Recap: Big Finish Doctor Who NEDAS Dark Eyes E 1 The Great War

Goodbye, Pretty Boy- hello, Hunk.

The first installment of the Dark Eyes saga, which sees the Eighth Doctor don his second outfit and Ruth Bradley debut as companion Molly O'Sullivan.

This audio also a marks a big turning point for the Eighth Doctor- a very recognisable and permanent Tone Shift into darker and downcast territory.

After the trauma of "To The Death", the Eighth Doctor, rather broken, tries to find a reason to continue living. He attacks his own TARDIS console with an axe out of sheer grief, then tries to steer his TARDIS to the end of existence, to look back on time itself and maybe find some small glimmer of hope. Instead, he's stopped by Straxus of the Gallifreyan C.I.A., who's returning to send Eight on yet another Time Lord mission...

And Now For Something Completely Different. Molly O'Sullivan, a young Irishwoman, has followed her lady Kitty into France to become World War One medical volunteers together. Kitty is now dying from gangrene, and Molly is wrecked with Survivor Guilt and pain. She's not in any mood to deal with a wounded long-haired man in velvet who calls himself "The Doctor". However, when someone claimed to be a doctor starts giving Eight a blood transfusion that will kill him, Molly decides to save his life and try to get him away from the inexplicably glowing mustard gas attack that's approaching. The gas destroys what was left of Kitty, and Molly, now with even less to live for, follows the Doctor. They're rather rudely interrupted by an army of approaching Daleks.

Tropes

  • Ax-Crazy: That's how bad the Eighth Doctor has fared from losing three companions and loved ones. Bad enough that he buries an axe blade into the TARDIS console just to let off some steam.
  • Broken Bird: Molly is a textbook example.
  • Changed My Jumper: The Eighth Doctor absolutely ruins his clothes in the trenches of WWI. He starts wearing a leather ensemble with a t-shirt, jeans, boots, a satchel, and even cuts his hair short (although the hair-trimming doesn't seem to happen until the next serial, despite what the audio cover depicts).
  • Hospital Hottie: Molly, although she's in no mood to be one and can understand perfectly well that being sexy wouldn't help in any way.
  • Medical Horror
  • Percussive Maintenance: Eight tries to regain control of his uncooperative TARDIS with a pickaxe. She's not amused.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Molly and Kitty. Played for Drama.
  • Saying Too Much: Doctor Sturgis telling Kitty not to give the Doctor his sonic device, even though the Doctor never said what it was.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Eight, with a helping of Playing with Syringes.
  • Survivor Guilt: Both Eight and Molly.
  • War Is Hell
  • World War One: The Doctor encounters Molly during the first World War.