Ravenous follows Doom Coalition.

“We went into Ravenous planning for a change of pace and style. Doom Coalition had been so dense and intricate—a 16-hour interlinking story—and it was something we didn’t want to attempt again so soon. And neither should we—Doctor Who is about change and renewal, and so the idea for Ravenous was to do a looser, over-arching narrative, with plenty of standalone stories along the way.” —David Richardson, producer

  1.1. Their Finest Hour - p1
  1.2. How to Make a Killing in Time Travel - p1
  1.3. World of Damnation - p1
  1.4. Sweet Salvation - p1

  2.1. Escape from Kaldor - p1
  2.2. Better Watch Out - p1
  2.3. Fairytale of Salzburg - p1
  2.4. Seizure - p1

  3.1. Deeptime Frontier - p1
  3.2. Companion Piece - p1
  3.3. L.E.G.E.N.D.- p1
  3.4 The Odds Against - p1

  4.1. Whisper
  4.2. Planet of Dust
  4.3. Day of the Master, Pt. 1
  4.4  Day of the Master, Pt. 2

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4.3 – DAY OF THE MASTER (Pt. 1) by John Dorney:

“The Doctor investigates a mystery in the vortex, Liv follows the trail of their enemy, and Helen searches for a god. Everywhere they go there is a Master or Mistress, but is the Doctor’s oldest enemy there to hinder them, or to help? With the TARDIS crew scattered and lost, only a miracle can save the universe. And for that to happen someone is going to have to die.”

COMMENTARY: The action is split. The Doctor interacts with Artron and the Eric Roberts Master; Liv with the Derek Jabobi Master; Helen with the Michelle Gomez Master. The cliffhanger is that Liv Chenka… regenerates!?

In case you’re wondering how the Eric Roberts Master survived being cast into the Eye of Harmony at the end of the TV movie, it more or less revived him. He then took control of a room in the TARDIS and had it jettisoned into the Vortex.

4.4 – DAY OF THE MASTER (Pt, 2) by John Dorney:

COMMENTARY: Artron was a contemporary of Rassilon and was banished because of the latter’s jealousy. The Eighth Doctor met Artron in a previous adventure, we learn, but neither of them (nor the listeners) were aware of it at the time because he had been changed. (Think “fob watch” but not exactly.) Artron has been working on “perfect regeneration,” in other words, unlimited rejuvenation with no change to physiognomy. Unfortunately, he inadvertently created the Ravenous.

Now, Artron’s solution has been spread across space so that any humanoid species will regenerate. The Ravenous feed on regeneration energy, giving them a virtually unlimited food supply. In order to test Artron’s work (we learn in part four), the Master (Derek Jacobi) shot Liv Chenka, with an ordinary lead projectile gun, at the end of part three. She regenerates at the beginning of part four, but does not change. Just to make sure, he shoots her again, and she regenerates again.

There are a lot of funny lines in this one, too many to remember. Once, when the Rani’s name is mentioned, Liv asks, “Another renegade Time Lord from you class? Just what did they teach in this school?” Missy says, “Oh, good. This was becoming too simple to follow.” I’m not going to reveal the ending, but I will say that, by the end, no one other than Time Lords is able to regenerate. On the interview disc, Nicholas Briggs discussed plans for the next four-box, 16-part story but didn’t get too specific. He said it was “ordinary” but something they had never done before and would provide a creative stretch for the actors. I’m intrigued.


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