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Four to Doomsday




Although it was broadcast second in the 1982 season, Four to Doomsday was the very first Fifth Doctor story to be recorded.

“Both the script team and the cast were getting to grips with the new TARDIS line-up,” notes BBC Audio range editor Michael Stevens, as the story’s 1983 novelisation comes to audio. “Because of that, close attention had been paid to the dynamic interplay among the quartet, and it’s clearly evident. Adric’s naïvety often leads to him unwittingly siding with the enemy, much to the Doctor’s despair. Nyssa’s scientific rationale and natural reticence make her cautious but vulnerable. Meanwhile Tegan is still very much the character as we first encountered her in Logopolis nervy, hot-headed, and prone to rash action. There’s a sequence in which her desperation to 3escape Monarch’s ship leaves both herself and her friends stranded; on TV her recklessness is thrilling, and it’s all retold faithfully here.”

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Contents include: An interview with actor and Doctor Who fan Rufus Hound; Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ burning questions; a feature by Steve Lyons investigates the weird world of the supernatural in the Doctor Who universe; the feature 'Crack of Doom' finds out more about Big Finish’s audio box set Doom Coalition 4; Toby Hadoke pays tribute to Rodney Bennett, the director who oversaw three very different productions during the early years of Tom Baker’s tenure as the Doctor; the original Master returns for new comic strip adventure 'Doorway to Hell' part two, by Mark Wright, with art by Staz Johnson; 'The Fact of Fiction' examines 1972's 'The Mutants'; The Time Team rewatch the 2011 series opener 'The Impossible Astronaut'; plus Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, the annual season survey poll, prize-winning competitions and much more!