Quicksilver
Audio / December 17, 2016

SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW Released December 2016 ‘Quicksilver’ begins with the departure of Constance Clarke from the TARDIS and back into her normal life shortly after initally leaving with the Doctor. As with all great Doctor Who drama, though, events take several unexpected turns as the unread post mounts for both the Doctor and Constance and as the past of each comes unabashedly to the forefront. One of the big underlying mysteries regarding Constance Clarke has been her husband, Henry, as well as his true identity and whereabouts during the war. Through some very brief and touching flashbacks, an idea of the life these two characters shared together is gleaned, and Constance receiving a letter stating that Henry has been lost in action allows Miranda Raison to showcase a more sentimental side to her stringent character. However, as the alien Kinvar’s exchange that threatens to give humans anachronistic technology while potentially leading to an alien war on Earth is revealed, the Doctor soon calls Constance back into action as they travel to post-war Vienna where both characters come upon very familiar faces. As noted, the arrival of Henry Clarke has been a highly-anticipated event, and Matthew Cottle does a superb job…

Aquitaine
Audio / February 20, 2016

Released February 2015 ‘Aquitaine’ is an unassuming title that does nothing to prepare the listener for the fantastic tale it harbours. Even the blurb on the back of the case gives nothing away, setting expectations for a charming story about a robot going about his daily chores on a ship circling a black hole. While this is certainly true, it’s only the very tip of the story, and ‘Aquitaine comes as a genuine surprise. The titular Aquitaine is the spaceship in question and Hargreaves, the ship’s computer/butler/medic/gardener, is essentially the ship personified. He’s very classically trained, going about his daily tasks to the point of mania even after his entire crew disappears. It’s actually quite sad in a way, and Matthew Cottle does a fantastic job in bringing a dramatic sense of bleakness, determination, and anguish to what could have very easily been a one-note role. In fact, he and Peter Davison carry the heart of the story and play off of each other fantastically as they try to find out what is happening to the ship and its occupants. As innocently and pleasantly as the story starts out, though, it quickly unfolds into a tale filled with horror, and…