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Writer: Marc Platt
Director: Nicholas Pegg
Producers: Gary Russell and Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive Producer: Jacqueline Rayner
Running Time: 2 hours, 17 minutes
Companion: Vislor Turlough (Mark Strickson)
Summary: In 1589, the townspeople of Cologne execute a man they have discovered is a werewolf. In Russia 1812, a ravenous daughter of a merchant is rescued from a bandit. The story then shifts to Brazil, 2080, where the Doctor and Turlough have arrived just in time for Carnival. They meet the wealthy Ileana de Santos, whose son is tended by Dr. Hiyashi and a mysterious woman named Rosa, who is searching for the destiny of her extinct tribe. All the while, a werewolf stalks them from the shadows.
Review: Marc Platt is a fan-favorite writer at Big Finish, and this is his first story with them. He writes a great horror story here, keeping the suspense well-paced. Peter Davison’s Doctor is a great fit for this story, as his gentle demeanor for helping Ilena keep calm. Turlough is given a great spotlight in this story, more than he ever got in the actual show. He is every bit as curious about humans as the Doctor, and his curiosity is a side we’ve never seen. A great idea for such an under-used character.
This is one of Marc Platt’s best stories. Not a bad way to start!
Overall Review: 9/10
Continuity: The Doctor uses K-9’s dog whistle. Both the Seventh and Tenth Doctors have also fought werewolves in “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy” and “Tooth and Claw”