Doctor Who: Philip Hinchcliffe Presents

This box set of Fourth Doctor stories was released by Big Finish in September 2014. It features two adventures devised by Philip Hinchcliffe, written by Marc Platt and directed by Ken Bentley.

Hinchcliffe produced Doctor Who on television from 1974 and 1977. With script editor Robert Holmes he was responsible for stories such as Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Brain of Morbius, The Hand of Fear and The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

He is credited as the producer of Genesis of the Daleks, regarded by some as the greatest Dalek story ever, but this was commissioned under his predecessor, Barry Letts. However, Hinchciffe and Holmes considerably darkened the tone of Terry Nation’s original script.

During Hinchcliffe’s tenure the programme achieved the peak of its popularity and he produced more episodes to achieve more than 10 million viewers than any other producer in the series’ history; only during the “Dalekmania” spell of the mid-Sixties had the series gained comparable popularity in the public consciousness.

This box set is an attempt to recreate Hinchcliffe’s era on audio with two stories of the type he would have produced had he been allowed to remain on the show for a further season.

The Ghosts of Gralstead

The Doctor and Leela return to Victorian London, in the year 1860.

At St Clarence’s Hospital, respected surgeon Sir Edward Scrivener requires the bodies of the dead… At Doctor McDivett’s Exhibition of Living Wonders and Curiosities, miracles are afoot… And in Gralstead House, the ghost will walk again. Mordrega has come to Earth…

The Devil’s Armada

The TARDIS lands in Sissenden Village in the sixteenth century. Catholic priests are hunted, so-called witches are drowned in the ducking stool, and in the shadows the Vituperon are watching… and waiting…

These are two very good stories. Whenever I see Marc Platt’s name on the cover I always know that I will be listening to something special and this box set is no exception.

I think The Devil’s Armada is my favourite of the two but it is a close run thing.

Highly recommended.

Philip Hinchcliffe Presents can be purchased on CD or download from

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/philip-hinchcliffe-presents-box-set-945

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