The Renaisance Man
by Justin Richards
Audio drama available from Big Finish
The Renaissance Man is delightfully bouncy right from the start (where The Doctor mistakes a dog for the intelligent life~form on the planet) and the laughs continue throughout. Baker and Jameson are really hitting their collective stride now; especially the former who is well on his way to recreating the tones of his younger self. Accompanying the tittersome twosome is Churchill himself, Ian McNeice (Victory of the Daleks, Wedding of River Song), who plays “villain” of the piece, Harcourt. It’s an assured performance though he is very identifiable as his Prime Minister alter ego.
The production, as always with Big Finish, matches the quality of performances and a tip of the hat on the score, which pastiches the orchestral stylings of composer of the day (well, “back in the day”, that is) Dudley Simpson. Writer Richards has created a superb outing for Baker and Jameson, allowing them to chomp on a feast of amusing lines but also giving some thought towards the digital age, where knowledge is vastly different to simple information.
To supplement the two~part tale, you also get some extras in the form of behind~the~scenes interviews with the cast and crew – which really adds to the already enjoyable experience. A very astute touch, making The Renaissance Man even more of a must listen.
Thanks to Big Finish