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The Psychodrome with the Doctor; Tegan; Nyssa and Adric
It’s Season 19 all over again!
I love ‘The Fifth Doctor Box Set’ from Big Finish! This box set contains two stories featuring the original TARDIS team of the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric. I remember the announcement of Adric’s return to ‘Doctor Who’ in August 2013. I couldn’t wait for the box set to come out with Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding and Matthew Waterhouse in it.
I like to think I persuaded Matthew to return as Adric when I first met him in 2011. I’ve now met all four actors of the Fifth Doctor team in Slough, 2013 and have had group photos with the companions. I enjoyed these two stories when I went on a family holiday to Scotland in August 2014.
The two stories are ‘Psychodrome’ and ‘Iterations of I’. This is a 5-disc box set with ‘Pyschodrome’ on Discs 1 and 2; ‘Iterations of I’ on Discs 3 and 4 and ‘The Making of the Fifth Doctor Box Set’ documentary on Disc 5. This is a Fifth Doctor fan treat and it was fantastic revisiting Season 19 again!
I’ve had ‘The Fifth Doctor Box Set’ cover signed by Peter Davison; Sarah Sutton; Janet Fielding and Matthew Waterhouse. I’ve also had it signed by John Dorney (writer) and Ken Bentley (director). Sarah remembers doing these two new stories with Adric and I told her how much I enjoyed them.
‘Psychodrome’ is a four-part story by Jonathan Morris on two discs. Jonathan Morris is my favourite Big Finish ‘Doctor Who’ writer. I listened to this story on the first part of the journey to Scotland at night for our family holiday. It was an amazing experience!
This story is set after ‘Logopolis’ and ‘Castrovalva’. The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric are adjusting to life aboard the TARDIS. They don’t know each other well or whether they should trust each other.
When the TARDIS arrives aboard a vast space station, the new TARDIS team face their fears and fantasies brought to life. They need to work together to escape the dangers of the Psychodrome.
I like this story’s first scene where Adric shows Tegan to her room and Nyssa joining them. It sets the story with tension between Tegan and Adric and Nyssa and Tegan sharing losing their loved ones.
I like what Jonny Morris does with the Fifth Doctor characters that we know and love. He develops them with making continuity references from ‘The E-Space Trilogy’ and the ‘New Beginnings’ trilogy.
The Psychodrome is a pretty unsettling place homing in on your thoughts and fears and bringing them to life. The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric bring into being people that are aspects of them.
Peter Davison is brilliant as the Doctor. This is of course the Fifth Doctor who’s recently regenerated. He’s not the Fourth Doctor anymore and it was interesting going to where the Fifth Doctor started.
Janet Fielding as Tegan is also great. Tegan’s not keen staying aboard the TARDIS as she’s lost Aunt Vanessa and wants to get back to Heathrow Airport. I like how Tegan’s childhood is touched upon.
Sarah Sutton as Nyssa is lovely. Nyssa’s quiet nature is touched upon and she’s currently getting over the loss of Traken and her father. She hasn’t got anywhere to go now except to travel in the TARDIS.
Matthew Waterhouse is great as Adric. Adric’s uncomfortable with how things have changed since he hoped to travel with Tom Baker’s Doctor. Instead he’s got Peter and two girls Nyssa and Tegan.
The guest cast includes Robert Whitelock as Professor Rickett; King Magus and Denyx, Phil Mulryne as Magpie; Calcula and Prince Erdos; Camilla Power as Perditia; Jenessa and Zaria and Bethan Walker as Javon, Pyrrha and Queen Antigone. These characters are all aspects of the four TARDIS regulars.
The story ends with the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric escaping the Psychodrome. Tegan insists the Doctor takes her home. Respecting her wishes, the Doctor sets the TARDIS for Heathrow Airport.
I immensely enjoyed ‘Psychodrome’. It’s a great character-driven story with lots of love for the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric. It’s well-written by Jonny Morris and I love hearing Peter; Janet; Sarah and Matthew in it. I really like how this story gives my favourite TARDIS team a new beginning.
There are two tracks of incidental music to enjoy at the end of Disc 2.
‘Psychodrome’ rating – 10/10
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