Big Finish Review: Doctor Who The Early Adventures 1.1 – ‘Domain Of The Voord’

The Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara land on the planet Hydra, where Admiral Jonas Kaan leads a vast flotilla of ships trying to elude the vicious race that has invaded and occupied their world.

Synopsis: The Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara land on the planet Hydra, where Admiral Jonas Kaan leads a vast flotilla of ships trying to elude the vicious race that has invaded and occupied their world. But his ships are being picked off one by one, vessels and crews dragged underwater by an unseen foe.

The time travellers find themselves pitched into battle against the Voord, the ruthless enemy they last encountered on the planet Marinus. As they take the fight to the very heart of the territory now controlled by the Voord the stakes get higher. First they lose the TARDIS… then they lose that which they hold most dear. And that’s only the start of their troubles.

In the capital, Predora City, they will learn the truth of what it means to be a Voord. And that truth is horrifying.

Review: I have to admit that I was very excited about this particular release due to it being the start of a new range of stories, which focus on the early adventures of Doctor Who and star classic series actors William Russell and Carol Ann Ford.

My excitement was justified because this is a very strong opening story for ‘The Early Adventures’ range and features a classic enemy that the modern series hasn’t got to yet in the form of the warrior like Voord.

Much of the early story takes place aboard the claustrophobic confines of a Hydra ship, which starts out trying to avoid the Voord, but events take a drastic turn of pace when a Voord attack misplaces two valued members of the Tardis crew, which leaves the remaining two trying to move forward believing that they are stranded on the planet.

The sound effects for the various computers and such on board the ship are fantastic and really help create a vivid picture in your mind of the inside of the vessel.

There are some brilliant character moments in this story between Susan on the Voord known as Nebrin who is played to marvelous effect by Andrew Bone.

Much like the ‘Companion Chronicles’ this new line of Big Finish Doctor Who adventures are narrated by the two main cast members. In this instance much of the narration is split between Carol Ann Ford and William Russell.

I really love the fact that Big Finish have embraced the earlier days of ‘Doctor Who’ and look forward to further releases in this new range.

The Voord were an inspired choice of alien to start off with and hopefully we get to see more of them in the years to come.

 

9.6
Doctor Who The Early Adventures 1.1 - 'Domain Of The Voord'
  • A fantastic villain
  • You are left wanting more...
  • Story
    9.5
  • Acting
    10
  • Sound Effects
    10
  • Music
    9

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In the past few years he has written for ‘Star Trek’ Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com

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