A 1980s Nuclear Conflict?

Big Finish’s July releases are looking very tasty this month in the Doctor Who world. Their first offering is a new Seventh Doctor trilogy which sees the return of Ace and Hex (at last!) as well as their strangely-coloured TARDIS.

Protect and Survive is set in the 1980’s and looks set to see in the start of World War Three, years before it was meant to begin when the Ninth Doctor was taking on the family Slitheen. But are things as they seem? Producer David Richardson gave a cryptic comment about the adventure:

“And so begins a journey that will be packed with scorching surprises…”

Set in England, the story finds our adventurers in a difficult situation:

“If an attack with nuclear weapons is expected, you will hear the air attack warning. If you are not at home, but can get there within two minutes, do so. If you are in the open, take cover in the nearest building. If you cannot reach a building, lie flat on the ground and cover your head and your hands.”

“Arriving in the North of England in the late 1980s, Ace and Hex seek refuge at the home of Albert and Peggy Marsden… in the last few hours before the outbreak of World War Three.

“Meanwhile, the Doctor is missing. Will there be anyone left for him to rescue, when the bombs begin to fall?”

Protect and Survive stars Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Phillip Oliver as well as Ian Hogg (Ghost Light). You can purchase it on CD for £14.99 or via download for £12.99 from


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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