Doctor Who: Only The Monstrous
Starring John Hurt, Jacqueline Pearce, Cardinal Ollistra, Lucy Briggs-Owen and Nicholas Briggs.
Written and directed by Nicholas Briggs.
The War Doctor has become something of a cult classic among Whovians. John Hurt might have only been on screen as The Doctor’s secret regeneration for one episode really, but what an episode (The Day Of The Doctor), but thanks to the team at Big Finish the adventure continues. And how.
Only The Monstrous is a rip roaring adventure written and directed by the Daleks themselves, well okay, it may as well be given how synonymous Nicholas Briggs is with the characters he voices on TV.
His story starts with The Doctor making a massive sacrifice to try and put an end to the Dalek fleet’s ability to use time travel.
At first it appears to have done the trick and John Hurt’s Doctor is happy to keep a low-profile on a seemingly idyllic planet.
However, where The Doctor goes, trouble usually follows and it isn’t long before he has to defend the very people aiding his convalescence from an invading force.
Throw the Time Lords into mix and a plot that centres on a fledgling peace treaty between them and their Dalek enemies and you have a tale that asks questions of the franchise that have never been asked before.
It’s great fun, Hurt’s voice alone makes this a must listen for fans of audio adventures, while it certainly isn’t a cheap purchase, £20 quid for what amounts to less than an hour and a half, it has to rank in the top tier of Big Finish Doctor Who adventures.
Roll on the next chapter for The War Doctor.
5 Nerds out of 5