When you hear writing like this, it’s easy to forget how hard it is to write an effective audio drama. It’s hard to think of anything at all, as you are totally swept up in the storytelling. We started out making notes and admiring the odd scene transition (particularly the one that goes from an auction to post-auction despair), then became rather engrossed in the story.
The premise is that the Doctor discovers his old enemy’s TARDIS up for sale in a sleepy English town, and must work out where the crispy renegade is hiding. There are also some teens that haven’t aged since the 1980s. Kudos to the casting director though, the guy who plays Colin sounds a lot like the speccy teen (whose name we forget) from the 80s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole TV series. There’s no better way to get the listener in the right timeframe.
Thinking back on it, it’s startling just how vivid the mental images are when it comes to this story. We can see the barn where the Master is found as clearly as if it was in front of our eyes right now. And the use of the Fifth Doctor is thematically perfect, as Peter Davison’s Doctor is for obvious reasons tied to the 80s.
As it neared the end, we were wondering how it would all wrap up. But, though one or two elements could have been resolved a little better, the climax is everything you could want from a Doctor Who plot. Naturally, nothing too definite happens to the Master.
This is the first of a three-part story, which leads to the Doctor coming face to face with two Masters, an idea so obvious that it feels like the show should have done it already. Based on the first part, we’re looking forward to it. But we’re also a bit worried that this will be a tough act to follow.
AND YOU WILL OBEY ME (DOCTOR WHO) / AUTHOR: ALAN BARNES / DIRECTOR: JAMIE ANDERSON / STARRING: PETER DAVISON, GEOFFREY BEEVERS, SHEENA BHATTESSA, PETA CORNISH, ALEX FOLEY, RUSS BAIN / PUBLISHER: BIG FINISH / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW