In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Thief Who Stole Time

Marc Platt finished his lucid dream about time and storytelling, using the tale as a capstone for The Key To Time arc.

Synopsis: A god has died. A crime has been committed. And an even greater threat lies beneath the surface.

On the ocean world of Funderell, Romana has been reunited with her old friend from Gallifrey, Sartia, and the Doctor is investigating the history and religion of this strange world. But events have quickly spiraled out of control.

Why is this planet of such interest to the Time Lords? What lurks in the depths?

The life of more than one world is at stake. But time is running out.

[NoteThis adventure continues from Doctor Who – The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Skin of the Sleek]

Review: The Thief Who Stole Time was a wonderful way to end this season of The Fourth Doctor Adventures. Marc Platt finished his lucid dream about time and storytelling, using the tale as a capstone for The Key To Time arc.

Platt gave Romana the chance to be truly active in a narrative featuring an object the granted ultimate control over time. Sometimes it helps for a franchise to age several decades, giving modern writers the room they need to craft new opportunities for underused supporting characters.

Lalla Ward and Joannah Tincey rose to the challenge of that new opportunity, continuing to create a marvelous counterpoint to the Doctor and Master’s relationship. I’m very glad that Sartia survived, and I can’t wait to see how she and Romana next encounter each other.

Written By: Marc Platt

Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), Joannah Tincey (Sartia), Alan Cox (Eamonn Orensky), Kieran Hodgson (Klick Chervain), Des McAleer (Blujaw Skaldson), Alex Wyndham (Linnis Skaldson), Jamie Newall (Greygul), Jane Slavin (Frithra), John Banks (The Sleek)

Other roles played by the cast.

Producer David Richardson

Script Editor John Dorney

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.5
Big Finish: Doctor Who: The Thief Who Stole Time
  • Story
    8.5
  • 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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