Post by fantasticalice on May 17, 2018 18:46:44 GMT
Although It will be sometime before I order this I had some questions. I love that 9 is in two adventures! It definitely shows ththat BF are going for mood and story over "popularity" 9 seemed to feel very at home in the blitz in Empty Child and it makes sense for him to feature in two stories of his own.
One of the things I'm curious about is the tone. In my humble bundle purchase I found Churchill one insanely enjoyable. One of the things I really liked about it is that even though it used Kazran and other characters from the show Churchill 's narration of the Doctors had a u ique feel....
The way Ian narratrd the tales you could see it as perhaps the Doctor wasn't there at all or was there in a much more reduced capacity. I haven't headcanoned how I feel but it was presented in a way ypu could imagine Churchill doing everything from massive embellishmentembellishment to even creating the Doctor to help explain such a fantastic tale.
That aspect of it really really drew me in as I could see it as apapers even the Churchill from our world creating the tale and legend of the Doctor.
Aside from all that supposition it was a strong story style, much stronger than other partial narratives with full castcast. It made the Doctor feel monolithic and legendary especially in the 9th Doctor tale.
What I'm saying is it felt like Churchill was fully capeable of telling a vivid enraptured story capturing each person's voice and mannerisms perfectly except for the Doctor. He knows he could never fully captuure his essence so he tries to capture his spirit and monolithic nature.
Going back to us as the listener this is why Churchill tells the story and every character is portrayed by an actor or actress except the Doctor.
The only other time I remember feeling so drawn in with partial narration was Jago and Litefoot revival. It's not an actor doing a voice it's the character.
For Jago and Litefoot Jago's doctor impression was very theatrical, al almost TOO accurate and was a very Jago interpretation of the Doctor. Litefoot's impression was truly unique and very different in style. Everything about his impression of the doctor involved moving fast, talking fast, and it took me a second to get used to it and it was perfect.
Back to Churchill he did the same thing. It was less of a impression and it was how Churchill saw the Doctor. These things are very important for acted prose, especially in almost full cast. If it feels like the actor jumps over to narrate mode it can feel flat. You don't want to hear Ian McNieces Doctor.... You want to hear Ian as Churchill 's Doctor as those will be very very different.
It's the heart of first person prose and if you master that in any medium it will be immersive and even seamless for the listener.
It's why I still think Mel-Evolent is one of the best short trips of 2018 and why I love Adric, Leela, and Charlie narrated tales.
It's also why if I write a fourth Doctor tale I will do third person primarily and base it off of season 7A and Hinchcliffe presents Vol 1. Because for me my Fourth Doctor is brilliant, light hearted and Jokey, but will do a complete dark 180 if people are being abused and hurt(Aka what I call Ol' Gravely Tom)
This remomds me that I need to work on my short trip pitch!
I thought this set was a lot of fun. Four great standalone stories that are easy to get absorbed into and make for some laid back listening. I enjoyed the variety, from flashback heavy, to an action thriller, to an absolute farce!
I really like the various use of the Doctor in this and how his involvement works to the stories advantage. For example, in Young Winston the Doctor is very much at the backseat and appears exactly when you've sort of forgotten he's due an appearance, which is a great way to script it. And in contrast you have Churchill Victorious, where you are very much waiting for him to turn up. I felt those two stories were my favourite of the set; Vastra is brilliant on her own and I hope she appears in sets on her own with other Doctors. Churchill Victorious is a ludicrous bit of fun and takes a change of tone towards the end that does feel earned, which isn't always the case.
That isn't to say the two Ninth Doctor stories weren't great, I enjoyed them but they didn't stand out as much to me. I think there's a few factors there; I felt both stories were a little harder to follow, I think the Ninth Doctor's involvement in his three Churchill appearances becomes a bit obvious and tired in the end - he's just cleaning up Time War affairs. It feels like a stretch to use that each time. Speaking of Nine, McNeice deciding to put an accent on for him and not the other Doctors takes me out of things a little. Nine aside, I cannot fault McNeice, he's a real tour de force in these, both with his portrayal and his reading. Enjoyable pair of stories nonetheless, but they both have clearer drawbacks than the other two, I feel.
This forum is for fans of audio drama, and is not endorsed by the BBC, Big Finish, or any other organisation discussed within.
Links to our forum from other websites do not indicate our endorsement of, or cooperation with, those sites.