I ended up doing a lot of driving over the weekend, visiting people in Belleville and Ottawa and briefly crossing the border. Driving on long trips is the perfect environment for listening to Doctor Who audio dramas.
I’d caught up on the regular series with The Whispering Forest. And I’d made it all the way through the second series of Eighth Doctor and Lucy stories before I headed home. So I decided to pick up the audio adaptations of the Sixth Doctor’s missing Season 23.
As I’ve previously alluded, I really like the Sixth Doctor in audio. I like him on TV too (I like all Doctor Who, really), but I do find myself having to forgive it a bit here and there. The intent of these Lost Stories audios is to come as close to how the episodes would have appeared on television as possible. Which is fascinating, but not without drawbacks.
I spent nearly all of Mission to Magnus thinking I would have loved to have seen this on TV in the Eighties. It features the return of Sil, who’s always wonderfully portrayed by Nabil Shaban, and the Ice Warriors, albeit in more of a Seeds-of-Death-destroy-everything mode than in the more nuanced Peladon stories, but no matter.
More after the cut. Spoilers follow.