Bloodtide
Audio / March 5, 2016

Released July 2001 ‘Bloodtide’ brings with it another of Doctor Who’s classic recurring villains, this time giving the Silurians their welcome to the audio format. The Silurians have one of the richest cultures and histories in Doctor Who, but the relatively few stories involving them have not done much to explore their prehistoric but technologically advanced culture that entered cryogenic suspension to survive the impending damage to Earth by a celestial body that eventually became the Moon. ‘Bloodtide’ takes advantage of that opportunity. In 1835, the Sixth Doctor has brought Evelyn to the Galapagos Islands and the HMS Beagle to meet Charles Darwin, one of her idols. As Evelyn does her best to not interfere with Darwin’s studying of finches, the Doctor soon becomes aware of a governor of a local penal colony who is jailing citizens for only the most minor of offences. The governor has made a deal with an unknown species, eliminating ‘undesirables’ so they may become food or experiment fodder. Unfortunately, this is one of the cases where having Evelyn split from the Doctor actually impedes any sort of character development. Evelyn is all too aware that she cannot help Darwin in formulating his theory on…