THIS SPORTING LIFE (DOCTOR WHO)

PrintE-mail Written by Tony Jones

Una McCormack takes football as her theme for this month's Big Finish Short Trips story This Sporting Life. Set in March 1966, it's World Cup Fever in London, but somebody has stolen the cup itself!

Enter the first Doctor, Dodo and Steven Taylor in a story read by Peter Purves. There's much interplay between Steven and the others as he tries to understand why something as banal as a game of football should be so important. It makes a change to have the Doctor extol the virtues of something other than cricket, even if it isn't clear where he gets his knowledge from. The landscape is nicely drawn with some simple strokes, such as the inevitably London bobby who helps flesh out the start of the mystery.

Of course, Steven and the others are soon drawn into the hunt for the missing trophy and there Una fits in a tale with much humour and some credible motives driving the trophy theft. History tells us all ended well, and now we know how (at least in the Doctor Who universe).

Purves turns in a sterling reading and the London setting gives him plenty of opportunity to play up Dodo’s roots and the trio of characters feels nicely balanced.

At around thirty minutes, it is another excellent advertisement for the range of low-priced readings and well worth the investment for the punchline alone!

THIS SPORTING LIFE (DOCTOR WHO) / AUTHOR: UNA MCCORMACK / PUBLISHER: BIG FINISH / STARRING: PETER PURVES / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

 

Suggested Articles:
In this second half of the two-part finale to the current series of Fourth Doctor adventures, the Do
The latest instalment in Big Finish’s new series of audio adaptations of literary classics publish
With this second set of Prisoner stories, writer (and director) Nick Briggs follows the mix of adapt
It was a risky decision for Big Finish to do the unthinkable and recast one of the Doctors on audio,
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Audio Reviews

DOCTOR WHO: THE THIEF WHO STOLE TIME 17 September 2017

THE TIME MACHINE 17 September 2017

THE PRISONER VOLUME 2 31 August 2017

THE THIRD DOCTOR ADVENTURES VOL. 3 24 August 2017

THE BLOOD FURNACE 22 August 2017

TORCHWOOD: THE DYING ROOM 22 August 2017

DOCTOR WHO – THE SKIN OF THE SLEEK 22 August 2017

DARK SHADOWS: LOVE LIVES ON 17 August 2017

CLASSIC DOCTORS, NEW MONSTERS VOL. 2 17 August 2017

HAMLET 17 August 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner