Synopsis: The Fourth Doctor returns solo for two new adventures.
First, the book known as The Dischord Grimoire is an incredibly powerful tome. It’s believed capable of altering the true passage of time itself. Of course, the Doctor has it in the TARDIS.
Second, the TARDIS lands in Ravencliff. It’s a small town on the English coast that stands in the shade of a newly built power station. What’s more, it just happens to be haunted.
Review: Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 11: Solo is a marvelous box set. It contains two tales set after “The Deadly Assassin” when Four is traveling solo.
“Blood of the Time Lords” by Timothy X Atack is a direct sequel to “The Deadly Assassin.” As such, Atack uses similar tropes and structural elements.
That said, the installment is far from a carbon copy of the classic story. Indeed, Atack deepens the mythology of Gallifrey. I really appreciate learning more about Time Lord end of life protocols.
I also enjoy meeting Elanora. Atack creates a well-drawn character in her with a layered and believable backstory.
I hope some of Atack’s story elements make it to the main show. They could serve as poignant contrast to the Timeless Child revelations.
“The Ravencliff Witch” by David Llewellyn is unapologetically Hinchcliffean. The resolution is telegraphed. However, the suspense isn’t ruined. Listeners are still wondering how the journey results in the destination.
Once again, I appreciate the pseudo-companions Llewellyn introduces. Margaret Hopwood and Celia Banks are everything the Doctor and the listeners need them to be.
I also really liked the scope of Llewellyn’s world-building. That went a long way toward maintaining the suspense.
Tom Baker continues superbly. What’s more, listeners can practically hear the twinkle in his eye. He’s obviously an extremely happy man.
As for the supporting cast, I must single out several in an outstanding group. James Dreyfus returns in top form as The Master. His rhythm is the role is perfect.
For her part, Annette Badland demonstrates why Big Finish keeps bringing her back. The Eminent Sedanya is an absolute treat to listen to.
Last but not least, Richard Earl is extremely effective in a very different role. I’m sure he appreciated the chance to flex those performance muscles.
Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 11: Solo is an excellent start to the new season. I can’t wait for Volume 2.
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