Even in the single-narrator Short Trips range, telling a story of Liz Shaw’s time with the Third Doctor is a challenge. Range producer Ian Atkins cracks this in one of his own stories, The Blame Game. The device is cunning — add a third character, but make them someone unexpected yet plausible. Enter Rufus Hound as the Monk!
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To escape his Earth exile, the Doctor is prepared to make any bargain, come to any arrangement, or to do any deal with any devil – even if in this case the Devil wears a monk’s robes. But when past misdeeds start catching up with both the Doctor and the Monk, who can Liz Shaw trust when time is running out and death is rapidly approaching?
A great thought – the Monk pops up but it is one of the Big Finish cast Monks (Graeme Garden has also taken the role in the fourth season of the Lucie Miller / Eighth Doctor range). There’s a great deal of character exploration here and we really get a strong sense of the burden of exile, as well as Liz Shaw having to dig deep into her own feelings. For a short story it packs an emotional punch and is another worth addition to the range.
Rufus Hound makes a great narrator, so fingers crossed for a second title with his narration. So far he has appeared opposite the Second and Third Doctors; plenty of room for more!