Friday, August 17, 2012

Big Finish - The Word Lord

The Word Lord is a Seventh Doctor short story from Big Finish 115 - Forty Five. Written by Steven Hall and directed by Ken Bentley.

The Doctor, Ace and Hex arrive in a secret, underground bunker in the Antarctic and find they have 45 minutes to solve an impossible murder mystery which threatens to bring international peace to a violent end.

This is a very brief adventure for the Tardis crew and is mainly set up to introduce the character of the Word Lord, a mischievous and malevolent figure from a dimension where language governs everything. In the same way that the Doctor has mastery of Time so the Word Lord has control of spoken words, which give him his power.

There is a fair bit of word play going on here and Sylvester McCoy gets to roll his Rs with gusto. At the end of the story the Word Lord is briefly defeated by the Seventh Doctor's quick thinking, but clearly this character is coming back and will not be so easily brushed aside next time. I continue to wonder whether Big Finish will create a recurring villain that can rival Davros or the Master, and maybe the Word Lord will prove worthy of the challenge. Or maybe Nimrod and the Forge will return as the big bad of this story arc. Time will tell.

This story is available as a free download from the Big Finish site so you can pop along and listen to it yourself. For me it was over too quickly and left me wanting more but mainly because this story somehow failed to satisfy. 2.5 out of 5 Thermo-Spanners. Next up will be Project: Destiny.

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