In Review: Big Finish: UNIT – Assembled

Kate Stewart and her UNIT team investigate and confront alien attacks on the planet Earth.

Synopsis: Kate Stewart and her UNIT team investigate and confront alien attacks on the planet Earth. Something is stirring, an old foe to those in UNIT with a long memory. And fortunately, to face an old foe… There are old friends.

Review: This latest set of Unit stories has something to please both new and old fans of ‘Doctor Who’.

We have four interconnected stories, which deal with a rogue faction of Silurian who have plans to retake the earth from us Ape’s.

The series kicks off with ‘Call To Arms’ by Matt Fitton who seems enjoy the job of introduced newer fans to former Unit Heroes Captain Mike Yates and the now retired Sargent Benton.

This opening story begins as a celebration for Sargent Benton and Mike Yates, but rather quickly turns sour when a Silurian strike force led by Jastrok breaks up the party.

I loved that Kate and Osgood get a chance to hang out with the older UNIT crew. And Osgood being forced to make do with Benton’s somewhat inferior broadband was a nice touch.

The close of this episode leads nicely into ‘Tidal Wave’ by Guy Adams.

This second story introduced Jo Jones formerly Jo Grant the Third Doctor’s longest serving companion.

In this story we see Jo Jones and Osgood being sent to check out a new Tidel Generator, but they come up on a plan to awaken a nest of sleeping Sea Devils. The distant cousins of the Silurians.

This story sees Jo adopting a role that used to be played by Jon Pertwee’s 3rd Doctor. The scenes where she is negotiating with the rudely awaken leader of the Sea Devils was really well played out and an enjoyable moment.

By the close of this story the situation is about as resolved as it can be. But Jastrok and his Silurian’s army are still in the wind and very much in control.

The third story ‘Retrieval’, which is also by Guy Adams sees things escalate further as Jastrok and his team begin to initiate their plans to take over the UK.

Osgood and Kate Stewart head off to the Mediterranean to find a means to fight back agains the Silurian’s, but they are being stalked by Commander Tryska who has a number of evil plans for her human prey.

Neve Macintosh is on top form as Tryska and the moment when she exposes Osgood to her repressed fears about Silurian’s was a great moment.

By the close of this story. An injured Kate and a just about functioning Osgood are able to get away with some technology that they can hopefully reverse engineer.

The fourth and final chapter ‘United’ by Matt Fritton sees the old and new members of UNIT having to work together.

Kate Stewart is basically trapped, which means that UNIT veterans Benton, Jo and Yates will have to work together to defeat Jastrok who has now taken over the houses of Parliament.

Jastrok has pretty much got an army of dinosaurs at his disposal as well as his regular army.

We have great moments again in which Jo does the Third Doctor role of calling out UNIT on its rushing into the situation half cocked. Once again we see Jo try to negotiate Jastrok, but unfortunately she is not as successful as she was with the Sea Devils.

This is a fantastic set, which will please both old and new fans and it gives some great insights into the Silurian’s as well as updates us about what the old guard are up to.

 

9.9
UNIT - Assembled
  • Stories
    9.8
  • Voice Acting
    10
  • Audio Production
    10
  • Art Work
    9.8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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