Synopsis: Two two-part adventures follow from Doctor Who: Tartarus. The Doctor, Nyssa, and Tegan welcome a new companion on board the Tardis.
Review: Doctor Who: Interstitial / Feast of Fear gives listeners the first two adventures of Cicero’s former slave, Marc, as a full-fledged companion. Martyn Waites and Carl Rowens have written for a character who is a smarter, more worldly version of Katarina. Then, they’ve tossed him into the deep end where all companions must swim.
“Interstitial” by Carl Rowens is the latest tale of mad science and even madder scientists. Marc beholds the stars and the god complex that would shape them. Throughout, George Watkins does an excellent job conveying what it’s like for Marc to swallow this Doctor Who chestnut whole.
“Feast of Fear” by Martyn Waites is my favorite of the two tales, as I have an especial fondness for Doctor Who historicals. Marc comes face to face with the Irish Famine. In the process, he learns that a former Roman slave can have a better lot in life than those who have ostensibly always been free.
Throughout the two stories, the writers do an excellent job of pairing Marc off with different characters so that no one is underutilized and all perspectives are explored. The regular actors also get opportunities to shine as their bonds are put to the test and new ones are formed.
All of this sets up next month’s Doctor Who: Warzone / Conversion. I’ve gotten attached to Marc, and I hope he fares better than Katarina did at the end of her arc.
- You can purchase Doctor Who: Interstitial / Feast of Fear here.
Peter Davison (The Doctor), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka)
George Watkins (Marc), Jeremy Ang Jones (Jennings), Melissa Dean (Brianna)
Peter Heenan (Armstrong), Niamh McGrady (Shannon), Deirdre Mullins (The Spae Wife)
Anna-Maria Nabirye (Kalu), Michael Yare (Lorcan)
Written by Martyn Waites, Carl Rowens
Cover Artist Simon Holub
Director Scott Handcock
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs
Music Ioan Morris
Producer Scott Handcock
Script Editor Guy Adams
Sound Design Lee Adams
Senior Producer David Richardson
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