So I did these polls the last two years and they seemed to be popular for determining what we thought was the best of Big Finish of that year and now that it is November I've decided to get it started. Pick your top three from each month and at the end of January a top 20 pull will be compiled once polling has ended. This one is for December 2020. I'm not including any of this year's compilation rereleases as they are not produced for 2020 and excerpts are not included. Happy 2021 to all, hopefully this year will be better or at least less chaotic.
Ooh, now this is a tough choice, as it’s been really strong for Big Finish. I’ve had to properly think about this!
I went with the two Short Trips; The Shattered Hourglass & Free Speech. The former really utilises the timeline the story is set in for the Doctor and runs with it. A great story, but a really nice close to the series of Short Trips. You’ll probably know I’ve been critical and disinterested in the Short Trips the past couple of years, so it really means a lot to me to finish the year, and the range as it currently exists, on a high note. Free Speech was the cherry on the top, with a fantastic concept and story framework and a worthy winner of the Paul Spragg competition.
My final vote went to Genetics of the Daleks. The Fourth Doctor on his own is still very much a novelty for me, the guest cast are great, I loved the soundscape and the sense of dread and it’s so pacy.
I could’ve easily picked Plight of the Pimpernel for the final vote, but I had a couple more minor quibbles with that than I did Genetics.
I still haven’t formed my opinion on Grey Mountain; it’s a pleasant story but I can’t escape that all I’m picturing is McCoy, Aldred & Culshaw round a microphone in a darkened studio and I can’t work out if that’s good or bad!
Mutually Assured Destruction is a lot of fun too, but loses its edge by not really referencing the events of All Flesh is Grass. The book managed it fine, so I think it’s a conscious decision Big Finish made.
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