The Shadow of the Scourge
Audio / February 25, 2016

Released October 2000 ‘The Shadow of the Scourge’ represents Big Finish’s first foray into the worlds of The New Adventures the range of novels that provided the only ongoing Doctor Who adventures following the programme’s cancellation in 1989. Although there were some duds in the range as could only be expected, for the most part the novels were immensely entertaining and often lived up to the promise of providing something in scope that the televised show could not. Quite notably, it is during the course of these novels that the Seventh Doctor truly comes to embrace his darker and more manipulative persona, and companions beyond Ace are introduced into the fold. The most famous of those companions is archaeologist Professor Bernice Summerfield, and Paul Cornell brings the trio of the Doctor, Ace, and Bernice (Benny) from that time period to life perfectly. The characterizations here could potentially be a little off-putting for listeners with no knowledge of The New Adventures. The Doctor is no stranger to playing for high stakes but Ace, in particular, is quite different to her youthful portrayal on screen, having fought in the Dalek Wars and been emotionally mishandled by the Doctor countless times. Benny is…