Power Play was the fifth story in the third series of Big Finish Productions' The Lost Stories range. It featured the Sixth Doctor as played by Colin Baker and Peri Brown as played by Nicola Bryant. It also featured the return of Victoria Waterfield, voiced by Deborah Watling.
Publisher's summary Edit
It's been many years since Victoria Waterfield travelled through time and space fighting monsters and dictators. Now she's back on Earth fighting for the future of the planet. But are her environmental campaigns so far removed from those former adventures in the vortex?
As trucks carrying nuclear waste start to vanish into the air, her friends are kidnapped by a dangerous alien police force and a nuclear power plant runs dangerously close to meltdown... Victoria spies a familiar blue box.
The Doctor. After all this time, the Doctor has come back.
And now... Victoria Waterfield is going to kill him..
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- The Doctor - Colin Baker
- Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant
- Victoria Waterfield - Deborah Watling
- Matthew Dysart - David Warwick
- Dominic - Miles Jupp
- Leiss - Andrew Dickens
- Weska - Howard Gossington
- Marion Tudor - Victoria Alcock
- David - Greg Donaldson
- Sean - James Hayward
- According to the Pleyarec Dominion's galactic classification system, the Sol System is in Sector 12. The Pleyarec police officers Collector Leiss and Constable Weska refer to the Doctor as "the Destroyer of Worlds."
- By this time, Victoria is over 60 years old.
- The Pleyarec resemble "large reptilian bipeds in police riot gear" with tails.
- Peri is opposed to nuclear power.
- One of the staff members at the nuclear plant shouts "D'oh!" after being assaulted by Victoria, perhaps an unintentional reference to fictional power plant employee Homer Simpson.
- The Doctor discovers a living specimen of Ediacara biota, a life form which lived during the Cambrian Era, approximately 500,000,000 years earlier.
- The Doctor objects to Sean referring to him as "dude."
- Marion refers to the Pleyarec as "Godzilla's grandkids."
- Peri compares Leiss to Officer Dibble from Top Cat.
- Dominic has created a time corridor linking his office in the nuclear power plant to Earth in circa 500,000,000 BC.
- The Doctor describes the Terrible Zodin as "a devastating de Vil of dissimulation, the queen of corruption and chicanery."
- This is the first time that Deborah Watling has reprised her role as Victoria for Big Finish Productions outside of The Companion Chronicles.
- Victoria is called "Vic" by her friends and fellow protestors. She previously objected to Captain Hopper referring to her as such while on Telos in the 25th century. (TV: The Tomb of the Cybermen)
- Victoria refers to her former travelling companions, the Second Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks to TV: Fury from the Deep)
- The Doctor mentions Queen Mary I. Later in his personal timeline, he and his companion Evelyn Smythe would meet the Queen in London in January 1555. (AUDIO: The Marian Conspiracy)
- Peri refers to the meltdown of the nuclear power planet in Chernobyl in the Ukraine on 26 April 1986, which rendered the entire area uninhabitable. (COMIC: Black Destiny) As the meltdown occurred after she began travelling with the Fifth Doctor on 8 May 1984, she seemingly learned about the incident during her travels in the TARDIS. (TV: Planet of Fire, AUDIO: The Reaping)
- Victoria is unaware that the Doctor is a Time Lord. (TV: The War Games) The Fifth Doctor once told his former companion Polly Wright that he tended not to refer to himself as a Time Lord during his first and second incarnations as he was on the run from his people. (AUDIO: The Five Companions)
- The Doctor reminds Victoria of their encounters with the Daleks (TV: The Evil of the Daleks), the Robot Yeti (TV: The Abominable Snowmen) and the Cybermen (TV: The Tomb of the Cybermen).
- Peri tells Victoria that she witnessed his regeneration into his sixth incarnation. (TV: The Caves of Androzani)
- The Doctor discovers that Dominic was hired to destroy Earth by the Terrible Zodin. (TV: The Five Doctors)
- Later in his personal timeline, the Doctor, by then in his seventh incarnation, visited a younger version of Victoria in the 20th century. He took her to London in February 1868, where she took care of her father Edward Waterfield's fortune and visited her aunt, Margaret Waterfield, before returning to her adopted time. (PROSE: Prelude Birthright)
- Official Power Play page at bigfinish.com
- DisContinuity for Power Play at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide