We take a quick break from the Seventh Doctor’s continuing chronology to dip back into the adventures of Peter Davison’s Tardis Team. The Waters of Amsterdam is set between Time Flight and Arc of Infinity – so, in that nebulous space where all of Five’s solo adventures with Nyssa so far have been squeezed in – and therefore, in audio terms, just before The Elite. The other two stories in the trilogy can be comfortably placed post-Children of Seth. While it’s a shame not to have the entire crew aboard (no Turlough this time), The Entropy Plague did wrap up that particular storyline fairly definitively. Onwards, then!
Big Finish Folly, Part 16b – The Waters of Amsterdam, by Jonathan Morris
Reunited with the Doctor and Nyssa, Tegan joins them on a trip to Amsterdam’s Rijkmuseum to see a new exhibition of the work of Rembrandt van Rijn, featuring his drawings of “Vessels of the Stars”. The Doctor is astonished to discover that they are designs for spaceships that would actually work, and decides to pop back to the Dutch Golden Age for a quiet word with Rembrandt – but the world-weary artist is no mood to help.
Meanwhile, strange forces are swirling in the canals, creatures from ancient myth, the watery, goblin-like Nix. What is their connection to the mysterious Countess Mach-Teldak – and to the events of Tegan’s life during her year away from the Doctor? (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 136 – We Are The Daleks, by Jonathan Morris
It’s 1987, and Britain is a boomtown economy! Yet there’s trouble afoot – deep in the heart of Bradford, an electronics factory has been taken over by mysterious new owners who are pumping out a massively advanced computer game called Warfleet. And in London itself, reclusive entrepreneur Alek Zenos is offering Britain a New Deal with his equally mysterious business partners. Actually, not that mysterious – but utterly terrifying: the Daleks want to give the Conservatives an economic miracle? We’re doomed… (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 134 – Flip-Flop, by Jonathan Morris
The year is 3090. The place is the colony world of Puxatornee. The alien Slithergees are a minority population, fearful of oppression by the world’s human inhabitants and yet somehow holding the balance of power. A dissident faction of humans is making life difficult for President Bailey, and she must stamp them out to appease the humble and oh-so-oppressed Slithergee. In particular, she must stamp out the Doctor and Mel. Which comes as news to them as they have only just arrived on Puxatornee. Or have they just left? Or is it even more complicated than that? This time there really are two sides to the story – and that’s not good news for anybody…
Beware: spoilers will happen below the cut. (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 29f – The Entropy Plague, by Jonathan Morris E-Space is failing fast – the end is nigh. As the stars disappear and the universe goes cold and empty, the Doctor faces two urgent missions – to rescue Tegan, and to find a CVE that will return them all safely to N-Space. Fortunately, he can achieve both aims on the same planet – Apollyon. But it’s not going to be that easy. The Gang of Four aren’t the only ones who want to escape from E-Space, and every time the CVE is opened it destroys a little more of what time E-Space still has. Entropy cannot be denied… and this time, perhaps the Doctor himself will fall victim to it… (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 114 – The Curse of Davros, by Jonathan Morris
Flip Jackson didn’t think she’d meet the Doctor again, not after that crazy business with the Terravores and that odd Brewster bloke. But she’s reckoned without a crashing flying saucer, mind-swapped Daleks, and a creepy wizened half-corpse in a motorised chair… And this time she’s going to have to stick close to the Doctor – after all, they do say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer… (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 112 – Voyage To Venus, by Jonathan Morris
Professor Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago are accustomed to the murky fog of Victorian London and the palatable pints of half and half at the Red Tavern. They are not used to travelling through time and space with their old friend the Doctor.
And now they find themselves whisked off to the planet Venus in the distant future, at a time when warrior women rule from a floating city in the clouds. There’s a mystery here, one that the Grand Empress Vulpina intends to keep secret. Even if it means destroying these visitors from the long-dead planet Earth… (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 96 – The Crimes of Thomas Brewster, by Jonathan Morris
There’s a new face in town, upsetting all the kneecappers. The Doctor – gunrunner extraordinaire. Modern crime, Edwardian style. And when the real Doctor and Evelyn are nabbed by DI Menzies for crimes they have not committed, they quickly realise that fings are not wot they seem (although that might also have something to do with the giant robotic insects chasing them across the city). Guess who’s back? Shady’s back. No, wait, that’s not quite right…. (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 55a – 1963: The Space Race, by Jonathan Morris
Vostok 7 was an eight day manned flight that was originally planned for the last quarter of 1963. Opposition by the Soviet Ministry of Defence led to it being cancelled, only to be resurrected and scheduled for June 1964. Finally all further Vostok flights were cancelled in favor of the multi-manned Voskhod in February 1964. But there’s more to the story than that – as the Doctor and Peri discover when they arrive in Kazakhstan in November ’63, just in time to witness Vostok 7′s return to the Earth. Get ready for espionage, murder, black holes, and an American base on the dark side of the moon… and a shocking discovery that the Doctor is not going to Laika… (more…)
Big Finish Folly, Part 84 – Bloodtide, by Jonathan Morris
The Galapagos Islands: home to some of Earth’s most curious species of wildlife, as well as a more modern penal colony. The Doctor brings Evelyn here to meet a young natural philosopher who is beginning to form some rather unsettling theories about how mankind found its place at the top of the food chain. But something has stirred beneath the inhospitable islands – a colony of Silurians, a race older than humanity itself, has awoken and intends to put the whippersnappers back in their proper place. Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection through modification may only be a small part of the truth. And the survival of the fittest has never been more apt…
Big Finish Folly, Part 28c – Prisoners of Fate, by Jonathan Morris
Concluding this year’s arc of Fifth Doctor adventures, Nyssa finally confronts the legacy of the virus that first brought her back on board the Tardis (Cobwebs): the crew find themselves pulled off-course to the world of Valderon, where a team of scientists has spent years developing ant-viral treatments with the reluctant help of the planet’s prison population. The team’s leader, Adric, is both surprised and delighted to see Nyssa – after all, his mother has been missing presumed dead for twenty-five years… (more…)