Embrace the Darkness
Audio / March 16, 2016

Released April 2002 The second run of Big Finish stories featuring the Eighth Doctor and Charley continues with ‘Embrace the Darkness,’ finding the duo in the Cimmerian System after attempting to avoid an unknown presence in the time vortex. The system’s sun has mysteriously vanished, and as the Doctor’s curiosity gets the better of him, he investigates the cause, coming across a troubled scientific base on the fourth planet as well as an evil lurking in the darkness along the way. Nicholas Briggs serves as both writer and director for ‘Embrace the Darkness,’ and the result is a truly disturbing production that focuses on its own story rather than tying into the larger narrative or continuing on with events from the previous release. The setup for the story is absolutely perfect; the scenes with the Doctor and Charley aptly creating a sense of mystery about why the sun disappeared like it did and the scenes aboard the base with its three main characters beginning to reveal the plight they find themselves in now that darkness is omnipresent. Plunging the characters into complete darkness actually proves to be a masterstroke not only as a plot device but as a scripting device…