DOCTOR WHO: THE LABYRINTH OF BUDA CASTLE Vamping it up
released OUT NOW ! 60 minutes | CD/ download
Publisher Big Finish
“Doctor Who versus Dracula!” – it’s an irresistible pitch, and over the years we’ve seen multiple Who- related takes on classic vampire mythology. The latest example arrives in lively audio adventure The Labyrinth Of Buda Castle, which pitches the Fourth Doctor ( Tom Baker) and Romana ( Lalla Ward) against deadly bloodsuckers in 1979 Budapest.
Visiting the Eastern European city in search of a decent holiday, their plans are derailed by a mysterious series of attacks and a youthful vampire hunter. The clues eventually lead them to an ancient labyrinth occupied by the Hungarian military, where a dark force from the 15th century is once again threatening the world…
Balancing gothic chills with playful humour, Eddie Robson’s script packs in healthy levels of invention and delivers a rounded and characterful adventure romp. The central sci- fi twist on vampires may not be shockingly original, but it’s still interesting enough to drive the story forward, and engaging turns from both Baker and Ward help successfully capture the spirit of one of Who’s wittiest eras. Saxon Bullock