Recap: Big Finish Doctor Who Specials The Light At The End
"Do come out to play, Doctor. I'm waiting for you..."
The great Milestone Celebration
of Doctor Who
and Big Finish
does it in style, involving Tom Baker
, Peter Davison
, Colin Baker
, Sylvester McCoy
and Paul McGann
as their respective Doctors
alongside the Master and the first three Doctors
in a Batfamily Crossover
It's November 23rd, 1963
and a man by the name of Bob Dovie is playing with his son, Kevin, as a police box smashes into their house (and takes out their chimney). Little does he know what this series of events is going to end him up as a pivotal part.
- Actor Allusion: One and Two are played by two former companions, William Russell (who played Ian Chesterton) and Frazer Hines (who played Jamie McCrimmon).
- Alien Sky: What shows Charley and the Doctor they're not on Earth.
- Ambiguous Robots: The Vess.
- Arbitrary Scepticism: When Ace finds it weird meeting 6, 7 says she should be used to weird by now.
- Arms Dealer: The Vess are a race of these.
- Bat Deduction: Four manages to deduce Charley is from the future without any knowledge aside from her appearing in the TARDIS, merely because he doesn't remember her.
- Batman Gambit: How The Master got the Conceptual bomb into the TARDIS, and which set the plot in motion.
- Big Brother Is Watching You: Seven and Ace end up in an area filled with CCTV's.
- Blob Monster: Ace and her Doctor are beset upon by one.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: The Master has a chance to kill Four and Eight, Five, Seven, and Four and Eight again but wants to see his original plan go through.
- Call Back / Continuity Porn:
- Call Forward: This won't be the last time Charley encounters "phantoms" on the TARDIS.
- Cargo Ship: In-Universe Charley pokes fun at the Doctor "caressing" the TARDIS.
- Catch Phrase:
I am the Master... And you will
- Early-Bird Cameo: Straxus of the Eighth Doctor audios makes an appearance, appearing only to the Sixth Doctor.
- Eureka Moment: Five has one when he Six, and Seven are travelling from the Big Bang back into the Pocket Dimension.
- For the Evulz: The Master killing Bob Dovie's family.
- Godzilla Threshold: Four and Eight decide because of an oncoming Time Crash they'd better get the Time-Lords straight away.
- Hand Wave: The reason why Six is only able to materialize his Fourth through his Eighth incarnations and not the first three is because of "Reasons".
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon) as the Second Doctor.
- Kick the Dog: The Master removes several of the Doctor's companions out of (presumably) existence just to mess with the Doctor before he (the Doctor) dies.
- I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: Eight describes Six as "A matter of taste" when Four sees the coat.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: The CIA.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The first 3 Doctors trying to warn the other Doctors away from 1963 ends up bringing them there.
- The Nicknamer: Ace gives nicknames to all of the Doctors up to Eight.
- Nostalgic Musicbox: Bob has one of his kids'.
- The Other Darrin: The first three Doctors are only heard through distorting timefield, but actually get spoken lines. With Two being done by Frazer Hines and One by William Russell (who have both had practice playing "their" Doctors in the Companion Chronicles).
- Other Me Annoys Me: Subverted Trope with Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor and Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor, who are very courteous with one another, with Eight complimenting the scarf. Six also finds Seven a "Charming fellow", indicating this takes place before "The Sirens of Time".
- Played straight with Two and Three, though, continuing from their previous meetings.
- Plant Aliens: The three legged beings the Doctor and Charley initially encounter.
- Pocket Dimension: Which is only accessible by going to the 23rd of November 1963, three minutes past five PM, Totton.
- Portal to the Past: When Charley gets back into the TARDIS she sees several of the Doctor's companions and incarnations through the years, including the Second with Jamie and Zoe, Tegan and Turlough, before ending up in front of Four and Leela.
- Puff of Logic: The Master's plan to wipe the TARDIS from history by having Bob say "But that's not possible!"
- Pun: A "Master" stroke.
- Red Alert: There is a red flashing light on the TARDIS console (in several time periods at once) that wasn't there before.
- Reset Button: A big fat one is pushed at the end, undoing the events of the story.
- Two, in fact. First the Fifth Doctor goes back and ensures that Bob will accept the existence of the TARDIS, and then the first three Doctors don't create the warning light that sent everyone back in the first place.
- Ret Gone: The Master's ultimate plan for the Doctor by proxy by deleting his TARDIS.
- Special Edition Title: The opening theme is a remix of several Doctor Who intro themes, including the TV Movie's orchestrated edition.
- Take That Me: When stumbling on a TARDIS disguised as a tank, the Eighth Doctor mentions it couldn't be his because none of them ever got to fix the chameleon-circuit.
- Temporal Paradox: Due to the Time Crash nature of the Pocket Dimension what happens in the Doctor's past doesn't directly influence his future.
- Tested On Humans: The Vess for the weapons demonstration may not use humans but they use living things, plant-like aliens.
- Time Crash: Time is folding in on itself.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Five and Nyssa theorize The Master being from before "The Keeper of Traken". The Master himself mentions he has yet to meet Nyssa so this version is from before Dust Breeding.
- Villainous Breakdown: The Master has a good one.
- Weirdness Censor: Bob Dovie has one superimposed over himself so he doesn't realize things like broken phones. Or that the dolls in the dollshouse look a lot like his family.
- Wistful Amnesia: Happens to each Doctor in the restored timeline... some more poignantly than others.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Oh Five!
- Would Hurt a Child: The Master.