Reviewing the Beast! Dark Journey Series 2, Episode 1

When I woke up today I thought it was just another day. Sure it was Saturday (always a good thing) and gorgeous outside, but beyond that? Ordinary day. Then I checked Facebook and saw that my news feed was full of posts about Doctor Who Dark Journey. In the early morning fog, it had slipped my mind that today was the premiere of Series 2 of the drama from AM Audio Media! This was going to be a good day! And then I saw something that made it even better.

In a heartfelt post, AM Audio Media dedicated Series 2 of Dark Journey to me. My hands were trembling as I scrolled further down and read the wonderful things they had to say about this website and how much of a difference my support had made to them. Modesty prevents me from quoting the dedication and tooting my own horn here, but you can see the dedication for yourself.  I can honestly say that it was one of the most touching things I have read and I am truly honoured by it. It feels like Mike, Andrew and I have all come a long way since my first interview with them way back in April 2014!

I won’t try to come up with some poignant quote about the passage of time. No instead what I will do is get straight into the heart of things. Dark Journey Series 2, episode one: “Legend Of The Beast

The pre-credits sequence on this episode has to be one of the most amazing things I’ve heard in any Doctor Who show. It was so great that when the theme music started up I thought the episode might already be over. The best part is that I would have been satisfied with just those few moments if that was all there was. With its marrying of the new and the old, it weaves a fresh narrative that is uplifting and maybe a little troubling. Luckily I kept listening and realized that the episode had really just begun! After the music we were back to the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes, and the Doctor as he lies on his death bed from an injury suffered at the end of last season. The Watchers are all around and they are chanting. “Death is a bridge.” As he is dying the Doctor just wants one man, but who is Fred?

Sequels always try to be bigger and better than the original. In Hollywood it invariably fails as ambition outstrips talent. But not here. No way. In this first episode of Series 2 I heard everything that I knew and loved from last season. There is the trademark ‘Cool Beans’ humour that I enjoyed so much, the darkness that envelops the Doctor and the in jokes and references that build up the narrative and make it something believable and true to the TV series.

So what’s new this series? One thing that really stood out to me was the music. I have always been a fan of music in TV shows and how music can make or break a scene. AM Audio Media hit every note right with episode one. The music here is so strong that I had goose bumps for half of the episode.

So how was your Saturday? Mine was awesome and much of that credit goes to AM Audio Media and Doctor Who Dark Journey. Series 2 is off to a great start and I can’t wait for next week. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the episode yet, do yourself a favour and do it now!

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