Legend has it that the mighty warlord Aldébrath will return
to defeat the enemies of Imogenella. When the monks of Etheria
stumble across what they claim is Aldébrath's final resting
place, it looks like the legend might come true. If nothing
else, the monks could make some cash from tourism - perhaps
even enough to repair the monastery roof. All they need is
a certain professor of archaeology to verify their claim...
been more than eight months since the last Bernice Summerfield
audio adventure, The
even though we are supposedly still in the sixth season of
the Professor's adventures. However, Big Finish's publishing
programme appears to be back on track now, with the final
two titles of Season 6 and the whole of Season 7 scheduled
for release on a monthly basis.
The main part of this story takes place immediately prior
to the anthology book Parallel
It is placed in context by a framing narrative, set after
The Lost Museum, in which Bernice (Lisa Bowerman) describes
the events to the inquisitive student Parasiel (Paul Bryant).
The full significance of these interview scenes remains unclear
at the end of the tale, so it is likely that it will be developed
further in the next one, The Crystal of Cantus.
Following recent appearances by Eternals, Galyari, giant robots,
Grel and Monoids, The Goddess Quandary marks the return
of a friendlier kind of Doctor Who creature, when Benny
is reunited with her old chum Keri (now played by Jane Goddard).
Keri is a Pakhar, a hamster-like sentient species that originally
appeared in director/producer Gary Russell's Doctor Who:
The New Adventures novel Legacy.
tale also touches upon the Goddess that Bernice so frequently
calls upon, exploring her nature and how she came to dominate
peoples' beliefs. The moral of the story also revolves around
individuals attempting to restore flagging careers - and theologies
- via exploitative television shows.
one of the monks that are attempting to restore their belief
system to its former glory, is played by Duncan Wisbey, who
sounds remarkably like Ellis Pike, alias Godfather Morlock
in BBV's Faction Paradox series. Magic Bullet Productions,
which now releases Faction Paradox audio adventures
of its own, might care to take note should they ever need
to recast the character of Morlock.
I urge you not to read the cast list on the CD sleeve until
you have listened to this entertaining escapade in its entirety,
otherwise it might spoil several of writer Andy Russell's
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