The Apocalypse Element
Audio / February 24, 2016

Released August 2000 ‘The Apocalypse Element’ is easily Big Finish’s most massive undertaking yet, brilliant in its audacity and unrelenting in its action and continuity. Featuring the return of the Daleks and set as a sequel of sorts to ‘The Genocide Machine’ from their perspective, ‘The Apocalypse Element’ is a race against time as the Daleks seek to destroy the galaxy with their knowledge from the library and an all-powerful weapon that seemingly dwarves the Hand of Omega in scale. Most notably, Lalla Ward reprises her role as Romana after twenty years as a Dalek prisoner after returning from E-space at some point, and she joins forces with Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor and Maggie Stables’s Evelyn Smythe to try to bring order to the surrounding chaos as the hopeless Gallifreyan president panics and flounders. As can be expected, Romana does not have the same natural repartee with this new Doctor as did with the Fourth, but Ward absolutely captures the essence of everything that made her character so memorable and effectively conveys the turmoil of her lengthy imprisonment that has taken away much of her youthful optimism. Colin Baker is on top form here, though, returning a bit more to…