wouldn't it be cool if somehow all the fictionalized accounts (A Night to Remember, the James Cameron film, this audio adventure, an episode of The Time Tunnel...) could be edited together in to one big narrative as if they were happening simultaneously on different decks?
Then again, maybe not...
Listened to this today, it's an interesting story that leaves me wondering where it's going. I did wonder how the Doctor and Jamie ended up in Aurora, Indiana.
Jeff of Earth-J said:
DOCTOR WHO REACTIONS: “City of Spires”
Arriving in a hail of musket fire, the Doctor unexpectedly finds himself in the highlands of Scotland, where the ruthless Black Donald and his band of rebels are fighting the Redcoats. But the highland warriors no longer fight for the Jacobite cause and the English officers answer only to the mysterious Overlord. What has happened to Scotland and why are its moors littered with advanced, oil-pumping technology?
Reunited with his faithful companion Jamie McCrimmon, the Doctor must venture into the sinister City of Spires to find the answers. But standing in his way is the deadly Red Cap…
"City of Spires" takes place in Scotland in 1780. Although Jamie's memories of his travels in the TARDIS were wiped by the Time Lords, he should still remember his initial encounter with the Second Doctor in 1746 but, mysteriously, Jamie maintains that he’s “never clapped eyes” on the Doctor before. Of course, he hasn’t (not this regeneration, anyway), but he doesn’t recall the Second Doctor, either. That’s not the only mystery to greet the Doctor upon his arrival; there’s also the matter of modern oil-pumping technology in 18th century Scotland. According to the Doctor, the past 35 years as Jamie remembers them represent a "Temporal Foldback Distortion."
This adventure serves as a perfect introduction to the new status quo of a trilogy of stories featuring the Sixth Doctor and Jamie. It’s self-contained, but it’s also open-ended, setting up a few mysteries to be solved in the remaining two parts.
NEXT UP: “The Wreck of the Titan”
I remember this one quite well. I first discovered Big Finish in 2008. Initially I bought Dark Shadows stories, but I soon branched out into Doctor Who as well. At that time, I had only a few of the TV episodes of DVD, and I was concentrating on acquiring those before I bought too many of the audio stories. I started with “The Sirens of Time” (the first release, which featured the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors) when I had seen only one story each of those doctors on DVD. Then I started collecting Eighth Doctor adventures (because he didn’t get a fair shake on TV) starting with the first, “Storm Warning” (2001).
By 2010, when this trilogy of stories featuring the Sixth Doctor and Jamie was released, I had only six Doctor Who audios in total. I remember reading a preview article about this set in Big Finish’s Vortex magazine and thinking to myself that that sounded pretty cool. It was the first of many times I had allowed myself to be distracted from my purpose of collecting all stories of the Eighth Doctor, who had by that time wrapped up his travels with Charlotte Pollard and was well into his adventures with Lucie Miller.
When I initially posted the reactions above, I strove to avoid spoilers. Most of the sets of three are at least thematically linked, and some are known by official or unofficial designations such as “The Transposition Trilogy,” “The Masters Trilogy,” “The 1963 Trilogy” and so on. So it is with this set. However, I could not index these stories under their unofficial designation without giving the whole thing away. I foresaw a time when someone else on this board might listen to these stories and I wanted him to have the same opportunity I did to piece together the clues.
It’s been eight years. From here on out I designate this a SPOILER THREAD, so if you want to “spoil” anything, Bob, go ahead. If you don’t I will.
I've listened to all three of these by now. I thought it was an enjoyable trilogy. I'd heard of "Wreck of the Titan", it was in one of those "Strange But True" books my parents used to get for me when I was a kid, along with that list of "eerie parallels" between the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy that credulous people all agree have deep significance but no one can say what that significance is. I'd also figured out the identity of the Mistress, although not quite how she'd got there..