Last of The Colophon
by Jonathan Morris
Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson
The crew of the Oligarch survey ship and the Doctor and Leela all arrive on the dead planet Colophos. But is it really as dead as it appears? It’s not long before the visitors receive a communication from within in a ruined structure, a message from the last of the Colophon.
In a particular era, Doctor Who often turned to classic Universal horror characters for its influences, Jekyll and Hyde in Planet of Evil, Frankenstein’s Monster in The Brain of Morbius, the Mummy in Pyramids of Mars, etc… Jonathan Morris has tapped one of the unused creations, The Invisible Man, as the inspiration for this audio adventure.
Kudos is definitely deserved for the ideas that comprise this story, but these concepts don’t seem to fit particularly well together and aren’t developed as fully as they could. It feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. The audio medium lends itself to an invisible enemy however audible dynamics aren’t used to their fullest. To top things off, and despite the fact that several characters don’t survive the adventure, there isn’t a strong enough feeling of suspense.
The guest voice work by Gareth Thomas (Blake from Blake’s Seven) as Morax and Jane Goddard as the robotic Nurse Torvik is first rate, but sadly not enough to inject a sense of stakes or danger in to this latest addition to the Fourth Doctor adventures. It’s not by any means a bad Doctor Who story, but it lacks a big enough hook to make it truly memorable.
BLOGTOR RATING 6/10
Thanks to Big Finish