Fifth Doctor Audio: Loups-Garoux

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Note: This is only available for download and on Spotify.

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.

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Destiny of the Doctor: Smoke and Mirrors (5th Doctor and Tegan)

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Writer: Steve Lyons

Director: John Ainsworth

Companions: Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding, narrator), Nyssa, and Adric

Running Time: 1 hour, 7 minutes

Summary: The Doctor receives a psionic message and takes his companions to a circus in the 1920’s. There, they meet Harry Houdini, who happens to be an old friend of the Doctor’s. But an old foe is waiting for them.

Review: This was a treat. The story had all the trappings of the best Fifth Doctor stories.  I liked that it seemed as though there were off-screen adventures with Houdini that we were unaware of, and with previous Doctors to boot! Janet’s impression of the Master was spot on.  I also liked that the story was also part of Big Finish’s attempts to “fix” unfavorable companions.  Adric was actually put in a situation that played to his strengths, and he didn’t come across nearly as smug as he would on TV. Tegan didn’t seem as crass or complaining in this one, even though this was before she was eventually fired from her job in “Time-Flight”. She actually seemed like she was having fun. If this was the version we saw on TV, I might’ve believed her more in “Resurrection of the Daleks” when she said she wanted to leave because “it wasn’t fun anymore.” This story, like many of the others in this series, is a true tribute to the Davison era.

Continuity: Tegan once again fails to reach Heathrow, which was her main concern early in Davison’s era.  The Doctor mentions that his sonic screwdriver was destroyed, which happened in “The Visitation.” The Eleventh Doctor actually uses River Song’s “spoilers” catch phrase.  The Master taunts both Nyssa and Tegan about destroying Traken and killing Tegan’s aunt. Houdini mentions that the Doctor and the Master were at the academy together. Apparently, Houdini has met both the Second and Third Doctors, as he makes allusions to them and even name-drops Jo Grant.

Fifth Doctor Audio: The Mutant Phase

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Writer and Director: Nicholas Briggs

Producers: Gary Russell and Jason Haigh-Ellery

Executive Producer: Jacqueline Rayner

Companion: Nyssa (Sarah Sutton)

Running Time: 2 hours

Summary: The Doctor and Nyssa encounter the Daleks and discover they now occupy Earth in the 22nd Century. Then they travel to the 43rd century, where a rogue Thal has discovered a paradox that could threaten the fabric time. This frightens even the Daleks. It is the Mutant Phase, an infection that could mutate them even further.

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Fifth Doctor Audio Drama: Red Dawn

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Writer: Justin Richards

Director: Gary Russell

Producer: Jason Haigh-Ellery

Running Time: 1 hour, 26 minutes

Companion: Peri (Nicola Bryant)

Summary: The Doctor and Peri arrive on Mars at the site of Ares One, NASA’s first manned mission to Mars. As the team investigates an anomaly. The Doctor gets a strange case of déjà vu. He soon realizes exactly why–the mission has encountered the Ice Warriors.

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Fifth Doctor Audio Drama: Land of the Dead

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Writer: Stephen Cole

Director: Gary Russell

Producer: Jason Haigh-Ellery & Gary Russell

Companion: Nyssa (Sarah Sutton)

Running Time: 1 hour, 54 minutes (2 CD’s)

Summary: The Doctor and Nyssa land in Alaska in 1964. They meet Shaun Brett, a millionaire constructing a shrine to his father. However, Shaun Brett has unleased an ancient race of dinosaurs called Permians.

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Fifth Doctor Audio: Phantasmagoria

 

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Writer: Mark Gatiss
Director: Nicholas Briggs
Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery, Gary Russell
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Companion: Vislor Turlough (Mark Strickson)
Summary: The Fifth Doctor takes Turlough to London in 1702, in the hopes of teaching him to play Cricket. While there, they investigate disappearances of patrons losing card games at the Diabola Club, run by Sir Nicholas Valentine.
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Multi-Doctor: Sirens of Time (Doctors 5-7)

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Writer and Director: Nicholas Briggs

Producer: Gary Russell

Companion: None

Running Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Summary: Gallifrey is threatened by the Knights of Velyshaa. Meanwhile, the 5th, 6th, and 7th Doctors each encounter an individual crisis, linking them to each other. The crises are the work of the Sirens of Time.

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Spare Parts

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Writer: Marc Platt

Director: Gary Russell

Companion: Nyssa (Sarah Sutton)

Summary: The Doctor and Nyssa arrive on the planet Mondas, on the eve of the Cybermen invasion. Will the Doctor be tempted to attempt to change history, especially since Adric was killed by the Cybermen?

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The Visitation

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Writer: Eric Saward

Director: Peter Moffatt

Producer: John Nathan-Turner

Companions: Adric (Matthew Waterhouse), Nyssa (Sarah Sutton), and Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding)

No. of Episodes: 4

Season: 19, ep 4 (13-16)

Summary: The Doctor comes to Heathrow, hoping to get Tegan home, but arrives in 1666.  They find a space capsule occupied by Terileptils and an android. The Terileptils are attempting to wipe out humanity with infested rats.

Review: I have a feeling if a story like this aired today, the Whovians would be in uproar.  This is the story that destroyed the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver.  It’s hard to imagine the Doctor without it. It’s like watching Batman without his utility belt.  On the other hand, I think this was a bold move on John Nathan-Turner’s part.  He felt that the sonic screwdriver had become a crutch for the writers and had become a deus ex machina.

Tegan and Adric are especially annoying in this story. And this is coming from someone who actually tolerates Adric.  Nyssa, however, gets some good moments to show off her smarts. Season 19 attempted to introduce each of the Doctor’s companions with spotlight episodes, and this one is Nyssa’s.

Aside from that, this story is a notch above average.  The Terileptils’ design isn’t that great. The android looks slightly less silly than Dr. Kettlewell’s robot, but not much.

Continuity: At the beginning of the serial, The Doctor and his friends allude to events in the previous serial, “Kinda.”  The Doctor would not have the sonic screwdriver again until the TV movie.  When the Doctor says “Oh no, not again” at the prospect of being beheaded, he is alluding to “Four to Doomsday”.  Many of the Sixth Doctor’s audio stories alluded to this as the Sixth Doctor was blamed for the fire caused in this story.  The Terileptils are referenced in “The Awakening”.

Trivia: This was the first story Eric Saward wrote for Doctor Who. Peter Moffatt also worked with Peter Davison during his stage career.