Doctor Who returns to its glory days of adventure, threat and fun in one of Big Finish’s best Fourth Doctor story yet.

When imagining a Doctor Who story, one often thinks London, 21st century. But this adventure takes place on the Shetland isle of Bothness, Scotland, with the amount of Scottish heritage associated with the show, it’s nice to have an adventure set in Scotland with Scottish accents.

Telegram from the Brigader

This adventure begins when the Doctor receives a space-time telegram from Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, a well-known and much-loved character not often associated with the Fourth Doctor. Although the Brigadier gets a mention at the start he does not make any further appearance in the episode.

Following the telegram The Doctor and Leela land in past Scotland and find themselves encountering a tribe of Vikings and Leela doesn’t waste time in taking part in their activities. But it’s not long before things start to go wrong. The Doctor wanders off and gets kidnapped, Leela is almost burned to death and what is happening to time?

Back to Much-Loved Era

The plot moves at a leisurely pace, nothing is rushed or left unexplored. The script editors and writers must be commended for an adventure, a story and characters that truly take you back to the Phillip Hinchcliffe era of Doctor Who.

Great Cast – Say No More!

The dynamic between Leela and the Doctor is truly remarkable, perhaps it is because Tom Baker and Louise Jameson have done so many Big Finish adventures together their enjoyment shines through. Alongside Baker and Jameson is an amazing supporting cast. A mention must go to Joanna Vanderham as Joanna Renwick, a very well performed character who succeeds to engage the listener throughout the adventure!


Overall a hugely enjoyable saga of adventures for the fourth Doctor. Highly recommended to all Whovians.

Blogtor Rating: 9/10


Philip Hinchcliffe, acclaimed producer of Doctor Who (1975-77) returns to tell new stories for the Fourth Doctor and Leela.

The TARDIS arrives on the remote Shetland isle of Bothness and the Doctor and Leela find themselves threatened by Vikings! Only all is not as it seems. The locals are celebrating the old Norse fire festival of Up Helly Aa, so there’s nothing to be worried about. Or is there?

For, unknown to the islanders, the TARDIS crew are on the trail of an ancient artefact invested with mysterious powers that has recently been stolen and brought to this remote location.

Somewhere on this island lurks something ancient, and evil, and alien. The Doctor and Leela will have to stop it. Only on this occasion time might not be on their side.

Written By: Philip Hinchcliffe, adapted by Marc Platt
Directed By: Ken Bentley


Tom Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Joanna Vanderham (Joanna Renwick), David Rintoul (Professor Angus Renwick), Jane Slavin (Peggy), Ewan Bailey (Davy McTavit), Kieran Bew (Murdo Jamieson), Chris Porter (Nardos), Fleur Hinchcliffe (Young Angus Renwick)

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor John Dorney
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


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