In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Labyrinth of Buda Castle

The battle of wits between The Doctor and Zoltan Frid played like a cerebral Hammer film.

Synopsis: The Doctor and Romana land in Budapest, intent on enjoying another holiday, but shortly after landing they find themselves too late to save the life of a man who has seemingly been attacked by a vampire. As they learn that this is the latest in a series of violent attacks, it becomes clear that they have stumbled onto something that needs investigating.

Aided by a vampire hunter who is searching for Dracula, they look into the nearby Buda caves, currently being used for storage by the military – and find that the soldiers have problems of their own.

Stalked through the tunnels by a monster, and up against an ancient evil, the race is on to escape alive – and foil the dastardly schemes of the maniacal Zoltan Frid.

Review: Eddie Robson crafted a marvelous twist — an information vampire — named in loving homage to Jonathan Frid of Dark Shadows fame. The battle of wits between The Doctor and Zoltan Frid played like a cerebral Hammer film. Tom Baker and Mark Bonnar did Cushing and Lee proud. Kate Bracken of Being Human fame also did a lovely and ironic turn as a vampire hunter who had the wrong end of the stake.

I had one issue with the story, however. Robson didn’t include any overt references to the ancient vampire race who were immortal enemies of the Time Lords — a real missed opportunity there. Over all, though, this was a treat for me, having spent my formative years watching classic horror and classic Hinchcliffe.

You can purchase “The Labyrinth of Buda Castle” here: www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-labyrinth-of-buda-castle-994

Written By: Eddie Robson

Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), Kate Bracken (Celia Soames), Mark Bonnar (Zoltán Frid), Peter Barrett (Guard-Major Priskin), John Dorney (Ensign Kanta), Anjella Mackintosh (Anita Kereki)

Other parts played by members of the cast

Producer David Richardson

Script Editor John Dorney

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.7
Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Labyrinth of Buda Castle
  • Story, Performances
  • No overt mention of the Time Lords ancient feud with another vampire species.
  • Story
    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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