The Fires of Vulcan
Audio / February 24, 2016

Released September 2000 Steve Lyons of Doctor Who novels fame pens his first script for Big Finish with ‘The Fires of Vulcan,’ reuniting Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford as the Seventh Doctor and Mel, respectively. Unsurprisingly, given his previous bodies of work, Lyons focuses on characterization rather than putting all of the focus on the interesting historical setting, and Mel benefits greatly from the deeper exploration and time in the limelight, unquestionably bolstering the general opinion of her character as written for the classic series. Ingeniously, the plot of the story revolves around a group of UNIT soldiers finding the TARDIS in the millenia-old ruins of Pompeii. It turns out that the Doctor has known about this for some time and has been trying to ignore the fact that it seems as though he will either be stranded or die in Pompeii at some point in his future. As a core concept, this works very well in adding a sense of uncertainty to proceedings as Vesuvius nears eruption since, even if every supporting character ends up perishing, there is still no certainty that the Doctor and Mel will be able to escape unscathed. The Seventh Doctor on display here is…