Saturday, March 16, 2013

Big Finish - Cobwebs

From the back catalogue of the Big Finish monthly main range series - Cobwebs by Jonathan Morris, directed by Barnaby Edwards.

The Big Finish synopsis: in search of a cure for a sickness that’s so far claimed six billion lives, scientist Nyssa arrives at an abandoned gene-tech facility on the toxic planet Helheim. ‘Hellhole’, more like. Nyssa’s not alone. The TARDIS has also been drawn to the Helheim base – and in its cobweb-coated corridors, she soon runs into the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough, her travelling companions of half a century past. But who, or what, has engineered this strange reunion? The Black Guardian, perhaps? The answer’s here, in the dark. With the Cractids. In the cobwebs.

Oops, this one slipped by without a review. I listened to this a couple of months ago when things were a bit hectic and somehow never got round to writing it up here. This is the first part of a mini series of three stories which put the old Tardis crew of Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough back together with the Fifth Doctor. And there's lots in here to appeal to me, a creepy abandoned base, some nasty monsters, and what appears to be the dead bodies of the Doctor and his companions themselves. Plus there is the always likeable and engaging Peter Davison. But this one just passed me by. I listened to it, I enjoyed it at the time, but it hasn't left a lasting impression on me.

The solution to the puzzle was interesting although fairly obvious in retrospect and I do recall that Sarah Sutton was very good and the creepy crawly noises were fun but apart from that not much. Maybe I should give this story another chance when I've got some more time. In the meantime it gets 3 out of 5 middle of the road spiders. More detailed reviews to follow.

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