In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: Requiem for the Rocket Men

It was wonderful how the Master was forced to see through the Doctor’s disguise and cunning multi-layered scheme for a change.

Synopsis: The Asteroid – notorious hideaway of the piratical Rocket Men. Hewn out of rock, surrounded by force-fields and hidden in the depths of the Fairhead Cluster, their base is undetectable, unescapable and impregnable.

In need of allies, the Master has arranged to meet with Shandar, King of the Rocket Men. But the mercenaries have captured themselves a very special prisoner – his oldest enemy, the Doctor.

What cunning scheme is the Doctor planning? How does it connect with Shandar’s new robotic pet? And just what has happened to Leela? The Master will have to work the answers out if he wants to leave the asteroid… alive…

Review: I really appreciated the role reversals in this script by John Dorney. It was wonderful how the Master was forced to see through the Doctor’s disguise and cunning multi-layered scheme for a change. I also enjoyed listening to Leela take on the mentor role with Marshall, which caused her to question the role the Doctor played with her. These narrative choices skillfully masked the fact that the story was set up to be continued in next month’s release.

As usual, the performances were superb. I must single out Geoffrey Beevers, however. It is extraordinarily refreshing to experience his restrained version of the Master, again, after the hyperactive interpretations of the character in the modern series. I wish the current show runners understood that frenetic doesn’t have to be a synonym for evil genius.

Written By: John Dorney

Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), John Leeson (K9), Geoffrey Beevers (The Master), Mark Frost (Shandar), Olivia Poulet (Myrren), Damian Lynch (Marshall), Pat Ruins (Oskin)

Producer David Richardson

Script Editor Matt Fitton

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.3
Big Finish: Doctor Who: Requiem for the Rocket Men
  • Script, Performances
  • It was all set up.
  • Story
    9
  • Performances
    9
  • Audio Production
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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