The Defectors (#198)

Big Finish Main Range

This story is of Jo Grant who awakens to discover that all of the UNIT soldiers were evacuated from her current location, where she'd landed with the 3rd Doctor. But who should appear from the TARDIS but the 7th Doctor! She is naturally suspicious throughout the story but eventually comes to accept that this is indeed, the Doctor with a future face.They are taken to Delphin Isle where strange things begin to happen, not that it hadn’t started already. This is an island that has been secreted away since 1951, when a spacecraft landed there and it wasn’t pretty. And this story takes place in the 90’s sometime. So it’s been a long, long time and of course they arrive when things are coming to a head. This is a story about consequences, thus we find the 7th Doctor involved.

I really enjoyed the 7th Doctor and Jo Grant being thrown together in an adventure! She was justifiably suspicious and so was the Doctor – of the situation. Why was he there? To deal with the consequences of the 3rd Doctor’s actions? Does he change things? We don’t know but we definitely know this is the first story of a trilogy. I can’t wait for the next two! I didn’t think the story was too strong and this would’ve been a 3 jelloid story if not for the Jo – 7th Dr. pairing. That was just so fun to listen to!

Sylvester McCoy(The Doctor),Katy Manning(Jo Grant),Richard Franklin(Captain Yates),Neil Roberts(Captain Cornelius),Barnaby Edwards(Commander Wingford),David Graham(Shedgerton),Rachel Bavidge(Europan Leader),Jez Fielder(Europan)

Writer/Director: Nicholas Briggs

Release: April 2015

Laura Vilensky 2019