Mistfall (#195)

Big Finish Main Range

There are some rather odd things with this story but first comes the TARDIS jumping into e-space, based on an old algorithm Adric put in place when he was in the TARDIS crew. So the TARDIS team, Nyssa, Turlough, Tegan, and the 5th Doctor, find themselves on Alzarius just prior to Mistfall. Thus the title of this story. And there's an expedition from New Alzarius on the planet, investigating the marshmen, who look suspiciously like Silurians on the cover. This is a kinder, gentler expedition except for one fella (Solus), who has a chip on his shoulder for the expedition leader, Decider Lana. So one by one, the sabotage begins and things get a bit crazy for everyone.

Though I generally liked this story, it was a bit odd. Perhaps it’s because they got the 80’s incidental music so darn RIGHT (a little freaky that was). Why would one of the three main leaders of a whole planet be on the planet for an expedition? Is she the Captain Picard of her planet? How does Solus keep getting away with his wackiness? No one noticed until near the end? Are they just that trusting a people or no one notices odd behavior like he's obviously exhibited from a high position of trust? Are the citizens who made it out of the dome really all that useless? They don't seem to have skills other than moving rocks and staying out of danger. It's a decent story but not really that engaging in terms of where the company ends up.

Peter Davison(The Doctor),Janet Fielding(Tegan),Sarah Sutton(Nyssa),Mark Strickson(Turlough),Jemma Redgrave(Decider Lana Merrion),Nigel Carrington(Pik Solus),Emily Woodward(Fem/Citizen Arana),Paul Panting(Drell/Marshleader),Matthew Carter(Yan Fara)

Writer: Andrew Smith

Director: Ken Bentley

Release: January 2015

Laura Vilensky 2019