a real world point of view
|Gods and Monsters|
|Main setting:||Perivale, 1987|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Writer:||Mike Maddox and Alan Barnes|
|Release date:||September 2012|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|Black and White||The Burning Prince|
Publisher's summary Edit
The TARDIS travellers arrive in a bizarre landscape seemingly immune to the physical laws governing the rest of the universe. Ace, Hex, Sally and Lysandra battle to rescue the Doctor from the trap he's walked into… soon realising that the odds are stacked against them.
Because the Doctor is playing an old adversary again: Fenric, shatterer of worlds. But the gods and monsters who inhabit this strange realm loaded the dice against them long ago, in the dim and distant past – and defeat's their only option.
- The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
- Ace - Sophie Aldred
- Hex - Philip Olivier
- Lysandra Aristedes - Maggie O'Neill
- Sally Morgan - Amy Pemberton
- Fenric - John Standing
- Hurmzid - Blake Ritson
- Weyland - Gus Brown
- The Ancient One - Tim Treloar
- Peggy Marsden - Elizabeth Bennett
- Ace once again refers to Sally as "Private Benjamin".
- Prior to Hex joining the TARDIS crew, the Doctor and Ace once visited Mars.
- Lysandra was born in 1982. As a young child, her favourite television series was Jimbo and the Jet Set.
- Ace mentions the 1980s hip hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Sally does not understand the reference.
- Fenric takes Ace back to Perivale, the day she was taken by the time storm, in an attempt to convince her to change history by preventing her leaving.
- Fenric also takes Sally and Lysandra into their personal future, where they will both die, when a fleet of white ships will destroy the entire universe. He does this to convince them to kill themselves, before they experience this potential future.
- Hex is a Catholic while Ace belongs to the Church of England.
- Weyland's shield has the ability to make one of his pawns invisible whenever they hold it. But it can grant an Elder God even greater omnipotent power.
- Weyland is an Elder God, who has manipulated the lives of the TARDIS crewmembers, in a similar way that Fenric previously did, so he can win his game against Fenric for the shield.
- Ace compares Weyland to Freddie Mercury due to his moustache.
- Peggy is working for Weyland, after he kidnapped Albert. However, when Peggy retrieves Weyland's shield, he kills Albert and Peggy.
- Sally suffers from athazagoraphobia, which was caused by Weyland manipulating her life, to foreshadow the invisibility effect of Weyland's shield.
- Weyland prevented Hex's death after being shot by Brigadier-General Bartholomew Kitchen in Scutari, because he would be a crucial pawn in his game against Fenric.
- This story marks the first appearance of Fenric and the Haemovores in an audio drama.
- Blake Ritson (Hurmzid) previously played Instructor Shibac in AUDIO: The Foe from the Future.
- Gus Brown (Weyland) previously played Ashman in AUDIO: The Rocket Men.
- Tim Treloar (the Ancient One) previously played Lord Jack Corrigan in AUDIO: Destination: Nerva and would later play Tyron in AUDIO: The Burning Prince.
- This audio drama was recorded on 23 and 24 January 2012.
- Fenric refers to Ace as "child of the baby." (TV: The Curse of Fenric)
- Ace mentions the Karnas'koi (AUDIO: Lurkers at Sunlight's Edge), the Mi'en Kalarash (AUDIO: House of Blue Fire) and Moloch (AUDIO: Protect and Survive).
- Lysandra is aware that Sally suffers from athazagoraphobia. (AUDIO: House of Blue Fire)
- In the alternative timeline, Sally uses the Truth Sayer on Lysandra. In 2015, a younger version of Lysandra used it on Sally. (AUDIO: Project: Nirvana)
- Hex recalls being shot by Brigadier-General Bartholomew "Barty" Kitchen in Scutari on 19 November 1854. (AUDIO: The Angel of Scutari)
- Ace refers to her friend Midge. (TV: Survival)
- Weyland is revealed to be the blacksmith which the Doctor mentioned was located in Perivale. (TV: Dragonfire, Ghost Light)
- It is revealed that the chess sets in the Swiss sanatorium in 1926 were left there by Fenric. (AUDIO: The Magic Mousetrap)
- Fenric claimed that he had a backup companion in mind for the Doctor, namely "a lovelorn motorcyclist...from Wales." This is a reference to Rachel "Ray" Defwydd, in the 1987 television story, (TV: Delta and the Bannermen). This is an in-joke, as that character was, at one point, being considered as a new companion, before it was decided to introduce Ace.
- The Truth Sayer was explained in Project: Nirvana.
- Weyland claimed to have directly influenced the creation of The Forge, and manipulated the lives of all of its personnel. (AUDIO: Project: Twilight, Project Lazarus, Project Destiny, Project: Nirvana, PROSE: Project Valhalla)