Gardens of the Dead Review (In Haikus)

Gardens of the DeadIf you don’t have loads of free time to lounge around listening to Big Finish audios, the Short Trips range are a great place to get your Doctor Who fix; likewise if you’re on a tight budget, at just £2.99 it’s hard to go wrong. This months short trip, Gardens of the Dead features the Fifth Doctor. Will Gardens of the Dead be in full bloom or will we wish to be buried there?

Turlough has joined the TARDIS – the snake in the orchard – and is trying, with limited success, to gain the others’ trust.
But when they land in the Gardens of the Dead, the whole team – Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough – will have to join forces and fight together to keep the Doctor safe. And discover what is behind the very last door in the TARDIS.

This review is basically a trail run at an idea I’ve had for a while about writing the Short Trips reviews by using haikus. So on the site, should this work, we’ll have Who’s News In Haikus and Who’s Reviews In Haikus too.


Jenny T Colgan
Has now written a Short Trip
Using Doctor Five.

The story is read
By his companion, Turlough
It’s read very well.

Turlough starts off in
This story being whiney
Just like a schoolchild.

Lots of mentions of
The Black Guardian in his head
Makes you sympathise.

When the TARDIS Crew
Find the Gardens of the Dead
Nyssa seems concerned.

The grey dust they see;
Projections of the deceased
It’s a great concept.

In this great Short Trip
There are dozens of mentions
To previous eps.

This tale then becomes
A classic murder mystery
The Doctor is stumped.

Turlough, Nyssa and
Tegan have to join forces
To help the Doctor.

Only in this show
Could dust be terrifying
Well done Jenny T.

Turlough’s inner fight
Is portrayed relentlessly
Makes you feel sorry.

The main theme of this
Short Trip is moral conflict
More than usual.

The mythology
Of the TARDIS is something
That’s expanded on.

I think this Short Trip
Could be a perfect way to
Help children come to…

Understand death and
Learn exactly what grief is
This ‘Trip’ is a gift.

Overall I think
Gardens of the Dead is great;
Deals with complex themes.

This Short Trip might be
My favourite Short Trip so far
It’s paced very well.

Jenny T Colgan
Should be very proud of this
I hope she writes more.

The rating system on the Gallifrey Archive is achieved on a scale of 1-10.
For Gardens of the Dead, I will give a rating of:



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