Doctor Who can be so much more than defeating the monster of the week, as author Una McCormack proves in This Sporting Life.
The TARDIS materialises behind a cordon where police are searching the for the stolen soccer World Cup. The first Doctor, and companions Steven Taylor and Dodo Chaplet, begin an investigation that ends with a surprising revelation that the forces of good, instead of evil, are behind the theft.
McCormack is to be credited for coming up with a short and sweet story that is engaging from start to finish. Even if you’re not into soccer, as Steven reveals in this adventure. And many a Doctor Who fan will identify with that.
Peter Purves, who played Steven alongside William Hartnell as the first Doctor, does narration duty and does a passable impersonation of Hartnell. It’s not quite a facsimile of the late actor’s performance.
This is a Short Trip than comes thoroughly recommended.
Blogtor Rating 10/10
Big Finish Synopsis
‘Utterly charming. There I have said it. But those two words sum up this release perfectly. So do the words sweet and heartwarming. 9/10’ – Planet Mondas
Doctor Who: Short Trips Monthly is a series of new short stories read by an original cast member.
When the Doctor, Steven, and Dodo arrive in London in March 1966, World Cup fever is already underway. But disaster has struck: the trophy has been stolen, and the police are at a loss as to who could have taken it. When someone shoves part of the trophy into Steven’s hands, the travellers become embroiled in the case.
Producer Ian Atkins
Script Editor Ian Atkins
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Written By: Una McCormack
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman
Peter Purves (Narrator)