Synopsis: 63BC. Following the overthrow of Catiline, Cicero and his wife retire to the coastal town of Cumae, safe from the threats of Rome.
But when a stranger and his companions arrive at Ciceroâ€™s villa, new dangers lie in wait and Cicero finds himself plunged into a realm of gods and monsters.
His only hope of returning home lies with a man known as the Doctor. But can Cicero trust him?
Review: Like Samuel Barnett and Tracy-Ann Oberman, Iâ€™ve been waiting for a Doctor Who/Cicero crossover. Doctor Who: Tartarus didnâ€™t disappoint.
Writer David Llewellyn balanced The Doctor and Cicero perfectly, which is remarkable considering the otherworldly plot shouldâ€™ve tipped the scales in The Doctorâ€™s favor. Indeed, the need for the two of them to find that balance, while they each faced up to huge mistakes was central to the story.
Along the way, the Big Finish team treated listeners to ancient Roman history, and Oberman beautifully unfurled her history geek flag during the Extra Interviews. As someone who first saw I, Claudius at the age of nine, I loved encountering a kindred spirit. I also loved that Llewellyn coupled that history lesson with unapologetic Ray Harryhausen homages.
However, Llewellynâ€™s best decision wasnâ€™t finding equilibrium between the two leads or between the competing genres. It was finding room for all the characters to shine. Sarah Sutton and Janet Fielding had room for Nyssa and Tegan to breathe. They also had room for George Watkins as Marc, who proved himself admirably.
As ever, Peter Davison and Samuel Barnett were marvelous and obviously having a blast. I hope we get another crossover, as soon as is internally logical. Iâ€™m also psyched for the next Cicero box set.
Peter Davison (The Doctor), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka)
Samuel Barnett (Cicero), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Tartarus), Laura Riseborough (Terentia)
Joe Shire (Septus), George Watkins (Marc)
Cover Artist Simon Holub
Director Scott Handcock
Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs
Music Robert Harvey
Producer Scott Handcock
Script Editor Guy Adams
Sound Design Robert Harvey
Written by David Llewellyn
Senior Producer David Richardson
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