Auton audio action
released OUT NOW! 185 minutes | Cd/download
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!