Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Big Finish - Army of Death

Big Finish release 155 - Army of Death with Paul McGann as the Doctor and Julie Cox as Mary Shelley. Written by Jason Arnopp and directed by Barnaby Edwards.

Army of Death! What a great title, doesn't that make you want to start humming the woo-oooh theme tune? (Or maybe that's just me). In the city-state of Stronghaven there are political intrigues afoot. Meanwhile the city's guard are trying to repel attacks from wave after wave of marching skeletons. All is set up perfectly for the arrival of the Eighth Doctor, and for Mary Shelley to confront yet more examples of reanimated corpses.

This was a great story with plenty of twists and turns along the way and nobody is quite what they seem to be. All the cast turn in lovely performances and it was nice to hear Mitch Benn from the Now Show turn up as the Commander of the Guard. The advantage of jumping back into the regular monthly releases meant that I felt right at home with the Doctor and his current companion. Really, it's all rather splendid and I'm going to start singing the theme song again.

Army of Death gets an almost perfect 4.5 out of 5 long, flowing frock coats. Next up it's the Fourth Doctor. He's back and his Destination is Nerva!

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