Return to the Web Planet
Audio / May 24, 2017

Released December 2008 ‘The Web Planet’ is one of the earliest Doctor Who stories, an ambitious attempt at science fiction set on a world with no humanoid creatures despite a meagre budget that simply could not allow the full realization of said ambition. Nonetheless, despite its rather overt shortcomings ‘The Web Planet’ has retained a fond attachment through the years, and Daniel O’Mahony’s ‘Return to the Web Planet’ marks the first return to Vortis from Big Finish, and a most welcome and enjoyable one at that. With the brief running time allotted this story, O’Mahony wisely does not delve deeply into the mythology stemming from the Doctor’s original visit to Vortis. Instead, only the Menoptera and Zarbi make return appearances, and ‘Return to the Web Planet’ actually follows quite a traditional format as the Doctor and Nyssa soon find themselves in the company of two ostracized Menopterans. Indeed, with the story split between the tragic story of Acheron and his wingless daughter, Hedyla, and the presence of an exterior threatening to change the way of life on Vortis, there are only a few scenes featuring and overt action or tension, but the pacing and intrigue are never anything less than…