Shortly after surviving the perils of Logopolis, Castrovalva and the machinations of the Master, the new Doctor and his new crew could be forgiven for wanting to take a breather from their tour of the galaxy. But when the TARDIS lands in a strange and unsettling environment, the urge to explore is irresistible… and trouble is only a few steps away.
The world they have found themselves in is populated by a wide variety of the strangest people imaginable – a crashed spacecraft here, a monastery there, even a regal court. And not everyone they meet has their best interests at heart.
With the TARDIS stolen, and the very environment itself out to get them, the travellers face an extremely personal threat. They’ll have to work as a team if they want to get out alive… but can you really trust someone you barely know?
Iterations of I
The house on Fleming’s Island had been left to rot. Ever since a strange and unexplained death soon after it was built, and plagued with troubling rumours about what lurked there, it remained empty and ignored for decades until the Cult moved in. As twenty people filled its many rooms, the eerie building seemed to be getting a new lease of life.
But now it is empty again. The cult found something in its corridors… and then vanished.
Trapped on the island one dark night, the Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric look into the building’s mysteries, its stories of madness and death. Their only chance is to understand what terrible thing has been disturbed here… before it consumes them utterly.
The Fifth Doctor Box Set was released by Big Finish in August 2014.
It sees the return of Adric in two stories by Jonathan Morris and John Dorney, two of Big Finish’s most consistent authors.
Adric was first introduced in the television story Full Circle. I thought he had a lot of potential but was badly served by the writers after his introduction. He quickly became annoying and I cannot say that I shed a tear when he died (apparently) in Earthshock.
Big Finish have previously rehabilitated characters that I didn’t like in the television series (yes, Melanie Bush, I’m talking about you); therefore, I was interested to see what they would make of Adric.
First up is Psychodrome by Jonathan Morris.
I don’t want to give away too much so I will not say a lot about the story. Suffice to say that it contains the usual Morris weirdness (and I mean that in a good way) and that during the story, the Doctor has to face his greatest fear.
The developing relationships between the newly regenerated Doctor and his companions are well handled. Tegan’s resentment towards Adric following the events of Logopolis and Castrovalva seems very real. A line early on sums up her feelings but I’ll leave you to discover what it is.
All in all, a good story with an interesting premise that features fine performances all round.
Next up is Iterations of I by John Dorney.
This is a very different story from Pyschodrome and marginally the better of the two.
The relationships between the TARDIS crew are developed further and are beginning to settle down.
The adversary in this story is an interesting concept; it is not one I have come across before.
The supporting cast are also well drawn and performed. You care about what happens to them.
And as for Adric…
Matthew Waterhouse, like all the main cast, has aged since the tv series but, unlike the others, his voice has not remained the same. He makes a good stab at sounding like a young boy and almost pulls it off.
However, Adric seems just like he was on television and I’m afraid that I cannot really warm to him on the basis of this outing. Hopefully, Matthew will agree to record further stories and we will be able to see the character of Adric develop.
This is a first rate release and is a must have for anyone’s collection.
The Fifth Doctor Box Set can be purchased on CD or download here