219. Absolute Power
"Jamie Anderson’s plot, as well as being an ode to the era of tales of strange alien worlds and classic monster and flying saucer movies and stories, questions the nature of life and muses over the moral implications that surround the price of survival, and whether the said survival of one species can ever justify the extermination of another. Wonderfully written and enacted … you can hear a real sense of joy and love for, and of, the subject matter and the tale that’s being told in every single second of the drama. Absolute Power is, from beginning to end, an absolute pleasure...", Mass Movement Magazine
"…there are betrayals, revelations, it also very cleverly does not play out how the listener might expect and despite everything there is something of hope after all the destruction wrought on Teymah and all the lives needlessly lost in the pursuit of Absolute Power for one man. A strong entry in to the main range, and a very different take on a Sixth Doctor story – its amazing that after all these years Old Sixie is still being given new things to do and new facets of his character are being drawn out. An absolutely powerful 9/10," Planet Mondas
"Anderson opens up the scope of the piece as each episode goes on and what seems like quite a small scale tale becomes a discussion of revenge and betrayal. …The characterisation of the sixth Doctor and Constance is spot-on (particularly with regard to their emotions), and there’s a terrific – and mostly new to Big Finish – guest cast. …The music and design work are very cinematic, as we’ve come to expect from Anderson’s work on the series… An engaging and very slickly produced piece. 8/10", Sci-Fi Bulletin
Two thousand years ago, all civilisation on the planet Teymah was wiped out in an AELE – an Anomalous Extinction Level Event. Now, the galactic entrepreneur Lyam Yce hopes, at last, to learn the reason why the ancient Teymahrians went extinct – by funding a huge archaeological dig.
While the Doctor probes a strange sphere found by Yce's diggers, his companion, former Bletchley Park cryptographer Constance Clarke, agrees to help translate symbols written in the lost ancient language of the Teymahrians. And soon, they'll learn that ancient Teymah's secrets were best left buried deep beneath its shifting sands...
Written By: Jamie Anderson
Directed By: Jamie Anderson
Colin Baker (The Doctor), Miranda Raison (Constance Clarke), Paul Reynolds (Lyam Yce), Jenny Bede (Florrie/Medical Doctor), Arian Nik (Ammar Elkady), Neil Edmond (Professor Aryan Wyke/Mine Worker), Gary Martin (Kohrbal), Esther Hall (Pheenan). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs