225. Vortex Ice / Cortex Fire
'Both writers have done a great job and the pacing and directing by Ken Bentley is flawless. As much as I still enjoy some longer-form stories I would really welcome more of these hour long double headers. 9/10 ' Indie Mac User
'Distress. A crescendo of electric music mixed with chimes. Old meeds new. A sweeping statement that something is wrong, yet whimsical. This is how you open an episode of Doctor Who. Intrigue, whimsy and wonder. ' Gallifrey Archive
'An excellent double bill that will have something for everyone and a lot more if you want to delve a bit deeper under the skin of the story - 10/10 ' Planet Mondas
Vortex Ice by Jonathan Morris
In search of ‘exotic particles’, the Doctor and Flip arrive 700 feet underground, in a mine in Northern Mexico – only to run into a scientific expedition. Among their number, an exobiologist. They’re all on the hunt for alien life! Deep underground, the team finally uncovers a cave of vast crystals – like ice, despite the heat. And inside the crystal: something frozen. Something trapped in time. If only it were something simple, like a monster. But it’s far, far worse than that.
Cortex Fire by Ian Potter
The Doctor brings Flip to the futuristic city of Festin, the best vantage point to witness a unique astronomical light show. In a city governed by the all-powerful network known as the Cortex, they’re soon identified as outsiders – nihilists, perhaps, responsible for a wave of terror that’s been sweeping the city… But the truth is different. The people of Festin are burning up. Spontaneously combusting. And no-one knows why.
Written By: Jonathan Morris, Ian Potter
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Colin Baker (The Doctor), Lisa Greenwood (Flip), Shobu Kapoor (Sai Chopra), Orlando Seale (Dylan Argent), Monty D’Inverno (Jannik Woolf), Rebecca Todd (Khoralla), Simon Kane (Halus), Eve Webster (Bav/ Cortex/ Enforcer) Katherine Senior (Holly Whitfield) Youssef Kerkour (Dakeem/Ambulance Pilot). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs