The Bounty of Ceres (#1.3)

Big Finish, The Early Adventures

This is one cracking story, Gromit! The plot goes something like this – the Doctor installs a part from the Monk’s TARDIS into his TARDIS but doesn’t calibrate it right so time goes wonky inside the TARDIS. They all jump outside onto a habitation on the comet-planet Ceres, where strange things are happening to the 3 crew members awake there. And things become dangerous swiftly, with perhaps the whole planet coming after them to kill them.

On the surface, the villain of this piece and his motivations are a twist that I didn’t see coming. So I don’t want to reveal the villain at all! Though I’m a bit mystified how all of the crazy things that happened were done by this villain. Very odd, that.

I believe we hear the voice of Frazer Hines which is a welcome lilt to hear! He’s not just Jamie McCrimmon anymore so they’re managing to find things to keep him around. Hurray for that, Big Finish! Though he isn’t credited in the list of actors, perhaps it’s just someone channeling him?

Overall, this story is just amazing with a redirection I never saw coming. Nicely done, Ian Potter!

Maureen O’Brien(Vicki/Narrator),Peter Purves(Steven/Narrator),Richard Hope(Moreland),Julia Hills(Qureshi),Peter Forbes(Thorn)

Writer: Ian Potter

Director: Lisa Bowerman

Release: November 2014

Laura Vilensky 2019