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Brand-new adventures for the Fourth Doctor and Leela, and a bittersweet finale for Jago & Litefoot…

It’s amazing how easily a privilege becomes a right; how quickly we take the most impossible things for granted. Tom Baker has now recorded more than 50 stories for Big Finish – that’s more adventures than he had on the telly – so the arrival of another four ought to be no big deal, right?

And then you hear him pop up in the green room interviews, bright of eye and bushy of tail at 84 years young, announcing, “It’s Tom Baker here, Doctor Who” – just as he would have done to boggle-eyed children in the street in 1978. And he’s not even talking in the past tense. After all these years, Tom actual Baker, immortal hero of Saturday teatimes, is still in the business of being Doctor Who. Let’s all take a moment to think about that, shall we?

Tom never misses an opportunity to rhapsodise about how much he loves the gig. “I don’t think I have ever been happier than working here at Big Finish on these utterly preposterous stories, played with fantastic brio”, he beams. (You can’t see him of course. But you know he’s beaming.) And what better demonstration of this glorious preposterousness than the moment when Louise Jameson, in the middle of recalling her performance in a Steven Berkoff play about “the Jewish grieving process”, suddenly interrupts herself to ask: “Can you hear the monsters roaring in the background?” Said roaring is in the service of The Shadow of London, where it should be noted that, by Doctor Who standards at least, preposterousness is kept on a relatively low heat. Landing in the capital in the 1940s, the Doctor and Leela find the streets eerily deserted, and what few people there are appear to have been sent straight from chirpy central casting – all chin-chins and topping weather.

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