Seasons of Fear
Audio / March 14, 2016

Released March 2002 After several episodes, the Doctor’s apprehension of Charley’s continued existence following his actions in ‘Storm Warning’ finally returns to the forefront. Taking Charley to 1930 Singapore for New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Doctor meets a man named Sebastian Grayle, a man claiming to have killed the Doctor in the past and helped his masters gain control of Earth in return for immortality. Meshing the classic stylings of Doctor Who with more modern techniques, the Doctor and Charley set off on a frantic quest to discover the truth behind these claims. Like ‘The Keys of Marinus’ and ‘The Chase,’ the events unfold through a series of linked adventures and narratives. Here, the plot quickly moves through a Roman fort, Edward the Confessor’s court, Buckinghamshire, and through time itself. This style of story intrinsically means that there is a higher sense of urgency and pacing, but it also inevitably means that none of the supporting characters in any one locale are as well-developed as in a story with one central setting. As the Doctor himself admits, Grayle proves to be a worthy adversary and is excellently portrayed by Stephen Perring. The Doctor and Charley come across Grayle at various…