Sunday, 9 October 2011

Doctor Who The Doomsday Quatrain

As with last months Sixth Doctor release Recorded Time, this latest Seventh Doctor Who does that thing where they have the Doctor meet an historical figure so famous that you are amazed that nobody had thought about doing it before.
While last month the Sixth Doctor met Henry VIII, here we have him rubbing shoulders with the most famous seer who ever lived: Nostradamus.
Nostradamus has predicted the end of the world. The Doctor knows it can’t be true, because, as he informs us, he has already see it… but the thing is Nostradamus does seem, if things are to be believed, to be correct.
There is a lot to enjoy in this story. There are plenty of unexpected twists and turns in the narrative – it went in a completely different direction than the one I was expecting on a number of occasions. It has a memorable cast of characters, and each is very well acted.
While most of the glory on the acting front will, no doubt, go to David Schofield in the role of Nostradamus, for my money Caroline Keiff was the strongest of the guest stars.
McCoy is his usual great self, and writers Emma Beeby and Gordon Rennie give him some deliciously authentic Seventh Doctor lines, which McCoy delivers with obvious relish.
I as also delighted and slightly miffed that a continuity issue I had thought of based around an offhand mark from the Fourth Doctor is dealt with expertly. I doubt it is something the normal listener will even noticed, but it is a nice Easter egg for the die-hard Who nerds.
Once again, a winner from Big Finish. I can only hope we hear more from this writing team again soon!

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