Time to help fill out the Index! I've listened to so much Doctor Who lately, I'm limiting myself to those stories still remember clearly, so hopefully I won't wind up flooding the board with too many threads.... Which brings us to the twin-release of I.D. and Urgent Calls.
For being the longer of the two stories, I don't really remember much about I.D. at all. So much so that when I think of Urgent Calls, in my mind I remember it not as an MR release, but a Short Trip. The latter story is just so immense in my mind that it blots out the former entirely. And can you blame me? Urgent Calls is good. Really, really good.
In fact, I'd say it's one of my all-time favorite Doctor Who stories. Ever.
It's just so fun: a laser-focused story with an experimental format (does this qualify as an epistolary, do you think?), consisting entirely of the inimitable Colin Baker opposite just a single other character. That's it. That's the story: just two people talking. I love it so much. There's an alien threat, of course, there always is, but it's off-screen, so to speak, throughout: serving less as a threat than a contrivance to justify the coincidences that propel the dialog. The meat of the story is simply the emerging dynamic and increasing surreality of the Doctor's developing relationship with Lauren Hudson. Wouldn't she have made a great companion?
Oh, god. Am I gushing too much? I just love this episode. All the moreso that the big "threat" posed by the alien programming mostly just manifests in happy little coincidences, that benefit everyone involved. It's just lovely. One of the best.
I.D. is an odd one for me. I really like the setting and the world building and it’s always nice to see Gyles Brandreth in anything but the plot goes in a very different direction come the final parts which I’m still not sure if I like or not.
Urgent Calls is a lovely little tale though. No evil villains, no grand schemes, just a brief interaction between two people which ultimately changes the life of one of them for the better.
No evil villains, no grand schemes, just a brief interaction between two people which ultimately changes the life of one of them for the better.
These are the stories that leave the biggest impression on me. That make me -love- the Doctor as a character, and adore the franchise. Just two people, talking, and becoming better for it. So much so that I can distinctly remember gushing about the same thing, not too long ago, with Her Own Bootstraps and Forever Fallen. Though, in retrospect, it doesn't appear to be an approach that really works--or at least one they've really tried to get to work--with a full-length story, as all the cases I've seen (or those that stick out in my mind) have been short stories.
I'd love to see a full-length story, or even an entire box-set, where the Big Bad Problem of the story is just resolved at the end with the Doctor and antagonist talking to each other, with the one persuading the other to become a better person. I think I would've liked The Eleven (or The Twelve or The Thirteen) to have ended that way.
Urgent Calls is a great story and a really entertaining one that puts the Doctor in a completely different light/role, which is good.
I am a bit hazy with ID - was this the one with the robotic love-story? If I recall, it is written by the same guy who wrote Thicker than Water, so it has a lot of familiar ideas and themes. It was an interesting take on love and sacrifice (hinting at the end of the Doctor's Fifth Incarnation), but not really much more than that. Brandreth is good in this - pity he's not done more. I always thought he'd be a good Master as well.
'Well now I know you're mad. I just wanted to make sure."
Only listened to urgent calls of soundcloud but wow that got me pretty teary eyed. Loved colins characterisation in this one, very sixth doctory. And the story between the two main characters was touching, really touching. Seriously is a well rounded fulfilling drama, hitting all the right notes and ending beautifully. Its also only a drama that really works on audio which is when BF is at its best. I really enjoyed that
I don't have a good recollection of I.D. but I remember Urgent Calls very well. One of the first Big Finish releases I listened to, as it was free on Soundcloud (still is, as far as I know), and I enjoyed it very much.
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