Big Finish Folly, Part 149 – The Harvest, by Dan Abnett
London, 2021. St Gart’s Hospital is a technological wonder, administrated by the all-seeing System. Thomas Hector Schofield, one of the hospital’s A&E nurses, is about to begin celebrating his birthday when one of his best friends is wheeled in after an RTA. When that friend is declared dead and his body disappears, and the young temp from HR, McShane, asks Schofield to help her access the hospital’s restricted floors, it’s just the beginning of a bad week for “Hex”. Because there’s something sinister happening up on the 30th floor of St Gart’s, and the men behind it will do anything to protect the Euro Combine Health Administration’s investment in Program C. And as the hospital’s mild-mannered janitor knows full well, resistance is futile… (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 148 – The Rapture, by Joseph Lidster
Colditz ended with a bit of a flounce from Ace – sorry, Dorothy, as she now wants to be called. A bit of an odd note to end on, but obviously Big Finish were already trying to stretch the character and give Ace some development beyond the TV series. The New Adventures line of books saw her disagree with the Doctor and leave the Tardis completely, but at this point in the Main Range I doubt Big Finish were actively eyeing up that line for adaptation yet. So, the easiest way to give a character some depth, some anguish and ability to reflect… is to introduce some family, right? (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 147 – Colditz, by Steve Lyons
October 1944: As World War II draws towards its conclusion, a Nazi defeat begins to seem almost inevitable. But that might be about to change…
Two intruders are captured in the grounds of Colditz Castle, the most secure POW camp in Germany. At first, the guards think they’re dealing with British spies. But the strangers arrived in an advanced travelling machine, the like of which they’ve never seen before.
With this TARDIS in their hands, the Third Reich might triumph after all. (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 146 – Dust Breeding, by Mike Tucker
On 19th century Earth artist Edvard Munch hears an infinite scream pass through nature. Centuries later his painting of that scream hangs in a gallery on the barren dust world Duchamp 331.
Why is there a colony of artists on a planet that is little more than a glorified garage? What is the event that the passengers of the huge, opulent pleasure cruiser ‘Gallery’ are hoping to see? And what is hidden in the crates that litter the cargo hold?
The Doctor’s diary indicates that the painting is about to be destroyed in ‘mysterious circumstances’, and when he and Ace arrive on Duchamp 331, those circumstances are well underway. (more…)