The Way of the Empty Hand (5.10)

Big Finish - Short Trips Season 5

I was very excited when Funakoshi Gichin was one of the heroes of this story, which explains the title. I studied karate for many years (and still hope to return to it) but I haven’t encountered any of the Big Finish stories dealing with the martial arts specifically. And I have to give this story kudos for all of the story points and the way it portrays Gichin.

There’s a battle station called Combatia, where the greatest warrior from each civilization/world are forced to fight each other for the overlord. Until the battle ?? picks up Jamie McCrimmon and Funakoshi Gichin, that is! For then the Doctor will follow and unravel all for the overlord. I just loved this!

Frazer Hines, narrator

Writer: Julian Richards

Director: Lisa Bowerman

Release: October 2015

Laura Vilensky 2019