You can’t keep a good character down, can you? Jackie Tyler is back once more for another Short Trip!

‘Flight Into Hull’ follows up on June’s engaging if somewhat sedate ‘The Siege Of Big Ben’. Once again, Camille Coduri narrates a Joseph Lidster penned Short Trip set in the Parallel Earth featuring the Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor. But will Hull make for a livelier outing?

This review contains spoilers for ‘The Siege of Big Ben‘ so make sure you listen to that episode first. Our review was published earlier. 

Parallel Plot

Jackie Tyler still unsettled by The Doctor actions during the Big Ben incident. To stop her taking it out on the UNIT team, Rose and Pete send her on a private zeppelin to…Hull. She’s excited. That is, until she discovers who her cabin-mate. Just when she thought her day couldn’t get any worse, another familiar face pops up to prove her wrong. Whilst Lidster’s first Jackie story was very character-focused and needed a lot of exposition front-loading the script, this one blends character with a bit more sci-fi and action. Allowing the characters to develop in a more plot-driven way.

Jackie and Joseph

Once again, Camille Coduri knocks it out of the park! Now that she’s been playing the role for well over a decade, Coduri brings a grander scope to Jackie. Lidster proves that he understands Jackie’s perspective on life and how it fits with all the alien weirdness she’s had to put up with. Whereas companion characters get acclimatised and change very quickly, Jackie’s outsider role keeps her grounded. It was a wonderful conceit of Russell T Davies when he conceived the character. It’s superb to see a writer like Lidster carry on that philosophy while adding new facets.

Pete’s World

With these Short Trips, the seeds of a Parallel Earth spin-off have been sown and personally I think it’s an excellent idea! But if it doesn’t happen, at least we have these two expertly written, brilliantly acted, and amazingly constructed Short Trips.

Doctor Who – Short Trips: Flight in Hull is available to buy now from the Big Finish website.

Synopsis

Doctor Who: Short Trips Monthly is a series of new short stories read by an original cast member.

Release #44 is a Meta-Crisis Doctor and Jackie Tyler story

Jackie Tyler’s lost a close friend, and this new Doctor is only a half-hearted replacement for him.

But as she tries to put the events of Big Ben behind her and take a well-earned break, others have spotted an opportunity. A well-intentioned, far-reaching plan is underway. But Jackie Tyler isn’t the woman she was…

Producer Ian Atkins
Script Editor Ian Atkins
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Written By: Joseph Lidster
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Cast

Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler)

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