Well, well! I think we'd pretty much sussed out that a Brig recast was coming, but I wasn't expecting it to sound so letter perfect. I actually double checked that I hadn't clicked the wrong thing because it sounded so perfect. The Liz recast is quite a surprise too, though a welcome one. This really opens up a lot of possibilities for Big Finish. I'm a big fan of the UNIT corner of the Doctor Who universe and it's a significant reason why I'm so fond of Three's era. I was always a bit sad when some hand-waving had to be done to explain where the Brig was during stories where he might have otherwise appeared. I always felt the pang of Courtney's passing at those times. I'm pleased Big Finish have been so careful to honor the spirit of the performer.
I hope this means we might hear the Brig in some Fourth Doctor stories (as well as other interesting places he could pop up).
This is exactly what I was hoping for, but having listened to the trailer, it's going to take some getting used to. I haven't really heard Tim Treloar as Three yet, and this clip didn't quite sell it for me, I'm afraid. Jon Culshaw's got the Brig's tone and timbre just right, I think, but I'm noticing more sibilance than there was in Courtney's voice. Vocal impersonations are tough, no matter how gifted at them you are, and Culshaw sounds about 90% there, those little, borderline-lispy "S" sounds are going to bother me until I get used to them, though.
I've listened to it a couple more times now, and those little things are still bothering me. I'll definitely need to hear the whole thing before I can make a final judgment, but whatever quibbles I have, they are just that, minor issues that sound just slightly off to me, but I was trained in vocal analysis, so these little things might not be significant to others. It doesn't stop me from appreciating the great ability that Culshaw has, it's nearly perfect. I really need to hear more of Treloar before I really hear the Third Doctor from him, though. From this clip (all I've heard of him in the roll), it doesn't sound as close as when Peter Purves does Hartnell, for example. At least to me. I'm willing to bet I'll get accustomed to it fairly soon once I get the chance, though.
Funny thing, as much as I want more stories with her, the only character from all of Doctor Who I don't think I could stand to see recast is Sarah Jane. No matter how good someone else could be in the role, or in copying Lis' voice, hell, it could sound as if you cloned her, it would still feel wrong to me. There's just something about her presence that I don't think anyone else could match. The term "irreplaceable" gets bandied about a lot, and it certainly applies to people like Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, but there's a larger than life quality to them, and to their Doctors, that almost invites people to imitate them in homage. Same with the Brig in a lot of ways. But with Sarah Jane, I just think it would be different. She wasn't "larger than life" at all. She was just...perfectly human, I guess. No, recast whoever else you like, but I don't think I could get behind a replacement for Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane in my lifetime.
I have had a really long day and have not had a chance to get on the forum till now. I saw the news this morning and was so excited, but also concerned that most of Who fandom would be upset by the recasting. So I'm pretty happy that I logged on to this thread and see nothing but positive comments by people excited about this release. Culshaw sounds terrific as The Brig, it was perfect casting. I know nothing about Daisy, but I'm looking forward to hearing her as Liz, my favorite 3rd Doctor companion.
I also wonder if this opens things up so we get more than one 3rd Doctor box set a year.
That's just what I was thinking! Make it like most of the ongoing box set ranges - one release in the first half of the year, one release in the latter half of the year, with one set being a Season 7 Doctor/Liz/Brig/etc. release and other a Doctor/Jo/Brig/etc. release. I'll bet it's one of the most popular moves Big Finish could make right now
If Jon is up for it then i would love for him to meet the 8th and 10th Doctor. to be fair this has opened up a lot of possibilities.
i do enjoy Fraser's 2nd Doctor performance. Where as it isn't always spot on there are times when he really nails it and he never fails to convince.
I would love BF to add the 2nd to the monthly range, especially the Jamie, Ben Polly team.
have to agree Fraser is excellent and one of the reasons the 2nd Doctor audios have been one of my favourite ranges and with Elliot chapmans Ben they really are taking it up a notch and giving me stories that i would loved to have seen.
Post by Audio Watchdog on Oct 23, 2018 17:52:40 GMT
So if every Doctor is getting a special box set next year I'm wondering if we might get a second 3rd Doctor box set or if this is all we are getting next year with 3....besides The Legacy of Time of course.
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