Big Finish have delivered another Fifth Doctor double adventure this month with ‘Interstitial/Feast of Fear‘. Similarly structured like the recent Kamelion trilogy, this release plays as the centre piece and gives two shorter stories under one roof instead of the traditional one.
‘Interstitial/Feast of Fear‘ doesn’t carry the same weight as ‘Black Thursday/Power Game‘ simply because Kamelion is a character from the TV programme listeners had an established connection with. What the writers do provide however is comparisons to Adric. Including direct references, this gives more purpose to Marc’s role. Marc, who first appeared in last month’s excellent Tartarus, is however nothing like the know it all Adric. Instead of the wunderkind Adric, we have a Roman servant with an open mind who does his best to keep up. He comes across as genuine and would make a great long term companion under different circumstances.
‘Interstital‘ is a different kind of sci-fi story in that it tends to examine ideas more than plot. Of course, with the shorter run time it’s harder to dedicate time exploring story. This isn’t a negative, both stories manage their time well. The only complaint I had with ‘Interstitial‘ is the way they use Marc as a parallel to Adric. That said, with some of the concepts being explored, the consequences don’t/couldn’t have the same weight. Not wanting to give any spoilers, it’s difficult to elaborate upon here. (*Check out under the Credits list to find out what I mean.)
Feast of Fear
‘Feast of Fear‘ is different beast entirely. While the tone of the two isn’t as widely diverse as ‘Black Thursday/Power Game‘, it does offer us something different. With the shorter run time of a double bill, ‘Feast of Fear‘ wastes no time getting into things. In fact, we start midway through the action. Whilst it’s a tad jarring, it’s fun to be tossed into the thick of it and figure out the details as the plot unfolds.
Where ‘Interstitial‘ is a more serious story in subject matter, ‘Feast of Fear‘ is more traditional. It is set during the Irish famine, so it’s not a jolly romp, but it does give us an evil Nyssa and that’s rather fun. Marc has a good role on the TARDIS team and it will be interesting to see how Big Finish, presumably, wraps up his arc in next month’s ‘Warzone/Conversion‘, another double bill.
Boasting a lovely cover by Simon Holub and excellent music from Ioan Morris, ‘Interstitial/Feast of Fear‘ is a good double bill. Marc is clearly a character that is meant to be liked and actor George Watkins does a terrific job of being out of his element while contributing positively. It feels like Big Finish are ramping up to something with Marc and it’s proving to work. As standalone stories these may not be immediate go to stories but as an arc they’re thoroughly interesting and enjoyable.
You can purchase your copy of ‘Interstitial/Feast of Fear‘ from the Big Finish website.
You can also pre-order ‘Warzone/Conversion‘ from the Big Finish website now.
Interstitial by Carl Rowens
When the TARDIS is drawn off-course by temporal disruption, the Doctor and his companions discover a research facility conducting dangerous experiments. But how do you fight the future when time itself is being used as a weapon?
Feast of Fear by Martyn Waites
At the height of the Irish famine, a carnival travels the country bringing cheer to all they encounter. But it also brings something else along with them… and it already has the Doctor.
- Peter Davison (The Doctor)
- Sarah Sutton (Nyssa)
- Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka)
- George Watkins (Marc)
- Jeremy Ang Jones (Jennings)
- Melissa Dean (Brianna)
- Peter Heenan (Armstrong)
- Niamh McGrady (Shannon)
- Deirdre Mullins (The Spae Wife)
- Anna-Maria Nabirye (Kalu)
- Michael Yare (Lorcan)
Doctor Who: Interstitial/Feast of Fear is available now from the Big Finish website. The title is priced at £14.99 on CD and £12.99 to download. The Big Finish App, available on Apple and Android devices, also makes listening even easier. It is a free app to download, just search in your app store.
*It would have been interesting to have Marc’s demise here be permanent. It was shocking to have come so soon. Part of me believed he truly had been destroyed and that we may be able to further explore The Doctors feelings towards the loss of Adric in the follow up story. Needless to say Marc survives Interstitial.