Doctor Who: The Beast of Kravenos Review

The Beast of Kravenos

After playing catch up with the Main Range, it’s time to do the same with the Sixth series of “Fourth Doctor Adventures”, which kicks off with this story featuring the return of Jago and Litefoot, as well as the general Victorian London theme that is… well, overused, let’s be fair. Still, a lot of fun interaction between the lead cast make this a fun, if not particularly memorable, audio story.

Official Synopsis:

A stunning new star act is wowing the audiences of the New Regency Theatre. The modern mechanical marvel of canny canine charisma – the automated dog that can answer any question – the incomparable – the unbeatable – K9!

The Doctor and Romana have returned to Victorian London and been reunited with their old friends Professor George Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago. However this is not merely a social visit. A terrifying crime spree is sweeping the capital, and the burglaries of ‘The Knave’ defy all logic.

Something impossibly dangerous is taking place amid the fog. Only the time travellers and their friends can stop it… but can they be sure they’re all on the same side?

Note: Full Spoilers From Here On Out!

Cast of Characters:

The Doctor (Tom Baker) – Post burgundy outfit (and “Fifth Doctor theme”!) but seemingly pre-sour faced, The Doctor and Romana are investigating mysterious signals in Victorian London… which, let’s face it, could be any number of things…

Romana (Lalla Ward) – The slightly stuck up Time Lady Romana is once again accompanying The Doctor to Victorian London, Earth, where she is once again deflecting the advances of Jago…

K9 (John Leeson) – K9, the computerised super-intelligent dog, has found itself performing on the big stage of the theatre. Has he really got a taste for showbiz, or is it part of a plan? Well… It’s the latter, let’s face it.

Henry Gordon Jago (Christopher Benjamin) – Head honcho at the New Regency Theatre, Jago has spent a lot of time fighting the unknown, but now he’ll get a chance to become one! Corks!

Professor George Litefoot (Trevor Baxter) – A London pathologist who is a close friend of Jago, both personally and as an ally to fight bizarre incidents! The two came together because of their first encounter with The Doctor, and now find themselves in another pickle due to him…

Plus more!

The Good:

The Beast of Kravenos cover

Not the best cover from Big Finish… the “beast” in the bottom right looks a bit… crap.

While the story may not be much to write home about, the interaction between The Doctor, Jago and Litefoot is always a delight to listen to. Also, the scenes with K9 on stage were often funny, if only for hearing him introduce the overly wordy acts ala Jago later in the story.

Having poor old Jago turn into a werewolf (or a Kravenos Beast, I guess) was at least a little interesting twist, even if nothing major came from it.

The Bad:

Much like a lot of the Fourth Doctor Adventures, this story is not very memorable. I feel if I wrote this review a week from now I’d struggle to remember what happened. A man gets ahold of alien technology and starts using it to rob places, but it turns him into a beast due to a malfunction. It’s fine, and as I said about there are some fun scenes with the main cast, but it’s just not… memorable.

Romana had very little to do in this story. It’s like with the addition of Jago and Litefoot, plus K9 getting a bigger role, she was left to the sidelines. It’s a shame, especially when the story didn’t exactly become great because of it or anything…

The Continuity:

Beyond Jago and Litefoot, originally from Fourth Doctor TV story “The Talons of Weng-Chiang” and then later from 101 different audios, there isn’t anything that connects this to another story.

Overall Thoughts:

It has some fun dialogue and interactions, but overall it’s just not that memorable. The location is played out, even Jago and Litefoot are a bit dull now… The story isn’t bad, it’s just not that good either…

3 Star Listen

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