Synopsis: Tim Treloar and Katy Manning reprise their roles as the Third Doctor and Jo Grant in Volume Five. And this time they are joining forces with three more iconic characters from 1970s Doctor Who!
Review: In The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 05, John Dorney and Guy Adams give listeners follow-up on an old friend. They also provide more depth for some old foes.
“Primord” by John Dorney is a sequel to the classic Doctor Who story “Inferno.” Dorney finally names the Primords within the narrative. He also constructs a tale that allows Jo Grant to meet Liz Shaw. In the process, each woman’s strengths are highlighted. I also appreciated the meta-commentary on the original decision to abruptly shift from Liz Shaw to Jo Grant in the first place. Finally, I liked how Dorney used The Primords thematically. His choices were both consistent with the Pertwee era and timely nods to the modern era.
“The Scream of Ghosts” by Guy Adams is a story about sound written for the medium of sound. Adams provides creepy layers to a classic villain that I can’t name without giving the whole story away. I can say that Jo gets another great showcase. Also, listeners get even more meta-commentary on the Doctor Who soundscape, including the best segue into the theme tune Big Finish has done yet.
As for the cast, Tim Treloar, Katy Manning, Daisy Ashford, and John Levene are marvelous. That said, Jon Culshaw gives next level performances as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in both tales. If I didn’t know better, I’d say Nicholas Courtney recorded his part on a parallel Earth.
- You can purchase Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 05 here.
Tim Treloar (The Doctor), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Jon Culshaw (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), Daisy Ashford (Liz Shaw), John Levene (Sergeant Benton), Guy Adams (Bob Ellis / The Vardans), Bethan Dixon Bate (Lady Madeleine Rose), David Dobson (Armitage), Joe Jameson (Private Callahan), Rosalyn Landor (Caldicott), Michael Troughton (General Sharp), Andrew Wincott (Captain Hall), Dominic Wood (Warren)
Cover Artist Tom Webster
Director Nicholas Briggs
Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery
Music Nicholas Briggs
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor John Dorney Guy Adams
Sound Design Lee Adams, Joe Meiners
Written by John Dorney, Guy Adams
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