Synopsis: The planet Colophos is a dead world. Nothing but dust and rubble – and the ruins of a once-great civilisation. But is it really as dead as it appears? When the Doctor and Leela land, joined by the crew of the Oligarch survey ship, it’s not long before they receive a communication from one of the ruins. A communication from Astaroth Morax, the last of the Colophon. Attended by a sadistic robot nurse, Morax is in a wheelchair and bound in bandages to conceal his terrible injuries. But is he really as powerless as he seems? What became of the rest of his race – and why didn’t he die with them?
Review: Written by Jonathan Morris and directed by Nicholas Briggs this 4th Doctor adventure valiantly tries to resurrect the Philip Hinchcliffe era of Doctor Who, which brought a very gothic horror sensibility to the series and made use of some of Universal’s monsters such as Mummy’s in ‘Pyramids Of Mars’ and Frankenstein’s Monster in ‘The Brain of Morbius’.
Morris chose the Invisible Man, which was a character from Universal films that was never used during Hinchcliffe’s run on the classic Doctor Who series, but is also a character that lends itself well to audio drama.
Credit is definitely deserved for the various ideas that comprised this Doctor Who story, but the various ideas and themes didn’t quite gel as well as they could have in my opinion. The story just didn’t grab me or give me enough of a feeling of suspense and danger. I’m not sure what the problem was. The acting from all concerned was top notch. But the story felt a little flat in certain parts.
As you would expect the finale happens rather quickly and is pretty frantic, but getting there seemed to be a hit and miss affair. It wasn’t an awful story. It just didn’t really quite live up to the blurb.
I was really hoping for something in the audio realm to match up to the suspense and tension I felt when watching ‘Pyramids Of Mars,’ but sadly ‘Last Of The Colophon’ despite a valiant effort just didn’t quite do that.
It’s a good Doctor Who story and a great idea, but for whatever reason it just doesn’t quite deliver on the premise in spite of the fact that several characters die in the episodes.
Gareth Thomas and Jane Goddard give first rate voice performances in their roles of Morax and robotic Nurse Torvik, but sadly their performances aren’t quite enough to give us that sense of suspense and danger to make it a truly memorable story.
Cast: Tom Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Gareth Thomas (Morax), Jane Goddard (Nurse Torvik), John Voce (Chief Surveyor Hardwick), Jessica Martin (Deputy Surveyor Sutton), Blake Ritson (Pilot Kellaway)
Not a bad story. It just doesn’t quite have the suspense and danger that the story promises. So I’m giving this one 3/5
- You can buy this Fourth Doctor audio adventure at: www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/last-of-the-colophon-804