As I reflect upon the Ninth Doctor range, I am struck by how quickly time has passed since Christopher Eccleston first joined forces with Big Finish to embark on a series of exciting new journeys. Come to think of it, it is difficult to believe that 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the show’s announcement.
Throughout the range, we were treated to a plethora of truly remarkable tales that brought together old friends and foes in unexpected ways, breathing new life into this beloved character. Of course, as with any lengthy journey, there were bumps in the road along the way, but with 24 new stories in this series, such inconsistencies are to be expected.
The latest addition to the range, Shades of Fear, is a prime example of its strengths and weaknesses. While it remains true to the erratic quality that has plagued the series, it captures the essence of the era so well, touching on the right themes and creating an atmosphere that seamlessly fits into the world that RTD established back in 2005.
One of the standout aspects of the Ninth Doctor range is the incredible performance of Christopher Eccleston. His portrayal of the Doctor on audio is just as captivating and engaging as it was on television, and he continues to bring depth and nuance to the character that is truly remarkable.
Eccleston’s ability to effortlessly switch between moments of levity and moments of profound emotion is a testament to his skill as an actor, and he imbues the Doctor with humanity and complexity that makes him one of the most compelling and memorable incarnations of the character.
It’s a real joy to hear Eccleston back in the role after so many years, and his performances in the range are a true testament to his talent as an actor. Whether you’re a longtime fan of the show or a newcomer to the world of Doctor Who, there’s no denying the power and charisma that he brings to the role.
At the time of writing, a third series with Eccleston has yet to be announced. So this could very well be our last instalment and, whilst it may not be the strongest entry in the range, it still manages to maintain the momentum of its predecessors and provides an overall enjoyable experience with Eccleston at the helm. It wouldn’t be a bad set to cap off the range.
Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Shades of Fear is now available to own for just £24.99 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £19.99 (download only), exclusively from Big Finish.