The Age of Endurance
Carole Ann Ford (Susan/Narrator), William Russell (Ian/The Doctor), Jemma Powell(Barbara), Rachel Atkins (Myla), John Voce (Toban), Gethin Anthony (Olivan), Andy Secombe (Benya), Tom Bell (Arran/Shift). Other parts portrayed by the cast.
The TARDIS materialises on board a still and eerie spaceship. When a squad of soldiers land, they realise they’ve found themselves in the middle of a war zone. With one of their crew trapped by the enemy, the Doctor and his friends find themselves locked in a desperate race for survival. Vast warships manoeuvre around each other as both sides try to out-think their opponents, flying into ever more dangerous areas of space.
The stakes could not be higher. But as ever in war, the lines between good and evil are hard to define. Will anyone survive to claim the moral high ground?
Barbara mentions Spartacus.
The Doctor claims to have met the Pied Piper of Hamlin.
This story was recorded at The Moat Studios.
This story featured the debut of Jemma Powell as Barbara. Powell had previously portrayed Barbara’s original actor, the late Jacqueline Hill, in the 2013 docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time. Barbara had been portrayed by Carole Ann Ford and Maureen O’Brien in previous Big Finish audios.
The Doctor refers to his encounter with the Pied Piper in Hamelin in 1284. (Challenge of the Piper)
Barbara refers to Spartacus. During his second incarnation, the Doctor and his companions Ben Jackson, Polly Wright and Jamie McCrimmon would later encounter Spartacus during his slave revolt against Rome in 71 B.C.. (The Slave War)