Writer: Mike Tucker
Director: Gary Russell
Companions: Ace (Sophie Aldred), Bev Tarrant (Louise Falkner)
Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
No of episodes: 4, 2 CD’s (download only)
Summary: On 19th century Earth, Edvard Munsch created the macabre painting The Scream, which was supposedly inspired by a scream that ripped through time and space. In the 26th century, Ace and the Doctor have arrived on the colony of Duchamp 331 to “rescue” (actually more like steal) the painting. They discover an alien race called the Krill have contaminated the dust itself,. And an old enemy awaits them.
Review: This story was not what I expected. I was not prepared to hear the Master make his first appearance, played by Geoffrey Beevers (who played The Master in “The Keeper of Traken”), especially in a story involving the Seventh Doctor.
The Master is handled well. Mike Tucker seems to know the Master works best when he has a grand scheme, not just showing up and being evil, as sometimes happened in the TV show. Another surprise was Bev Tarrant, who was last seen in “The Genocide Machine”. I was thinking she was going to be a one-off character and then turn up in Bernice Summerfield’s stories, but apparently she had a few more stories first. She had great chemistry with Ace, and it seemed like they were old friends rather than people who had only had one or two meetings.
The Krill were kind of ridiculous. An alien race that breeds in dust? That seems far-fetched, even for Doctor Who. But they were still pretty scary, so that worked.
Continuity: The Doctor and Ace talk about paintings in his library, and he mentions stealing the Mona Lisa, which he did in “City of Death”. Bev Tarrant was introduced in “The Genocide Machine”. Apparently, this is the Master from “The Keeper of Traken”, before he assumed the form portrayed by Anthony Ainley.
Trivia: There are references to famous painters throughout the story. Some characters, such as Madame Salvadori and Damien Pierson are named after painters, and the colony is named after Marcel Duchamp.