Phantasmagoria
Episode / February 15, 2016

Released October 1999 ‘Phantasmagoria’ is the second main release offering from Big Finish, a much more traditional affair after the mutli-Doctor tale that preceded it. Mark Strickson joins Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor, making Turlough the first televised companion to reprise his role. He may not be the most iconic of companions to be back first, but Strickson for the most part recaptures the essence of Turlough exceedingly well. The script gives him quite a bit to do directly, and although he doesn’t seem quite as reluctant to help as he did in the series nor quite as critical, he still displays some of the trademark sarcasm and snarkiness that is so unique to his character. In 1702 London, the Doctor and Turlough quickly become embroiled in mysterious goings-on where a highwayman roams the streets, a local occultist has made contact with the dead, and men of good standing are disappearing. Big Finish already appears much more confident in setting the scene compared to the first release, and although there are still periodically some clunky dialogue scenes laden with exposition, everything flows quite efficiently and introduces the Diabola Club and the enigmatic Sir Nikolas Valentine who always seems to hold a…