The Holy Terror
Audio / February 25, 2016

Released November 2000 No discussion about ‘The Holy Terror’ can occur without first mentioning the Sixth Doctor’s companion for this tale, Frobisher. A bit ridiculous in concept and originally created for comics, Frobisher is a shape-shifting alien who prefers spending his time in the guise of a penguin and, when not with the Doctor, acts as a private detective in New York City. Saying that, though, he is the perfect companion for this tale and Robert Jezek does superb work in bringing that strange concept to life. The Doctor and Frobisher land in an ominous castle during a time of religious upheaval. The two are quickly hailed as messengers from Heaven and become unwillingly embroiled in a resulting power struggle as heretics are murdered and a growing evil lurks in the crypts. Rarely has such a tangible sense of atmosphere and danger been achieved in Big Finish’s audios, yet writer Rob Shearman also manages to weave comic undertones throughout the tale as well that somehow manage to not diminish the scope and function of the main plot. A subject often overlooked in tales with these settings, ‘The Holy Terror’ takes the time to consider what it means to be in…