Big Finish Productions have been creating new Doctor Who stories for 20 years. Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time is an epic, six part adventure celebrating this 20th anniversary. The story concludes with Collision Course.
I’ll try not to make this sound like obsequious over-zealousness for Big Finish but it’s going to be difficult. 20 years ago Big Finish began creating brand new, original Doctor Who stories. They have allowed the televised run of the show to become vastly expanded upon with the original acting talent returning to reprise their roles. Supporting characters have had their stories expanded through further spinoff adventures. From Bernice Summerfield, the Counter Measures team and those on Gallifrey, to Jenny ‘The Doctor’s Daughter’ and UNIT with Kate Stewart and Osgood. New characters, like Charlotte Pollard and Sir Toby Kinsella, villains and aliens, such as the Rocket Men and the Nine, have also been created.
Trying to bring so many disparate characters and stories together in a coherent manner is a significant challenge. The writing team of James Goss, Jonathan Morris, Matt Fitton and John Dorney have all played their part. Guy Adams provides the final flourishes to the wider tale but within the setting of another intriguing plot. Across the six individual episodes the peril remains consistent. Temporal chaos affecting time zones across the Big Finishverse. By the concluding instalment, a solution for the devastation must be found as everything reaches the Collision Course. This requires going right back to a beginning.
In the concluding instalment The Legacy of Time takes us to Gallifrey. Not just the planet of the Time Lords but also the Big Finish range. Romana and Leela have identified the time distortions and their memories of separate journeys to the same location may hold the answer. This sees both characters take us back to earlier trips with the enigmatic Fourth Doctor. Those who have not enjoyed Lalla Ward and Louise Jameson together on audio before this episode will surely seek out the Gallifrey range. Their chemistry and bond also comes through in their behind the scenes interview.
Ward and Jameson also get to play alongside the Fourth Doctor himself once again. Hearing them both reunited with Tom is simply lovely. Tom Baker may have taken a little longer than other former television Doctors to join the ranks of Big Finish, but now he is firmly a key contributor. He is not the only one. One character has been with Big Finish from the very beginning. Therefore it is only right that she also makes a crucial appearance. After all, would we be here without Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfield?
Unsurprisingly, we are also treated to a meeting of the Doctors and it is a thrilling moment. Then (no spoilers) it gets even better! Their interactions and leg-pulling are particularly amusing. The situation is so brilliantly put together and works perfectly. Ever wondered what the Seventh Doctor was alluding to in ‘Remembrance of the Daleks‘ all those years ago? It is little details like that which rewards the long time fans. After all Big Finish only exists because of such like-minded people. Fans created it and fans have embraced it.
Happy Birthday Big Finish
The Legacy of Time is the perfect celebration of what has been achieved by Big Finish. What better way to celebrate an anniversary than with a prequel for where it all started. Initially created to keep Doctor Who going when it was no longer on television, Big Finish is now a significant force. This celebratory adventure is Big Finish’s Avengers: Endgame. A masterpiece in combining all their central characters and showcasing them in the best possible way.
Huge credit must go to Producer David Richardson and Director Ken Bentley for coordinating this epic tale. It can’t have been easy! The Legacy of Time is the ultimate example of the skill, ingenuity and creativity of those at Big Finish. There can be no better tribute to their sterling work.
Here’s to another 20 years!
Catch up on BlogtorWho’s previous reviews for The Legacy of Time below:
- Lies in Ruins
- The Split Infinitive
- The Sacrifice of Jo Grant
- Relative Time
- The Avenues of Possibility
An epic six-part adventure celebrating 20 years of Doctor Who at Big Finish!
Time is collapsing. Incidents of temporal chaos and devastation are appearing throughout the many lives of the Doctor and his friends – fallout from one terrible disaster.
The Doctor must save history itself – and he will need all the help he can get.
1. Lies in Ruins by James Goss
2. The Split Infinitive by John Dorney
3. The Sacrifice of Jo Grant by Guy Adams
4. Relative Time by Matt Fitton
5. The Avenues of Possibility by Jonathan Morris
6. Collision Course by Guy Adams
- Tom Baker (The Doctor)
- Peter Davison (The Doctor)
- Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor)
- Colin Baker (The Doctor)
- Paul McGann (The Doctor)
- Tim Treloar (The Doctor)
- Sophie Aldred (Ace)
- Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield)
- India Fisher (Charlotte Pollard)
- Karen Gledhill (Allison Williams)
- John Heffernan (The Nine)
- Anna Hope (DI Patricia Menzies)
- Louise Jameson (Leela)
- Alex Kingston (River Song)
- Katy Manning (Jo Jones)
- Ingrid Oliver (Osgood)
- Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart)
- Hugh Ross (Sir Toby Kinsella)
- Pamela Salem (Rachel Jensen)
- Georgia Tennant (Jenny)
- Lalla Ward (Romana)
- Simon Williams (Group Captain Gilmore)