July 2013 brought us Shockwave the seventh Destiny of the Doctor story. Written by James Swallow (Highlander, Cybermen, Stargate ranges) this was, of course, a Seventh Doctor story read by Sophie Aldred and centring on Ace with Ian Brooker (who has appeared in more than 40 Big Finish releases) as Captain OhOne. The series has impressed so far, would this release keep the trend going?
From the Big Finish product page:
In the far future, the inhabitants of Tarsus Six face a desperate struggle to evacuate their world before their sun, Tarsus Ultra, collapses into a cataclysmic spatial anomaly.
When the Doctor navigates the TARDIS to a space station orbiting Tarsus Six, Ace assumes that he intends to offer their assistance. But it soon becomes clear that the Doctor has an agenda of his own.
With the TARDIS immobilised, Ace realises that their own lives are as much in danger as those of the fleeing inhabitants. The race is on to escape the destruction of Tarsus Six and the devastating shockwave that will follow, reaching out and destroying everything in its wake.
The Doctor and Ace appear on a space port just in time to join the last ship out of Tarsus Six. As they escape Ace rescues a young girl who is part of a cult worshipping the star as it dies.
The Doctor shows an unhealthy interest in the ship’s cargo and we learn that he is here to borrow an artefact of note called the Voice of Stone. While this is going on the ship develops a fault and will not be able to escape the shockwave of the dying star unless an improvised force field can save the day. The downside is that someone has to stay outside which means that they will not survive.
All this would be sufficient but of course the Eleventh Doctor has his own requirements which are at odds with everyone elses.
The Story Telling
This is in the usual Destiny of the Doctor style and Sophie Aldred’s voice today is sufficiently different from here Ace voice that the narration works well. Ian Brooker is a convincing ship’s Captain and I particularly enjoyed the prose for which James Swallow should get a special mention.
The story when stripped back to basics may be Spartan in terms of twists and turns but I found it an entertaining way to pass an hour and still have no idea how all the details are going to come together in November.
I still can’t fault this series and with the download only pricing offered in January this has been a fantastic investment. Next stop August!