The Fearmonger
Audio / February 17, 2016

Released February 2000 ‘The Fearmonger,’ Big Finish’s fifth entry into its main Doctor Who range and the first proper outing for the Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor, is a great return to form after the misstep of ‘The Land of the Dead.’ Featuring lasting themes and strong performances, this is a great script laden with impact and perpetual relevance and the first to truly show how successfully Doctor Who can transition to the audio medium. McCoy and Sophie Aldred effortlessly slip back into the roles of the Doctor and Ace, respectively, as if no time has passed since the closing scene of ‘Survival.’ The characterizations of the two are perfect, melding some of the final televised series with some of the traits that developed a little later in The New Doctor Who Adventures novel range. The Doctor is calmly authoritative, unafraid to face any person or situation, and certainly has a few darker and more manipulative tendencies that he became known for later in his runn; Ace, on the other hand, is slightly more mature and proactive, still brimming with confidence and here even trying to take on some of the Doctor’s role for herself with varying effects and consequences. Their…