The Shadow of London (7.5)

Big Finish, Fourth Doctor Series

This tale begins with the Doctor and Leela landing in a deserted London, with something on the loose killing people. Of course they’re suspected momentarily yet… No! For once, they’re not suspected of the killings. And this London has a mere 5 people remaining in it. It takes awhile for the Doctor to figure it out, as they are on Earth. It is the Nazi version of London, used to practice infiltration techniques during WWII.

And what is loose in this shadow of London is a human being in agony, brought there by the scientific experiments on him by the Nazi scientists. There is a lot of moralizing when this is discovered but it doesn’t get too over the top. Ultimately the question of the story is about Hemmings - hero or no? A good story overall, if a bit slow at times.

Tom Baker(The Doctor),Louise Jameson(Leela), Darren Boyd (Hemmings), Timothy Speyer (Fanshaw), Catherine Bailey (Maddox). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Writer: Justin Richards

Director: Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley

Release: May 2018

Laura Vilensky 2019