I don't like a lot of the things that happened with the character under his watch, and I think I blame him for that (in part) and have a bit of a bias.
On the other hand, I am a HUGE fan of the work Big Finish does, especially on "redeeming" some of the less-loved, less-explored Doctors like 6 and 8.
So… that said, this is the mixedest bag of mixed bags for me. On one hand, they picked – hands down – the best companion for this, the one who kept him in line and on the straight and narrow. On the other hand, knowing how things end with Donna (spolier alert: it was less good) is going to make this a little harder to enjoy.
For historical context, Big Finish has been making Doctor Who episodes – licensed, official, probably canon episodes – for nearly 20 years with MOST of the Fandom never actually noticing they exist. While they are audio-only (no pictures), they feature the real stars of the show, Doctors and companions and villains, and a good number of the people working on the new show got their start (at least in Doctor Who) through Big Finish first.
Up until now, there has been an invisible wall of sorts separating the old and new series – no mentions of Time Wars or the Doctor's future incarnations were allowed, and they've only employed the services of the 4th thru 8th Doctors. In the last couple of years, starting with the big 50, they've been expanding their focus… recasting (to an extent) the now-deceased 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Doctors, and teasing more and more about inclusion of some of the Post-2005 Doctor Who universe.
This is a big jump, not the first but probably the highest profile of the jumps they've made thus far, as this is going to be the one that puts asses in seats (metaphorically) and gives the millennials with their hiphop and their easy bake ovens a reason to care about the audio-only world of Doctor Who.
So… fingers crossed, and I guess… Allons-y?
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