In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: Wave of Destruction

Again, I appreciated that the alien invasion plot was kept simple to make room for the banter and character beats that become the narrative in Fourth Doctor stories.

Synopsis: A modulated frequency wave cancellation signal isn’t something that the Doctor and Romana expect to detect in 1960s London. But then they don’t expect to find Professor Lanchester, the man who invented it, lying unconscious. Or MI5 investigating.

With the help of MI5 Agent Miller, Lanchester’s daughter Jill, and his nephew a pirate radio DJ called Mark, the Doctor, Romana and K-9 investigate. They soon discover that there is more at risk than they imagined, and an alien invasion is about to begin.

Can the Doctor identify and defeat the aliens in time? Will Romana manage to find a recombinant transducer before it’s too late? And how will K-9 cope with his new job?

Review: Writer Justin Richards meshed the tone of “City of Death” with the kitsch of 1960’s pirate radio. Again, I appreciated that the alien invasion plot was kept simple to make room for the banter and character beats that become the narrative in Fourth Doctor stories. Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, and John Leeson were on form as the trio navigated crosswords, plastic handbags, DJ scripts, and more. I have to give a shout out to Alix Wilton Regan who did some wonderfully retro scenery chewing as she kept up with them. It was a lovely, light-hearted start to the new season of Fourth Doctor Adventures.

You can purchase “Wave of Destruction” here: http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/wave-of-destruction-993

Written By: Justin Richards

Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), John Leeson (K9), Karl Theobald (Mark Lanchaster), Phil Mulryne (Barnaby Miller), Alix Wilton Regan (Jill), John Banks (Derek Fretus)

Producer David Richardson

Script Editor John Dorney

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.7
Big Finish: Doctor Who: Wave of Destruction
  • Script, Performances
  • Can't think of anything
  • 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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