One of the great things about the Big Finish audio range is that they can delve into aspects of the series that were merely glimpsed at when they were on screen. And there is no better example of this than the adventure in question: Kiss of Death.
Here we get to peer into the back-story of companion Turlough and see more of what was hinted at in Planet of Fire.
After the Black Guardian trilogy, Turlough was, in my opinion, somewhat underused as a companion, so it is good to see him given this chance to step up into the limelight, and actor Mark Strickson certainly makes the most of it. He is called on here to flex his acting muscles in a way he never was on television as we get to meet his long lost childhood sweetheart and become embroiled in some shady dealing with intergalactic criminals.
But that’s not to say that the rest of the crew don’t have a lot to do. Nyssa, the Doctor and Tegan all have plenty to be getting on with. It was nice too, to see the Doctor do something we don’t normally see him do, but somehow assume (much like James Bond) he can do- that is: pilot a spaceship.
I’ve really been enjoying this arc of stories with the ‘dream team’, as I called them in the review of Heroes of Sontar, and the only downside of it is that there is only one more to go in this particular run.