I finally got around to listening to Big Finish Productions Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special a few days ago. When I finished, the first thing that came to mind was …this is exactly what the TV special needed to be.
The Light at The End brings together the first eight Doctors in an adventure through time and space with The Doctors ultimate foe The Master. The story is an homage to the past, just as it should be when celebrating 50 years.
The Doctors, Baker, Davison, Baker, McCoy and McGann are all together, each bringing their own unique personalities to their roles. This was my first time listening to an audio with the other Doctors, having only listened to some of the 8th Doctor adventures previously. They were all fantastic and exactly as I remembered them on screen. For a multi Doctor story that had the potential to favour more popular Doctors over others, they were all given equal story time and I felt the plot was well constructed in a way to bring them all together without feeling overly forced.
The Doctors are joined by their companions; Leela, Nyssa, Peri, Ace and Charley. They dont get a lot of time in the spotlight, but just like the Doctors, they bring their unique traits to the story. Doctors 1 to 3 make an appearnace, all impersonated believeably, but are not heavily involved in the story.
My favourite part was definitely the interaction between Tom Baker and Paul McGanns Doctors, I think they steal the show with their banter.
Overall its a fun adventure with little nods and references for long time fans but even new or casual Whovians will enjoy it.