Synopsis It used to be fun, Mind Running. Hopping into the heads of total strangers to see what they saw, feel what they felt. But one by one the Mind Runners are dying in a wave of suicides. And no-one on the planet Chaldera knows why.
The Doctor, Leela and K9 arrive in the city that covers all of this dying world as it prepares to evacuate its people, and they immediately find themselves involved in a mystery. Who or what is responsible for the wave of death? Is it the motorised cult known as the Digitals? The enigmatic Mr Shift?
Or did all the victims attempt to run the Night Mind, the demonic consciousness of legend that is so twisted and evil that it drives mad all who touch it?
Written By: John Dorney Directed By: Nicholas Briggs
CAST Tom Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), John Leeson (K9), Josette Simon (Taraneh), Sarah Lark (Jacinta), Alex Wyndham (Raph), Robert Duncan (Krayl / Sternwood / Eldren), Andy Secombe (Cloten / Shift)
Wow, this set really went from strength to strength.
I think it was about a year ago when I decided to reassess my ranking of the various Doctors and this time around I put McCoy's Seventh Doctor above Baker's Fourth.
My reasoning was that Baker was as brilliant as he ever was, but he stepped into the audios fully formed. He was very nearly perfect in the role on television and his Doctor never had to change and evolve like the others did.
The earlier seasons of the 4DAs have been consistently excellent. My only complaint was an exceedingly trivial one. They tended to be so steeped in nostalgia that they didn't transcend the television stories in the way the audios featuring the other Doctors did.
But that's no longer true with this latest batch! They're so fresh, so vital. They're breaking new territory and telling new stories. And I love it.
John Dorney is probably the strongest writer working for Big Finish and he's at the height of his power here. Every line is perfect. Top notch!
Not sure what to make of this. Confused is the word, I think.
Lots of good concepts, but nothing is done with them. Part One has some interesting world building, but Part Two does nothing with it. We’re told about the idea of Mind Runners, but we’re not shown it apart from at the very beginning. Maybe it should have been used against the Doctor, Leela or even K9? The sound effects over the voices make it sound like there’s encoding issues with the files too!
It might pick up in the next story, but I can’t see where else it can go, really.
A very good opening story essentially a 4 parter with enough excitement and not padded out to make up for being a 4 parter I very much was looking forward to Josette Simon in this but have to say the electronic tinkering of the voices I found totally annoying and distracting to the action.Tom and Louise and John Leeson all on fine form and this was essentially a very dark story especially when you get to the end and I love that type...When I was relistening I knew I was going to have to put up with vocal tinkering again but I did and found it a great wee story there is a great build up of tension and of mystery and have to say Mr Shift is a very chilling individual (used correctly in the right way and not overused he could be a great opponent).I was looking at my previous comment hahaha short and sweet which means the vocals did piss me off but I was playing nice. By time you get to final episode it’s genuinely a yeuchy squelchy finale but gives Tom a chance to play Gravitas (when he does it I believe him) . definitely a story worthy to be heard and has to be appraised after listening to The Demon Rises.
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