Big Finish have this morning released their latest series of Eighth Doctor adventures, Doom Coalition 2.
This collection of four stories sees Paul McGann returning to the title role alongside his companions Nicola Walker and Hattie Morahan from the first Doom Coalition box set, released last October. Mark Bonnar also returns as insane Time Lord The Eleven for the series’ finale – and featuring in the same story is Alex Kingston as River Song.
The Eighth Doctor and River previously collided in the concluding part of January’s first series of The Diary of River Song, and both of their encounters have been written by Matt Fitton. The full synopses for the latest four episodes are given below.
2.1 Beachhead by Nicholas Briggs
In an attempt to recharge his batteries after his confrontation with the Eleven, the Doctor takes Liv and Helen to the sleepy English seaside village of Stegmoor. But they find the village in turmoil and, to make matters worse, their arrival uncovers a mystery from the Doctor’s past which threatens the future safety of the planet. Can the Doctor prevent the Voord from invading Earth? And more importantly why have they come in the first place?
2.2 Scenes from Her Life by John Dorney
Investigating the appearance of the Voord on Earth, the Doctor, Liv and Helen follow a trail which takes them to the other side of the universe. There they discover a mysterious and almost deserted gothic city lost in space and time, in which the grotesque inhabitants are conducting a vile and inhumane experiment. The Doctor and his companions must hurry to save the lives of those in danger before the experiment is a success and the unimaginable consequences become all too real.
2.3 The Gift by Marc Platt
The TARDIS deposits its crew on Earth in San Francisco, 1906. There they find an actor-manager desperate to stage his definitive production of King Lear. But a real storm is headed their way when he becomes the possessor of a mysterious psychic ‘Gift’ which is hungry for power and intent on wreaking havoc and destruction. But exposure to so much psychic activity has the Doctor becoming increasingly erratic. Can he battle his demons and save the world?
2.4 The Sonomancer by Matt Fitton
On the other side of the galaxy a mining company is exploiting the already unstable planet of Syra for every precious mineral it contains. River Song is attempting to save the native people. She needs the Doctor’s help, but she also knows he mustn’t yet discover her true identity. The final confrontation sees the Doctor once again face his enemy the Eleven in an attempt to prevent the destruction of Syra and the genocide of its inhabitants.
You can order this latest set of stories here at a special discounted price until the end of this month. No details are currently known about the following series, which is due to be released in October.