It’s quite easy to quickly fall head over in heels in love with this short Doctor Who audio adventure from Big Finish Productions.

Writer Jonathan Barnes deftly pulls the listener in within minutes of the story opening hours before the first Doctor’s former companion, Polly, moves to a new home with her husband. As the last of her things are packed, she comes across an item that sparks a memory of her travels with the Doctor.

It’s a simple concept, it has to be to be unpacked in about 37 minutes, which manages to get to the heart of what Doctor Who is all about: helping others in time of crisis.

Moments into the story, Polly is back aboard the TARDIS with the first Doctor and Ben. The trio, aboard the TARDIS mid-flight. are awoken from their sleep by an identical dream, in time to the experience getting caught in the slipstream of an object falling through time and space.

Landing the TARDIS at the object’s crash site, the Doctor, Ben and Polly come to the aid of the occupant of the crashed object and meet a being like no one they have come across before.

Needless to say, this adventure so long ago in Polly’s life has a huge impact on her life.  Narrator Anneke Wills, who of course played Polly on screen all those years ago, quickly finds the voices of the four characters, which is not surprising for an actress of her ilk. It would not be hard identifying which character any isolated spoken line from this play comes from since Wills has all of the characters down pat.

It’s particularly poignant since both William Hartnell and Michael Craze, who played the first Doctor and Ben respectively, are of course no longer with us.

For the asking price, you can’t really go wrong with Falling.

Rating 8/10

Synopsis

Doctor Who: Short Trips Monthly is a series of new short stories read by an original cast member.
Release #29 is a First Doctor, Ben and Polly story.
Long, long ago, Mrs Polly Jackson travelled in the TARDIS with her friends, the Doctor and Ben. Together, they saw many remarkable things – some magical, some terrifying, some filled with awe and wonder. Only one incident, however, was truly inexplicable, a single encounter which failed at the time wholly to make sense. At least, that is, until today…

Producer Ian Atkins
Script Editor Ian Atkins
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Written By: Jonathan Barnes
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Cast

Anneke Wills (Narrator)

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