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3. Vengeance of the Stones

Two RAF fighter jets are on a training flight over North East Scotland when one of them is plucked from the air and promptly disappears. UNIT are called in, and the Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart are soon on the scene. They enlist the help of a local military officer - a young lieutenant by the name of Mike Yates.

The Doctor discovers a link to the recumbent stone circles that are plentiful in this part of Scotland. The stones are thousands of years old, and are soon revealed to hold a terrible secret. Then Mike Yates disappears, abducted by an alien race that has a grievance with humanity. Their intention is to harness the power of the stones in order to take their revenge. For the Doctor and the Brigadier, the race is now on to save their new friend Mike and the entire planet Earth.
Richard Franklin (Mike Yates), Trevor Littledale (Garlin)
Written By
Directed By
John Ainsworth


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Review By PaulaPenguin
Rated 9/10 on 5/8/13 2:46 pm
0 out of 2 found this review helpful.
A fun romp as well as a perfect recreation of the UNIT years. Beautiful script, great narration, wonderful atmosphere - a highly enjoyable release!
Review By mrpiepants
Rated 7/10 on 11/24/13 10:41 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
A good story but not the best Pertwee UNIT story ever and not the best performance from richard franklin either
Review By saroz
Rated 7/10 on 5/7/13 1:52 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
As of May's release, this is probably the single most traditional "Destiny" story so far, at least in feel. The listener is placed instantaneously in the early 1970s with the third Doctor, the Brigadier and Mike Yates, and the story plays on the common tropes of the time about psychic power from the Earth and stone circles with mysterious secrets. Is it anything groundbreaking? No. However, it's quite fun and well told by Richard Franklin, who seems to have restrained himself from some of his goofier voices since his last Companion Chronicle. Anyone who enjoys the Pertwee era will get a huge shot of nostalgia and an enjoyable story to boot.
Review By JMChurch25
Rated 7/10 on 3/6/13 5:48 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Better than "Hunters of Earth", but not as good as "Shadow of Death". A very solid Third Doctor for the most part. Richard Franklin does a good job for the most part, particularly at imitating Jon Pertwee's voice as the Third Doctor. There is a lot of atmosphere surrounding the setting in Scotland and the local ports and towns surrounding the area which really adds to the great moments in the story surrounding perception barriers and the stones themselves. I think the Stones of Scotland are very interesting but the idea of "stone power" that the Silurian-like aliens use is a little bit lame in my honest opinion and I don't have much sympathy for the aliens in general. The arc to the "Destiny of theDoctor" storyline is present and much more apparent here then in the other two stories, but still very interesting and will be very curious to see where it all adds up to by The Eleventh Doctor's "The Time Machine" in November. Again, there is a very funny cameo in this story which made me laugh out loud in relation to the arc and you should be able to see what it's shaping up to pretty easily. In summary, a good story and well worth a listen particularly for the arc references but as well as for a decent Third Doctor/UNIT story. On to the 4th Doctor, Romanna II, and "Babblesphere"!
Review By Gcookscotland
Rated 6/10 on 10/7/13 11:19 am
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
The third Destiny of the Doctory story features the third doctor, Mike Yates and the Brigadier. The poorest of the story's so far, the narration is good but below the standard set by the first two stories.
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