The Third Doctor, back for a Short Trip for the second month in a row, proves he is very much his own Time Lord in this story.
Narrated by Tim Treloar, Damascus is told from the perspective of the British Prime Minister in an audio recording, much like the Captain’s Log of Star Trek fame.
An alien ship, resembling a giant silver hub cap, is seen off the coast of East Anglia. But the Doctor isn’t interested since the owners only want to trade. The Doctor’s refusal to investigate has the Prime Minister feeling compelled to drive from London to UNIT’s East Anglia headquarters to confront him about his inaction.
But, as half the population falls inexplicably asleep, the Doctor concludes something is afoot after all and is joined in his yellow roadster Bessie by the Prime Minister. The PM is now left wondering who, in the galaxy, the Doctor is.
Road to Damascus
Damascus seems an unlikely name for this story. It is named after the place where the apostle Paul progressed from being a persecutor of Christians to the greatest believer. Or rather it’s named after a project which has the taken the Damascus name. This gives the story written by Jonathan Barnes, a second layer of mystery that leaves you wondering how much more we might hear about this project in upcoming releases.
As indicated by the title, Short Trips are usually short and to the point, While this one joins its predecessors, it certainly covers a lot of mysterious ground. We are definitely ready to hear more about ‘Damascus’.
Blogtor Who Rating – 7/10
As the decade in English history which attracts the greatest quantity of alien invasions per annum, the 1970s are not the easiest time in which to steer the great British ship of state. The Prime Minister, nonetheless, is doing the very best job he can. Still, at least he has UNIT to rely on – their eccentric, bouffant-haired scientific adviser in particular. Or does he?
- Producer Ian Atkins
- Script Editor Ian Atkins
- Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
- Written By: Jonathan Barnes
- Directed By: Lisa Bowerman
- Tim Treloar (Narrator)
Doctor Who – Short Trips – Damascus is available to buy on CD or to download directly from the Big Finish website.