Christmas has come and gone. So what better way of spending those purgatory days between Christmas and New Year than with some short trips from Big Finish. Next up is Hall of the Ten Thousand, a new adventure for the Eighth Doctor and Charley.
Art can be a peculiar thing. Open to interpretation. Liked by some. Others are left appalled. Whilst an art installation commemorating a war can serve as a reminder of its ultimate futility, one must also be mindful so as not to glamorise such ventures. In the Hall of the Ten Thousand art imitates life. Or is that death?
Much like the statues in the story, Hall of the Ten Thousand is also a work of art. There is an intriguing setup, surprising revelations and a satisfying resolution. The themes are particularly dark, verging on the abhorrent but raises interesting questions regarding the ends justifying the means.
Voice of Masterchef India Fisher is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a supreme narrator. This is no actor simply reading words from the page. Conveying emotion and drama skilfully, with enough variety in her delivery to accentuate the multiple characters involved. The story works particularly well with Charley Pollard, a companion mindful of the horrors of the Great War on Earth.
Hall of the Ten Thousand has been composed by Jaine Fenn with tremendous thought and consideration. Brought to life by India Fisher and director Lisa Bowerman brilliantly, complemented by sound work from Richard Fox. The final result is a very thoughtful and thought-provoking piece.
But is it art? Absolutely. This is Big Finish artistry at its very best.
The Ten Thousand represent everything the Doctor admires. Ingenuity, creativity and triumph of peace over war. So, naturally, he’s taken Charley to see them.
However, their arrival isn’t the quite the gallery visit they expected. Why is everything slowly falling apart? Why is the artist refusing to see them?
But for Charley, there’s a question that’s far more urgent. Did that statue just move?