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Recap / Big Finish Doctor Who 100

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The 100th Big Finish Doctor Who release, this is an anthology of four Sixth Doctor stories with the number "100" worked into their plots in a different way.

100 B.C.

The Sixth Doctor and Evelyn land in 100 B.C., where they prompty bump into one Julius Caesar, senior. They get mistaken for old friends of Caesar's wife and end up invited over for dinner. Once they get there, though, they realise that Aurelia had rather different things in mind for the evening (such as the conception of a baby), and that they accidentally prevented Julius Caesar from being born. Evelyn convinces the Doctor go look in on the date of Caesar's birth nine months later. Arriving in 101 B.C., they find that a baby has indeed been born... a happy baby girl named Julia. Evelyn firmly grasps hold of the Idiot Ball and decides, in a fit of misaimed feminism, that this could revolutionise the world. So while the Doctor, back in 100 B.C., tries to get Caesar sr. and his wife to hook up on that fateful evening after all, Evelyn tries to prevent them doing so. Eventually, Aurelia gets so annoyed with her guests that she scolds them for always interrupting in her life: first during the birth of her daughter, and now again with their ridiculous antics. Six and Evelyn sheepishly realise that 101 B.C. comes before 100 B.C., and slink off back to the TARDIS as Caesar sr. gets on with conceiving his second child.


My Own Private Wolfgang

The TARDIS interrupts an invitation for a concert by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, so the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn decide to go see it. Evelyn's not exactly a huge fan of Mozart: his early work was alright, but throughout the 20th century, all he's focused on is rap and bad film scores. She doesn't actually believe that he's a real person (after all, no one can live that long), and supposes that Mozart has to be a kind of brand name.

At the concert, Mozart's 100th birthday party, Six and Evelyn are the only ones not wearing masks, which rather upsets the butler. So does the fact that Mozart ends up shooting himself in the face a few times over. It doesn't help much, and he continues to live, tormented by his own mediocrity. It's soon discovered that Mozart made a Deal with the Devil on his deathbed many years ago. Well, with a masked guy from the future. Well, with himself. As it turns out, everyone at the party is Mozart, including the butler. Evelyn is forced to spend a few weeks in the future with one particular Mozart — a household clone, he reveals, modelled after the famous composer. There are millions such menial clones throughout future human culture, a fad that eventually ended and left them all discarded. The original Mozart lived on forever because one clone travelled back into the past, to Mozart's death bed, and made him immortal in order to eventually sap his creativity. A Mozart who died after his greatest symphony was completed would have inspired all those poor clones; a Mozart who lived for centuries and degenerated into a mediocre film composer would never be cloned, and would thus prevent the suffering of millions of poor clones.


The Doctor travels to Mozart's death bed, together with the butler, who reveals that he invited all the other clones so they could see Mozart's mediocrity and how inhuman the plan of the other time-travelling clone would be. Six warns the dying Mozart not to trust a future version of himself, who'd promise to make him immortal. Evelyn and the butler arrive, who also warn Mozart not to trust the earlier version of the butler. Mozart, who hasn't the faintest idea what's going on, consents to simply die (mostly out of sheer confusion) and the Doctor destroys the final part of Mozart's great symphony: without Mozart's greatest work being complete, he'd still be known as a great composer, but the number of clones inspired by him would be drastically reduced. It's a compromise everyone can live with. After all, no one likes a story without an e—


Bedtime Story

The Sixth Doctor and Evelyn visit a funeral, of the father of one of Evelyn's dearest students. Jacob has some trouble understanding why Evelyn suddenly vanished from university, as well as why she's suddenly so docile and obsessed with tea. He's got other things on his mind, though: his father only died because Jacob just had his first child, and Jacob's mother soon dies as well. It's an old family curse, still in full effect. The Doctor realises that it's not death at all, but suspended time, meaning the "dead" are still alive and screaming internally. Jacob rushes to go dig up some no doubt terrified ancestors while Six confronts Evelyn about not being Evelyn at all. Her body is "dead" somewhere, and the imposter is an Eldritch Abomination who simply just wants to see this family suffer. Six and Jacob's wife (Talia) bluff the monster into admitting its plans, and bluff Jacob into killing himself, hoping to break the curse.

A much older Jacob relates the rest of the story to his own grandchild. The Doctor took the dead, including Evelyn, along in his TARDIS and showed them all the wonders of the universe. After 100 years, they all woke up and lived happily ever after. ... No, not really. Older Jacob is the monster, who wasn't fooled for a moment, and fully intents to have his revenge after waiting patiently for the next generation to be born.

The 100 Days Of The Doctor

One day, the Sixth Doctor's mouth starts talking on its own and informs him and Evelyn that he's been infected with a sentient virus. He's got 100 days before he'll die. The Doctor, very ill, gets the TARDIS to show him all possible locations he visited around the time/place he was infected. Unfortunately, since the TARDIS has a bit of Time-Travel Tense Trouble with the idea, she also shows all the locations that the Doctor will visit in the future. So, in tracking down the assassin, Six and Evelyn observe Five, Peri and Erimem (fighting in a revolution); Seven, Ace and Hex (being described as "being a family" but then Ace beats up some people with her baseball bat); Eight, Charley, C'rizz, Eight and Lucie (playing poker); Bernice Summerfield (digging stuff up for Braxiatel). They even briefly meet the alternate Third Doctor and Alistair when the TARDIS jumps a time track. Once they're done Leaning on the Fourth Wall and giving "the audience" a grand tour of Big Finish, they track down the assassin (hi, Nicholas Briggs!) and watch the man shoot an earlier Six. The current version of Six bluffs the guy into taking out the antidote, and cures himself easily.



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