We come to the final part of the saga which began in ‘The Skin of the Sleek’.

And after a memorable first installment, does ‘The Thief Who Stole Time’ pay off what came before? In short, the answer is an assured yes! The final installment in this series of Fourth Doctor Adventures provides a satisfying conclusion. But you can expect no less from the enormous talent of Marc Platt.

The Sleeklings are on the move on the planet Funderell, but theres a bigger secret to come out in the open too…

Time Ladies

Marc’s terrific ability to create characters you really care for is on display from the outset. Several of his previous audio plays have had many interesting and totally real characters. Characters joining that memorable pantheon include Sartia, another colourful Time Lady from Romana’s past. Joannah Tincey’s performance is nicely subtle and not so overbearing as to become caricature. Sartia adds yet more depth to the race of the Time Lords. They have most certainly been a very vibrant and diverse race over the years.

What’s the Score?

One other constant with Big Finish is their commitment to superb production and music. Here the score truly feels like it heralds right back to season 18 in the TV series. Also, this TV season had some big concepts emerge throughout it as the series took on more serious tone after the more comical aspects of preceding stories. ‘The Thief Who Stole Time’ has its own trove of fresh and imaginative ideas that make for quite a glorious little brew!

Cast & Characters

Tom Baker and Lalla Ward deliver polished and memorable performances. The added dimension delivered by exploring Romana’s schooldays continues to resonate. It’s always welcome to discover more of the history of already popular characters. Romana really gets put through a wringer with this tale too. It’s all about betrayed trust and friendship and not standing still. The ride is extremely diverting and holds your interest right to the climax, which is a powerhouse of tension. To hear Lalla inject some real fear into her version of Romana is something we don’t come across often either. This Romana is usually slightly aloof and know-it-all, but here we hear a more uncertain edge to her character.

Direction

Ken Bentley’s direction also truly hits the mark. But this is no surprise as Ken is surely one of Big Finish’s most gifted directors. Everyone involved in a story directed by Ken Bentley always gives a knockout performance.

Overall

‘The Thief Who Stole Time’ is a robust and delightfully engaging ride. It’s incredible how Marc Platt can still come up with so many fresh ideas and scripts without once re-treading ground. Platt excels at crafting stories you’ll want to listen to again and again. With four months until the Fourth Doctor’s next outing, that’s a pretty good way to pass the time.

Blogtor Rating – 10/10

‘The Thief Who Stole Time’ is available to buy now from the Big Finish website.

Synopsis

A god has died. A crime has been committed. And an even greater threat lies beneath the surface.

On the ocean world of Funderell, Romana has been reunited with her old friend from Gallifrey, Sartia, and the Doctor is investigating the history and religion of this strange world. But events have quickly spiralled out of control.

Why is this planet of such interest to the Time Lords? What lurks in the depths?

The life of more than one world is at stake. But time is running out.

Note: This adventure continues from Doctor Who – The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Skin of the Sleek

Written By: Marc Platt
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), Joannah Tincey (Sartia), Alan Cox (Eamonn Orensky), Kieran Hodgson (Klick Chervain), Des McAleer (Blujaw Skaldson), Alex Wyndham (Linnis Skaldson), Jamie Newall (Greygul), Jane Slavin(Frithra), John Banks (The Sleek)

Other roles played by the cast.

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor John Dorney
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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