Forget the Monster Mash. Big Finish has done the ultimate monster mash-up.
This release, the brainchild of Big Finish producer David Richardson, takes four monsters from the new era of Doctor Who and pairs them with one of the Doctors from the classic era of the show. It’s sure to catch on!
The Weeping Angels, Judoon, Sycorax and “new’ Sontarans, introduced in the Tenth Doctor stories Blink, Smith and Jones, The Christmas Invasion and The Poison Sky/The Sontaran Stratagem, are encountered by the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors in four separate stories connected only by the central theme of the set.
Fallen Angels by Phil Mulryne is, perhaps, the standout episode. There’s something fitting about the way the wide-eyed innocence of the Fifth Doctor is pitted against the most sinister foe he has ever met in the shape of the Weeping Angels.
Without his usual travelling companions, which becomes a bit of a theme in this set, the fifth Doctor finds some new ones in sixteenth century Rome: a pair of honeymooning teachers from 21st century Britain who have mysteriously found themselves thrown back in time.
Judoon In Chains
Judoon In Chains by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris delivers a completely unpredictable script as a Victorian court tries a Judoon deserter as he is defended by the Sixth Doctor. Colin Baker and Nicholas Briggs, as the Judoon Captain Kybo, absolutely sell this story in one of their best performances.
No stranger to the courtroom the sixth Doctor works hard to defend the alien who has found himself part of a Victorian circus freak show. But Kybo is not entirely alone in his plight as more kindness comes from another unexpected source.
Harvest of the Sycorax
James Goss’s Harvest of the Sycorax confirms that the Sycorax are just galactic bullyboys. It’s full of great Seventh Doctor moments in which Sylvester McCoy shines against this new enemy.
But it’s not all about the Doctor as a new hero emerges, the drug dependent space station resident Zanzibar Hashtag who, like the rest of her kind, spends her days taking drugs to counter the effects of real life.
The Sontaran Ordeal
Writer Andrew Smith’s The Sontaran Ordeal only serves to prove how wrong the decision makers of the 1990s were not to commission a new television series after Paul McGann’s first appearance as the Eighth Doctor.
It’s just packed with great Eighth Doctor goodness who is up to his cravated neck in the Time War which the Sontarans are bent on joining with a catastrophic impact on the planet Drakkis. This is the Eighth Doctor’s sorry attempt to limit the damage, as he goes up against the Sontaran fleet . . .
Behind the Scenes
The behind the scenes extras in this set run as long as an episode and give a vivid insight into how this series, and a follow-up one, fell together. As Baker quite rightly says, there’s no classic Doctor Who and new Doctor Who, just Doctor Who. This set proves that.
Blogtor Who Rating 9/10
Big Finish Productions Synopsis
1.1 Fallen Angels by Phil Mulryne
2015: When sightseers Joel and Gabby Finch encounter a strange man in Edwardian cricketing garb in the Sistine Chapel, their honeymoon suddenly takes a terrifying turn.
1511: Michelangelo is commissioned to create some very special sculptures by a mysterious sect. But as he carves, angels seem to emerge fully-formed from the rock. Almost as if they are alive…
From Michelangelo’s workshop to the catacombs of Rome, the Fifth Doctor must keep his wits about him and his eyes wide open as he confronts the Weeping Angels.
1.2 Judoon in Chains by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris
The Sixth Doctor is no stranger to courtroom drama, but faces a very different challenge when he prepares to defend a most unusual Judoon.
After an environmental clearance mission goes wrong, Captain Kybo of the Nineteenth Judoon Interplantary Force is stranded in Victorian England, bound in chains, an exhibit in a circus show. But he has allies: Eliza Jenkins – known to audiences as ‘Thomasina Thumb’ – and the larger-than-life ‘clown’ in the colourful coat.
Uncovering a trail of injustice and corruption, the Doctor and Kybo soon find themselves on trial for their lives…
1.3 Harvest of the Sycorax by James Goss
In the far future, humanity has a remedy for everything. Whatever the problem, Pharma Corps has the answer and a designer disease tailored to every human’s blood-type. Zanzibar Hashtag has no need to be sad, scared, stressed, or depressed ever again.
That is, until vicious aliens arrive on her space station intent on opening its Vault. What will it mean for the human race if the Sycorax take control of what’s inside?
And when the Seventh Doctor arrives on the scene, can he convince Zanzibar to care about her life long enough to help him?
1.4 The Sontaran Ordeal by Andrew Smith
An instant of the Time War brings centuries of conflict to the planet Drakkis, and the Eighth Doctor is there to witness the terrible results.
A Sontaran fleet, desperate to join the epic conflict, follows in its wake to take advantage of the fallout. But when Commander Jask is beamed down to the ravaged surface, there is more to his arrival than first appears.
Soon, an unlikely champion joins forces with the Time Lord to fight for the future of her world, and together they must face the Sontaran Ordeal…
Written By: Phil Mulryne, Simon Barnard, Paul Morris, James Goss, Andrew Smith
Directed By: Barnaby Edwards
Peter Davison (The Doctor) Sacha Dhawan (Joel Finch), Diane Morgan (Gabby Finch), Matthew Kelly (Michelangelo), Joe Jameson (Piero), Dan Starkey (Priest), Barnaby Edwards (Jacopo). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Judoon in Chains
Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicholas Briggs (Captain Kybo/Commander), Kiruna Stamell (Eliza Jenkins), Trevor Cooper (Jonathan Jaggers Esq/Mr Preddle), Tony Millan (Justice Burrows/Jonty), Sabina Franklyn (President Beel/Aetius/Herculania), Nicholas Pegg (Meretricious Gedge/Billy), Barnaby Edwards (Judoon Computer). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Harvest of the Sycorax
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Nisha Nayar (Zanzibar), Jonathan Firth (Cadwallader), Rebecca Callard (Shadrak), Giles Watling (The Sycorax Chief), Alex Deacon (Eshak). Other parts played by members of the cast.
The Sontaran Ordeal
Paul McGann (The Doctor), Josette Simon (Sarana Teel), Dan Starkey (Jask), Christopher Ryan (General Stenk/Flitch), Sean Connolly (Tag Menkin/Ensign Stipe). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Matt Fitton
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs