Weekly Geeky Question #49: Disappointing Story Payoffs

Well, it’s Weekly Geeky Question time, and we’re up to Week #49–with the end of 2018 approaching more rapidly than any of us are prepared to deal with.   My Friend Rod is back with another question, and this time it’s about one of my favorite things, which is story structure.  What Rod wants to know is,,,

What are some of the most disappointing story payoff’s that I have ever seen?

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Weekly Geeky Question #47: What do I think about Doctor Who?

Well, it’s Weekly Geeky Question time, and unfortunately the trials of Real Life, Work and So On have resulted in my friend Rod not being able to share a do-able question with me this week.  So to fill in, I’ll put forward my own, relatively simple one…but which will still result in a long-winded answer.

What do I think about Doctor Who?

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Doctor Who: Embrace the Darkness [Big Finish]

Embrace the Darkness is Big Finish’s 31st release of its main range of Doctor Who audios, that was released way back in 2002.  It was the fourth of a series of six audios that featured the 8th Doctor, the second such “season” of 8th Doctor’s audios.  Paul McGann is back as the Doctor, of course, along with India Fisher as his original-to-audio companion, Charley.  Spoilers ahead.

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12 Times Doctor Who has Reinvented Itself

Very soon, on October 7 2018, Doctor Who will make its way back to our TV screens for the 11th season of the modern TV series.  And when it does, it will in many ways be a whole new program, compared to what we saw last:  a new Doctor (with a new gender), new companions, new showrunner.  Probably a new version of the theme song and a new opening title sequence, a new TARDIS set and a new sonic screwdriver. And certainly a new story direction, with plot-lines like redeeming the Master or identifying the Hybrid a thing of the past.

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Doctor Who: Seasons of Fear [Big Finish]

Seasons of Fear is an interesting audio drama from Big Finish, a relatively early entry featuring the 8th Doctor as played by Paul McGann.  It comes third in a run of six dramas about the 8th Doctor, which all set up a massive confrontation with a new menace known as Zagreus.  This story is not actually about Zagreus but plants some of the big seeds that take us there.

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Doctor Who: The Chimes of Midnight [Big Finish]

The Chimes of Midnight is the second audio drama from Big Finish Productions which formed part of a “season” of six stories featuring the 8th Doctor.  It stars Paul McGann as the Doctor and India Fisher as Charley, and is a huge step up from the previous installment, Invaders from MarsSpoilers ahead.

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Doctor Who: Invaders from Mars [Big Finish]

Invaders from Mars was the first of a new “season” of Big Finish audio adventures featuring Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor and India Fisher as his companion Charley, produced back in the early days of the company (2002).  It features guest appearances by Simon Pegg (famous for lots of things, including being Scotty in the recent Star Trek movies, and the Editor in the 9th Doctor story The Long Game) and Jessica Stevenson (aka Jessica Hynes, who played Joan Redfern in the 10th Doctor stories Human Nature and The Family of Blood).  It was also written and directed by Mart Gatiss, who is well known for writing a bunch of modern Doctor Who episodes, as well as co-creating Sherlock.

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Doctor Who: The One Doctor [Big Finish]

Back in December 2001, Big Finish Productions released The One Doctor, their first ever “Christmas episode”.  This isn’t a trend they continued for very long, but it’s interesting to note that this precedes Doctor Who‘s first modern “Christmas episode” by a good four years.  In any case, this story features Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor, and Bonnie Langford as his companion Melanie Bush.  But it also features Christopher Biggins as the Doctor, and Clare Buckfield as his companion, Sally-Anne Stubbins.

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Doctor Who: Trail of the White Worm / The Oseidon Adventure [Big Finish – Fourth Doctor]

And so the first “season” of Fourth Doctor adventures from Big Finish comes to a close with this “two part” adventure.  In reality, each of these “parts” is made up of two episodes, and so this story is the only one from this run of stories which is actually the same length as most of the Fourth Doctor’s actual TV adventures.

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Doctor Who: The Sandman [Big Finish]

There’s this bit that went undeveloped back in the Colin Baker Doctor Who serial, The Trial of a Time-Lord.  In that adventure, the Doctor appears to turn evil for a period of time.  This is never really explored, though it’s assumed to simply be the result of evidence-tampering at his corrupt trial.  But the sequence hints at a fascinating idea, with the Doctor behaving in a way that seems to his companions to be utterly wicked and contrary to his normal standards. What was largely breezed over on TV in 1986 received fuller treatment in the 2002 Big Finish audio, The Sandman.

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