Au­ton au­dio ac­tion

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Pub­lisher Big Fin­ish

Af­ter ten years of new Who, Big Fin­ish have fi­nally been given the go-ahead to pro­duce au­dio dra­mas based in the post-2005 Doc­tor Who uni­verse, and they’ve started with an en­gag­ingly pulpy spin-off ex­trav­a­ganza.

UNIT: Ex­tinc­tion is a four-episode ad­ven­ture that fo­cuses on UNIT’s most re­cent in­car­na­tion, led by Kate Ste­wart (Jemma Red­grave) and Os­good (In­grid Oliver), as a mys­te­ri­ous in­dus­tri­al­ist’s plans lead to a new at­tempt at con­quest by the Nestenes and their Au­ton pals.

It’s a globe-trot­ting ac­tion romp that es­sen­tially plays as a cross be­tween 1970 clas­sic “Spear­head From Space” and an OTT movie block­buster, de­liv­er­ing plenty of in­trigue be­fore the in­evitable all-out bat­tles be­tween UNIT and the Au­tons. In­grid Oliver is the stand­out in the cast, once again hugely charm­ing as Os­good, and the fast pace keeps the story con­sis­tently en­ter­tain­ing.

The open­ing episodes are un­de­ni­ably stronger and more at­mo­spheric than the cli­max, and the tone also suf­fers thanks to some over-melo­dra­matic vil­lains. How­ever, while UNIT: Ex­tinc­tion isn’t quite in­ven­tive enough to be any­thing more than a throw­away ad­ven­ture romp, it’s still an en­joy­able one that sets the stage for po­ten­tially in­ter­est­ing yarns to come. Saxon Bul­lock

Prob­a­bly on sale by the time you read this: three-disc War Doc­tor set Only The Mon­strous. Full re­view next is­sue!

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