The Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara land on the planet Hydra, where Admiral Jonas Kaan leads a vast flotilla of ships trying to elude the vicious race that has invaded and occupied their world. But his ships are being picked off one by one, vessels and crews dragged underwater by an unseen foe.
The time travellers find themselves pitched into battle against the Voord, the ruthless enemy they last encountered on the planet Marinus. As they take the fight to the very heart of the territory now controlled by the Voord the stakes get higher. First they lose the TARDIS… then they lose that which they hold most dear. And that’s only the start of their troubles.
In the capital, Predora City, they will learn the truth of what it means to be a Voord. And that truth is horrifying.
This First Doctor story was released by Big Finish in September 2014. It was written by Andrew Smith and directed by Ken Bentley.
The Voord were created by Terry Nation and only appeared in a single television story, The Keys of Marinus, in 1964.
They subsequently appeared in the 1965 Doctor Who Annual and in a comic strip in Doctor Who Magazine where they are depicted as evolving into the Cybermen.
This is the first release in Big Finish’s Early Adventures range; a mixture of narration and fully dramatised scenes. In part, it replaces the regular Companion Chronicle and Lost Stories releases.
It stars William Russell and Carole Ann Ford, reprising their television roles of Ian Chesterton and Susan Foreman respectively. Russell, for a man of nearly 90, can still bring youth and vitality to the role of Chesterton. And as listeners to the Companion Chronicles and Lost Stories will know, Russell does a very passable impression of Hartnell.
I’ve listened to quite a few narrated soundtracks recently and this seems a lot like them. (Even writing out the Doctor for a couple of episodes as was done in The Keys of Marinus when Hartnell was on holiday.) This is very much a 1960s style story.
And a good story it is, with many good action sequences and character moments.
The small cast make the most of multiple roles.
An essential release that should be in any fan’s collection.
Oh, and I would like to see the Voord return in the main range.
Domain of the Voord can be purchased on CD or download here