The Acheron Pulse (#166)

Big Finish Main Range

This is part TWO of the prince trilogy and wow, this one moves even faster than the first audio, The Burning Prince. And you just know the Doctor has, in his most ego-driven incarnation, unleashed a force for mayhem on the universe when he reprograms the Wrath. There was just no way to comment on that one, though they do remind me of the creatures Charley wanders off with, the Viyrans. I’m not even sure how to rate this one as I loved it but I was also appalled by it. Prince Kylo may be around but love both betrays and uplifts him.

The story starts on Cawdor with a warlord and the nomadic tribes wandering the face of the planet. They capture the Doctor, naturally, and he is taken to the Drashani on the planet and the strangeness begins. The Doctor is, throughout the story, hinting at the true story of what happened between Prince Kylo and Princess Aliona, who are revered as a Romeo and Juliet style lovers who gave their lives for the empire. The Wrath show up with the Acheron pulse, turning the victims into the IXXX??. Then things really get complicated! It’s a very good audio as the adventure just keeps on coming. Based on the multiple “showdowns” that happen, I think it’s worthy of a 4 jelloid rating.

Colin Baker

Writer: Rick Briggs

Director: Ken Bentley

Release: October 2012

Laura Vilensky 2019