“The Mind’s Eye”

Bf102_mindseye_big“The Mind’s Eye” is #102 in Big Finish‘s main range of Doctor Who audios, featuring the Fifth Doctor, Peri, and Erimem.

In a not-too-spoilerific synopsis, the Doctor and his companions find themselves on a jungle planet where the plants trap and kill people by inducing a dream state as they grab and immobilize their victims. While the Doctor and the human research team investigating the plants try to save Peri and Erimem, we also get to see the worlds that Peri and Erimem create in their dreams, the worlds that they would like to live in.

The overall story is pretty average, with its somewhat predictable twists and turns, if you’re familiar at all with Doctor Who stories. The supporting characters were well-performed, but rather shallow. To me, the interesting part was seeing the dreams, especially Erimem’s, because I’m not very familiar with her character and it told me quite a bit about her, and prompted me to go to Tardis Data Core to find out more. I have listened to at least one other audio with her (“The Kingmaker”) but it didn’t touch on her history or personality at all, unlike this one.

I think I’d like to see a bit more meat in these audios, more situations in which the Doctor must make a moral choice or teach the companions or supporting characters something important, or stories which deal with the companions’ histories more. This particular audio was really very straightforward, with the evil very recognizable and not nuanced at all. While this was a fine adventure and I enjoyed it, I’ve heard better.

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2 responses to ““The Mind’s Eye”

  1. I hope they all got hugs afterwards. The Doctor and anyone who travels with him needs them the most. Hugs and more hugs and extra hugs.

    • Actually, sadly, they didn’t. The audio ends on a rather depressing note, which was completely perfect for it. They really needed the hugs this time.

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