Eighth Doctor Audio: Minuet in Hell

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Writers: Alan W. Lear and Gary Russell

Director: Nicholas Briggs

Producers: Gary Russell and Jason Haigh-Ellery

Executive Producer: Jacqueline Rayner

Running Time: 2 hours, 27 minutes (2 cd’s, 4 parts)

Companions: Charley Pollard (India Fisher), Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney)

Summary: In Malebolgia 2003, statesman Bingham Elisha Dashwood III is running for governor.  He has invited the Brigadier as a guest. He is a member of the Hellfire Club and has kidnapped the Doctor and Charley. The Hellfire Club is actually a satanic cult, and Dashwood has summoned a demon and offered the Doctor and Charley in the hopes that the demon will do his bidding.

Review: When I saw that the Brigadier was in this story, I was excited, as he’s one of my all-time favorite characters. I thought the story was one of Big Finish’s most intense stories so far.  Robert Jerek is excellent as Dashwood. It was a real treat to hear Nicholas Courtney again.

The only negative I have is that both the 8th Doctor and Charley are amnesiac for most of the story.  This causes the story to drag a bit, but once they get their memories back, the story begins to pick up.

Overall Review: 9/10

Continuity: The Doctor mentions wanting to visit Dr. Halloway from the TV movie. The Brigadier also fought demons in “The Demons” and “Battlefield”.

Trivia: This is the Brigadier’s second story with Big Finish. His first was The Spectre of Lanyan Moor.

 

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