In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Fate of Krelos

Nicholas Briggs wrote and directed a marvelously functional and layered script in which nostalgia became foreshadowing and banter became suspense.

Synopsis: There are dark skies on Krelos… and something gigantic is descending.

Meanwhile, the Doctor and Leela set off for some fishing in the mountain pools of Krelos. K9 has interfaced with the TARDIS and has reactivated the architectural configuration from the days of the Doctor’s second incarnation. In passing, the Doctor notes it could do with a good clean. And there’s a familiar piece of material snagged on the console.

Far up the mountain, an aged explorer is in trouble. Will the Doctor and Leela be able to save him and his planet? And what is it that K9 has discovered in the TARDIS?

Review: “The Fate of Krelos” was a character driven interlude among the three main actors that set up the finale of the current season of The Fourth Doctor Adventures in August. Nicholas Briggs wrote and directed a marvelously functional and layered script in which nostalgia became foreshadowing and banter became suspense. Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, and John Leeson were in top form as the Doctor, Leela, and K9 drifted from fishing to the morality of temporal mechanics with a great deal in between. Moreover, the cliffhanger left me chomping at the bit to see how a “familiar piece of material snagged on the console” comes into play next month.

Written By: Nicholas Briggs

Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), John Leeson (K9), Michael Cochrane (Geralk), Veronica Roberts (Relly/Krelos Mayor)

Producer David Richardson

Script Editor John Dorney

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.7
Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Fate of Krelos
  • Script, Acting
  • Have to wait until next month for resolution
  • Script
    9
  • Performances
    10
  • 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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