I wound up being "accidentally" introduced to Benny a few days early in The Legacy of Time, where they implied she'd had some adventures with the 8th Doctor--AFAIK none have yet been recorded, but I'm already chomping at the bit for a Benny + 8 + Unblund Doctor story.
Benny and the eighth Doctor first met in the last Doctor Who NA novel The Dying Days, which is sadly OOP and very expensive, and again in one of the stories in Company of Friends in the Monthly Range, which is an anthology of eighth Doctor stories with companions from the comics and novels. I highly recommend Company of Friends: it's a fun collection of short stories that are very standalone and it's the only audio appearance of one of my favourite companions, Fitz. (I would also recommend The Dying Days, but not for how much people are charging for it now.)
I would also very much like to hear a Benny + 8 + Unbound Doctor story.
Kestrel: If you're cool with ebooks, The Dying Days was available in pdf form (with authors' notes) for free on the BBC website a while ago, and is available on archive.org now! It feels like a big budget romp, starring Benny and co-starring the Doctor, that kicked off Benny's solo adventures while saying a fond farewell to the Virgin DW range. Also, it's got the Brig, which is always a good thing.
lol, I'd be dead without ebooks. I already have too many physical books spilling of my shelves, I'd be buried under paper if not for my hundreds of ebooks clearing up some space to breathe. I'll definitely check out that book, though TBH I haven't really gotten much mileage out of Doctor Who prose in the past. Much of what I've read fails to adequately capture the voice of the characters IMO.
Anyway I dove into NABS2 this morning, which is all about Sutekh. Benny remains fun, but I miss David Warner already. I gotta make sure I pace myself, as if I'm not careful I'm likely to forgo sleep and binge through both of the Unbound Universe sets in a single night.
I've compiled all of my Big Finishes purchases into a single massive document, alongside those on my wishlist (bolded, right-justified). Check it out to see what I've already listened to (or soon will), or to recommend me something new to listen to!
Apologies in perpetuity for my many typos (FUAC) and poor memory.
Been relistening to this in prep for my first listen to benny volume 4 and i amas mixed now as i was back when i first listened. (Spoliers)
The Library in the body is pretty amazing and a great reintroduction to Warners doctor who is amazing. The fast paced introduction basically tells us the premised of the series in one swoop, its great. The rest of the stories have great chaarcters, a great twist and all in all is an excellent story.
Planet X...it has a lot going for it. A lot of the actors are great, Bennys story in this is really engaging and i the listener is really engrossed in Bennys relationship with the girl she is with for the story. Shes Very motherly here (obviously missing Peter) Warner also gives an outstanding performance, his comedy beats “boring” as well as his contempt for the villains all works great. The actual villains...too one note for me i really didn’t enjoy them and really brings the episode down for me. Sometimes a one mote villain thats evil just to be evil can work but i felt it jared with the otherwise fairly series story. Maybes it was the way it played i don’t know. Great concept though.
The Very Dark thing again is a really good story but theres a few things that brings it down for me. The world building is great, they really do create this lucid world with the sound design. The doctor being dazed is also really funny and again Bennys raport with the main cast works splendidly, if a but similar to the previous episode. I did feel the message was way to simplistic though and really needed more context and episodes to make its self feel earned.
The clear analogue is meant to be that if the daleks had used the moment and not the doctor, as the daleks were the bad guys in the prime doctor who universe, the species here were the bad guys in theirs. But the thing is they weren’t mentioned till this episode and we hadn’t seen any of their destruction really until this epsidoe (and even then their war acts are allued to) i think the set really needed an epsidoe where it was as benny had said, been the doctor and her helping out the aftermath or what this race did, no villain or maybes a vaillian of their race. The other two episodes did not show this they were separate stories and it really needed it as we are told they were “the bad guys” but we aren’t show that. Yes they used the weapon that ended the war but in the prime universe the doctor did that (for a time) and he is seen as the good guy.
It also rubbed me the wrong way how benny said there wasn’t an excuse if they were ordered or not or if they were being attacked as again, we wearnt given the context.
I did get they were trying to show that didn’t matter, what had happened had happened and all everyone needed was to just heal, but still i felt it would have been more effective if we had either A) saw what they had done, been mentioned previously or B) not go so hard that they were “the bad guys”. If these are the Daleks/The empire of the unbound universe, i feel we needed to see that rather than be told that as otherwise it makes it harder to connect with the story and characters as much as they wanted us to be.
Going to relisten to Episode 4 so will update how i feel then, all i can remember is the Master and Benny getting drunk for most of the story though i imagine theres more to it than that haha
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