The Paradox Planet
Audio / March 17, 2016

Released March 2016 Series five of The Fourth Doctor Adventures continues with Jonathan Morris’s ‘The Paradox Planet,’ the opening story of two which sees the Doctor, Romana, and K9 struck by a Time Tank in the vortex and finding themselves trapped on opposing sides of a temporal war on the planet Aoris. As the TARDIS crew soon finds out, soldiers from the future are attacking the past of their own planet while collecting valuable resources and endangered animals, at the same time trying to avoid and fight off planned attacks that have been lying dormant for generations. A planet at war with itself in different eras is a fascinating concept, especially when considering the calculated moves that the future’s soldiers need to make to avoid a misstep that could result in a disastrous paradox. Romana being split up from the Doctor seems to be a recurring theme this series, and that happens again thanks to the surreal events of the opening ten minutes, but placing a protagonist within the machinations of each side is a necessary move that allows for the understanding- if not the sympathizing- of both sides. Likewise, at least so far, expanding this conceit into two releases…