Post by barnabaslives on Mar 31, 2019 23:50:16 GMT
I think I'm a bit out of sorts at the moment and having trouble with a number of stories that too easily seem too sad or too dark or too gruesome. I know they're not all that way, lol, but aside from Auntie Iris, I can't seem to remember exactly which ones are a little on the lighter side.
What are some Big Finish audios that are a bit lighter on betrayal, biological experiments gone horribly wrong, planet-wide famine, genocide and other things that aren't very cheerful, that others like to listen to when perhaps feeling a bit gloomy?
Well they certainly do involve betrayal and experiments gone wrong, but Jago & Litefoot always do it in such a lighthearted and charming way that it's hard to be dragged down by any of their stories IMO.
From the Main Range, I'd say The One Doctor, Doctor Who and the Pirates, The Kingmaker, and The Doomwood Curse (maybe?), and The Fourth Wall are amongst the lightest that range has to offer. I just barely edged The Widow's Assassin off the list because I feel like the dark themes underneath the story are more prevalent than the humor that the rest of the story marinates itself in. I'll just have to give The Doomwood Curse another listen, but I seem to recall it being a pretty light story overall.
For the Fourth Doctor, you absolutely can't go wrong with The Trouble With Drax, Gallery of Ghouls, and The Iron Legion. I haven't listened to The Star Beast just yet - saving it for a rainy day - but I think The Iron Legion is an absolute blast from start to finish and one of the finest two-hour Fourth Doctor experiences you can find. The Trouble With Drax is possibly my second favorite Fourth Doctor story on audio, beaten just by the phenomenal The Foe From the Future. The Trouble With Drax is exactly the sort of story you'd expect Douglas Adams to sign off on. I haven't listened to Gallery of Ghouls nearly as much, but I seem to recall it's similarly humorous - another story I'll have to go back to.
Grand Theft Cosmos captures the Eighth Doctor and Lucie at the peak of their friendship and it absolutely flies by when you're listening. It's probably the lightest Eighth Doctor I can think of in audio besides The Company of Friends.
The Ravelli Conspiracy is chock full of betrayal, but it's certainly not meant to be taken all that seriously. It's like The Romans, but perhaps a little heavier on the humor. Absolutely one of the funnest First Doctor stories I can think of.
Missy: Volume One. I haven't finished it just yet - still need to get around to the fourth story - but the first three stories are absolutely insane and I love them. Lots of betrayal and dastardly schemes, but it's all played for laughs and I'd recommend the set in a heartbeat to anyone who's just looking for a good time.
I'll second Jago & Litefoot; while there might be the odd dark moment, the characters usually more than make up for that.
I'm surprised no-one's mentioned The Auntie Matter yet. That's got to be one of the funniest stories Big Finish have ever done.
I'd also say the recent Fever Island is pretty good for humour too, without much in the way of darker content (that I can remember).
The Scorchies was pretty light-hearted from what I remember, but maybe a couple of revelations toward the end might overstep the line? (What do others think?)
Jenny - The Doctor's Daughter is almost universally described as simply "fun", so that's probably worth a shot.
I might even add Fall to Earth to this list (from the Torchwood range). It's one of the few stories that's generally quite light on dark themes, and what little there is is counteracted in several ways by both the characters and story.
Apart from the usual suspects already mentioned above, my favorites which always cheer me up and which I already have listened to a lot are: - Planet of the Ogrons (from the Time War 2 set) which is such a nice light-hearted piece with lots of humour and great characters - Truant (New Adventures of Bennie Vol. 4) - The Wormery (one of my absolute favorites) - Seasons of Fear (another one of my absolute favorites) - Their finest hour (Ravenous Vol.1)- the amazing banter between Liv and the Doctor always makes me laugh Oh, and of course the River Song box sets.
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