one remaining piece of the Doctor’s most important experiment. But now Barbara’s exhausted. Why hasn’t the Doctor learned his lesson? What’s so important that his scientific curiosity outweighs the safety of the crew once again? And will his latest arrogant trespass be the last he ever makes?
Written By: Paul Phipps Directed By: Lisa Bowerman
Wonderful story, with beautiful insight into Barbara (keeping track of how much time has passed and missing Sunday roast at her mother's place). The music is evocative. Easily the best Barbara material in an age, possibly since the BBC Past Doctor Adventures. A heartwarming ending that should warm the hearts of all listeners, and a perfect slice of 1964.
Be sure to check out the indexes for the various Big Finish ranges!
Excellent story. This one feels bigger than it is, with a sense of the full original cast, and with a strong use of highly visual language.
As someone trained in botany, I was able to take the clues in the script and discover the likely ending about halfway through. This did not diminish the story at all, but in fact adds to the appreciation of the research and cleverness of the writer.
The only flaw is a single typo in the script, but don't look at the flaw unless you have already listened, and then only if you don't mind knowing about this tiny, tiny flaw:
This was an utter delight. Wonderfully read by Carole Ann, and a fantastic platform for Barbara. It’s little stories like this which really make you appreciate just how magical those early adventures are.
I did guess how the story would conclude. And, believe it or not, it’s purely because I had a very similar idea for a Short Trip that I ultimately never submitted into the Paul Spragg competition! I think tea being the resolution to a Doctor Who story is perfect and I’m so glad I bought A Small Semblance of Home.