Hitting the ground running in January 2012, Big Finish has really gone to town with their first “main range” Doctor Who release, The Curse of Davros. Not only do we get the wonderful Colin Baker back, we’re also treated to a new companion in the form of Flip, the feisty girl who helped the Doctor in last year’s The Crimes of Thomas Brewster.
This time around, we encounter Flip and her boyfriend Jared trudging through their daily lives clearly a bit bored and longing for some more excitement. Cue the Doctor, a giant spaceship in the skies of London and a very old enemy causing trouble for the locals.
Lisa Greenwood, who becomes a TARDIS regular in this tale, proves herself every bit as resourceful, charming and clever as Rose Tyler or Lucie Miller. By the time you get to the end of the story you’ll be hooked on her character and intrigued to find just exactly how she’ll fit aboard the TARDIS and who she’ll be standing up to next.
The Curse of Davros is a Doctor Who fan’s dream. Daleks, Davros, some clever one liners to reference the classic series and a rather lovely little story continuation at the end of the play that serves as a sort of set up for Remembrance of the Daleks.
There are twists and turns that are, if not slightly predictable, more than enough fun to keep you glued to your CD player or headphones right up until the end of the play.
And what about Davros himself? Funnily enough, we manage to get more insight into what it is to live like him and think like him than ever before. Just when you think the character cannot be taken or developed any further writer Jonathan Morris manages to add another layer to Skaro’s most maniacal child.
Terry Molloy has been absent from the role for a number of years now but he picks up exactly where he left off, never missing a beat, verbally sparring with the Doctor in such a concise manner you begin to wonder whether the crippled tyrant might just have a point. Molloy proves to us once again that he was born to play Davros. He’s cold, calculating, fascinating and horrific and he easily roles these characteristics into one evil crippled genius.
The Curse of Davros is an excellent start to the Big Finish year, a welcome return from Colin Baker and Terry Molloy and a bright beginning for Lisa Greenwood.
The Curse of Davros is available now on CD or via download at www.bigfinish.com.