The Doctor and Leela find themselves in the middle of London at the time of a new energy crisis. The GlobeSphere Corporation seems to have all the answers – but several thousand protestors beg to differ.
What is the connection between the National Gallery and a base on the Moon? Has radical thinker Damien Stephens simply sold out, or does he have a more sinister agenda?
The Doctor has detected a mysterious energy reading. Could it be that the most evil creatures in the universe have returned to claim ultimate victory once and for all?
Starring: Tom Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Alex Lowe (Damien Stephens/Robomen), Mark Benton (Jack Coulson), Caroline Keiff (Lydia Harding), Dan Starkey (Kevin Winston/Robomen), John Dorney (Robomen), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks)
Ah, the daleks. The only creature that every Doctor has faced on screen at least once. Well, except the 8th Doctor, but he’s a special case and he fought them in the audios. So popular were they that they were even spun-off into a pair of questionable movies and nearly had their own TV series in, of all places, the USA.
This story is the first time the Fourth Doctor has faced the daleks since 1979′s “Destiny of the Daleks“, a story I would describe as “forgettable” except that, sadly, I remember it. This story, like that one, features the daleks. Happily it’s unlike that one in two important respects: no Davros, and it’s darn good.
This is another excellent story from Big Finish. The dalek plan is a little on the insane side, but that’s in keeping with the various insane plans they’ve had on the TV series over the years. The story also explores, at least in passing, issues of energy shortage, and while in many respects it has a more “modern” feel to it, it still also manages to feel like an authentic Fourth Doctor story.
As usual, Baker and Jameson are their normal excellent selves, and both sound far more “on character” than I’ve heard them, which is somewhat ironic, given that this was apparently the first of their new stories to be recorded. The supporting cast are also all quite good.
This story isn’t going to go down in the history books as one of the greatest, most memorable ever recorded. In fact, I quite suspect that in a month or two, I’ll have a tough time remembering any details about it. But that’s ok. For an afternoon’s listen, it’s something entertaining and enjoyable there are far worse things it could be than that.
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