Whispers of Terror
Audio / February 16, 2016

Released November 1999 ‘Whispers of Terror’ represents Big Finish’s first individual outing for Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor and Nicola Bryant’s Peri, placing them in the Museum of Aural Antiquities. However, people are dying in the Museum and the wording and inflections of speeches from recently deceased esteemed actor Visteen Krane are being slightly modified, and the Doctor and Peri soon team with the Museum curator Gantman to determine just what is going on. Writer Justin Richards offers a script that truly focuses on the auditory experience, and the atmosphere invoked is almost tangible. Quite quickly it becomes apparent that a creature made of sound is on the loose, the question becoming how it and the seeming changes of Krane’s speeches relate to the upcoming Presidential election and Beth Pernell, whom Krane’s recordings endorse. Big Finish is certainly kinder to Baker than television ever was. Here he is allowed to relax and to explore the inner workings of his Doctor, and so his inquisitive and compassionate nature complements and often overtakes the bombastic nature that was such a point of focus in the 80s. This is a more consistent Sixth Doctor, and one immediately more likable and approachable, and while there…