We leap ahead a bit now, past Mel’s onscreen exit and Ace’s onscreen introduction (which were the same story, if I remember correctly) and take on Sophie Aldred’s very long run for Big Finish in the role of the Nitro Nine loving lightning rod. There’s a case for heading straight into the Lost Stories that would have followed Survival, but I’m putting the last part of the 50th anniversary trilogy right here first…
Big Finish Folly, Part 139 – 1963: The Assassination Games, by John Dorney
London. The end of November, 1963. A time of change. The old guard are being swept away by the white heat of technology. Political scandals are the talk of the town. Britain tries to maintain its international role; fanatics assassinate charismatic politicians and Group Captain Ian Gilmore is trying to get his fledgling Counter-Measures unit off the ground.
When his life is saved by a familiar umbrella-bearing figure, he knows something terrible is going on. Whilst Rachel investigates an enigmatic millionaire and Allison goes undercover in an extremist organisation, Gilmore discovers a sinister plot with roots a century old.
The Doctor and Ace are back in town. A new dawn is coming. It’s time for everyone… to see the Light. (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 138 – Terror of the Sontarans, by John Dorney and Dan Starkey
The Tardis materialises on an abandoned mining & research installation on an inhospitable planetoid deep in the middle of nowhere. But the place isn’t as abandoned as it first appears – a motley assortment of prisoners have been locked up in cells below the surface, and when Mel accidentally winds up locked in with them, the Doctor must find the controls to release her. But who locked these people up, and why? And what has driven the jailer mad? Field-Major Kayste has come to find out – and nobody will like what he discovers… (more…)