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Audio Frequencies

Review by TIM WORTHINGTON

Illustration by JAMIE LENMAN

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The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Series 9 – Volume 1

Featuring the Fourth Doctor, Romana and K9

RRP £24.99 (CD), £19.99 (download)

Dark Universe

Featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace

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In 1980 Doctor Who got a little bit lost. New producer John Nathan-Turner and script editor Christopher H Bidmead were determined to reposition the series, pursuing a more modern approach while phasing out much of the humour and some of the regular cast. To this end, they conceived a run of three stories in which the Doctor, Romana and K9 found themselves trapped in E-Space, an uncharted pocket universe with no obvious way out, where they found themselves saddled with Adric, a teenage genius who’d stowed away aboard the TARDIS. Now the original cast are reunited and back in E-Space for the latest collection of The Fourth Doctor Adventures, comprising the four-part stories Purgatory 12 by Marc Platt and Chase the Night by Jonathan Morris. Purgatory 12 is a habitable asteroid housing a gang of convicts and – thanks to its huge gravitational pull – crashed spaceships that have left everything tasting of rust. This is a moot point, as the prisoners are starting to run out of food and water. And beneath the layers of rust, there’s something else that doesn’t want the TARDIS crew to leave. With a bleak, desolate feel, it’s the sort of storyline that might have been found in Blake’s 7 (1978-81), hinting at a direction that Doctor Who could easily have taken at the time. A diff erent fate awaits a crashed spaceship in Chase the Night. With the alien planet so hot as to be uninhabitable during daylight, the crew have converted their craft into a train that outruns the sun – but it’s reaching the end of its usefulness. It isn’t just a question of repairing, though, and the Doctor and company find themselves with serious ethical questions to ponder while trying to work out how to keep everybody one stop ahead. In contrast to the sinisterly static Purgatory 12, this is a story that literally doesn’t stop moving, and the threat of approaching sunlight pokes through the dialogue in nail-biting style.

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SACHA DHAWAN ON THE RETURN OF THE MASTER! The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has an exclusive, in-depth interview with Sacha Dhawan. Other highlights include: • Exclusive previews of the final four episodes of Series 12. • The latest Production Notes from showrunner Chris Chibnall. • A report from the filming of Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror at the Nu Boyana Film Studios in Bulgaria. • An exclusive interview with Robert Glenister, who played Thomas Edison in Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror. • A tribute to the 1960s writer and story editor Donald Tosh. • Peter Purves shares his memories of Donald Tosh. • The director of Doctor Who and the Silurians, Timothy Combe, looks back on its production. • Remembering the late Doctor Who comic-strip artist Bill Mevin. • Updates on Doctor Who luminaries, past and present, with new feature Time and Space Visualiser. • Public Image looks at how Doctor Who is doing in the TV ratings. • The Fact of Fiction continues its epic exploration of The Daleks’ Master Plan. • The final part of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • Reviews of the Series 5 Blu-ray Steelbook and Sophie Aldred’s novel At Childhood’s End. • Big Finish previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, The Blogs of Doom and much more!