Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 1/17/16 7:19 pm
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Professor Lanchester is working on a new early warning detection system that emits a modulated frequency wave cancellation signal that attracts extra-terrestrial visitors and eventually leads to is demise. This is a simple straightforward invasion story but Justin Richards does enough to throw in some surprises to make more engaging than it otherwise would be. Well-drawn characters, well-acted and well-plotted there is very little wrong with this, although, the attempts at humour are not particularly good. The intro scene is basically a sketch which plays on the Timelords discordant relationship with time, but this is neither new nor surprising. Also, K-9's whirring before replying makes his responses predictable.
A recurring villain is brought back, although this isn't their first Big Finish appearance. I won't spoil who they are but it's a race rather than an individual and their characterisation is rather different than anything I remember. Alix Wilton Regan's performance, as Jill, for example, is full of gleeful menace. The tone is light-hearted but the humour never really comes off in the way it should. Baker and Leeson never miss a beat, and Lalla Ward is able to slip straight back into her role as Romana II, but I don't remember her being quite so haughty. Overall, the melodrama feel to this fits very well into the Douglas Adams period of late-seventies 'Doctor Who'. 'Waves of Destruction' is a bit of fun fluff, nothing more.